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Luxury Wine Club: Private Cellars by Michael Mondavi

Dec 29, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Napa Valley Vintner Michael Mondavi has launched Private Cellars by Michael Mondavi, an exclusive luxury wine club that gives members access to some of the world's most rare and unique wines.... Read More

Nutritious Gourmet Food at Your Doorstep Courtesy of The Fresh Diet

Dec 27, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Food and Spirits: Without proper nutrition, no diet or weight-loss program is worth its weight in marketing puffery. Living healthfully is not always convenient or easy, especially when it comes to consistently eating well. All it takes is just one or two ill-planned runs to a fast-food drive-through lane a week and the results of all laborious workouts and good-eating days are gone!... Read More

Premium Tequila by DeLeon Available in U.S.

Dec 16, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Food & Spirits: DeLeon Tequila is a premium tequila that was produced exclusively by a wealthy Mexican family in Purisima del Rincon for decades. In 2008, DeLeon Tequila made its tequila available in the U.S. in very limited quantities.... Read More

Thai Restaurant in the Heart of London: Mango Tree

Dec 14, 2010  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Food & Spirits: It’s a freezing cold winter evening when my friend and I visit The Mango Tree in Belgravia, in Central London. We warm up at the chic bar area – the entire venue is decorated with a plush, deep mahogany-style wood, with Thai lanterns on the tables.... Read More

Heather Mills Talks Vegan and Christmas Dinner

Dec 13, 2010  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Food & Spirits: With meat being the base of the traditional English Christmas dinner, vegetarians can often be overlooked at this time of year. If you have a veggie or vegan coming to Xmas lunch, it’s important to make sure you cater for them.... Read More

Talley Vineyards: Growing a California Agricultural Legacy for Over 60 Years

Dec 13, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

California Winery: An Agricultural Legacy in Arroyo Grande Talley Vineyards carries on an agricultural legacy in Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley where the special climate and temperate growing season makes it an ideal location for growing great grapes.... Read More

Four Delectable Dalmores From the Folks who brought us a $160,000 Bottle of Single Malt Scotch

Dec 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  2 Comments

Food and Spirits: This story actually starts more than 700 years ago in Scotland, when a member of the Clan Mackenzie saved the king from being gored by a Highland stag. The kingly reward was that Colin Mackenzie was granted royal permission to use the stag’s head in the Mackenzie coat of arms.... Read More

Vezér Family Vineyard: Premium Wine and Hospitality Just East of Napa Valley

Dec 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

California Vineyard: The first time Frank and Liz Vezér (Vee-zur), founders of  Vezér Family Vineyard, laid eyes on Suisun Valley, they were on their way to the Napa Valley to look for a home. “We instantly fell in love,” Frank recalls.... Read More

Happy Holidays From Moet and Chandon

Dec 3, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food and Spirits: As the world's premiere champagne house, Moët & Chandon has launched a special way to celebrate the holidays, as well as special occasions throughout the year, with MyMoet.com and special gift options.... Read More

Holiday Turkeys Cooked to Perfection With a Little Help From Martha Stewart

Dec 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Holiday Recipes: Sweet potato casserole? Check. Stuffing with chestnuts and herbs? Check. Cranberry mold? Check. Sauteed green beans? Check. Pumpkin pie? Check. Still need a main course? Check out this recipe for the perfect turkey.... Read More

Chicken & Waffles: Recipes from Carneros Inn, Napa,Ca

Nov 19, 2010  |   Contributor: Danika Garlotta

Food & Dining: As we approach the holidays, food plays a critical role in the overall excitement of the season. The Holidays are a time to eat, indulge, and visit with friends and family. A few of our acclaimed chefs from restaurants ranging from San Francisco to Napa, have shared with us a few of their favorite comfort food recipes. Perfect for this fall and winter.... Read More

Holiday Dessert Recipes With a Twist

Nov 19, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Recipes: The meal was a success, the drinks were a hit, and now it's time to seal the deal with a delectable dessert. This season, we suggest adding a little spice to some of your classic holiday favorites. Here are some delicious recipes to help you do just that.... Read More

Holiday Coffee & Dessert Recipes: Warm Up Winter

Nov 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Chestnuts roasting by an open fire and the comforting smell of coffee wafting through the house. Nothing says Christmas like coffee; so here are some easy recipes to get you warmed up for winter, with some help from luxurious De'Longhi kitchen appliances, which make any recipe a little easier.... Read More

