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Napa’s Definitive Wine Country Festival

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

Napa Valley may be small in size, but it is giant in impact. With over 400 wineries and counting, this valley first put California wine on the map by winning the Judgement of Paris blind competition 40 years ago, an event recounted in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock. Having just wrapped upon March 20, the 5th annual Flavor! Napa Valley celebrated this historic moment (along with many others) during their huge four-day festival. 

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San Sebastian: European Cultural Capital 2016

Mar 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

There’s never been a better time to visit San Sebastian, the vibrant Atlantic-side enclave in the heart of Spain’s Basque country. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 brings a full schedule of events throughout the year, adding considerable excitement to what is already one of the top culinary and beach cities in the world.

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Is a Robust En Primeur Market a Thing of the Past?

Mar 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Alexander Westgarth

Whether it’s due to the new trend among oenophiles to seek wine already fit for consumption or the declining faith among major estates in the en primeur process (which is purchasing wines that are still in the barrel)—or even a bit of both—the fact remains that the en primeur market is in a state of transition. 

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Sit On-Stage During Florence + The Machine's Performance at BottleRock

Feb 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With headliners Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a bevy of great bands, this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley is set to be a pretty solid weekend. The fest will kick off in Napa Valley on May 27, and those who want the full fan experience can purchase Platinum Pass tickets.

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Chocolate Cruising For the Indulgent Traveler

Feb 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

This year, Princess Cruises is premiering its Chocolate Journeys program created by Norman Love, one of the world’s top master chocolate makers. The program ices the cake across the spectrum of on-board programs from lavish chocolate desserts to drinks, pillow treats and even decadent spa treatments.

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Four Seasons to Open in Napa Valley With Plans for Brand Wines

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Four Seasons plans to open its first luxury resort in the prime California wine region in 2018, as its first step into an expanded West Coast footprint. Located in Calistoga, the hotel will have just 85 guest rooms to give visitors a unique boutique FS experience. The property will also offer 20 private residence villas for purchase.

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The Wine Rack That Will Make Your Bottles Disappear

Feb 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Though the Pinetti Wine Rack from Harlequin Illusions may appear normal, first impressions can be very deceiving. If you take a second look, you’ll notice that wine bottles appear to vanish as they pass through the center of the design, only to pop out of the back as if everything is normal. 

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The Master and Makers @ Meritage Festival is Back With Over 40 Wineries, Cooking Classes & a V-Day Brunch

Jan 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Have any plans over Valentine's and President’s Day Weekend? It might be time to grab a few friends and head to the third annual Master and Makers @ Meritage in Napa. From February 12 to 14, The Meritage Resort and Spa will host a three-day event that showcases some of the best Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines and local farm-fresh cuisine.

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This Epic $200K Super Bowl Package Includes a Helicopter Ride to Napa, Golf With Jerry Rice & Private Celeb After Parties

Jan 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

This year’s Super Bowl 50 is a big one. Not only is the February 7th game bringing Coldplay and Beyoncé together for the halftime show, Napa Valley-based The Black Bottle winery is offering an epic SuperBowl Experience with Jerry Rice that includes a long list of amazing perks. Offered for $200,000, the bespoke package awards you with plenty of time with Rice (who is considered to be the greatest wide receiver to ever grace the NFL), and gives you invitation-only VIP passes to three different celebrity-packed Super Bowl parties.

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Airline Carts Get a Second Chance at Life As Gorgeous Handmade Wine Trolleys

Jan 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We've all seen those rectangular airplane trolley carts full of drinks and snacks, but we've certainly never seen any as cool as this wine-specific one from Skypak. Called La Barrique Edition, the design is made using old oak barrels that were once used to age wine in. The German company brings in original trolleys that were once in use on an aircraft and then attaches the wood by hand, which according to Skypak still carries the scent of red wine.

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Queen of the Night's Decadent Dinner Theater is a Mélange of Hedonistic Delights

Jan 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Nestled inside the heart of New York’s historic Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, ensconced below the infamous Paramount Hotel, is the wickedly-entertaining Queen of the Night adult dining experience. This multi-sensory show is a mélange of hedonistic delights that offers a decidedly unexpected dinner theater adventure in the heart of New York City.

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La Reserve by Oceania Creates The Perfect Pairing at Sea of Gourmet Foods & Wine Aficionados

Dec 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Tricia Conover

La Reserve by Wine Spectator is the exclusive 24-seat wine and food pairing restaurant-at-sea featured on Oceania’s Riviera and Marina ocean liners. From its dining venues to a hands-on Bon Appétit Culinary Center (all of which are driven by celebrity chef Jacques Pépin), it comes as no surprise that Oceania won the Best for Foodies award in the 2015 Fodor’s World's Best Cruises list. 

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Napa's Yountville is the Unexpected City Drawing Wine Lovers to its Charming Destination

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Yountville, California embodies many quintessential visions you undoubtedly have when planning a Napa Valley excursion. It all started in 1836 when George Calvert Yount founded the town and planted Napa Valley’s first official vineyard. Today, vines stretch from the Mayacamas mountains to the Napa River. Yountville’s compact layout clustered around Washington St. is also perfect for biking not only on the existing street grid, but along the ever-expanding Napa Valley Vine Trail, which when completed, will extend 47 miles from Vallejo to Calistoga.

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Franciacorta: The Under-the-Radar Destination is Rising to the Top of Italy's Best Wine Regions

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Courtney Cachet

When it comes to Italy and wine, you most likely think of Tuscany as one of the country’s best regions. But a little over an hour from Milan, tucked away in a tranquil corner of Lombardy, is a winemaking destination that you may not have heard of called Franciacorta. And it’s Italy’s next big thing.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Takes Over the City & Names Chef of the Fest 



Dec 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Executive Chef Aron Schwartz at Marina Kitchen within San Diego's Marriott Marquis Hotel went away with the highly coveted “Chef of the Fest” title at the 2015 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival which took place from November 16-22. 

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