Has LVMH Unleashed China's First Great Red Wine?

Oct 20, 2016  |   Contributor: The LuxeNomad

While we’re all familiar with the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate (what’s up Marc Jacobs), it’s the latter half of the acronym – the MH (Moët Hennessy) who are making some bold moves into the land of the red dragon hoping to capitalize on the Chinese penchant for French wine and collectors looking for an exotic but decent bottle.

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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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Park Hyatt Aviara Brings Baja Up the Coast

Sep 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On September 25, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe made its way north to the Park Hyatt Aviara's Masters of Food & Wine series. Diners were introduced to the region’s bounty through a four-course dinner presented outdoors in the hotel’s courtyard. Chefs Pierre Albaladejo, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Javier Plascencia and Cristophe Rull created dishes that paired with wines made by local winemakers. Vinters included Adobe Guadalupe, Lomita, Torres Alegre and Monte Xanic.

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A Culinary Marriage of Savory Proportions

Sep 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Even though we dined at Andiron Steak & Sea months ago, the flavors of the meal still linger in our memory. While in Las Vegas, we had heard about this restaurant by two food writers. The eatery, which sits about 30 minutes outside of town in Summerlin, is the brainchild of Chef Kim Canteenwalla and his wife, award-winning restaurateur Elizabeth Blau. Together, their combined experience expresses itself through the restaurant’s design and eclectic dishes. 

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Four Seasons Finds Wellness the Pura Vida Way

Sep 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

If the journey to living the good life is paved with wellness, the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will put you on the right path. Their goal is to infuse health and wellness principles and practices into every aspect of the guest experience. Costa Rica has long established a focus on biodiversity and eco-sustainability throughout the country. 

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Grand Velas Gives All-Inclusive the 5-Star Treatment

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before you even reach the lobby of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you are met by large, striking white walls on either side of a check-in booth. Fronted by a sparkling pond, the entrance is stunning and a good indication of the level of luxury you can expect behind its walls. As you make your way to your designated lobby—the property is separated into three distinct areas—you pass by lush manicured grounds on a palm-tree-lined street.

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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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Mandarin Oriental Welcomes in Fall With Wine & Truffle Packages

Aug 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With autumn nearly upon us, Mandarin Oriental, Milan has created two packages for its guests visiting the resort between October 1 and December 21, 2016. Travelers can choose between a wine excursion in Franciacorta or a truffle hunting adventure in Alba.

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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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An Epicurean Adventure at LA’s Original Farmers Market

Aug 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

Don’t think of a visit to the Los Angeles Farmers Market as an afternoon of wandering through stalls of fresh produce, instead consider it more as an around-the-world culinary excursion. I recently joined Melting Pot Food Tours for one of their trips to the city’s famed market. To fully appreciate all that this foodie paradise has to offer, you first have to understand its 82-year history. 

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The Winning Wines of the 2015 En Primeur Campaign

Aug 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Alexander Westgarth

Now that all the excitement and anticipation of the 2015 En Primeur campaign has diminished, merchants, collectors and even consumers have had the chance to more clearly reflect on what is truly a vintage of mixed reviews. While many hoped that this would be the year to correct previous market detriments—particularly in the form of unreasonable price points—the rollout of 2015 offerings did little to genuinely change the market landscape.

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The Wines, Celebs & Chefs of Festival Napa Valley 2016

Jul 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

For two weekends every July, the place to see and be seen in California’s Napa Valley is undoubtedly Festival Napa Valley. Held at wineries and estates around the county, this two-week celebration, formerly known as Festival del Sole, includes concerts, dinners, tastings, lectures, fashion shows, galas and more.

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Singapore Food Festival Celebrates 23 Years This July

Jul 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Next Friday, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will kick off its annual event under the theme of “Savor the Past, Taste the Future.” From July 15-31, attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in a line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences that walk guests through the city-state’s food history.

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The Macallan Creates Gentleman-Approved NYC Weekend Experience

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a widely accepted fact that most men love Scotch. Pair that love of whisky with a trip to New York hosted by The Macallan, and you’ve got a pretty good Father’s Day gift on your hands. This year, the brand teamed up with Gilt City to give dads a weekend of gentleman-approved experiences.

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Downtown Miami Dining Adventure by the Pubbelly Boys

Jun 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Everyone in Miami with any grasp on the culinary or social scene knows of the Pubbelly Boys, and loves their restaurants. People rave about the original Miami Beach location and inquire of newcomers: have you had their brunch? Have you been to Pubbelly Sushi yet? And if they work or live anywhere near downtown, they’re heading to the historic Langford Hotel to check out their latest, PB Station.

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