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Joios! Rooftop Tasting

on January 22nd, 2013
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Joios! Rooftop Tasting

At the Joios! Rooftop Tasting, wines are brown-bagged and labeled so as not to reveal their identity.

by Michelle Kwan


Joios, as the name would suggest, celebrates the spirit of conviviality marked by fine wine, good company, and the idea that quality bottles should be accessible to all. Bringing together oenophiles of all stripes, Joios invites participants to partake in a blind tasting focusing on specific varietals or shared characteristics. With Joios’ unique “discover and uncover” approach, wines are brown-bagged and labeled so as not to reveal their identity; participants are then asked to taste pours of each and take notes according to their impression and preference. Afterwards, a tally is taken based upon tasters’ votes and notes. Finally, the wines are unveiled and background as to provenance, age, varietal, and vineyard are discussed.


At a recent New York tasting that we attended, Grenaches from several countries were sampled, including one from Spain and a particularly noteworthy smooth and fruity French variety. To kick things off, participants’ palates were primed with a crisp, undisguised French rosé. Continue reading “Joios! Rooftop Tasting” »



Wine pouring at the Roussillon Wine Tasting at the Maison de la Region Languedoc-Roussillon

Wine pouring at the Roussillon Wine Tasting at the Maison de la Region Languedoc-Roussillon in New York City

by Michelle Kwan


The Languedoc-Roussillon region has been perfecting their winemaking and honing the quality of their craftsmanship for the last two decades. The varied terroir of the region, encompassing the border of Spain and extending to different sides of the Pyrenees along the Mediterranean Coast to the Rhône Valley and Provence, has enabled local growers to cultivate a variety of grapes to produce numerous combinations of reds, whites, roses, and fortified sweet wines. The Maison Languedoc Roussillon has brought together a collection of wines from Collioure, Côtes du Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France, and Maury among others to demonstrate the versatility that comprises this region with 13 AOCs/AOPs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlées/Appellation d’Origine Protegées). Bottles like the 2011 Cotes du Roussillon, Les Vignes de Bila Haut red from Maison Chapoutier had good tannins and acidity while the white variety was light with balanced minerality.

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Sophie Gayot - Shanon Ferguson - Christian Philippo - Philip Spee - Holly Jivin - Aitor Zabala - Heather Denehy

In the kitchen at The Bazaar at SLS Beverly Hills – From left to right: Aitor Zabala (Assistant Director R&D Think Food Group); Holly Jivin (SAAM Chef & The Bazaar Sous Chef); Christian Philippo (General Manager The Bazaar), Philip Spee (F&B SLS outlet); Heather Denehy (Server); Shanon Ferguson (F&B Director SLS); with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


Since there are so many restaurants offering dinner to celebrate 2013, we have put together lists of the best restaurants near you. The best of the best made GAYOT’s Top 10 New Year’s Eve Restaurants in the U.S.!


Last night I headed to The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills to see what they were planning for the big night: be prepared for a Spanish Masquerade Ball. For $250, you will have unlimited access to the tapas and desserts that make Andrés’ cuisine so different, as well as drinks. Quite a deal for this restaurant!


If you choose to stay at home, make sure to pick the right bubbles with our sparkling wine guide.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and may you enjoy CONTINUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS IN 2013!



Balls & Bubbles

on December 14th, 2012
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Susan Sarandon - Sophie Gayot

Actress Susan Sarandon with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


As guests walked in André Balazs’ hotel The Standard Downtown LA for the opening party of SPiN Standard, they were welcomed with mini bottles of Chandon Brut Classic and Chandon Rosé.


At the top of the escalator near the entrance to this new “ping pong social club,” a floor-to-ceiling picture of President Barack Obama playing ping pong (in a tie, no less) put everybody in the mood for a bit of sport. Many celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, socialized at the bar, which was serving more Chandon (in flutes this time) and a custom cocktail — the Spin-tini made with Chandon, lychee purée, lemon juice, honey, ginger and Belvedere vodka.

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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series making its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series making its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

World-Class Car Convention


From PCH to the Sunset Strip, Southern California was made for cruising, and there’s no bigger celebration of the Southland’s car culture than the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. Open to the public November 30 through December 9, the 2012 LA Auto Show promises to rev SoCal car fans into a frenzy, with nearly 50 vehicle debuts including both concept cars and soon-to-be-available production models. Among the anticipated unveilings at this year’s show is the world debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, as well as the North American debuts of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept.

