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Escapism in a Glass

on August 19th, 2013
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The Tangerine Speedo, one of many cocktails available at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas

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by Becky Sauer


If a tropical retreat is not in your near future, you can still pretend you’re in paradise with help from the new cocktail book “Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas.”

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  • pinitbutton Clairvoyant Beauty Rosewater Toner – Review

Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Toner!

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Clairvoyant Beauty Rosewater Toner

 

Toner is something that has always mystified us. What exactly does it do? Well, it tones! This uncertain feeling toward this skin care category has always led us to omit it from our daily beauty regimen. Until now. Now we are totally hooked on Clairvoyant Beauty Rosewater Toner. A spritz of the divinely smelling product, made with Vitamin B3 and fragrant Bulgarian Rose, is both aromatherapy and skin therapy in one. It’s totally refreshing, uplifting and hydrating. Glow-y-making. Toning!

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  • pinitbutton Gemstone 2009 Estate Red   Wine of the Week Review
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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



A Pour not for the Poor

on August 14th, 2013
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Sophie Gayot with bottle #141/738 of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 at Windows Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Sophie Gayot

 

A few days ago I talked to you about the 738 decanters of Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6 Cognac priced at $22,000 (+ tax). Well, if you can’t get your hands on one of them — there is a waiting list to become an owner — but you still want to enjoy this precious beverage, I’ve found the solution for you: Get on your jet, into your Bentley and head to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The famous bar, Windows Lounge, is the only public place in North America where you can get a pour.

 

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Big Bear Lake, CA, boasts the highest altitude vineyard in the northern hemisphere


Big Bear, the Southern California mountain destination known for its lake and ski resorts, now offers a new adult attraction: Stone Summit Vineyard. At 6,750 feet above sea level, the winery claims to have the highest altitude commercial vineyard and winery in the northern hemisphere. Planted in May 2012, the vines won’t be mature enough to produce wine for a few years, so Stone Summit has begun sourcing grapes from the Napa Valley and Central Coast regions. The winery’s first release, a Moscato, can be sampled at its new tasting room, The Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort, 41421 Big Bear Blvd. Stone Summit plans to follow the Moscato with releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Merlot.


For more information, visit www.wolfcreek-resort.com

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  • pinitbutton SF Chefs 2013 Outdoes Itself    With Gelato Sandwiches and 25 Year Old Scotch
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Oysters paired with Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky at SF Chefs 2013

 

by Anneli Rufus


The foodfest known as SF Chefs has outdone itself yet again, lifting San Francisco ever higher into the culinary stratosphere with a wildly creative span of events ranging from an all-female-chefs deluxe dinner to a Portuguese wine intensive to a Nutter Butters cook-off between top local chefs.

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Villa Maria 2011 Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay

Price: $44

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Varietals: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s largest family-owned wineries and a leader in sustainability. In 2009, Sir George was honored with a knighthood, the first ever granted to a Kiwi winemaker. One of Villa Maria’s top-of-the-line Single Vineyard bottlings, the 2011 Taylors Pass Chardonnay shows complex flavors and a crisp mouthfeel. On the nose, its aromas are of citrus and tropical fruits. Flavors of gooseberry and guava in the mouth are complemented by mineral notes, a vibrant acidity and a clean finish.


Food Pairings: Grilled fish, oysters, garden salad


For more information, visit www.villamaria.co.nz

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The World Series Cup Women’s Finals in Long Beach, CA

 


After a nearly ten-year absence, international beach volleyball returned to American shores for the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, CA, from July 22-28. Featuring both an International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) grand slam event and a new “World Series Cup,” which pitted top international competitors against the best of the U.S. , the event drew out volleyball fans in droves to the picturesque Long Beach waterfront, which also hosted live music, street food and interactive booths throughout the week.

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Festival Founders David Alan Bernahl, II and Robert Weakley with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Seventy thousand square feet of red carpet will be necessary to cover Grand Avenue in downtown between 1st and 2nd Streets for the Third Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival marquee events. Having the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a backdrop? Not bad!


More than 100 celebrity chefs from around the country and 250 wines from all over the world will come together August 22-25, 2013, to create culinary memories during some 25 events, with tickets ranging from $50 to $350. An Ultimate VIP Guest Package is available for $995. And a seat at the exclusive 24 guest Founder’s Dinner is $6,000.

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Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi 2009 Nipozzano Riserva

Price: $22

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Tuscany (Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG), Italy

Varietals: 90 percent Sangiovese & 10 percent Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi has been making this classic Chianti at its Nipozzano estate since 1864. Displaying dark cherry and floral aromas on the nose, it reveals earthy red berry flavors with hints of clove and pepper in the mouth. Its food-friendly acidity and supple tannins provide balance.


Food Pairings: Barbecued meat, beef stew, aged cheeses


For more information, visit www.frescobaldi.it

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