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Studio Restaurant Receives Prestigious Wine List Award

This year marked the first World’s Best Wine List Awards launched by the prestigious publication, “The World of Fine Wine.” More than 4,000 restaurants from around the globe were judged, and 220 of the world’s best wine lists earned the highest three-star ratings, including Studio at The Montage, Laguna Beach. Read more...

Celebrity Wine (We're Looking At You, Kurt Russell)

The number of celebrities who make wine, own wineries, or simply lend their name to a brand for marketing purposes, has grown remarkably over the last decade. Two of the newest and most interesting projects are from Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, and Hollywood actor Kurt Russell. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Ferdinand California Albariño

Albariño, one of Spain’s great white wines, is a white grape variety traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain. It is typically crisp and acidic, and ideal for summer evening sipping and seafood pairings. Read more...

How Now, Bordeaux?

On the subject of Bordeaux, a recent post on Facebook linked to an article from the New York Times (May 18, 2010). In his column, The Pour, Times wine and food critic Eric Asimov wrote of a disconnect between younger wine lovers and the wines of Bordeaux. Azimov said that for the young wine buyer, “…Bordeaux, once the world’s most hallowed region and the standard-bearer for all fine wines, is now largely irrelevant.” Read more...

Sangria is a Little Sweet, Very Hot, and Definitely Cool

Sangria was part of my life growing up, and I polished off many bottles of Spanada, one of a long line of fruit and wine blends introduced by E.&J. Gallo. It was first released in 1970, a time when the country’s palate was changing from dessert to table wines. I spent many evenings sipping Spanada over dinners with paramours. This inevitably led to romance, and I thanked Gallo many times for that. Read more...

Must Try Wine of the Week: Domaine de Reuilly 2013 Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly, France

I have to give Kermit Lynch his due. As a retailer, distributor, and national importer he finds some really interesting and really nice wines to bring into the U.S. market. And, this particular Rosé is one of them. Read more...

Summer Wine Dinners

Two notable Orange County restaurants are featuring summer wine programs. Read more...

Beyond Cerveza: Vino is Now a Good Option at O.C.’s Top Mexican Restaurants

Many of today’s local Mexican restaurants are nothing like the ones baby boomers and gen-xers grew up with. Modern Mexican cuisine can be sophisticated and very wine friendly, and the wine lists from three notable Orange County restaurants reflect this compatibility. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: 2011 Wild Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Let’s be honest. Pinot noir is a prima donna, a fickle grape that won’t grow just anywhere, fitting for the phrase “grown on the edge.” It’s a fastidious mistress that likes maritime breezes to cool it off in the late afternoons, plenty of sun midday—but not too much heat, which can burn its delicate skin. It desires well-drained soils to keep its roots out of water, and impeccable grooming for, well, appearance’s sake. Read more...

New Wine Shipping Idea: 46Brix

Some wine producers do not have or use retail channels, preferring to sell directly to consumers. When ordering wine from these sources, the cost of shipping becomes a very important issue. Some wineries provide “free shipping.” Others charge by weight or number of bottles. Still others use a fulfillment company, and just add their service cost to your order. I usually tailor my wine orders to fit the best shipping prices for my needs. Where shipping prices are extravagant, I cut back on the number of bottles I order. Read more...

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