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Sports Bar Standouts In Newport Beach

Fall is here, and the sports frenzy is in full swing. October is the only month when we can enjoy pre-season, regular season and play-off games for baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Sports fans are in sheer heaven. I set out to find the “stand out” sports bars right here in Newport Beach. Keep in mind that this is based on my opinion, and does not cover every single bar with a television set. However, I have sought out what I consider to be the “best of class”. ...

It’s TONIGHT…. Join The 1 Year Celebration at YNK @ Irvine Marriott

It’s a party!!! They are going to take guests on a “celebratory journey” at YNK, which stands for, You Never Know. And you really don’t. It is ever changing. Every three months they feature a different iconic city or region from around the globe with videos on the walls, and specialty hand-crafted cocktails specific to that spot! You will actually think you are there! Are you ready? Next they will feature Amsterdam!

The event is open to the...

Discovering Two Unique Wine Bars in La Jolla… You Just Gotta Try Them!

Our International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) gathered a small group in the charming seaside town of La Jolla to make an introduction to two wonderful wine bars. Both are doing things is a new and different way. These are NOT your parent’s wine bars. We first stopped at We Olive & Wine Bar along Prospect Street in the bustling, upscale downtown area of La Jolla Village. Parking can be a challenge, so good luck with that. You might have to hoof it a few blocks,...

Pacific Wine and Food Classic Event- 2017

Mark Your Calendars---August 19-20, 2017th for the first of many summer “Pacific Wine and Food Classic” events. It will be a food and wine extravaganza at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, CA. Calling all “food & wine aficionados” who will experience a world-class culinary event! This event is the perfect Southern California weekend, on the sand in the Back Bay of Newport Beach. Cool ocean breezes, jazzy tunes and premium food & drink.

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Exploring Petite Wines With Big, Robust Flavors

On a recent summer Sunday afternoon, I found myself transported to a lush, tropical garden. The shimmering pool and greenery welcomed us with open arms. I was in for a big treat as a newbie guest---- joining the Wine Council for their summertime gathering. Exploring fine wines, paired with delicious cuisine and of course, wonderful company---what's not to like about that line up!

Robin and Marc Simpson were our incredible hosts. And we all know how much work that is to have company and be...

A Great Pairing! Rombauer Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront

It is always great when two wonderful things are paired together, and this is the case here with this announcement. On Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm my favorite vineyard, Rombauer in Napa Valley, and 21 Oceanfront will be presenting an exceptional Wine Dinner at their restaurant. The guest speaker escorting us through this dinner will be Dan Redman. He is the Pacific Southwest Regional Manager for Rombauer Vineyards. The cost for the four-course dinner with wine pairings is $99 per...

Wine Clubs. Four Tricks To Keep It All Straight…

As I nuzzle into a spot at a Tasting Room the fun begins almost immediately. I start trying new wines, chatting with the staff and continuing my learning about the precious vino. A little shopping in the wine inspired gift shop and I am a happy camper. If I am impressed and think the value is there... I might sign up for their Wine Club. Why would I do that, you might ask? Well many wines are only offered to members. And it's fun when FedEx rings my door bell and my shipment arrives.

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Temecula… There’s More Than Just Wine In The Valley!

It was a lovely sunny morning as a group of So Cal writers recently visited Temecula. The Mount Palomar Winery was established in 1969. This winery has deep roots in this valley, and responding to their kind invitation, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) set up camp right there. Perched high atop the valley below, we marveled at the premier views from their restaurant Annata Bistro & Bar. The name Annata translates to "vintage"...

A Winegrower’s Story….Continuing A Legacy And Creating Award-Winning Wines

Have you ever sat down in an award-winning Wine Master’s backyard, and just chatted the afternoon away as he unveiled his favorite wines and even some “yet to be released” treasures? Well, this just happened to me. And yes, I already know you are extremely jealous.

Meet David and Anya de Lancellotti who reside in a charming neighborhood know as Floral Park. This town has been around since the 1920’s. You can just imagine the surroundings--- filled with farms and...

Meet The Family Winemaker of Formaglini Wine

I just completed an intimate and informative visit with a Winemaker, along with some of my fellow writers. What a pleasure to sit down with David and in the setting of his historic home, learn all about winemaking, and what makes their hearts beat fast.  Tasting some of their yet to be bottled vino, as well as their coveted 2012. We were in heaven. A peek behind the curtain.... I will be sharing that with you all this week. And for those of us in Orange County, CA we are fortunate...