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  • Hostage Wines

    There’s a curious phenomenon in the California wine industry called “hostage” wines—limited production, highly desirable quaffs sold directly only to select devotees. They’re also called “cult wines” as in “furiously sought after” by wine lovers. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Our Selfie Cover in the News!

    Editor in Chief Martin Smith talks to KGO radio in San Francisco about our September cover. Read More
    Web Exclusives
  • This Sitcom Scene-Stealer is a Fountain Valley Pet Shop’s Headliner

    Stat Sheet: Frank the Lizard

    The Asian water monitor better known as Kipling on Disney Channel’s “Jessie” still resides where he was hatched, at the Fountain Valley shop Prehistoric Pets. “Frank has a completely awesome personality,” owner Jay Brewer says. “He’s just a big teddy bear. He’s always dependable.” Frank’s done guest spots on “Good Day LA” and Conan O’Brien’s late-night talker. And he’s an actor with range: In his recurring role on the teen sitcom, recently renewed for a fourth season, Mr. Kipling was discovered to be a Mrs. Kipling when she laid a dozen eggs. Read More
    Stuff We Love
  • Cruising With Your Favorite Wineries

    Theme wine cruises are very popular, and ones that feature winery owners and winemakers are especially alluring to aficionados. Here are three recommended cruises for 2015, and websites where you can research them and other such cruises. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Editor’s Letter: September 2014

    You’ve heard of “whales,” those pampered, high-stakes gamblers who fly into Vegas for the privilege of flushing hundreds of thousands of dollars down the gilded toilet of a modern casino. I’m the opposite of that. Read More
    From the Editor
  • Neighborhood: Dana Point

    Perched above Pacific Coast Highway, Monarch Bay Plaza reflects the relaxed sophistication of its Dana Point neighborhood. In the Spanish-style mall with red tile roofs, ocean breezes blow through white stucco archways, and upscale-yet-casual boutiques and restaurants attract locals and tourists. Read More
    Guides
  • The Long Shot Bet

    California Chrome brings fame, glamour, and hope to the once-humble Los Alamitos Race Course. But will track owner Ed Allred's risky gamble on the future of California thoroughbred racing pay off?

    Here on the backside of Los Alamitos Race Course, trainers lean against the rail outside Schwanie’s Grill at the Gap, timing their mounts galloping past. The morning air is filled with the sounds of snorting horses and thudding hooves—and a sense of excited change: Among the familiar muscular quarter horses speeding past are longer, leaner thoroughbreds. And around me are some of the top trainers and jockeys on the national racing scene. Thanks to a bold gamble by track owner Ed Allred, Los Alamitos now features daytime thoroughbred racing for the first time in two decades. Read More
    Features
  • Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Prieur-Brunet 2009 Santenay-Maladiere 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

    Often regarded as a bargain-hunter’s Burgundy, Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. La Maladiere is a Premier Cru vineyard in the Santenay appellation, and is located just north of the village of Santenay. The wines are usually lighter in color, deceiving one to think that it will also be lighter in flavor. Thankfully, this is not the case. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Bomb Squad: Blast Master Randy Sterett

    Trade Secrets

    A member of the bomb squad since 1995, Sterett says a background in chemistry and biology are essential. “The two are strict requirements to be a bomb technician,” says the 50-year-old husband and father of two, “because a lot of the job is investigating evidence.” As the unit’s senior officer—he studied public administration at the University of Iowa and Cal State Long Beach—Sterett leaves much of the fieldwork to younger recruits. “Out of all the training, which can take three years, nothing prepares you like being out in the action.”—Oliver Putnam Read More
    Stuff We Love

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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.