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It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

It Happened in Saint-Tropez movie poster

Three and a half stars

 

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

Fandango  - We've Got Your Movie Tickets!


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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Jan

Flag design on tailfin

Flag design on tailfin

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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Oct

The Galerie label features artwork by Malia Pettit

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

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

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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2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

25 Years of Food at its Best


by Alain Gayot and David Farley


The first week of May is often dominated by thoughts of where to go for the long Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month. Or about summer travel, in general. For foodies, though, it’s about one thing: the James Beard Awards. As per usual, the awards took place this week at Lincoln Center and were a glorious gala of the country’s best of the best in the food industry.


Chefs and attendees flew in from across the country, but the home team did very well. New York was well represented in the winner’s circle with Eleven Madison Park’s chef, Daniel Humm, taking the cake, or, rather the top award for Best Chef while Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi took home honors for Rising Chef. In the Best Chef NYC category, Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony was the big winner. Other Big Apple restaurants and individuals that received awards included Terroir’s Paul Grieco for Outstanding Beer, Wine, and Spirits Professional and La Grenouille for Outstanding Service.

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Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration at the London West Hollywood

Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration at the London West Hollywood

Top Form at 40


It was 40 centuries ago that the production of wine took place in what is today Armenia and Iran and, yes, China most probably had been making fermented fruit juices another 40 centuries earlier. At 40 years young, John Jordan and Jordan Winery are following in our ancestors’ footsteps and more recently his Mom and Dad, Sally and Tom Jordan, who gave birth to the winery and their son forty years ago. And what an enterprise it is. It took a fortune made in the oil and gas exploration business to power its development. Tom, a geology engineer, had to keep his hands and feet underground to satisfy his thirst.

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Apr

Mt. Brave wines

Mt. Brave wines

A Brave New Wine


Native Americans and early settlers hunted animals with bows and arrows so they could feed themselves and their families. But a lucky few wielding those old-school weapons were able to enjoy a gourmet wild game meal on Sunday, washed down by fine Napa Valley red wines, no matter how badly they aimed.


The occasion was the exclusive launch party for the new Mt. Brave wine label at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, where three wines and a mini-archery range magically appeared. Mt. Brave winemaker Chris Carpenter, who has worked on other top Kendall-Jackson Napa mountain vineyards such as Lokoya and Cardinale, introduced the inaugural 2008 vintage, which includes 1,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), 100 cases of Merlot ($60) and 100 cases of Malbec ($60).

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The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Pretty in Pink, Blue, White and Green Suites


by Alain Gayot


Princes are graduating to kings thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills‘ recently remodeled suites. The year-long renovation transformed 193 guest rooms of the hotel, including luxurious villas and four individually designed suites – The Peninsula Suite, The Royal Patio Suite, The Grand Deluxe Suite (all three designed by Forchielli Glynn) and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine. Each features its own color palette and style – The Peninsula Suite, or The Green Suite, has an “East-meets-West” feel; The Royal Patio Suite is nicknamed The White Suite for its cream-toned backgrounds and drapery; The Grand Deluxe Suite is also called The Pink Suite; and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine, or The Blue Suite, showcases an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream and white, as well as Corzine’s signature line of furniture, textiles and lighting designs. Reservations begin at $6,000 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Pink Suite), $6,795 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Blue Suite), $7,000 for the The Peninsula Suite (Green Suite), $8,000 for The Royal Patio Suite (White Suite) and $9,700 for The Peninsula Villa.

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Cadillac, the iconic car of GM

Cadillac, the iconic car of GM

When GM means Grand Marriage


by André Gayot


I love reunions, reconciliations, rapprochements, consolidations, alliances, coalitions, engagements and weddings. They all contain a sign of peace and while they are not always evidence of love, in many cases they demonstrate the power of reason. That’s why I find myself rejoicing at the announcement that American General Motors plans to acquire 7% of French Peugeot. It’s the nicer side of globalization: a marriage of convenience and — even better — perhaps also a marriage of love.


GM (which in this instance could stand for Grand Marriage) has always loved things French. Perhaps this is because it was co-founded by William C. Durant who also co-founded Chevrolet with Louis Chevrolet of French –Swiss descent. Chevrolet later merged with GM, which baptized its prestigious machines with French names like DeVille, Biarritz, Orléans, LaSalle, Pontiac and Corvette. The name of its iconic brand Cadillac, synonymous the world over with luxury, elegance and quality, is borrowed from the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac who founded the city of Detroit — another French name.

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