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Balboa Yacht Club Wine Dinner Was Superb!

Melville Winery Visits Newport Beach-  Just prior to the holidays, we had the pleasure to join members Karen Rhyne and Michael Michel for a lovely Wine Dinner at one of our favorite spots along Bayside Drive, and that is the charming member’s only Balboa Yacht Club. As we gathered in the Ship Model Dining Room we sipped on a glass of wine and introducing ourselves to the other guests for the evening. With one of the best views on the Harbor, we enjoyed four...

Be The Hero At Your Thanksgiving Gathering…

And Yes, That Means Libations!   Whether you are the host of the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, or just a guest hoping to score an incredible meal, this can be a challenging day. First we have the week long preparations, and as we know, Rome was not built in a day, and neither is this meal. From artful table décor, to shopping, making of pumpkin cheesecake, and sautéing the stuffing ingredients. It’s all on the schedule. One by one we check things off the list...

Wine Exchange Offers Premium Wines & Mega-Selection

Sometimes we have a media event which unexpectedly coincides with a major announcement. On this fine March Saturday, it was just such a day. We were meeting with Best Wines partners Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, to hear all about their vino business. Our group included members of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and the day was planned by our esteemed President Linda Kissam. Little did we know they had just announced they were “on the move”!  Best...

Discovering OC’s Ultimate Private Event Venue!

Tucked in a quiet business park in Lake Forest, is a fabulously elegant setting for all kinds of events and social happenings! From corporate team-building to off-site business meetings and testing secret recipes--- this is a special spot indeed. The Wine Artist is also the perfect place for personalized cooking classes, private wine seminars & pairings, baby showers, club and charity events and everything in-between.

 

The Setting…The space is elegant with a Tuscan flair....

The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Announcing The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival- September 19-21, 2014

Overview of the Upcoming Event- The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is only two weeks away! The festivities will begin Friday evening (6:30-11:00pm) September 19th, with a VIP launch party at Red O, hosted by Master Chef Rick Bayless. This event will feature local chefs and the proceeds from the live and silent auctions will...

Antonello Ristorante Is An Italian Enclave of Deliciousness!

Over thirty years of experience serving adoring fans and guests has paid off for one iconic Italian restaurant here in Orange County. Owner Antonio Cagnolo, and Executive Chefs Salvatore Ferrara and Gino Buonanoce have crafted a wonderful selection of new dishes as they welcome in a winter menu of lusciousness. They are also re-emphasizing their “table-side” and “flambe” offerings. Table-side service is indeed a mainstay here at Antonello’s, however sadly, one-by-one, many of the...

Memorial Day Weekend… Start Planning Now For the Wine Festival!

The 11th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort! Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time for the Newport Beach Wine Festival – the perfect way to kick off the summer. Where else can you wander waterside, with wine in-hand and a bevy of delicious cuisine. Come on, it’s the holiday weekend. Join this year’s festival from May 23rd through the 25th. Below are a number of ways to enjoy the weekend… from a Wine Dinner,...

The Perfect Pairing for Your Easter Brunch

As I began my planning for this Easter’s brunch menu, my thoughts turned to the ideal pairing for this dainty, effervescent sparkling wine. What fun this will be to match this with the ideal appetizers for my Sunday guests!

 

Sofia Sparking Blanc de Blanc ~ Francis Coppola Winery

Sonoma, California

 Meet Sofia. Oh so natural. A delicious bubbly beverage in an elegant clear bottle enveloped in a light pink shimmering sheath. The wine...

New To OC~ An Emporium of Epicurean Delights!

Surfas Culinary District- I want to share with you the opening of a premier store for restaurants, chefs, home cooks, and foodies alike. This is a candy store for anyone who waves a spatula in delight of fine cuisine and cooking.  Close your eyes and think of the first floor of Bloomingdale’s in Fashion Island. It is THAT BIG. It is huge, and you will get lost in the fun of it all. I think that is the idea!!!  The Surfas Culinary District is a family-run operation, by...

Sea What’s Happening at the New Sea Legs Wine Bar

The setting is eclectic with a Hamptons meets Huntington style and sensibility. There are high-tops, shared tables, intimate tables, and a private room for special events. The wine bar (home to 2,000 unique bottles), an expansive bar are the un-denied focal points of this venue. The elegant chandeliers that accent the long bar are like “explanation points” parading across the ceiling. They also offer take away retail wines by the bottle. The music was diverse and selections that are...