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Ray Pearson is an active member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and a regular contributor to on-line publications including JustLuxe, CityRoom, Tonique Magazine, Examiner, and TripAdvisor, specializing in spirits, cuisine, and travel. Ray is a nationally recognized single malt Scotch expert with 20 years? experience in the spirits industry, specializing in Scotch education. Following tenure as Glenfiddich U.S. Brand Ambassador, Ray now uses his extensive knowledge of Scotch in representing a number of major single malt brands, including the portfolios of Campari-America, and Diageo?s Classic Malts. Today, Ray travels across the nation conducting educational seminars at Scottish Highland Games, national whisky shows, corporate and private events, and charitable fundraisers.
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On JustLuxe
11.21.2012

"Travel for Travel's Sake" in the Lexus IS 350 C
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Watching the four-piece retractable top on the 2013 Lexus IS 350 C fold sleekly into the trunk was awesome. Certainly this marvel of engineering is not in the league of the Mars Lander’s Sky Crane, but is nearly so, right here on Earth, and several h...
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On JustLuxe
10.19.2012

Luxury Living at the Cradle and Crown of Golf | St Andrews' Hamilton Grand
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Our tour to view progress in transforming former Hamilton Hall into the magnificent Hamilton Grand was scheduled for the afternoon. In preparation, with my fix of morning coffee satisfied, I joined June Riches and a small band of explorers on Links C...
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On JustLuxe
06.22.2012

Chefs Raising Haute Cuisine to New Levels in Airline Food
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The quality of airline food, regardless of the class of service in which you are sitting, is a great debate starter. Comments on websites, chat rooms, blogs and other spleen-venting outlets range from the snide and desperate, to “You’re on an airplan...
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06.15.2012

A Roadtrip Through Southern California in the New Lexus GS 350 F Sports Sedan
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Knowing the Lexus GS 350 F Sport Sedan I was to put through its paces shared the DNA of the world-renowned Lexus LFA supercar was a bit intimidating. A friend recently had the opportunity to drive the LFA and described it as “a sports car on Viagra.”...
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05.11.2012

Peaceful Privacy at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
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This serenely luxuriant inn, all but hidden behind lush landscaping, is the epitome of excellence. While evoking the aura and opulence that once attracted the brightest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the inn today offers an even greater amenity to ...
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On JustLuxe
05.02.2012

The Surprisingly Spicy Origin of Paprika
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I was recently asked to review five different smoked and non-smoked paprikas made in Washington State. I beg your pardon? There’s more than one paprika? Smoked and non-smoked? Shouldn’t that have been “made in Hungary," instead of Washington? And, wh...
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04.30.2012

The Journey for the Most Expensive Spice in the World
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Top Ten lists shed light on fascinating corners of pop culture. I recently came across a list of the world’s most expensive foods, thanks to the folks at Kitchen Geekery. Who knew the most expensive mushroom is an Italian white alba truffle (the owne...
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12.28.2011

Adventures Begin at a Fork in the Road
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For folks of a certain age, “See the USA in your Chevrolet” and “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” were anthems inspiring us to experience the thrill of zipping along the nation’s highways, seeing new sights, eating new foods, and venturing from our home t...
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On JustLuxe
09.12.2011

Craft at 7000 Feet | Arizona High Spirits Distillery of Flagstaff
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"This is the spirit of the Southwest Highlands," distillery owner Dana Kanzler proudly proclaims. We are on the downwind side of the smoke chamber, as gentle, aromatic smoke from local mesquite wafts upward to the overhead air vents. Dried mesquite-s...
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08.30.2011

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle - Remote Luxury in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland
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Across the slate gray, meringue-tipped waters of West Loch Tarbert, the island of Taransay glowed in the shimmering light of the setting sun. Today was a study in grays and blues, as we explored local seascapes, inland lochs (lakes), and the billions...
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