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Truffle Hunting in Provence: A Gourmand Weekend at HŰtel Crillon le Brave

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret

I am installed in understated and effortlessly chic Provençal style at the 6th century Relais & Château Hôtel Crillon le Brave, a sleepy cluster of seven elegantly rustic stone buildings in a tiny Roman hilltop hamlet overlook vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Rhône valley. In this stunning place I begin my truffle hunting for the earthy nuggets, the diamants noirs, so highly prized by gourmands. Leading the way is Provence's truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard and his exuberant, but expertly trained, truffle hound Mirette.

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2013 Napa Valley Film Fest Announces Lineup & Tribute to John Lee Hancock

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

On October 14, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced its film and event lineup for the 2013 festival, which runs from November 13-17 in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Among the 125 independent films to be screened are August: Osage County, directed by John Wells and starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell; and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

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Enjoying Wine at Home Tastes Better With Opus

Oct 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Enjoying wine at home just got a little better. Instead of having to pour a bottle of wine and allow time for it to aerate, the folks at soireehome have created something called Opus to save you less time waiting and provide more time enjoying.... Read More

Grape Picking and Truffle Hunting: A Look at Harvest Season in Northern Italy

Oct 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Harvest season in Italy is when the three key farming and wine regions in the country come into their peak. Itís a joyful time, as the local farmers bring in the crops theyíve carefully hand-tended throughout the year ó and locals and visitors alike dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to wine-soaked gastronomic discovery.... Read More

Chef Justin Warner's Tricked Out Ramen Using Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir

Sep 27, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Thanks to Justin Warner, the season eight winner of Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, here's another fun recipe to whip up for your Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir tasting party. Warner created this recipe for those nights he and his girlfriend are craving authentic Japanese ramen but don't want to leave the house to get it.... Read More

Navigating the Turquoise and White Island of Santorini: Where to Stay, Eat and Explore

Sep 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It was barely morning and all of us were tired, eyes heavy on the flight to Santorini. My friends and I had stayed out all night exploring Athens the night before, hoping to sleep at our hotel's pool once there. The sky was dark in Santorini when the plane landed, but within minutes pinks and purples filled the air. It was at that moment that the island became magical. A week later, we were in love, captivated by this surreal place.

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Next Food Network Star Justin Warnerís Robert Mondavi-Infused Cheese Wontons

Sep 24, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Knowing the importance of matching food with wine, Robert Mondavi Private Selection has collaborated with Justin Warner to create a few seasonally-appropriate recipes. A self-taught cook, Warner is the owner and chef at Brooklyn's Do or Dine restaurant.... Read More

Preserve Uncorked Wine for Months

Sep 13, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you open a bottle of wine, you pretty much have to drink it within three days, because as it's left open it begins to lose flavor and aromatic notes due to oxidization. What happens if you only like the occasional glass or need some for a recipe? If you don't want to waste an entire bottle, test out CapaBunga's Ultimate Wine Preservation Kit. Promising to keep your wine fresh for months after it's uncorked, the kit comes with a 120-use can of preservation gases (a combination of Argon, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen) that wineries use in the bottling process and an air-tight cap to seal the bottle. CapaBunga promises the gases are harmless so what are you waiting for? Get preserving!... Read More

San Diegans Drive Jags, Shop at Sprouts and Purchase West Elm Furniture

Sep 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Weíve done it again. San Diego has made the No. 1 spot on a list. But, unlike many lists floating out there ó Best Beaches, Best Surf Spots, Happiest Cities, Nicest Weather (I'm not bragging at all) ó this list is a bit more specific. According to a recent 37-page survey by New York-based Scarborough conducted with 3,500 consumers in San Diego and a few hundred thousand in consumer markets nationwide, we have very concrete habits.... Read More

Escape to Mexico for a Wine Series Among the Beaches of Riviera Maya

Sep 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Instead of heading to Napa this year, why not head to Mexico for a chance to experience an amazing food and wine series?... Read More

5 European Wine Tours That Are Anything But Stuffy

Aug 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Wine tours are a quintessential part of traveling through Europe, as its regions hold some of the most famous vineyards, brands and family-run wineries in the world. If youíre a frequent traveler to The Old World you may be looking for something a little different this next time around. Like you, we were itching for that extra twist that made a tour stand out among the rest. Below is a compilation of some of Europeís unique wine experiences.... Read More

Chef Bill Brodsky's Looks to Redefine Casual Upscale Dining in Boston

Aug 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Donít you just love it when you find a little gem of a restaurant is still undiscovered by the public? Thatís exactly how we felt when we recently visited City Landing in Boston. Weíve been anxiously waiting to see what would open in the former Sel de la Terre space on Long Wharf near the New England Aquarium.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Completes its $1M Renovation to The Lobby Lounge and Bar

Aug 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has just completed a $1M renovation to The Lobby Lounge and Bar; itís new look invites guests to linger a little while longer.... Read More

Sip on Wine, Dine on Steak and Crush on Desserts at the Generous Pour Wine Event

Aug 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Itís baaaack! The summer wine event of the season, better known as The Generous Pour, has returned to The Capital Grille and we couldnít be happier. This time, they have introduced seven different wines (both red and white) rated 90 points or higher and each one a different varietal from a California wine maker.... Read More

A Favorite Boston Steakhouse Takes its Menu to the Suburbs of Chestnut Hill

Aug 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Donít you just love it when the sister restaurant of a major downtown venue opens up in the suburbs? Owner Steve DiFillipo of Davioís Northern Italian Steakhouse must have had us in mind when he recently opened Davioís Cucina in Chestnut Hill.... Read More

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