Spirits of the Season Holiday Gifts 2014: Accessories For Wine Lovers

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 It’s nearly October, which means Holiday gift giving and celebrating is on our minds, as it is for many.We have been busy trying out the best in all sorts of categories for our annual “Spirits of the Season 2014″ round ups, and today initiate our coverage with Spirits of the Season Holiday Gifts 2014: Accessories […]

Drink This Not That: Bid Adieu To Summer With G’Vine Floraison Gin

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Drink This Not That: Bid Adieu To The Long Drinks of Summer With G’Vine Floraison Gin.Simple, easy to build long drinks are the ticket before the weather changes to fall, using base spirits and supporting cast ingredients that tumble together over a tall column of ice or in a large goblet.  The heat will stay […]

Napa Earthquake: B.R. Cohn Winery Finds Losses Less Than Feared

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This is harvest time in Napa Valley, and the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California Sunday August 24th did not impact vineyards or the grapes on the vine, but did cause structural damage and sent more than 100 people to the hospital.On social media, pictures of broken wine barrels and wine bottles littering the floors […]

The Taste Food Fest in Los Angeles Gets The Hollywood Treatment


Paramount Studios, established in 1913, has been home to Hollywood celebrities for the better party of a century. This weekend, however, it’s not film and TV stars but celebrity chefs who are taking over the venerable studio this weekend and they’re bringing legions of their fans.The Taste, the food and wine festival sponsored by the […]

Live Contest Pitted Two Teams Of Celebrity Chefs To Benefit Local Food Bank

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The sprawling 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 21-14, got underway Thursday with some serious fun on a perfect summer evening in America’s new culinary capital, DTLA (or downtown Los Angeles for everyone not in the know).With a cool ocean breeze keeping the warm August temperatures manageable, guests mingled outdoors during the […]

Los Angeles Food & Wine Scene Reflected in Chase Sapphire Chef Challenge

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The meteoric rise in the Downtown L.A. Food Scene is reflected in the work of key celebrity chefs for the Team Competition of the 4th Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival to feature the Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge!Culinary Superstars Graham Elliot, Fabio Viviani, Ben Ford and Ray Garcia compete for a chance to win […]

August 20th is National Lemonade Day, Have A Refreshing Cocktail; Recipes

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Do you like lemonade?Thank an Arab!  The all-American drink lemonade may have had its origin in medieval Egypt.  According to cliffordwright.com, historians say that the first clear literary evidence of the lemon tree in any language dates from the early tenth-century Arabic work by Qustus al-Rumi in his book on farming.There are many health benefits […]

Lavazza Love At Rogers Cup in Toronto, Coffee Dessert Drinks To Grand Slam


Do you know what Italians do REALLY well? Many things, of course.  Coffee is taken to an art form, and very seriously. Lavazza has been doing it for a long time, and they are the official coffee sponsors for Wimbledon and the Rogers Cup, currently underway in Toronto until August 10.Lavazza is also the official […]

Wine of the Month: Marvelous Red 2011 from South Africa Plus Recipe


August  2014: This month’s wine pick is Marvelous Red 2011 from South Africa. A full-bodied affordable fruity and easy to drink red wine made with lots of love from a chef, a winemaker and an entrepreneur who collaborated and produced some exuberant, unfussy wines hitting the USA this summer.We fell in love with the Red […]

Eat This Not That: The Gracious Gourmet’s Ready To Use Jars of Love

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Every now and then, something so magically delicious (no, not Lucky Charms) comes along that makes our toes curl, and we sing to the heavens, “thank you foodie gods” for making people so darn clever that they gave it the good old college try and succeeded in making a totally fantastic and quite useful entry […]

Brooklyn Brewery Mash Storms London


The second annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour hits London, July 26 – Aug 3 tocelebrate what’s next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer. The Mash tour is the largest traveling food, beer and arts festival, stopping in ten US cities as well as Stockholm in 2014. Brooklyn Brewery has collaborated with local London chefs, artists and […]

National Tequila Day Is July 24: Seize The Day With Avión, Recipes


Tequila Avión Silver stands out for National Tequila Day, this July 24th!National Tequila Day is Thursday, July 24 and it is NOT to be confused with National Margarita Day which falls on dreary cold February 22.An exceptional pour, this tequila hails from Jalisco, Mexico, and is an affordable gift for any party host or tequila […]

Wine of the Month: Franciacorta ’61 Brut, ’61 Rosé Plus Recipe


July 2014: This month’s wine pick is Franciacorta ’61 Brut and Franciacorta ’61 Rosé, both an under $30 bottle of sparkling wine and a stellar deal.We are heading to Italy this month for a well-priced fantastic alternative to champagne and pedestrian Prosecco. First, understand the differences between the two.Champagne and Prosecco are sparkling wines that […]

EAT! “MasterChef” Fourth of July Recipes With Photos

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It’s here: July 4th! Time to market and prepare the spread for the family.“MasterChef” Fourth of July Recipes below feature great, healthy ideas and combinations from their celebrity chefs. As summer is now upon us, it’s time to elevate the grillin’ routine to new levels. Don’t roll me no Hot Dog!  Grilling a few, well […]

July 4th Cocktails and Dessert Drink Recipes That Set Off Fireworks

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July 4th is in two days, and along with the veggie, appetizers, seafood trays, cheese spreads and barbecue plans, make sure you have the perfect drinks to serve that can combine dessert and after-dinner drinks so people don’t feel like they overdid it.The weather demands a lighter and more festive cocktail, and Tequila is perfect […]

Wine of the Month: Skinnygirl 2012 Chardonnay Plus Recipe


June 2014: This month’s wine pick is a California white, Skinnygirl 2012 Chardonnay, an under $12 bottle of white (you can find this on sale at Total Wine and BevMo often times for less than $10) that is layered with notes of citrus fruit, vanilla and toasty oak making it refreshing, light and perfect wine […]

Drink This Not That: July 4th Deserves The Piper-Heidsieck Lightbox Treatment

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Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4th.Our wonderful summer federal holiday has a storied past and is a fantastic time to celebrate with family and friends.Independence […]