Best Holiday Cocktail Recipes of 2010

Nov 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: With the holidays now in full effect, 'tis the season to whip up something special. Something with a little spirit to get you through all the family events and office parties.... Read More

The Perfect Italian Holiday Menu

Nov 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

Food & Spirits: The invitations are sent and the decorations are up, now all that's left is planning the perfect menu for your holiday party. This season, why not step it up a notch and impress your guests by throwing an Italian-inspired soirée, complete with homemade dishes, seasonal drinks, and delectable desserts.... Read More

Winery Reviews: Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery in Clearlake Oaks, California

Nov 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: When Clay Shannon, the owner of Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery, stands among his vines on his home ranch vineyard on a ridge in High Valley, he can see for miles. His breathtaking view includes the massive Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti.... Read More

Winery Reviews: Madro?a Vineyards in Camino, California

Nov 11, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: It’s a steep drive up High Hill Road to Madro?a Vineyards. When first-time guests arrive and realize how far they’ve climbed, they often report having an epiphany. They may have heard that Madro?a stands at an elevation of 3,000 feet and is one of the highest-elevated wineries in the state of California, but now they feel it.... Read More

Remy Martin VSOP Introduces Red Hot Holiday Bottle

Nov 9, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Fine Spirits: Nothing says the holidays are here like booze. In keeping with the season's greetings, Remy Martin VSOP has introduced a holiday bottle, as good for getting as it for giving.... Read More

Mount Gay Rum: The Original Rum to Spice up Holidays

Nov 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Fine Spirits: For the upcoming holidays, get inspired by the rum that sounds like it inspired the original "yo-ho-ho." "According to 17 Century legend, sailors traveling the Atlantic returned to England with casks of Mount Gay from Barbados as proof of having completed their ocean crossing. Today, sailors and connoisseurs alike regard Mount Gay Rum as proof of their good taste. The “Rum that invented Rum,” Mount Gay is the world’s oldest rum, and proudly offers a full range of classic blends appropriate for every occasion from sipping to cocktail hour."... Read More

Biltmore Estate Sparkling Collection: Perfect Mixer for Elegant Holiday Parties

Nov 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Sparkling Wine: Biltmore Estate Sparkling Collection: Perfect Mixer for Elegant Holiday Parties Bubbles make the holidays go down just a little smoother. The Biltmore Estate Sparkling Collection is the perfect way to way jazz up the holidays and put everybody in a festive mood.... Read More

PAFA's Bacchanal! 2010 to Celebrate Pinot Noir

Nov 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Teresa Rothaar

Arts & Cutlure: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host the Bacchanal! Wine Gala and Auction on November 13 at the PAFA in Philadelphia. The affair will feature internationally distinguished winemakers and celebrity chefs. Bacchanal! 2010, Pinot on the Palette, will celebrate the best of Pinot Noir from around the world. This is the the twelfth anniversary of the event. Bacchanal! has become a nationally regarded fine wine and auction event in the Philadelphia area that has raised approximately $3 million to help fund PAFA's student scholarships and education programs... Read More

U'Luvka Vodka: Stylish Bottle Adds Art to the Bar

Nov 1, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: The most outstanding feature of U'Luvka Vodka (beyond the twisty name) is the unusually shaped bottle, which adds a new talking point to your bar.... Read More

Winemaker Greg La Follette Launches New Eponymous Wine Label

Oct 25, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Greg La Follette, formerly the winemaker at such wineries as Flowers and BV, has launched his own label, cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.... Read More

Australian Wines Win at International Wine & Spirits Competition

Oct 19, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Australia's mastery of winemaking was recognized worldwide with the announcing of the Southern Hemisphere medal winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Five-hundred-and-sixty-eight medals in total were presented to Australia, including 27 Gold-Best in Class and six additional Gold-level awards. The nation has more gold medals than any other. Australian varietals Shiraz and Semillon received the majority of the awards.... Read More

Foggy Ridge Hard Cider: Move Over Wine...Cider Rules

Oct 14, 2010  |   Contributor: Gwen Mayes  |  2 Comments

Food & Spirits: When Diane Flynt talks about varietals of apples and the delicacies of hard cider it would be easy to mistake her for a winemaker from the heartland of Virginia.... Read More

