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  • Spring Brings a Harvest of Wine Events in Orange County

    Many wine events coming up in Orange County are worth recommending. And many are charity-based, an additional incentive to sip and savor. Here are the most noteworthy: Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Wine’s Dumb Phase

    At any time after bottling, a wine (usually red) can slip into a “dumb phase” or “fall sleep.” In other words, it goes through some doldrums for various periods in which its aromas and flavors are muted. Since each wine is alive and different, this is an unpredictable phase, often dependent on the producer, the varietal, the vintage, and the bottling conditions. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

    In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Person of Interest: Restless Rider

    Cheryl Charlton

    She has been one of the top three riders at Los Alamitos Race Course for the past four years, and is considered one of the best female jockeys in Southern California—though the 26-year-old Cypress woman says she doesn’t keep track of her stats. Still, the 5-foot-4 Charlton is competitive by nature, and says her most vivid memory of her first victory was of galloping past the finish line. Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Must-Try Wine of Week: 2011 Golan Heights YARDEN Galilee Israel Chardonnay

    Wine plays an important role in Jewish holidays, especially the Passover Seder where all present must drink four cups of wine (or grape juice). Here are a few facts you might not know about kosher wines, plus my recommendation for a good kosher chardonnay. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • The Future of Digital Journalism

    With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Arts: Multimedia Spiritualist

    Lance Jost

    The 1971 retro sci-fi, 100-foot mural in Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York City wouldn’t seem to have much in common with the 15 mosaic Stations of the Cross at Saddleback Church’s Rancho Capistrano property. But for Jost, the 72-year-old artist behind both projects, they convey his spirituality and belief in eternity. His other work includes bronze sculptures, polyurethane paintings on aluminum panels, and a fountain and mosaic commissioned by his hometown of Dana Point. Read More
    Artist Spotlight
  • Must-Try Wine of the Week: Beringer 2012 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley

    We often assume a large-volume producer such as Beringer would be more focused on the quantity aspect of wine production. But remember what happens when we “assume.” A case in point is this 2012 Private Reserve Chardonnay. I’ll admit to being a bit skeptical before I tried it. I, too, assumed that the sheer size of the Beringer operation might prevent it from really dialing in an artisanal-styled wine. I was wrong. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Wine Recommendations—Where Do You Go?

    Wine is a funny thing. What other consumable product do we agonize so much over each time we buy it? Will it be red or white? Cabernet or merlot? Chardonnay or sauvignon blanc? This brand or that brand? One bottle or two? Were that not enough, we’re fickle too! After finding something we like, we’re satisfied for a short period of time and then we’re off looking for something new. Read More
    The Wine Dudes

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CRIME: O.C. Confidential

Our "Center of the Universe" story about seduction and a serial killer is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 For more true crime coverage, check out:
  • Murder, Love & Redemption Everyone knows how Manson girl Susan Atkins helped take lives. But few know the story of the life she helped save. 
  • Sandy Murphy's Complicated Life Convicted of murder in 2000 and branded as Las Vegas’ most notorious femme fatale, she resurfaced a decade later as the happily married owner of a Laguna Beach art gallery. 
  • Murder. Just Because. One of the most loathsome killers in Orange County talks. Without remorse. And that’s the scariest thing of all.
  • The Private Struggle of a Public Woman To Orange County society, Debbie Simon had it all—beauty, wealth, family, friends, and a landmark Newport Beach address. But in the desperate months before her death, she lost what mattered most.