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La Crema, A Class Act

There is nothing better than an oaky buttery glass of chardonnay at the top of the cocktail hour, well that is unless it’s something bubbly. While working on an article about BraytonHughes Design Studios I discovered they had done design work for La Crema and it inspired me to pull a bottle of their Chardonnay into my rotation. Wow!” had I forgotten how much I enjoy their wine. It was clear that I needed to go behind the scenes and find out makes La Crema tick. Craig McAllister, Head Winemaker at La Crema was kind enough to speak with...

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Mionetto’s Last Minute Thanksgiving Cocktail and Entertaining Tips

Pop the bubbly…we’re less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving! Mionetto has shared with us some of their favorite spritz cocktails to kick-off your Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Spritz is Italy’s most popular aperitivo cocktail. The Mionetto Spritz is as easy to make as 3-2-1…pick the one that suits your taste!  Mionetto’s Prosecco is one of my favorites. It has the right amount of bubbles and is not too sweet. The Mionetto Aperol Spritz, Mionetto Elder Flower Spritz and Mionetto Limone Spritz cocktail recipes follow the holiday entertaining tips. Cin Cin! Mix It Up With a DIY Garnish Bar Cart...

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The Chemistry Behind Humboldt Distillery

What defines a mad scientist, one could say is his passion for his craft. In this case, Abe Stevens is the chemist behind Humboldt Distillery and mad about distilling organic spirits in the small town of Fortuna, California. With a degree in chemistry and biochemistry, this fifth generation Humboldt county proprietor is concocting award-winning craft spirits. Abe founded his distilling playground in 2012 after several years of working in the pharmaceutical industry. He was ready to take a break and contemplate where he was headed next. He says it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment he made a decision,...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Go Fig or Go Home with Black Infusions Vodka

Martini’s… shakin’ not stirred. Highballs…on the rocks or straight up? Whatever your poison there are a plethora of choices when it comes to selecting ones five o’clock libation. Let’s put beer and wine aside for a moment and take a look at the spirits industry. It’s on fire. According to a recent report by Grand View Research, Inc.,” the global craft spirits market is expected to reach USD 80.43 billion by 2025.” Michael Davidson is the owner and CEO of Black Infusions and is celebrating five years with his Distilled Spirit Specialties. He’s developed a product that is taking...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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Winemaker Fintan du Fresne

A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé. C’est pas vrai! Throughout the summer months and rolling into the fall I’ve had the opportunity to sip on a glass of Rosé or two. By chance I stumbled upon a refreshing young brand of Rosé developed by Malene Wines. Don’t let my “young” reference fool you. Their 2016 Rosé debut was the inaugural vintage of Malene Rosé, a Provence-style Rosé made from carefully selected fruit from specific sites in the California Central Coast regions of Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. It was made from 44-year old vines and cultivated by...

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Gennadi Grand Resort: Eco-friendly Luxury

Sustainable and eco-friendly living transcends everyday life at home and is becoming more than just a trend in the luxury hotel market. Travellers can enjoy a luxe life while exploring destinations around the world, that embrace the sustainable and eco-friendly mindset. Gennadi Grand Resort in Greece is a new luxury resort that is raising standards for five-star family hospitality in the Greek islands. With 288 spacious rooms many with plenty of outdoor space and private pools, eco-minded architecture that subtly blends into its Rhodian surroundings, excursions that engage with its locality and with emphasis on traditional Greek dining – it...

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Luxury Thanksgiving Travel Experiences

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smell of dried leaves in the crisp fall air, it’s finally boot and sweater season and the fall color palette just makes you feel warm inside. It’s the official kick-off to the holiday season and it means time spent with family and friends. Growing up there were three Thanksgiving celebration options. First, our family would come to my parents house and my mom would cook. Second option we would go to my grandparents house or third we would travel to Floral Park, New York and celebrate at my aunt and uncle’s. The third...

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Boutique Luxury Cat Hotel & Resort, No Dogs Allowed

Luxury boutique hotels are not just for humans. Pets have luxury options too! Luxury boutique hotels for pets are popping up everywhere. Pet hotels offering single rooms, suites and spa services can be found tucked away in the finest of neighborhoods. Pets are pampered while their owners are on holiday and pet parents have peace of mind knowing their little ones are well cared for. For a feline-centric family, sharing digs with the canine-type may not be appropriate. Cat-only luxury boutique hotels are the purrfect solution. Cat lovers in Orange County, California will soon have an alternative to dropping...

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October Wellness Fest at Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort

This October, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, located on the beautiful coast of Kassandra in Halkidiki, Greece, has launched the new October Wellness Fest programme. Designed to detox, de-stress and promote relaxation in line with the resort’s wellness philosophy, throughout the month of October, guests of Miraggio will be granted free entrance and unlimited access to the Myrthia Thermal Spa and are invited to join the 5-day ‘Discover The Myrthia Thermal Spa’ programme. Miraggio’s Wellness Director, Victoria Yanakova, was kind enough to share with us the idea behind this month-long wellness celebration and some of the benefits of the thermal...

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Something About Mary Jurek Design

Entertaining is more than just cocktails and crudités. Décor, ambiance and good company (of course!) are the secret ingredients to successful entertaining. The style of the hostess’s tableware is influential in setting the tone of any given soirée. It’s an extension of the host’s personality. Would martinis be so popular if not served in the decadently iconic cocktail glass? I think not! The luxury of design is what draws us to classically elegant pieces. Like those designed by artisan Mary Jurek. I discovered Ms. Jurek’s tableware collections and was immediately drawn to her work. I reached out to her...

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