Donsuemor Madeleines: Gourmet Desserts on the Go

Oct 9, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Fine Dining: These French cakes may be the tastiest gift idea for this of this holiday season. The Donsuemor line of premium-baked goods is putting smiles on faces nationwide. People are raving about the flavorful gourmet mini-desserts nationwide. This is a company that began in a residential kitchen in Berkeley, Cal., that has grown to an operation that today produces 15,000 madeleines per hour from its bakery in Alameda, Cal. While the organization has grown substantially from its humble beginnings, its recipe for success has remained intact from day one... Read More

Agwa de Bolivia Coca Leaf Liquor: Fall Cocktails

Oct 8, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Tired of the same old vodka and rum? Then you're going to want to pay attention to Agwa de Bolivia, the newest liquor from an old source.... Read More

Rare and Unique Whiskies Discovered on the Road

Oct 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  1 Comment

Rare Spirits: Whiskey research trips, contrary to the first images conjured up in one’s mind, are serious undertakings. I wanted to talk with a variety of professionals in the retail end of the whisky business to learn what unusual whiskies they elevated to the top of their personal lists. The criteria for the quest included taste, rarity, uniqueness, and a personal affinity, but not necessarily age or cost. As it turned out, the whiskies listed in this article range from “NAS” – no age statement, but usually assumed to be around 10 years, to 48 years, with prices from under $100 to thousands.... Read More

Ravenswood Wine: Pickberry Bordeaux Blend 2006

Oct 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The 2006 Pickberry is a collector's wine, made of a classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.... Read More

Lobel's of New York: Generations of the Best Beef

Oct 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: For five generations Lobel's of New York has been providing customers with the highest-quality beef. Now, thanks to the Internet, Lobel's ships their amazing meat selection around the country, giving everyone from celebrities and prominent executives to people who value the finest quality... Read More

World’s Most Expensive Whisky to Be Auctioned in November

Sep 27, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Fine Spirits: On November 15 in New York Sotheby’s will auction off a one-of-a-kind crystal Lalique decanter holding the oldest and rarest Macallan single malt ever bottled, expected to fetch at least $150,000 making it the world’s most expensive whisky. The famed Speyside distillery commissioned the legendary crystal artisan to create the decanter using the ancient "cire perdue" or "lost wax" method. The Macallan in Lalique Cire Perdue decanter is filled with 64 years and older Macallan single malt whisky, vatted together from three casks, all built from sherry seasoned Spanish oak.... Read More

Winery Review: Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California

Sep 27, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard always seems to be ahead of the curve. The winery made its mark on the world with pioneering work in the exploration of Rhône varieties, innovative production techniques, imaginative marketing, and its very unconventional leader.... Read More

Winery Review: D’Alfonso ~ Curran Wines in Solvang, California

Sep 25, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: Collectively, Bruno D’Alfonso and Kris Curran have enjoyed nearly 50 years as winemakers. Both Bruno and Kris graduated from college and went on to get a second degree in oenology. So they’re serious about making wine. Although they recognize the artistic side, they firmly believe in science.... Read More

Winery Review: Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Washington

Sep 20, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in Washington: Situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the spectacular Columbia River Gorge with majestic Mt. Hood in the distance, Maryhill Winery serves as an inspiration to wine lovers.... Read More

Best Places to Wine, Dine & Play in Paso Robles

Sep 20, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: With each passing year, the adventure of wine tasting in Paso Robles grows richer with possibilities.... Read More

Wine Tips from Winemaker Alessia Antinori

Sep 8, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Alessia Antinori is the 26th generation of her family to make wine, which has been making wine in Italy since 1385. Below are some of her tips for best enjoying wine, culled from years spent in the vineyards.... Read More

Mount Veeder Winery: Distinctive California Wines

Sep 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: As one of the first California wineries to plant all five varieties of Bordeaux, Mount Veeder produces distinctive wines with elegant tastes. The 2005 Mount Veeder Reserve is crafted from small lots of very concentrated fruits to produce a wine with a deep color and complex nose of berries, coffee cassis, with hints of licorice, vanilla and cocoa.... Read More

One Tough Cookie: Custom Cookie Creations

Sep 3, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Gail Dosik was in the fashion industry for 20 years before she decided what she really wanted to do was bake. Lucky she did, because One Tough Cookie has become a favorite treat.... Read More

Vibranz: Kombucha Tea Makes a Come Back

Aug 31, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: For a while kombucha tea was the new "it" drink, a celebrity favorite and omnipresent on health blogs throughout the web. Then the scandal came and it was discovered that the secret behind the feeling of well-being that kombucha drinkers experienced was due to alcohol content.... Read More

