Champagne Perrier-Jouet Unveils 2004 Belle Epoque Florale Edition – Wine News

Champagne Perrier-Jouët 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition on display at Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood, CA
Champagne Perrier-Jouët 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition on display at Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood, CA

Pernod Ricard’s prestigious Champagne brand Perrier-Jouët unveiled the 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition bottle by Japanese floral designer Makoto Azuma at Katsuya restaurant in Brentwood last night. Photographs of his beautiful floral arrangements make up the book Encyclopedia of Flowers. This first limited edition design of cuvée Belle Époque since the creation of its iconic anemone bottle by Emile Gallé in 1902 debuted in Japan this summer. Only 200 cases of the 2004 Belle Époque Florale Edition are available around the world at $199 per bottle.

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JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live American Music Awards Package – Travel Special

An aerial view of downtown Los Angeles
An aerial view of downtown Los Angeles

Party Like a Rock Star at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live


Created with the diehard music lover in mind, the 2012 American Music Awards VIP Getaway Package from the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is the ultimate weekend escape.


The American Music Awards is one of Los Angeles’s most exclusive events, but guests of the JW Marriott will not only attend the November 18 awards ceremony, they will also be treated to a variety of VIP experiences before and after the show, including red carpet arrival and hospitality lounges. This once-in-a-lifetime package includes Continue reading “JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live American Music Awards Package – Travel Special” »

Robert Wiedmaier — Chef, Beermaker, Knight

Robert Wiedmaier
Robert Wiedmaier

by Patricia Mack


Calling the chef “Sir”? Robert Wiedmaier’s staff had better get used to it, because on Aug. 31, as part of the annual celebration of Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels, the Washington, D.C. chef will be inducted into The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff with all due pomp and circumstance.


“I’m more than a little nervous,” says Wiedmaier of this honorary knighthood. “The ceremony takes place with hundreds of people watching, every brewer in Belgium will be there — I’ll have to kneel and…oh, man, am I nervous!”


The Knighthood of the Brewers’ Mashstaff is the Belgium brewers’ guild, which keeps alive the traditions and nobility of the brewer’s trade as it has evolved through centuries, but that doesn’t preclude enjoying and celebrating of beer, especially Belgian beer which figures large in Wiedmaier’s restaurants. Although the menu at Wiedmaier’s flagship D.C. establishment, Marcel’s, is chiefly French in flavor, it features hints of the Belgian influence that is in full-force at his more casual Brasserie Beck also in Washington, Brabo in Alexandria, Va., and his Mussel Bar in Bethesda, Maryland, and Mussel Bar Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These establishments offer the largest selection of Belgian beer around — one of which is the popular Antigoon, a double blonde ale, brewed exclusively for Wiedmaier. It is an unforgettable brew not only for its distinctive taste but for its label showing the gory aftermath of the legendary conflict between hero and giant in medieval Antwerp.

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The Vines and Wines of Numanthia

Numanthia wines
Numanthia wines

by Barnaby Hughes


Estates & Wines, the Moët Hennessy Wine Division, produces vino around the world. Among its vast inventory is our current wine of the week, Cloudy Bay Vineyards 2009 Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc, which stems from New Zealand. I recently got to taste the three wines produced by Bodega Numanthia from Toro, Spain, another of the division’s holdings.


Following a Champagne reception, Numanthia’s winemaker Manuel Louzada introduced his wines at STK restaurant in West Hollywood where they were paired with new executive chef David Gussin’s rich, hearty cuisine. All are made from organically-grown Tinta de Toro grapes – part of the Tempranillo family. We began with Louzada’s 2009 Termes, made from Numanthia’s youngest vines, which are 30-50 years old. Contrary to the usual practice of pairing white wines with fish, it was served with a crisply-grilled red snapper. We were so impressed, expect to see the Termes on our upcoming list of Top 10 Seafood Wines.

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Sunday in the Park With Jazz

by Sophie Gayot


Yesterday marked the debut of the seventh edition of Jazz on the Lawn, a free concert series presented by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs in Stewart Park on Sundays in August from 5 p.m. to 7 pm. It was my first time attending the event; I had never made it in prior years, when the concerts were held on the lawn in front of Santa Monica City Hall. The new location was just perfect: we were surrounded by huge and gorgeous trees and a playground for the children.

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