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Harvest Wine and Culinary Tour Through Temecula

During Harvest season, winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores wake up before colorful hot air balloons fly right over their grapevines at the boutique Carter Estate Winery and Resort in Temecula Valley. In mid to late September they wake up around 2:30 a.m., when it’s cool and crisp, to select and collect their finest grapes to make their award winning wines. Temecula Valley offers more than 40 boutique to grand estate wineries, 9 different breweries, and some extraordinary artisan restaurants and shops. Located about 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the days are warm in the summer and cooler in the...

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Vive Le Bordeaux!

“Over the bottle, many a friend is found.” This saying proves especially true when the bottle in questions holds a fine Bordeaux, the gold standard of French wines. Bordeaux is the largest (284,320 acres) fine wine-making region in the world. Though its legend ws built mainly on red wines—especially those from the Médoc, Saint Emilion and Pomerol—the region also produces whites (both sweet and dry) and claret, as well as a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bordeaux. Thanks to an ideal climate and diversity of soils, Bordeaux is home to a variety of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and...

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71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball

This weekend the Television Academy is hosting the 71st Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. After the televised award show, the stars and guests will walk on a long red carpet to one of Hollywood’s largest dinner party. Cheryl Cecchetto and Sequoia Productions have created a gorgeous “Brilliance in Motion” theme for the Governors Ball inside the L.A. Live Event space. The multi-layered design dazzles in red, coral, magenta and eggplant colors. On tables and throughout the event, Kevin Lee and his floral team from L.A. Premier enhance the dining and lounge areas with thousands of blooms in four different...

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Pali Wine Tasting Room in Santa Barbara

Walking along The Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara into the Funk Zone, you soon come upon 10 blocks filled with an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Converted warehouses are decked out as wine tasting rooms for local wineries in the Santa Barbara County and Central California. We stopped inside the Pali Wine Co., which is located just two blocks from the ocean and Santa Barbara train station.   Once inside, we selected two tasting flights of five wines each, the Pali Wine Taste and Tower 15. Tim Perr and Scott Knight co-founded Pali Wine...

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Hassle Free Summer Sips: Premium Canned Wine from ON Y VA

As recently as a few years ago, the concept of wine in a can wasn’t exactly a luxurious one. No more! Canned wine has only increased in popularity in recent years, and as the demand has increased, so has the quality. Now, consumers can have delicious, high quality wines in a convenient canned package. No more need for corkscrews and cups, just open the can and go! Exceptional wine can be enjoyed anywhere you are, without the hassle. That’s what French wine importer David Milligan Selections is aiming for with their entry into the canned wine market, ON Y...

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Simple Guidelines for Pairing Food and Wine

Once upon a time, the rules were simple: red wine with meat; white wine with fish. Then came a new rule: Ignore the old rule and drink whatever you like. Perhaps it’s better to forget rules and simply follow some general guidelines to enhance your enjoyment of both wine and food. As regional wines have evolved to match the foods of the area, an easy pairing is to do as Europeans do –and drink local wines with local foods. Consider balance, so that neither the food nor the wine overwhelms the other. Weight: A hearty dish like Beef Bourguignon...

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Experience Culinary and Luxury JOY at Sea

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations. Tapping my card near the entrance on deck 17, the glass door opened to allow me into this exclusive area. A certified butler greeted me and led me to my spacious stateroom cabin 13108. The Haven offers a private bar/lounge,...

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Vintage World War II-Era Airplane, The Spirit of Benovia, to Fly from the U.S. to Europe as Part of the “D-Day Squadron”

To Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy To commemorate the 75h anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Joe Anderson, chairman of Benovia Winery and his vintage C-53 Skytrooper airplane, The Spirit of Benovia, will join dozens of World War II-era aircraft in a flight from the United States to Normandy in June. The Spirit of Benovia will join other American aircraft as part of the “D-Day Squadron,” and will rendezvous with a group of British aircraft called “Daks Over Normandy.” Together, the two groups will fly in formation over Normandy on June 6, 2019. To mark the...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Weekend Fun in Bucolic Buellton

Planning a weekend getaway, we wanted to go somewhere within two hours from Los Angeles offering beauty, wine and culinary delights. After the winter rain, the Super Bloom is transforming California’s landscape into pastures of Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills are blanketed with vibrant yellow mustard flowers. We decided to investigate for a quick getaway. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We...

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MacRostie Wines Help No Kid Hungry

Recently I sat down with Gillian Jeske Dodd from Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners at a Taste of the Nation LA preview dinner at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. She enlightened me about one of the evening’s sponsors, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. This state-of-the-art winery is located on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley in California. Established in 1987, Steve MacRostie Pinot-focused winery is also the home to Thale’s Vineyard, named after Steve’s wife. While pouring a glass of 2016 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, each sip offered appealing clove, brown spice and cherry aromas, with...

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Bucolic Buellton in Central California

After the winter rain, super blooms are transforming California’s landscape into pastures and hills blanketed with Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills offer vibrant yellow mustard flowers. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We stayed overnight at the renovated Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offering spacious wine county designed rooms. What makes this property desirable is its sparkling swimming pool. It’s the largest...

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