How to Get The Best Table in a Restaurant

Aug 23, 2010  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Food & Spirits: Emyr Thomas from Bon Vivant, London's most affordable and personal concierge service, shares his thoughts on how to secure the best table at your favourite restaurant.... Read More

Winery Reviews: Covington Cellars in Woodinville, Washington

Aug 19, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in Washington: While there may be no shortage of garage wineries in Woodinville, Washington, Covington Cellars is definitely one of a kind. Housed in the Warehouse Winery District of this wine-blessed city, the unassuming exterior of this warehouse doesn’t lend even a hint as to what’s to be found inside.... Read More

Winery Reviews: Challenger Ridge Vineyards & Cellars in Washington

Aug 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in Washington: The stunning signature Pinot Noir may be the first reason to take note of Challenger Ridge, but not the last – along with a distillery for fruit-brandies and small-lot liqueurs, Challenger Ridge offers a bevy of activities.... Read More

Innocent Drinks: Buy a Smoothie to Help the Bees

Aug 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The bee crisis has affected bees all over the world. UK smoothie company, Innocent, has introduced a new flavor to their line of 100 percent natural smoothies to help benefit the bees.... Read More

The Promising Winemakers of California’s Lake and Mendocino Counties

Aug 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: If you drive a mere half-hour north of the wineries of the Napa Valley and Sonoma County to the wineries of Lake and Mendocino counties, you’ll discover another world. In Lake County, the high elevation, gentle sloping hillsides; flat valleys; volcanic soils; and giant, picturesque lake contribute to its excellent grape-growing conditions.... Read More

Best Restaurants on Hawaii's Kohala Coast

Aug 16, 2010  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

Food & Sprits: We’ve never met anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good meal. In fact, the only thing better than a good meal is a GREAT one. That said, there are plenty of establishments on the Kohala Coast, where you are assured of upper-crust cuisine that is designed to please. Check out some of our favorites, following.... Read More

Iceberg Shortage Challenging Iceberg Vodka

Aug 16, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Iceberg Vodka, based out of St. John's, Newfoundland uses incredibly pure water sourced from local icebergs.... Read More

Best Wine Regions in the Sierra Foothills

Aug 16, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wine Regions: Although the California Gold Rush of 1849 is long past, the quaint towns and fertile land of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains still whisper “gold.” Peaches, pears, apples, nuts, Christmas trees, and wonderful wines are the prizes of today.... Read More

Winery Review: Boeger Winery in Placerville, California

Aug 14, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: The saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” certainly applies to Greg Boeger, who founded Boeger Winery with his wife Sue in 1972. Greg, whose grandfather was a Napa Valley vintner, had spent much of his childhood in a winery, and he didn’t waste much time after graduating from UC Davis to start making his own wine.... Read More

Mayesa: A Healthy Chocolate Treat - Drink Up

Aug 13, 2010  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Food & Spirits: Organic, chocolate, immunity boosting? I'll eat it. In the case of Mayesa, I'll drink it. Mayesa, pronounced "my-es-ah," is new drink made with organic cacao, hemp protein, and a variety of spices. I came across this intriguing concoction at my local Whole Foods store, although Mayesa is also sold in Ralph's and Henrys stores.... Read More

Robert Mondavi Collectible Wines

Aug 11, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The Robert Mondavi Winery makes a variety of wines, with a variety of price points, but the luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the To Kalon vineyard is a benchmark for ... Read More

Winery Review: Cathedral Ridge Winery in Hood River, Oregon

Aug 11, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting  |  1 Comment

Wineries in Oregon: Making its mark on the stunningly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Cathedral Ridge Winery captures rave reviews, including Wine Press Northwest’s 2007 Oregon Winery of the Year.... Read More

Winery Review: Brutocao Cellars in Hopland and Philo, California

Aug 9, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: There’s a very good reason Brutocao Cellars makes such a wide variety of wines. For two generations, the family-owned business didn’t make wine at all. They were grape growers, selling grapes of amazing quality in Mendocino County to other wineries as far away as the Napa Valley. It wasn’t until the early 1980s, when production exceeded demand, that they could make a little of their own wine. It tasted marvelous.... Read More

What is the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky?

