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Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon liqueur


Pernod Ricard Launches Quirky Spirits


by Alain Gayot


Bacon, bacon everywhere: in your ice cream, chocolate and your Brussels sprouts; restaurants just can’t seem to stay away from that part of the pork. But what’s a bacon-lover trying to live the vegetarian lifestyle to do? Try Mama Walker’s new Maple Bacon liqueur, brought to you by the Pernod Ricard group. Far from the exotic Pernod and Ricard spirits with roots in France, the multinational decided to create three liqueurs with American comfort breakfast foods in mind. Like the Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut versions, Maple Bacon is totally vegan.

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Bibimbap Backpackers

on July 12th, 2013
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This version of the signature Korean dish bibimbap was made with corn flakes

 


PSY recently put South Korea on the charts with his worldwide pop hit “Gangnam Style.” Now he’s trying to put South Korean food on the map as well.

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Tents await lunch and bidding at Auction Napa Valley 2013 at the Meadowood resort


The American Wine Classic – 33rd Annual Wine Auction


2013: The Marvels & Miracles


Event Chairs: Garen and Shari Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard


Beneficiaries: Programs benefiting healthcare and child development in Napa County


***   Raised: $16.9 million   ***


SCHEDULE


-  Saturday May 26, 2013: E-Auction


Opens for online bids on 170 lots. Raised $430,000.

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Moraga Vineyards 2005 Red Wine

Price: $125

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Los Angeles, CA

Varietals: 56.1 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.7 percent Merlot, 0.2 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: The 2005 Red from Moraga Vineyards shows excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Its complex flavors are primarily of blackberry and boysenberry with some herbal and mineral notes. This finely crafted Meritage finishes full and long.


Food Pairings: Grass-fed beef, black truffle pizza


Other Meritages we have tasted

Check out GAYOT’s Los Angeles Travel Guide

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: Not rated
Directed by: Dante Ariola
Starring: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Anne Heche
Released by: Cinedigm
Run time: 101 minutes
Year: 2013

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by Alain Gayot


Romantic comedies aren’t what they used to be – and that’s not a bad thing. Gone are the days of the sugary-sweet stories that made actresses like Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts household names. “Arthur Newman” is the latest example of the shift in the genre towards more plausible plots involving flawed characters, such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “(500) Days of Summer.”

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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Danièle Thompson
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Lou de Laâge, Valérie Bonneton
Released by: Pathé Distribution
Year: 2012

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by Alain Gayot


The 17th annual COL•COA French Film Festival debuted at The Director’s Guild Theater Complex in Los Angeles, where director Danièle Thompson’s “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” was presented by Axel Cruau, French Consul General in Los Angeles. Once the Champagne de L’Argentaine and food from some of LA’s popular restaurants like Church & State, K-ZO and Estérel at the Sofitel Los Angeles was enjoyed, a throng of VIPs, actors (including Robert Forster and Shannon Wilcox), directors and other moviegoers proceeded into the theater. The screening of the short “Clean” was followed by the feature presentation of “Des Gens qui s’embrassent” AKA stateside “It Happened in Saint-Tropez.” The title was inspired by the Frank Sinatra song “It Happened in Monterey” which is featured in the movie along with the crooner’s hit “My Way.” Coincidentally, the music for that song was co-written by Claude Francois, whose movie biography “My Way” was the opener at the 2012 COL•COA! After the credits rolled, writer/producer/director Edward Zwick (Defiance, The Last Samurai, The Siege) moderated a bilingual Q&A session.

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Proud to be an American

on January 31st, 2013
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American Airlines Flies with new Logo and Livery


by Alain Gayot


Every so often an airline comes out with new features, and there is a lot brewing these days with new aircraft technology. American Airlines has reached such a milestone with the advent of light aircraft based on carbon fiber parts and other lightweight materials. For decades, the iconic airline flew with shiny aluminum skins only seen these days on vintage aircraft at shows and museums. A requirement had made it that AA needed to paint their planes. So starting today American Airlines Flight #963 from Dallas to Sao Paolo, Brazil, is the first commercial flight of the airline’s brand new 777-300ER plane to fly the new exterior scheme with silver mica paint to remind you of the earlier planes’ metallic look. A new modern logo with a stylized eagle sits next to the giant word “American” while on the tail waves a proud rendition of Old Glory.

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The Galerie label features artwork by Malia Pettit

Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz Launches Galerie


We were there for the birth of Naissance, an aptly named first wine from winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz’s first label of her own, Galerie. At a lunch at Providence in LA, we were among the first to taste the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, made in a European old wine style.


The winemaker started her career at Finca Otero in La Mancha, with stops in New Zealand at Isabel Estate Vineyards in Marlborough, and the Calina Winery in Talca, Chile, before her arrival in Napa. For the past several years, she has worked with her mentor, Chris Carpenter, the highly acclaimed winemaker for Cardinale, Lokoya, Mt. Brave, and La Jota, which was represented at lunch by their 2009 Howell Mountain Cab.

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Hennessy VS Cognac

by Alain Gayot


While some Cognac houses have hired rappers to promote their brand, Hennessy decided to up their street cred with a street artist. The 247-year-old house commissioned American street artist Futura to design their new VS Limited Edition bottle. Futura (born Leonard McGurr) is the leader of the “Abstract Graffiti” movement, known for its focus on lines rather than letters. His colorful design will adorn 200,000 bottles, which retail for $32 each.

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Front side of Inglenook 2009 CASK Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring 1941 label design


If you avoid Inglenook wines because of their subpar reputation, it’s time to rethink that notion. Founded in 1880 by Finnish sea captain Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook was actually one of the earliest and greatest of Napa Valley wine estates. But in 1964, it was broken up and sold off, and the brand became associated with cheap box wines.


Over the past few decades, filmmaker/wine entrepreneur Francis Ford Coppola has devoted a tremendous amount of money and energy to reviving this historic brand. He began buying up parts of the 235-acre estate in 1975, issuing wines under the Niebaum-Coppola label. In 2006, he changed the label to Rubicon Estate, and five years later to Inglenook when he finally completed the estate’s reunification. He also hired Château Margaux winemaker Philippe Bascaules to change the public perception of the Inglenook brand and restore it to its former glory.

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