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  • Inaugural Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival is BIG!

    The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival premieres this weekend, Sept. 19 to 21. Look for a world-class lineup of epicurean events, with a VIP Launch Party at Red O, a Daytime Festival at Newport Beach Civic Center, and a Closing Party at Sherman Library & Gardens. Read More
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  • Must-Try Wine of Week: 2013 Domaine de Triennes Rosé of Provence France

    Chilled dry rosé is the perfect wine for the dog days of summer. In fact, its tastes like summer. Known for its fresh aromas and flavors, rosé is the world’s most versatile food companion, complimenting all the fare of summer, including sausages, hamburgers, grilled chicken, crab or shrimp Louis, and a BLT sandwich piled high with heirloom tomatoes. Read More
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  • Two New Useful Wine Apps

    Here are a couple of very useful new wine apps, and one of them is free. Read More
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  • Winemaking Leftovers Become Inspired Snacks

    Wild California Crisps is a new, healthy, baked snack made from flour milled from the seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Created by brothers Mike and Tom Keefer, and friend Dan Brinker, the snack makes use of the winemaking residue known as pomace, which primarily ends in up landfills. Wineries produce pomace in large quantities, amounting to one ton for every five tons of grapes crushed. Read More
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  • Bon Marche!

    Gather, all you foodies. This year's Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner is hosted by Amelia and Florent Marneau at their French Bistro, Marche Moderne, in South Coast Plaza's Penhouse. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 100 lucky guests will experience a decadent five-course tasting menu that includes bone marrow tartine, duck confit, and Skuna Bay salmon, accompanied by an abundant selection of wines. South Coast Plaza is a presenting sponsor of this culinary event, and to keep with the James Beard Foundation's mission to nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through education, a small silent auction will take place to raise funds to support a local Marche Moderne scholarship for promising future chefs. Read More
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  • Rituals: The Pursuit of Immortality

    As UC Irvine students have discovered, ‘world record holder’ on the resume is always a nice conversation-starter

    Maybe it’s because UC Irvine has that strange-looking anteater for a mascot, or because its backyard is the cool, calm city of Irvine. Yet over-the-top school spirit (as in, say, USC Trojan style) has rarely been the hallmark of the county’s UC campus. Read More
  • Must-Try Wine of the Week: 2012 Formaglini Vineyards La Quercia Block Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

    Those who read my Thursday post on Santa Ana wine grower David de Lancellotti know that today’s Must-Try wine is the inaugural 100-case release from his Formaglini Vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains appellation of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. The ideal 2012 growing season resulted in phenomenal Oregon pinot, boosting the interest in this introductory release. Read More
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  • Orange County’s David de Lancellotti Releases Inaugural Formaglini Vineyards Pinot Noir

    The Wine Dudes recently had the opportunity to talk with Santa Ana resident, David de Lancellotti, a very animated and passionate wine grower. He told us of how, on a 2006 trip to the Willamette Valley to visit his brother Paul’s de Lancellotti Family Vineyards, he’d spied an abandoned Christmas tree farm for sale in the Chehalem Mountains. It was adjacent to the well-known Calkins Lane Vineyard owned by Adelsheim Vineyard, and seemed like a perfect site for growing pinot noir. For David, it was an opportunity for his own family project, and he planted his first three acres of vines there in 2007. Read More
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  • Meet Umi Garrett, 14-Year-Old Piano Prodigy [VIDEO]

    What qualifies a 14-year-old to give a TEDx talk? How about being globally hailed as a piano prodigy since her 2009 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? Umi, who lives in Aliso Viejo, already has released two albums, played with multiple symphonies, been named a Young Steinway Artist, and won competitions in Japan, Hungary, and New York. This month she’ll speak at the TEDxOrangeCoast conference at Soka University. In other exciting news, she’s just started high school. Click here for more. Read More
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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.