Aug 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Fine Spirits: As with perfumes, automobiles, watches, hotels, or restaurants – just about anything actually, “What is the best?” does not have an answer. But the very question begs to be answered because there MUST be one that surpasses all the rest, right? Drum roll, please (yes, I’m going to ignore reason, logic, and common sense and actually name a “best”, but first a little background.... Read More

Distinct Whiskey Company: Top Labels Online

Aug 3, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

Food & Spirits: The DistinctWhiskey Company is so new to the Internet that parts of its website are not yet in place. But what is there looks great. The Australia-based company specializes in gold-and silver-level labels across the board.... Read More

American Whiskey Trail: History & Heritage in America's Heartland

Aug 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Food & Spirits: Mark Twain once said,"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough." On a lukewarm Kentucky evening beneath a full moon, crickets chirp and a trio of musical locals sings bluegrass. The setting is a wrap-around porch. You're rocking in a chair and sipping fine bourbon. It's a made-for-movie moment - one guaranteed to wash down any laundry day blues. ... Read More

Ice in Your Single Malt Scotch … Very Cool

Jul 27, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Food & Spirits: What do the phrases peanut butter and jelly, Oreos and milk and corn flakes and bananas have to do with ice in Scotch? Well, nothing, actually, except that there’s another iconic phrase ingrained in our language: Scotch on the rocks. Everyone get their soapbox out, and let’s talk about ice in Scotch.... Read More

Wine Regions To Watch: Suisun Valley, West Sonoma County, Malibu, Arroyo Grande Valley & Livermore Valley

Jul 25, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: There are great wine surprises waiting all across the country. Whether tucked away in a quiet canyon; off a dusty, abandoned road; or in plain view, they’re worth discovering. So stop, smell, and taste the wines!... Read More

Bitters Making a Comeback in a Big Way

Jul 23, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Bitters is a 19th century concoction coming back in a big way. While many manufacturers are beginning production of the newest craft cocktail craze, others have been making the stuff for years, including favorite brand Angostura.... Read More

Winery Review: ArborBrook Vineyards in Newberg, Oregon

Jul 22, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in Oregon: ArborBrook Vineyards may have been born out of love at first taste. When wine connoisseur Dave Hansen first started dating his future wife, Mary, it was determined that Mary needed to “learn how to drink wine.”... Read More

Luxury Moonshine Makes Bootleg Liquor Hip

Jul 22, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Moonshine isn't what it used to be. Forget overalls and bathtubs, the new moonshine is a new type of luxury liquor, just getting ready to hit the spirits market.... Read More

Boxed Water is Better: New Luxury Water?

Jul 21, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The next move in saving the planet is coming from boxed, not bottled water. Boxed Water is Better is, "part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious." The water in a carton is a result of trying to find a bottled water that wouldn't make as big an impact on the environment as the typical water bottle and along the way, the discovery was made that Boxed Water is Better.... Read More

Beau Joie Luxury Champagne Hits US Market

Jul 16, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: BEAU JOIE (pron: bō-jwah) is getting ready to launch in the United States and break all boundaries of the luxury Champagne.... Read More

Take a Page from the James Beard Award Winning Cookbooks

Jul 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits:Take a page from family's summer tradition and check out some of the award-winning cookbooks from the recent James Beard Foundation Winners and maybe even try out a recipe.... Read More

A Night on the Tapas Town

Jul 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Food & Spirits: Tapas are to Spain what pasta is to Italy, tea is to England, dim sum is to Hong Kong. So what better way to get a taste of Espa?a than through an edible tour of the capital city? Offered by the InterContinental Hotel Madrid, their Concierge "Insiders" program is a guided night of tapeo, which showcases this Spanish pastime while eliminating the first-timer factor. Here you have the opportunity to venture off the tourist trail, visit three or four tapas bars during prime time (8 p.m. to midnight), all the while sampling small plates of regional specialties . . . from octopus in Galicia to pinxos of the Basque country. ... Read More

James Beard Awards Rising Star Chef: Timothy Hollingsworth of The French Laundry

Jul 13, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Each year, the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award is presented to "a chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come." Considering that Timothy Hollingsworth hails from Thomas Keller's world-famous French Laundry, it seems a fair assumption to make. In addition to winning this year's James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, the 30-year old has already made a name for him in the culinary world by winning the 2008 Bocuse d'Or USA semi-finals, one of the most prestigious food events. As a self-tau... Read More

