Chilean Wines: Long on Unique and Flavorful Notes

Oct 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

The concept of grapes and winemaking was little known in Chile before Spanish conquistadors invaded during the 1500s, planting Pais vines which are now considered the country’s national grape. At the time, Pais, also known as “mission grapes,” fed a growing need for sacramental wine used during Catholic masses.

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Chef Craig Strong Dishes on His Award-Winning Laguna Beach Restaurant

Oct 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The multi-award-winning Studio restaurant is located inside the Montage Laguna Beach, and is the kind of place that immediately puts you in a California state of mind. Situated on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Studio offers an ever-changing 
à la carte menu inside an artistic, Craftsman-style venue. We recently visited the eatery to check out its menu and speak with its Executive Chef Craig Strong.

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A Passion For Wine, Redefined

Sep 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

As a grad student at Stanford in 1989, Argentinean Santiago Achaval discovered a passion that many college scholars are just experiencing: the love of wine. And not just any brand, fine wines. Weekend road trips to Napa and Sonoma bested his academic studies. Returning to his career in accounting in Argentina, he could not leave behind the thoughts of those exquisite wines he had tasted in California. Something in him told him that Argentina, with her soil composition and climate, could provide him with qualities similar to, if not exceeding, those wines. And so, his appetite for drinking wines turned into a desire for creating wines. 

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Understanding the History & Profiles of Southwest France Wines

Aug 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Southwest France is defined by a wide range of geographical distinctions yielding diverse landscapes, each with their own unique microclimates producing a total of 300 grape varieties, 120 of which are native to the area. Wine trade throughout much of Europe was established when Santiago de Compostela was consecrated as a holy town in 1189 by Pope Alexander III. Waves of pilgrims made a ritualistic passage between Northern Europe and Spain, taking them right through southwest France.

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The Emerging Foodie Destination Worth Knowing About

Apr 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

South Africa, a country known for surfing, political conflict, and safaris is now slowly beginning to be recognized as a vibrant food and wine powerhouse. While foolishly ignored by the prestigious Michelin Guide, the more in-tune San Pellegrino Best of the World list has their finger on the world’s pulse and has been bringing much-deserved attention to the country’s finest dining establishments. And if you’ve been listening, you know that two of the area’s most celebrated restaurants are Test Kitchen in Cape Town and The Tasting Room in the Winelands town of Franschhoek.

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Join 6 Acclaimed Chefs for a Private In-Air Soirée to Pebble Beach

Mar 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Chances are you’re already pretty familiar with the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival happening March 31-April 3. But this year the annual event is taking things to new levels with the introduction of their exclusive soirée aboard a private jet. Taking off from Los Angeles on March 31, passengers will get to join chefs Michael Voltaggio (ink.), Tim Hollingsworth (Otium, Barrel and Ashes)...

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This is How You Savor the Best of White Truffle Season in Italy

Oct 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff  |  1 Comment

Truffles are the diamonds of the food world, coveted by chefs and foodies across the globe for their heavenly aroma and distinctly earthy flavor. Their rarity, seasonality and the special means of their discovery make European truffles particularly pricey and competitively fought over. After all, they’re wild things, growing underground at the base of particular trees in specific climates, and it takes specially trained dogs and pigs to find them.

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Boozy Gifts to Bring the Host on the Holiday Party Circuit

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

As we whirl away on the holiday party circuit, we face the age-old dilemma: What's the perfect gift to bring as a guest, when every situation is different?... Read More

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