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The Balvenie Fifty

on November 28th, 2012
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A Limited-Edition $32,000 Scotch

The Balvenie Aged 50 Years with its special packaging

The Balvenie Aged 50 Years with its special packaging


Two important events took place at the Scottish firm William Grant & Sons in 1962. David Stewart was hired as an apprentice, and cask #5576 was filled with newly distilled whisky from The Balvenie Distillery. Although Scotland and its namesake spirit have a long and glorious history, the country hadn’t even begun exporting single malt Scotch at the time. Stewart rose through the ranks and became a Malt Master for the company (which owns distilleries including The Balvenie and Glenfiddich), nosing more than 400,000 casks of whisky through the years, while that single barrel matured. Many of Stewart’s techniques working with single malt whisky, such as aging the spirit in two different types of barrels, became industry standards, and he earned numerous accolades while that oh-so-special European oak sherry hogshead continued to age, mellow and evaporate.


Fifty years later, Stewart has become a consultant to the company, and that cask was finally bottled. We were lucky enough to attend an event at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills honoring Stewart’s fifty years of contributions to the Scotch whisky industry as well as taste the whisky that was five decades in the making.

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Domenico Selections and Ice Bucket Selections Tasting at Park Avenue Autumn

Domenico Selections and Ice Bucket Selections Tasting at Park Avenue Autumn

by Michelle Kwan


There is a wine for every season, so it made perfect sense that this year’s Domenico and Ice Bucket Selections Tasting was hosted at the seasonal Park Avenue Autumn where the menu changes four times a year to highlight the flavors of Winter, Spring, Summer and now Fall. The Domenico Selections portfolio is centered on local Italian wines derived from regional grapes produced in family owned vineyards. The results are balanced, versatile vintages with good acidity and fruit. Their versatility makes them great candidates for pairing with a variety of cuisines and culinary flavors.


Ice Bucket Selections, established in 2008 by wine writer Todd M. Wernstrom, imports worthy vintages predominantly from California, Oregon, France and the still often-overlooked Hudson Valley region. The focus revolves around local, family owned and operated wineries that employ the purest and most authentic wine production methods.

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The Food Event

on October 26th, 2012
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Camechana from Public School

Camechana from Public School

by Jeff Hoyt


The heavens were threatening, but blue sky prevailed over clouds high above the hills of Malibu where The Food Event by Los Angeles Magazine was held this past Sunday. At Saddlerock Ranch — home to Malibu Family Wines and producers of Saddlerock and Semler Wines — thousands of diners queued up to try the latest creations from more than forty LA-area restaurants washed down by wine, beer, vodka, Veev, and even Sri Lankan spirits!


We certainly didn’t get a chance to try every dish, but our favorite was David LeFevre’s sword squid from Manhattan Beach Post (M. B. Post) served over fava beans. We also enjoyed smoky fried chicken from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, live prawn from The Royce at the Langham, lamb chops from The Strand House, squash blossom tamales with mole from Malo and Más Malo and adobo short rib tacos and smoked camechana — a spicy Mexican seafood cocktail made with shrimp, scallops and halibut — from Public School, which will be opening soon in Culver City after a successful downtown launch.

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All About Germany

on October 17th, 2012
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Axel Cruau - Sophie Gayot - Bernd Fischer - Tom LaBonge

Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau, Sophie Gayot, Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles Dr. Bernd Fischer, Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge

by Sophie Gayot


One of Germany’s national holidays is the Day of German Unity (Tag der deutschen Einheit). It has been celebrated since October 3rd, 1991. It commemorates the anniversary of the German unification in 1990, a highly important event not only for Germans, but also the rest of the world.


As I was in Los Angeles that day, I attended the reception held by Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and his wife Mrs. Jutta Fischer. “The day of unification is one of the happiest in the history of the German people. Germany’s political miracle and the country’s unity also laid the foundation for the unification of Europe, all which would not have been possible without the help of the United States,” declared Dr. Fischer.

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Models show off Walter Baker's W118 collection during New York Fashion Week

Models show off Walter Baker’s W118 collection during New York Fashion Week

by Michelle Kwan


Walter Baker’s eye for creative versatility has kept him among the forefront of fashion design for over two decades. Trading in his finance career for the spotlight in fashion, he launched his first line, “WALTER,” in 1991. His designs seek to uphold the principles of “confidence and style” that he believes define the interconnectivity between women all over the world. Dresses with soft lines and intricate feminine prints as well as constructed jackets with an industrial look are signature styles in the WALTER collection. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at the Lincoln Center in New York City featured Walter Baker’s W118 Spring 2013 Collection at “The Box.” Baker’s latest line consists of an eclectic blend of colors, styles and cuts ranging from energetic island, urban, tribal and psychedelic-inspired prints to bold color block patterns. Soft, flowing fabrics that drape dominate along with form-fitting but relaxed cuts. The overall style? Versatility with flair.

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