Miraflores Winery: Attention to Detail In Every Glass

Jul 8, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Food & Spirits: At its highest point, the property where Miraflores is located reaches an elevation of 2,960 feet. From this pinnacle, the terrain rolls off gently in all directions, creating a variety of microclimates for growing a variety of quality grapes that produce premium wines. ... Read More

Touring Maker's Mark: Kentucky Hospitality Warms Like a Great Bourbon

Jul 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Food & Spirits: Kentucky is synonymous with whiskey, and whiskey from Kentucky is called Bourbon. And I’m on my way to Maker’s Mark Distillery, in the hamlet of Loretto to learn about some industry-shaking news. As their website says, “Our 2nd Big Idea” (in about 50 years). ... Read More

Classic Cognac Makes a Comeback: 1738 Accord Royal by Remy Martin

Jul 6, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: As mixologists begin to blur the line between food and liquor, it's nice to see that some things haven't changed, like the 1738 Accord Royal by Remy Martin. ... Read More

The Lisa Ekus Group offer Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes

Jun 30, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Being gluten intolerant or having a medical condition means that you may be missing out on one of life's most basic enjoyments: bread.... Read More

The Luxe List: The Dining Room, Hotel Shangri-la in Santa Monica Serves Up Fabled Fare

Jun 30, 2010  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Restaurant Review: Santa Monica’s iconic Hotel Shangri-La <> offers more than just admirable accommodations amid a spectacular seaside setting. The venerable property also offers divine dining options both indoors and out. Indeed, Hotel Shangri-La allows its guests to dine alfresco at The Courtyard located next to the hotel’s swank new pool deck. This outdoor culinary experience is an extension of the hotel’s famed indoor restaurant, The Dining Room, which serves up relaxed and friendly gourmet fare skillfully planned and executed by Executive Chef Dakota Weiss. The Dining Room offers a concise yet adroit &ld... Read More

The Antique Wine Company Blog Gets Technical

Jun 30, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Oenophiles and wanna-be oenophiles rejoice as The Antique Wine Company has announced the launch of its free iPhone and iPod touch application with multiple features.... Read More

Wellfleet's Best Eats: Moby Dick's Legendary Restaurant and More!

Jun 24, 2010  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: If you’re not sure where to eat on lower Cape Cod just take a look at the restaurants with the longest lines – it’s surely an indicator of a local gem.... Read More

Best Foods in the World and Where to Eat Them

Jun 17, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Killian Fox of The Observer has compiled a list of The 50 Best Foods in the World and Where to Eat Them with the help of various culinary professionals. Here's a look at five of the foods that made the list: ... Read More

Jeremiah Weed Brings Tea in Liquor Trend Home

Jun 17, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Tea isn't just an afternoon refresher anymore. The leafy brew is showing up in stylish bars around the country and Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka is turning up the tea at backyard get-togethers. ... Read More

Three O Reinvents Cocktails for the Races

Jun 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: This year, not only big hats were on display at the Kentucky Derby. Three-O Vodka has taken the opportunity to put fresh spins on some favorite racing cocktails, perfect for any summer occasion. ... Read More

TCHO Bars: Premium Luxury Chocolates a Pure Treat

Jun 14, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Food & Spirits: Although these flavorful chocolates are labeled as citrus, fruity, and nutty, there is nothing but pure chocolate in each of these sinfully delicious chocolates by TCHO. The taste is derived naturally from the beans only, as there is no fruit or nuts or any added flavors. All the chocolate is glutton-free and the dark chocolate is vegan. Additionally, kosher certifications are in the works and expected to be in place around mid-2010. ... Read More

Veev Introduces the New "Green" Cocktail

Jun 14, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Food & Spirits: You'd have to be sleeping under an oil-riddled rock to be unaware of the recent eco events and the BP debacle in The Gulf. In light of this eco-tragedy, every one has upped the ante in the earth conscious and awareness department. So you may want to throw in some consciousness as you head to the bar this summer. Throw an eco-twist in the mix by ordering a VeevTreetini cocktail made with VeeV, the first Acai spirit and the only certified carbon neutral spirits company in the world. ... Read More

Edward Marc: Charitable Chocolatier

Jun 10, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: 95-year-old family-owned confectionery and chocolate company Edward Marc Chocolatier combines global flavors, in both classic and avant-garde combinations for delicious specialty chocolates. Sourced ingredients include nuts from Africa and the Middle East, vanilla from Tahiti, cream from the American Midwest and other select ingredients all to complete mouth-watering flavors. ... Read More

