Tiki Takeover: 5 Essential Tiki Cocktail Recipes You Need to Try

Level2 Mixologist Stephen Kurnpinsky is back again with part two of our blog series dedicated to Tiki. Here he shares five essential Tiki cocktail recipes for you to try at your next themed party or any time you need a liquid vacation to the tropics.

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Break Out the Glasses: 3 Wines To Sip During California Wine Month

September marks the start of prime time harvesting season for California winemakers. Even if you’re not planning a visit to wine country, you can still celebrate the harvest. Here are three of our favorite local wines that showcase the quality and broad range of wine styles in California. Break out your stemware and start sipping.

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The Best Wines for Summertime Sipping

Many of our guests ask for wine recommendations as their dining interests turn to lighter fare during the summer. Here's what we keep stocked.

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Tiki Drink

Tiki: That Time a Cocktail Started an American Cultural Experience

Tiki. The word conjures a wide array of visuals, smells and tastes, from fresh pineapple to fake waterfalls and little umbrellas. But where did this movement come from? What makes this cultural phenomenon so distinctly American? Why the Hawaiian shirt craze? Mixologist Stephen Kurnpinsky takes you on a crash course devoted to Tiki.

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3 Warm-Weather Whiskey Cocktails

Mixologist Stephen Kurnpinsky shares three easy-to-make, delicious whiskey cocktails perfect for summertime sipping.

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Whiskey 101: 7 Facts You Never Knew

Mixologist Stephen Kurnpinsky shares seven facts you never knew about whiskey in part one of this three-part blog series dedicated to one of America's most beloved spirits.

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Colonial Era Cocktails: How To Make Shrubs

"Shrubs" - no, not the ornamental ones you may have in your front yard, but the tasty beverage who's roots go back to a time in American history before modern refrigeration. Find out where shrubs came from and how to make your own right at home from California Modern mixologist Stephen Kurnpinsky.

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Napa Valley Winery Tour

Napa Valley Winery Tour

One of the perks of being a sommelier is traveling to different wine regions. My last tasting tour was during last season’s harvest in the Napa Valley.

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Attending Oregon Pinot Camp: At Last!

Attending Oregon Pinot Camp: At Last!

For four years I’ve been trying to go to
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Wines to Talk About

Getting into the world of wine, I decided to take some classes with the International Sommelier Guild and was lucky enough to study under a very talented and pas
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