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  • pinitbutton Soléna 2011 Pinot Noir Domaine Danielle Laurent   Wine of the Week Review

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Price: $50

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Willamette Valley (Yamhill-Carlton District), Oregon

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.7 percent

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Mar

  • pinitbutton GAYOTs 2014 Restaurant Issue
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A look at some of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants: the dining room at Aubergine; chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse; king crab salad at Addison


We’ve just published our Annual Restaurant Issue, which includes the highly-anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list among its awards. The 2014 edition also names chef Daniel Boulud as the Best Restaurateur of the Year.

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  • pinitbutton Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa   Hotel Review
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The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California


R&R Paradise


At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center) to the tune of $30 million. Better yet, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

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Mar

  • pinitbutton National Pancake Day at IHOP

by Sophie Gayot


I mostly review restaurants at dinner, sometimes at lunch, but never at breakfast. However, when I was invited to flip pancakes with Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, I got up (early) and drove to Hollywood this morning.

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  • pinitbutton Hyatt Regency Trinidad   Hotel Review
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The infinity pool at Hyatt Regency Trinidad


by Natalie Compagno


Known for its annual Carnival, a ’round-the-clock spectacle and celebration unlike any other in the world, Trinidad is a colorful melting pot often associated with wild costumes and late night revelry. It also boasts untouched beaches, some of the world’s best bird-watching and a Calypso music scene that invented the steelpan. The food here is sophisticated and spicy, and celebrity chefs and street vendors are revered equally, while Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines influence almost every dish. Added to the mix are the oil and natural gas companies in the capital of Port of Spain that drive the robust (for the Caribbean) economy. For a time the creation of a single hotel catering to all aspects of this island nation seemed near impossible — until 2008 and the arrival of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

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  • pinitbutton Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $95

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Spring Mountain District), California

Varietals: 95.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 percent Cabernet Franc & 1.5 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,606 cases

Alcohol: 14.1 percent

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Tasting Notes: Hal and Fiona Barnett founded their eponymous vineyards in 1983 on the top of Spring Mountain on the west side of Napa Valley. With steeply sloped vineyards and an altitude of 2,000 feet, the region produces distinctive mountain wines. First released in 2006 and now aged nicely, the 2003 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon boasts incredible balance Continue reading “Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



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