Basil Hayden: Bourbon Cocktails Beat Summer Heat

Jun 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Summertime's here and the living is easy, especially with a Basil Hayden cocktail in your hand. ... Read More

A Tour Around Scotland & Through Her Distilleries

Jun 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Fine Scotch: Let's take a look at traveling around Scotland, visiting some of the key distilleries in each of the various whisky regions of the country. Regional variations have always been a basic way of describing the primary aroma and flavor attributes of specific whiskies. For instance, a novice to the enjoyment of single malt whiskies might wish to explore the lighter, more fragrant and floral whiskies distilled in The Lowlands or Speyside, rather than begin with the powerful, peaty and smoky whiskies of Islay.... Read More

Award-winning Whisky: Bowmore Single Malt Islay Scotch

Jun 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  2 Comments

Fine Spirits: Whisky is a very fun spirit to discover. There is a large array of flavors from which to choose: smoke or fruit, chocolate, caramel, wood, perhaps vanilla. Like o... Read More

World's Most Luxurious Foods

Jun 3, 2010  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Ever wondered what could make up the world's most expensive foods ? A gastronomically awesome list awaits you! Serendipity Sundae Prepared with five scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with some of the world's most expensive chocolates, this luxuriously delicious dessert, which will set you back about $25,000, was created by resturant Serendipity in New York City and certainly lives up to its name: Grand Opulence sundae. What's more, the treat is topped with special dessert caviar, adorned with a 23-carat edible gold leaf, and s... Read More

Q&A with Cocktail Expert Charlotte Voisey: Mistress of Mixology

Jun 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Food & Spirits: Leading up to the Tales of the Cocktail, July 21 - 25 in New ... Read More

Europe's Best Private Dining Rooms

May 28, 2010  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Food & Spirits:Want to cement a new deal with a business contact or celebrate winning a new contract? Here are the places to do it discreetly across Europe.... Read More

Healthy Memorial Day BBQ Tips

May 27, 2010  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Food & Spirits: Did you know…the average BBQ meal contains 3,500 calories? That’s nearly double the calories an average person should consume in an entire day! ... Read More

Namibian Oysters: A Delicious Delicacy

May 18, 2010  |   Contributor: Alexa Mangrum

Food & Spirits Namibia's best kept secret? Oysters. Quickly becoming one of the largest oyster suppliers in the world, Africa's Namibian waters are the perfect place to find deliciously luxurious faire.... Read More

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka: Just in Time for Summer Cocktails

May 14, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Belvedere has just announced the latest addition to its line of super premium macerated vodkas: Belvedere Pink Grapefruit.... Read More

Côtes du Rhône: Wine and Wonders of France

May 10, 2010  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Food & Spirts: Shhhh! It's a bit of a secret — Côtes du Rhône wine. Until I traveled to the Rhône Valley in Provence and made the discovery myself, I had little knowledge of this remarkable landscape's produce - the cuvée and cuisine - reflective... Read More

Restaurants & Institutions' Top 100 Independent Restaurants of 2010

May 10, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The restaurant industry isn't what it used to be, with the recession hitting food service hard and fast. Still, many independent restaurants have managed to hang on thus far.... Read More

Pair Food Courses and Single Malt Whisky... No We Aren't Crazy

May 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Food & Whisky Pairings: Although not in the same league as “Let them eat cake”, the question is certainly a call to action - a time to be adventurous, risk-taking, and bold – with fantastic flavor combinations as your reward!... Read More

Organic Wine Certification for Hall Wines

May 1, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: HALL Wines' dedication to sustainability and environmental responsibility has earned them Organic Certification from the California Certified Organic Farme... Read More

Boston's Hidden Gem Symphony 8

May 1, 2010  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Food & Spirits: There are so many great restaurants in Boston but uncovering a hidden gem can truly be a great find. Step inside Symphony 8 and you will find a beautifully decorated bar complete with red walls and black bar.... Read More

Gourmet Cooking Classes - Six Top Picks to Fire Up Your Culinary Curiosity

Apr 29, 2010  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss  |  5 Comments

Food & Spirits: Cooking, or at least watching The Food Channel, has become a national obsession.... Read More

3-star Certified Organic Cupcakery

Apr 28, 2010  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Food & Spirits: "Not your mother's cupcakes," the Cups advertisement reads. Indeed.... Read More

