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Holiday Baking and Wine Pairings

There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Mondavi and Family co-proprietor Marc Mondavi and their four daughters, Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna, always set aside time to gather for an afternoon of holiday baking. Their Grandma Rosa was an incredible cook, and the tradition continues through the generations. It should surprise no one that in this household, instead of...

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4 Favorite Dishes You Didn’t Know Pair with Champagne

While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly. “Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends — such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger — can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Chicago-based sommelier, Belinda Chang. For this purpose, Chang recommends the family-owned and operated champagne house, which offers a distinctive, light and delicate style, a longer aging period before release and sustainable production processes. “Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau...

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Award-Winning Wine and Spirits Producer Brent Hocking Announces Launch Of Mod Sélection Champagne in the United States

Mod Sélection Champagne today announced its release in the United States. Produced in an exclusive enclave of the Vallée de la Marne for over five generations, Mod Sélection has a legacy and authenticity dating back to 1892. Selected as the finest house in Champagne by award-winning wine and spirits producer Brent Hocking for its exceptional dedication to purity, balance and finesse. Only now has this superior Cuvée become available for release. Mod Sélection is the purest expression of balance and terroir in Champagne. Prized for its delicate extraction and superior juice selection, Mod Sélection distinguishes itself from the overtly autolytic characteristics of many...

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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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Celebrate the Holidays with Chandon

While up in the culinary town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I met Pauline Lhote, one of the top California winemakers and Director of Winemaking at Domaine Chandon. She and her team are excited to debut two new festive, limited-edition Brut bottles – one in silver and gold and the other in hot pink and gold. JW: These new bottles are so pretty and perfect for the holidays. Was that your plan? CHANDON: The Chandon Brut enhances a tablescape for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s elegant gold foil neck and effervescent label takes any holiday gathering to a new...

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Morro Bay’s Secret Season Brings Epic Sunsets Perfect for Harvest, Wine and Weddings

Recently named one of the Best Small Towns in CA by Country Living Magazine, Morro Bay is an Instagramers dream, especially in October and November, aka Morro Bay’s Secret Season. With miles of beaches and an unavoidably beautiful 576-foot tall volcanic rock sitting at the front of a bustling harbor of sailboats, kayakers, otters, pelicans and sea lions, Morro Bay is the place to stay this time of year. Morro Bay’s Secret Season also coincides with Central Coast wine harvest found in nearby award-winning wine country. Fall harvest day tours are easily accessible from Morro Bay and many wine touring companies will pick up customers in front of their hotels. In celebration of the...

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Make Rosé Your Go-To Wine With These Food Pairings

Whether you’re enjoying brunch with family or hosting an elaborate dinner party for friends, you’ll need a go-to wine for such festive gatherings. No matter the season, consider a chilled rosé for such occasions. Enjoyable on its own, you can elevate the experience by picking a delicious, affordable bottle and preparing food pairings to match. To help you host, Sommelier Chantelle Pabros recommends the floral and fruity Louis Jadot Rosé 2017 ($13.99), — from the number one French wine in America — for its fresh red currant and raspberry fruit character. Serve it chilled alongside the following dishes: •...

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4 Vacation Destinations for Wine Lovers

Love wine? Build your next vacation around it! Wine regions have delicious food, beautiful views and amazing history. To select your next travel destination, get inspired by global wine brand, The Seeker, which produces wines all around the world to ensure each varietal is made in the region where it grows best. Ready to let your palate guide you? Here are four wine destinations for adventure seekers. 1. Puy de Dôme, France Puy de Dôme, in the Auvergne region of central France, boasts spectacular natural wonders, with over 80 volcanic craters, as well as mountains, valleys, volcanic lakes, plateaus...

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Top Tips for Trying New Wines

Are you ready to add something new to your standard wine repertoire? To help expand your palate, two-time James Beard Award winning sommelier, Belinda Chang, is offering some expert insight into one of her go-to varietals. “Fans of Pinot Noir should consider its hip French relative, Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape which is still relatively unknown among American wine drinkers,” says Chang. “And like Pinot Noir, Gamay is a thin-skinned grape that generally produces bright wines with low tannins. These wines tend to exhibit red fruit and berry notes, spices from good French oak barrels and earthy characteristics.”...

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Wine Expert Offers 10 Tips to Read the Bottle Like a Pro

Everyone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to wine, the label can speak volumes about what’s inside. If you’ve ever puzzled over how to decipher a wine label, you’re not alone. So much terminology. So many languages. So many options! It’s tempting to just choose the prettiest or most interesting label and hope for the best. To take the guesswork out of wine buying – and help you appreciate the wines you drink – the experts at Royal Wine have some tips on how to “read the bottle.” Gabriel Geller, VP of Public Relations...

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Santa Margherita “Behind the Vine” Summer Tour

World-renowned Italian winery, Santa Margherita, is proud to announce the launch of their Behind the Vine tour, bringing the Italian winery experience to U.S. consumers all summer long. As part of the drive, Santa Margherita will host a series of experiential pop-ups in key markets nationwide to showcase the essence of the brand’s Pinot Grigio, Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore wines, while encouraging consumers to celebrate al fresco entertaining during the warmer months. “Come summer, consumers are always looking for more ways to enjoy the outdoors with their friends” said Vickie Perez, Director of Marketing at Santa Margherita USA. “As such, we are bringing our unique Italian vineyard...

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Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series Ultimate Wine Country Experience

Kendall-Jackson’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, an elegant open-air feast under the amphitheater of the Sonoma County night. The dinner series takes place in Kendall-Jackson’s beautiful Wine Estate Gardens every second Saturday of the month from May through October, and the series will kick-off on Saturday, May 12. This food and wine event is the epitome of a perfect wine country culinary experience that can’t be missed by locals and travelers alike. Guests will immerse themselves in the center of the stunning gardens around a shared table hosted by Kendall-Jackson’s own wine experts, culinary staff, and master gardener – Farmer Tucker Taylor. Each...

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