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Credible or Snobby? Is There Anything to Do About the 1855 Wine Classification?

Aug 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Alexander Westgarth

Many wine collectors, historians and oenophiles admit that the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 has been under attack since…well, 1855. Driven by the ambitions of Emperor Napoleon III to champion and showcase fine French Bordeaux at the 1855 Exposition Universelle (although scholars have since credited his cousin, Prince Napoleon Jerome, with actually organizing it), the system has served as the ultimate barometer for categorizing the quality of these wine world superstars and their châteaux of origin. 

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Wine for Beginners: Perfect These Terms and Taste Like a Pro!

Aug 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Learning the language of wine may be much more complicated than one may think. While some tasting phrases may be self-explanatory, like dry or fresh, others sound so bizarre that it’s hard to even make a guess as to what they mean. Of course, you don’t have to use the entire vast vocabulary out there to talk about wine, but if you find yourself among some serious aficionados or professionals, knowing some of these may come in handy.

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The Aervana Wine Aerator Leaves Sediment in the Bottle Where it Belongs

Aug 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Any wine connoisseur knows that one cannot just simply drink wine right after popping the cork; you have to let it breathe—unless you have an aerator, that is. Dissatisfied with what he found on the market, Louis J. Christen III founded Aervana to give the wine-loving public a superior aerator that keeps wine sediment in the bottom of the bottle, where it belongs, and not in your glass.

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Join Us for a Peek Inside the $100k "Holy Grail" of Wine Cellars Tucked Away in Memphis

Aug 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Michael Patrick Shiels

The Holy Grail is the most legendary chalice in history—long sought-after by knights and scholars—and now the “Holy Grail” of wine cellars has been located, and it is in Memphis, Tennessee. The birthplace of the blues might seem an unlikely location for the world’s best wine cellar, but Craig Weiss (a tech entrepreneur) spares no expense in babying his beloved bottles.

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The Five-Star Oitavos Juxstaposes Minimalist Décor With Abundant Amenities

Aug 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Having visited many hotels in many countries, I can easily attest to The Oitavos owning the widest corridors I have ever seen, with enough space to drive a car through.

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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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From Sushi to Champagne: Los Cabos' Dining Scene Steps Up its Gourmet Food Game

Jul 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The sunny beach resort towns of Los Cabos, Mexico are known for a single culinary specialty: the Baja-style taco. But as much as we love Taco Tuesday, even the best tortilla dishes can get tiresome seven days a week, so the resort area’s top restauranteurs are stepping up their game with creative menu and gourmet dining twists fit for foodies.

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Portugal’s Algarve is More Than Just Another Beach Destination & Sunbathing Haven

Jul 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Portugal’s southermost region is well known for its sandy beaches and lively nightlife, but The Algarve also entices visitors because of its diversity. Here, golden cliffs drop off into the ocean’s waves below and Moorish ruins remain where entire communities once lived. As a major tourist destination, former fishing villages have been turned into summer resorts, but if you look close enough, its history still lingers amidst high rise apartments and modern developments. However, this beautiful region still has plenty of treasures worth discovering and plenty of activities to hold any traveler’s wanderlust interest. Here are a few tips on activities for navigating the region in three days:

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Champagne & Burgundy Regions Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status for Contributions to Wine

Jul 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Over the weekend, the World Heritage Committee granted UNESCO World Heritage status to both the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. The meeting, which took place in Bonn, Germany on Saturday, recognized the two areas for their history, contribution and exceptional cultivation in the industry.

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We Headed to the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival to Discover its Secret Ingredient

Jul 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Amidst the whisper of swaying palm trees in the tropical breeze and the sound of a knife dicing fresh herbs on a cutting board was the 34th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Maui. Dominating the island, the event was held June 11-15 and was host to countless culinary masters, sommeliers and anxious imbibers. 

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Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Sommelier and Ripe Life Wines Founder, Mary McAuley

Jul 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There may be a large gender divide in many workplaces, but in the realm of wine, women have been steadily rising to the top. Not only do female consumers outweigh that of men, the number of female winemakers and sommeliers continue to rise every year. There are probably countless reasons as to why women are reigning supreme on the vineyard, but we’ll leave reasoning to the 10 talented ladies we recently spoke with. 

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Tower23 Welcomes New Executive Chef & Revamped Menu at its Beachfront Restaurant

Jun 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If there’s one thing that San Diegans absolutely love, it’s al fresco dining. And, if our outdoor table includes ocean views, then forget it, we’ll be there for hours. Which is exactly what happened to me when I visited JRDN at Tower23 one evening for dinner. Three hours later, and we were still sitting there, people-watching and sipping on French press coffee.

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Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Sommelier Tara Patrick From San Francisco's Michelin-Starred Quince Restaurant

Jun 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Tara Patrick started out as the manager of a small bistro/wine retailer. She soon became the Wine Director and her love for the wine world flourished, taking her to San Francisco where she got her very first sommelier job at the Michael Mina flagship restaurant.

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Outdoor Adventures, Wine Tastings & a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant, Meadowood Knows How to Vacation

Jun 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Tucked away in the heart of Napa Valley, completely enveloped in all directions by ush greenery, Meadowood is a secluded hideaway of opulent proportions. You won’t find any flashy signs or over-the-top amenities here. Meadowood takes a different approach to luxury with simplistically elegant suites, private, intimate spaces, and seemingly-endless leisure activities that connect guests with nature and more importantly, their travel companions.

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Santa Monica Grand Tasting Showcases 25 of LA’s Best Chefs During 2-Day Event

Jun 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Meet-and-greets are great, but eat-and-greets are much tastier. Fans of great chefs and great food won’t want to miss the Santa Monica Grand Tasting event at the Santa Monica Pier on June 13-14. During the weekend, foodies can mingle with 25 of Los Angeles’ best chefs, watch them in action, and eat to their hearts content.

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