Glenora & Glenfiddich Whiskies: A Tale of Two Distilleries

Apr 22, 2010  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Fine Whisky: Call it a busman’s holiday if you will. A Scotch whisky guy on vacation seeks out what is billed as “North America’s Only Single Malt Whisky Distillery” in Glenville, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.... Read More

Gourmet Burgers & Sausages: Order Online from BuiltBurger to Host the Best BBQ This Summer

Apr 20, 2010  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  1 Comment

Food Reviews: With summer well on its way, everyone is looking forward to barbecuing, family get-togethers and entertaining outdoors.... Read More

Top 5 Priciest Classic Foods for the Sophisticated Palate

Apr 15, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  3 Comments

Even as elite chefs continue to transform and reinvent traditional home-style cooking into high-end masterpieces, some ingredients remain genuine luxuries. Here's a look at the top five classic foods and ingredients that will likely be considered a luxury for eons, as they have consistently been revered for their flavor and high price.... Read More

Acqua Filette: Luxury Italian Mineral Water

Apr 14, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Acqua Filette is sourced in Guarcino, 900 meters above sea level against the green and pristine backdrop of the Apennine Mountains in the Region of Lazio.... Read More

Le Cendrillon Named Best Cheese in the World

Apr 13, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Le Cendrillon (The Cinderella) from La Maison Alexis de Portneuf has been given the prestigious honor of being named the Best Cheese in the World.... Read More

Food & Wine Names "Best New Chefs" for 2010

Apr 12, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Food & Wine's Best New Chefs for 2010 have been revealed. The chefs come from restaurants around the country, and even include one eatery on wheels.... Read More

Gordon Ramsay Brings MasterChef to the Small Screen

Apr 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: MasterChef has been rumored to be in the works for a while, but the stateside incarnation of the 90s British hit is finally getting ready to make its debut in July.... Read More

The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky: A Master in its Class

Mar 24, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: The Macallan Master Malt is truly a master. As part of the Scottish single malt heritage, it continues to hold its own as one of the finest malts in the world, amid an ever changing climate of luxury spirits.... Read More

Winery Review: Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards in Oregon

Mar 24, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in Oregon: Ever since Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards was established in 1987, the even hand of Winemaker Don Lange has been praised far and wide.... Read More

Winery Review: Kiamie Wine Cellars in Paso Robles, California

Mar 23, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: There is no doubt that the robust grapes of West Paso Robles’ mountainside vineyards result in notable wines, especially when they are used to create the exceptional blends of Kiamie Wine Cellars.... Read More

Japanese Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Saké, Shochu, Whisky, and More

Mar 17, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Just as Japanese sushi has taken over food culture in America, Japanese cocktails are poised to do the same. Spirits expert Yuri Kato has just released Japanese Cocktails: Mixed Drinks with Saké, Shochu, Whisky, and More, an explora... Read More

Winery Review: Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa Valley

Mar 11, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: When Canadian businessman Cliff Lede (LAY-dee) first happened upon the site of his future 60-acre vineyard in the northern part of the Stags Leap District in 2002, he was delighted to find some of his favorite Bordeaux vines... Read More

Winery Review: Château Julien Wine Estate in Carmel Valley, California

Mar 8, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: Inspired by the travels of wine lovers Bob and Patty Brower, Château Julien Wine Estate was born in 1982.... Read More

Partida Tequila: Distinctive Elegance

Mar 7, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Unlike many other types of tequila, Partida Tequila is made with a process that adheres strictly to very high standards. The result is a finished product more similar to a fine cognac than your stereotypical tequila blend.... Read More

Tru Blood for Sale for Human Consumption

Mar 6, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: Fang bangers can get a real life taste of the popular premium station True Blood series by grabbing a bottle of Tru Blood Beverage.... Read More

Winery Review: Camellia Inn in Sonoma County

Mar 5, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: Home to more than 80 different varieties of camellias and birthplace to a distinctive wine label, Camellia Inn embodies the beauty and classic elegance of its namesake flower.... Read More

Winery Review: Black Stallion Winery in Napa Valley, California

Mar 4, 2010  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Wineries in California: Located on a picturesque stretch of the Silverado Trail, Black Stallion Winery recalls the rustic charm of early California.... Read More

Food Channel's Food Trends of 2010

Mar 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Food & Spirits: It's a new year, and that means we the people get to experience new food. The Food Channel put together a list of 10 predictions as to what will be hot this year.... Read More

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