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Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas

Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown at miX restaurant in Las Vegas

A Food and Drink Pairing Competition

by Bob Barnes

“The filet mignon will go very well with a dry Cabernet or a spicy Belgian saison.” Until recently you would not have heard a sommelier make the latter part of that statement, but times are changing. Proof of the leveled playing field for beer and wine was the “Beer vs. Wine Pairing Smackdown” held on May 21 at miX amidst the stunning views from the 64th floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. The event pitted beer against wine in a five-course pairing dinner, each dish served with a beer and wine selected by the respective teams. Audience participation involved voting for the libation that paired best with each course; and selecting “Team Beer” or “Team Wine” buttons to wear, some choosing to don both out of a fear of commitment.

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Pinot Grigio infused with Tattle Tea's Love Struck Rooibos

Pinot Grigio infused with Tattle Tea’s Love Struck Rooibos

Wining about tea

In previous centuries, wine was often served spiced with ingredients like honey, cinnamon and cloves. Nowadays, the practice is much less common, apart from mulled wine during the winter holidays or jugs of sangria served at tapas bars. Yet, the possibilities for enhancing wine are endless.

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Côtes de Bordeaux wines

Introducing one of France’s newest appellations

by Michelle Kwan

France’s famous Bordeaux region comprises numerous appellations and sub-regions, from St-Emilion, Pomerol and Médoc to Entre-Deux-Mers and Sauternes. In 2007, the AOC Côtes de Bordeaux was created, combining the “terroirs” of Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon and Francs, in order to distinguish this unique region from its neighbors. The appellation also gives winemakers within the region the flexibility to blend wines from different areas within the appellation.

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Claiborne & Churchill 2013 Dry Gewürztraminer

Claiborne & Churchill 2013 Dry Gewürztraminer

Price: $20

Rating: 14/20

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The Big-Flavor Grill: No-Marinade, No-Hassle Recipes 

By Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

(Ten Speed Press, 2014)






Readers will be relieved to learn upon opening The Big-Flavor Grill, the ninth and newest collaborative cookbook by food connoisseurs Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, that grilling is easy.

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TATCHA – Review

on May 21st, 2014
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TATCHA's Camelia Cleansing Oil

TATCHA’s Camelia Cleansing Oil


Memoirs of a Geisha: Three Steps to Flawless Skin

by Sylvie Greil

All beauty brands make bold claims. Some deliver. Many don’t. Either way, we are always eager to get suckered into the clever promise of flawless skin. Especially if said promise is inspired by century-old wisdom and the baby-smooth complexion of geisha.

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The annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic was held May 9-13

The annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic was held May 9-13


Five Days of Glitz, Glamour and Cocktails

by David Farley

The first half of May 2014 was a wild one for New York City. May 5 saw the annual James Beard Foundation Awards and all its post-gala debauchery; May 12 was the re-opening party of the revamped Tavern on the Green; and May 9-13 was the annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic. If you happened to attend all three, it’s likely that your liver is begging you to slow down, while your head is hoping to hit the pillow for longer than a few hours at a time.

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Efeste 2010 Final Final

Efeste 2010 Final Final

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

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View of Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives

View of Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives (Photo Credit: Noam Chen)


Pope Francis to Visit Jerusalem’s Historical Sites

Pope Francis is scheduled to make a pilgrimage to Israel from May 24 to 26. The papal visit will be the Pope’s first-ever to Israel, and will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic trip to Jerusalem.

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Cinnabar 2012 Mercury Rising

Cinnabar 2012 Mercury Rising

Price: $22

Rating: 14/20

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