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Grapejuice Events: Backdoor Cocktail Club

The memories of this event are still fresh in our mind though it took place way back in September.  Backdoor Cocktail Club takes place in the Arts District Downtown Los Angeles at the showroom and residence of an amazing designer/artist, Stephen Kenn, and his equally amazing partner and wife, Beks.  Here, this couple hosts very unique cocktail parties where they and sometimes special guests of theirs serve up tasty treats and delicious drinks. We were so excited to be invited to stand behind their bar for a night and do what we love, pour and talk about wine.

image courtesy of BDCC
image courtesy of BDCC

We thought it would be fun to try a concept where we paired wines with the interior of their space.  First, we had to ask ourselves, how do we define space? Initial thoughts were rustic wines to match the interior.  It’s not only objects that shape and fill a room, we also considered the people, those which give a home its heart.

BDCC wines

So, we started off with the always-pleasing, Hofer Grüner Veltliner from Austria. This wine is organic, biodynamic, and made by a couple that mirrored our hosts craft and creativity, Hermann and Maria Hofer. Next, we poured Underwood Pinot Noir made from grapes sourced all over Oregon.  Owner and winemaker, Ryan Harms, makes wine that is affordable, delicious, and fresh.  He is the first winemaker to release wine in a can. I’m equally horrified and intrigued by this. Stephen designs furniture that utilizes recycled military fabric, making something new out of a material that possesses a rich history. We saw a correlation between these innovative creators. We ended the night with a Cab Franc from Bourgueil called “Jour de Soif”. Gauthier is a father and son produced organic and unfiltered interesting red.  This is where the rustic interior comes into play.  The natural earthy and dirty qualities coming out of this wine match the interior’s earth-inspired palette.  And so, the flight was complete.

We had a blast conceiving and executing this Grapejuice event.  Please join us for the next one, wherever that might be!  Also, keep in mind, unlike most DJ’s, we take requests.


Palm Springs Cocktail

Palm Springs Cocktail

The stars aligned and all of my college room(soul)mates happen to be in the same place for the first time in five years. Of course we jumped at the chance to escape for a weekend together. Three words my friend. PALM SPRINGS BABY. We all jumped in a car and headed to our rented Airbnb home for a weekend of homemade meals, cocktails, and ultimate poolside laying. We concocted a delicious tequila palm springs cocktail on the fly and thought I’d share it here. The perfect drink for catching up with girlfriends by the pool.

What You’ll Need:

Palm Springs Cocktail ingredients

Good tequila blanco

Grapefruit juice

Fresh lime

Roughly chopped cilantro

Thinly sliced Jalapeno (leave the seeds in for an extra kick)


Place a couple slices of Jalapeno and ice in each glass. Combine 2 parts tequila to 3 parts grapefruit juice per glass. Top off with the chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Bottoms up!

Palm Springs Cocktail