American Wine Story Premieres at Newport Beach Film Festival

The documentary, “American Wine Story,” is about people leaving their day jobs to risk following their dreams in the wine industry. But the heartfelt focus of the movie is Jimi Brooks. As the movie producers were interviewing many winemakers and growers, they kept hearing about the story of Jimi Brooks, a renowned winemaker who founded Brooks Winery in the Willamette Valley in 1998, but passed away in 2004 at the age of 38 from an aortic aneurysm. Subsequently, winemakers from all over the Willamette Valley gave their time to help save the winery, and the following year, a consortium was formed and the winery bequeathed to Brooks’ son, Pascal, who was 8 when his father died, becoming the youngest winery owner in the world.

From Surf to 70mm to the South Pacific, Orange County Legend Featured at Newport...

Locals will get the rare chance to celebrate an Orange County film legend this month when the Newport Beach Film Festival spotlights the work of Laguna Beach's Greg MacGillivray and MacGillivray-Freeman Films, one of the world’s foremost independent producers and distributors of giant-screen 70mm films with 37 films for IMAX and other giant-screen theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its bigger-than-life films have won numerous international awards, including two Academy Award nominations, and had three of its films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame.

Newport Beach Film Festival Opens This Week

The Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off tonight, and not only are we a media sponsor, but tonight's opening-night film is particularly special to us: "Lovesick" is produced by Josh Goldstein, the son of Orange Coast executive vice president Linda Goldstein! Click here for info about the film.

CHEERS! to the New OC Cocktail Week

Coming soon: a way to make your happy hour a little happier! Following the highly popular OC Restaurant Week, Orange County will experience its first OC Cocktail Week, March 2 through 8. The week-long event will show off the work of talented bartenders, and give foodies and spirit connoisseurs a new platform to experiment with tastings and pairings.

Something to Chew On!

Every year, Zov Karamardian sponsors a delicious and fun Culinary Concert benefiting the James Beard Foundation, where she invites some of the culinary world's most exciting personalities. And every year, we wonder who she'll bring on next. Now we know.