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Where to Experience True Italian Aperitivos in New York This Summer

Jul 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Time and again, the concept of aperitivo Italiano is directly compared with the American deal-fest that we so lovingly refer to as happy hour. However, there are some striking differences between the two that should be discussed. Taking place primarily in northern Italian cities like Milan and Turin, aperitivo normally happens between 7 and 9 p.m. and serves as a socializing appetizer before Italians enjoy their decidedly late dinners. Though discounted prices aren't at play (those who advertise discounted prices are usually just catering to tourists), they do often come with small tapas-like plates to accompany guests' beverages.

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Does Temecula Valley's Wine Country Measure Up To Its Northern Neighbor, Napa Valley?

Jun 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the pull of a lever, puffs of fire shot up above our heads, warming the surrounding air and filling the checkered-rainbow hot air balloon as we rose higher and higher. Lofty Idea, as she is called, slowly moved farther and farther from the ground, quietly showing you how small you really are. On this crystal clear day the wind was tranquil, which meant the women piloting this Wizard-of-Oz vessel would have to heavily rely on finding just the right air space to cause the balloon to move right or left.

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Discover the Best of Baja Wines at Loteria Grill's Fina Stampa Culinary Series

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The founding chef of the Loteria Grill mini-empire will host a culinary series of special events dubbed “Fina Stampa” to celebrate the best of Mexican culture and the flavorful produce that captures the essence of regional Mexican cuisine. To kick-off the series on June 4 and 5, Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill and Executive Chef Javier Plascencia of Misión 19 in Tijuana, Mexico will offer two different culinary experiences with dishes reflecting Mexico’s food of the street, the field, and the table — all paired with an impressive selection of Baja California wines.

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ARIA's Sage Hosting Special One Night Only 5-Course Wine-Paired Dinner

May 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Celebrity Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino is hosting an upcoming wine pairing dinner with Hundred Acre on May 24. The five-course menu includes grilled quail and Maine diver scallops and is being created by Chef McClain and Sage Chef de Cuisine Richard Camarota. The special pairings are selected by Sage's Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel, Jayson Woodbridge (vintner and owner of Hundred Acre) and ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood. 

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Visit Napa County's Less Crowded Town of Yountville for Chandon, Bouchons & Relaxation

Apr 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Napa, and if you're in a quandary about where to stay, the small, chic, easily walkable village of Yountville is a great choice. It's not as congested as St. Helena, and there's friendly energy and picture-perfect ambience. With many charming inns and luxury boutique hotels in town, there's a pleasant detachment from reality. It's not unusual to see rock stars and the Mayor hobnobbing at a low-key wine tasting or South American jet-setting visitors strolling down the main street in a toweling robe with a glass of wine in hand.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui is Helping You Get in Shape Next Winter

Apr 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Every year since 2011, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea puts together a collection of instructional fantasy camps that center around athletic and culinary experiences. Called the Unforgettable Events Series, the programs focuses on building exploratory travel experiences that highlight both the array of activities available around the island and resort's amenities.

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Vineyard Scores a Hit with the Superyacht Set

Apr 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The newly released rosé from Chateau Mirival, the vineyard owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the South of France, has arrived at local wine merchants and is selling like hotcakes. This marks the second release for the wine since the

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11 Ways to Set Up a Killer Luxury Picnic, From Flower Arrangements to Movie Projectors

Mar 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There's a scene in the BBC miniseries Parade's End, where a group of upper class people (including Benedict Cumberbatch, of course) have a lavish picnic in the English countryside, surrounded by picturesque rolling hills. Unlike the picnics you may remember as a child, where your parents laid out a blanket and pulled simply prepared snacks from a wicker basket, this picnic involved a full dining room table with chairs and place settings.

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LAN Airlines Announces Master Sommelier-Chosen 2014 Wine List

Mar 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Every year, LAN Airlines goes through an extensive wine selection process that whittles down the varietals that will be offered for Premium Business Class flyers. After due diligence and some tough choices between 300 different wines from around Chili and Argentina, the list of 30 has been finalized for 2014 by LAN Airlines' expert wine panel, including the company's Master Sommelier, Hector Vergara.

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Celebrating Culinary Inspiration at Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food & Wine Adventure

Mar 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Florida means different things to different people. You have Walt Disney World, sunshine, alligators, the Everglades, and miles of wide-open beaches — to name just a few. And then there's Florida's Gulf Coast, offering endless stretches of  powder white sand despite the ravages of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill several years ago.

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Turn Water Into Wine With At-Home Winemaking Miracle Machine

Mar 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Although beer making has become widely popular with at-home breweries, vinification has been left relatively untouched — until now. A cool new product called the Miracle Machine is promising high-quality homemade wine in only a matter of days, letting you be your very own winemaker! 

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Take a Peek Inside the Relaxed Spanish Colonial Revival Design of the Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards

Mar 4, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

We've been on a mission to find our readers some of the coolest homes out there, and we knew we just had to feature this one. Located in Malibu, California, this home just so happens to be part of the Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards. 

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Celebrating Our Favorite Valentine's Day Pair: Chocolate & Bubbles

Feb 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Despite whatever your initial reaction is, Valentine’s Day is an occasion you shouldn't over-think. Private island jet-aways, 15-course meals, elaborate excursions that take months of planning — these luxury gifts are great any time of the year. But if you're too busy for a long weekend of traveling or you don't like the pre-set Valentine's Day menu at your favorite romantic restaurant, there's a symbolic, classic gift that lets your sweetheart know you care — and keep them sweet on you until you can plan a private holiday. In case you didn't already guess, it's mostly chocolate.

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La Bordeauxthèque Beijing: China's First Bordeaux-Only Wine Cellar and Bar

Feb 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Bordeauxthèque wine bar in Galeries Lafayette Paris has been a favorite among French Bordeaux enthusiasts since it opened in May 2010, and in November of 2013 they brought the same concept to Beijing. The expansion into China shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone serious about fine wines, because according to the Wall Street Journal, interest in wine has skyrocketed across the country — they just may be the "world's largest consumer of red wine" now. 

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No-Bake Cabernet-Cherry-Chocolate Cookies That Are Almost Healthy

Feb 7, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You're probably going to need some wine this Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship or not, so why not bake with it? Plus, this cherry chocolate cookie recipe doesn't involve the oven at all, which means you don't have to feel like you'll get sick from eating the raw dough before cooking it.

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