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I just got back from the holiday party at Rudd Estate. The conversation and company was great, the herby, salt crusted Prime Rib made by Dean & DeLuca was decadent and the No. 209 Gin punch was off the charts. Wendi Webster from Distillery No. 209 made the punch with a recipe dating back to the 1800s - it was the perfect pairing for the lunch spread with just enough Gin to give it a kick. Another crucial component to the luncheon - mashed sweet potatoes. The NY Times recently did a big Sunday write-up on the rising popularity of sweet potatoes - one, because of their nutritional value and two, because when made properly, they're just downright delicious. This was no exception. Great texture with a little butter added, they just glided on the palate.

Combining all of our companies together (Dean & DeLuca, Rudd Estate, Distillery No. 209 and Press St. Helena Restaurant) at the Oakville estate, it was a nice respite from our daily tasks, projects and chores. In essence, it was a great afternoon filled with holiday cheer, delicious food and great No. 209 punch and Rudd Estate wine.

'Till next time, remember this- drink any and every wine, so long as it's good!


Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
Dean & Deluca