A Home For Lost Articles from Oct.co & Departures

One of the reasons this website was originally created was the shuttering of the long-gone Yahoo! Contributor Network, and a need to find a home for the many articles I had published on the platform including for Yahoo! Sports, News and Local.

Good Deeds Malt Whiskey Hits Market, Proceeds Going to Charity

The craft distiller collaboration is donating all of its proceeds to support industry diversity & inclusion

Raising a glass of good whiskey with good friends is something that’s always worthy of celebration. Doing so while knowing that the funds which purchased the whiskey–not the profits, but every dollar of revenue–were donated to a worthy cause is that much better.

Innovative Hotel Transformations & Adaptations

This story was first published on Departures.com in April 2021.

Even with the prospects of brighter days ahead, hotels are continuing to offer exciting adaptations in response to the pandemic. This is important not only to keep pace with an ever-changing landscape for travel restrictions and recommendations, but also with consumer preferences. People want more space and privacy, and luxury properties are taking the lead by transforming existing areas into entirely new, private experiences.

Close-Up on Castle & Key’s Slow Hand Rye Release

The Single Barrel Slow Hand Rye Series from Castle & Key

Last fall, Castle & Key unveiled its long-awaited first whiskey release, Restoration Rye. Following up on that debut is a new lineup dubbed Slow Hands, a series of single barrel rye whiskeys. The initial outlay includes four single barrels which will be rolled out one at a time beginning today and continuing throughout April, with bottle sales available exclusively at the distillery.

Pitch: Try This Award-Winning Rum Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

Hi! Based on your interest in National Margarita Day (my fav too, ha ha!) I wanted to send over a delicious and festive new idea that you can share with your readers in regards to St. Patrick’s Day. Why stick with Guinness (boring!) or Irish whiskey (been there, done that!) for St. Patrick’s Day, when instead you can try an award-winning rum cocktail?

There’s Sherry in… West Texas

This story was first published on Departures.com in March 2021.

A trip to Jerez de la Frontera is a pilgrimage for any lover of good drink. The town in southern Spain is known for its famed fortified wine—sherry—and the surrounding region is steeped in centuries of history in its production, enjoyment and export. The sights and smells and tastes of Jerez and its bodegas stay with you long after a visit, and months after my latest excursion to a sherry producer, I poured a glass from a bottle I saved from the outing, and once again, with every sip I was transported back to its special place of origin. Only this time it wasn’t the sherry triangle in Andalucía, but rather, the vast expanse of west Texas. That’s right, there’s American-made sherry coming from Lubbock.

Inaugural Penfolds California Collection Debuts

Penfolds California Collection 2021 Released

Penfolds launched the first edition of its California Collection in a virtual event on March 4th, showcasing four distinct 2018 vintage wines which bring together the worlds of California and Australia wine. It’s the culmination of a project which began over two decades ago, with the planting of vines from Penfolds’ Magill and Kalimna estates in Paso Robles. But it’s also the mere starting point for a project which should continue—pardon us—bearing fruit for many decades to come.