Escapism in a Glass

Tangerine Speedo
The Tangerine Speedo, one of many cocktails available at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas


 

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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Clairvoyant Beauty Rosewater Toner – Review

Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Toner!

 

 

 

 

Clairvoyant Beauty Rosewater Toner
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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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review

Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine
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

 

Sophie Gayot at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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 Claims Highest Altitude Vineyard in Northern Hemisphere

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