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February 22, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
French uber-designer Philippe Starck has created lamps that look like guns, "ghost" chairs, fly swatters, a futuristic orange juicer, headphones, yachts and just about anything you can think of. Hehas put his stamp on hotels and restaurants such as the Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Katsuya in various locations including Glendale and Los Angeles, and Ma Cocotte , a restaurant at the flea market in Paris. He also has designed a factory and showroom for La Forge de Laguiole, a manufacturer of knives in southwest France.
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February 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The French have gotten into fruit-flavored wines in a big way. As if news of declining consumption of wine overall wasn't enough, drinkers in France are snatching up bottles of rosé pamplemousse (grapefruit-flavored rosé) and rosé mandarin or black currant at an ever-growing rate. Sales of flavored wine (and sangria) in France jumped 45.2% in 2013 over 2012's figures, “beating rum, specialty beers, cognac and iced teas,” according to a study by IRI in the beverage trade magazine RayonBoissons.
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October 21, 2009 | W. Blake Gray; Russ Parsons; Betty Hallock
Get ready, wine collectors: Bordeaux looks like it's having a historically great vintage in 2009. The weather has been warm and dry all summer, and most of the Merlot is already harvested. On the Right Bank, where Merlot is the dominant grape, vintners are comparing '09 to the great years of the last century. "The '09 vintage has been the perfect vintage," said Christian Moueix, president of the family company that makes some of the most expensive wines in Pomerol, including Petrus.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Documentaries by their nature are prisoners of their moment in time. If they are fortunate, as the makers of "Red Obsession" are, that moment, even if it's brief, will be able to hold our interest. "Red Obsession," as it turns out, is a title that references two specific situations. One is the passion wine lovers worldwide have for the great Bordeaux reds, premier cru or first-growth vineyards such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The second is what happens when those wines catch the attention of the moneyed classes of that populous land once known to headline writers everywhere as Red China.
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September 12, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Documentaries by their nature are prisoners of their moment in time. If they are fortunate, as the makers of "Red Obsession" are, that moment, even if it's brief, will be able to hold our interest. "Red Obsession," as it turns out, is a title that references two specific situations. One is the passion wine lovers worldwide have for the great Bordeaux reds, premier cru or first-growth vineyards such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The second is what happens when those wines catch the attention of the moneyed classes of that populous land once known to headline writers everywhere as Red China.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
"Downton Abbey," the British import television series and imaginary country estate, is putting its imprint on a wine. French, of course, which is what the aristocracy was drinking in that era, and specifically Bordeaux. By the time Season 4 rolls around in January, Downton fanatics should be able play butler and uncork a bottle of “claret” to sip while watching the latest installment of the PBS series. But get this. The project comes from Knockout Licensing in collaboration with “ Wines That Rock ," described as “the Official Wine of Rock 'N Roll” on the company's website.
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May 11, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Bordeaux is on a roll, and wine lovers are agog. With the release of the 1986 vintage red wines of France's most prestigious wine region, those who collect wine for aging in their cellars are having a tough time deciding what to do. Should they buy a case of Chateau Latour and a case of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, or should they buy a three-bottle assortment of a whole lot of stuff? No matter, they are eager to spend their money, in spite of high and rising prices, and in spite of the fact that their cellars are already full from their enthusiasm of the recent past.
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April 13, 1989 | DAN BERGER, Times Wine Writer
Allied-Lyons, the British brewer and distiller, has announced plans to acquire Chateau Latour, one of France's finest top Bordeaux houses. Allied-Lyons has had a 25.2% stake in Chateau Latour for 26 years and now aims to acquire the 53.5% held by Pearson, the conglomerate that owns the Financial Times of London, for $94.4 million in cash. In addition, Allied-Lyons also has offered substantially the same financial arrangement to News International, which holds an 18.5% stake and to all the other shareholders.
NEWS
October 24, 1985 | David Nelson
The six men stood neatly in a row, five of them draped in velvet cloaks that looked to be trimmed with ermine. Their expressions solemn but their eyes revealing an inner glee, the six suddenly whooped, "Par le Bordeaux!" They then clapped their hands once, in unison, and shouted, "Pour le Bordeaux!" Another clap followed. "Toujours le Bordeaux!" Clap, clap, clap. No, it wasn't the annual lodge picnic of the Paris branch of the Fraternal Order of Bison.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2009 | By Bernadette Murphy
"Provence A-Z," "French Lessons," "Encore Provence," Toujours Provence," "Chasing Cezanne": Peter Mayle, best known for his bestselling "A Year in Provence," has made a cottage industry of writing about Provence and the entire South of France, with copious references to delectable cuisine and coveted wine selections. After writing mostly nonfiction in recent years, he's enjoying a return to the whodunit form with "The Vintage Caper," providing Francophiles, foodies and wine lovers a fun way to indulge their passions while helping solve the case.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
"Downton Abbey," the British import television series and imaginary country estate, is putting its imprint on a wine. French, of course, which is what the aristocracy was drinking in that era, and specifically Bordeaux. By the time Season 4 rolls around in January, Downton fanatics should be able play butler and uncork a bottle of “claret” to sip while watching the latest installment of the PBS series. But get this. The project comes from Knockout Licensing in collaboration with “ Wines That Rock ," described as “the Official Wine of Rock 'N Roll” on the company's website.
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May 31, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
One of the first books I bought when I was doing my (brief) sommelier training in Paris years ago was a copy of “Le Féret,” the definitive guide to the wines of Bordeaux, oh, since 1850. I haven't opened it in years, but when I wanted to look something up the other day, I discovered the book has gone missing. Where? Is it hidden away in a box of books I have yet to unpack? Or was it yet another item left behind by the movers when I changed houses nine years ago?  Now that I have a burning need to consult it, I can't remember how I acquired it. Was it in San Francisco before I left for Paris?
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
What might have been a grueling, 25-hour flight from Sydney to London two years ago instead brought filmmaker and viticulturist Warwick Ross to a project that blended his passions for storytelling and wine as perfectly as the grapes for a nice Chardonnay-Viognier. On board the Quantas flight he encountered renowned English-born wine authority Andrew Caillard, who tipped him to a looming paradigm shift in the French wine industry. Newly wealthy Chinese were making a run on the world's best bottles of Bordeaux, Caillard told him, with an intensity that posed an existential threat to the legendary -- and limited -- output of the great chateaux of the Gironde River Valley.
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February 22, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
French uber-designer Philippe Starck has created lamps that look like guns, "ghost" chairs, fly swatters, a futuristic orange juicer, headphones, yachts and just about anything you can think of. Hehas put his stamp on hotels and restaurants such as the Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Katsuya in various locations including Glendale and Los Angeles, and Ma Cocotte , a restaurant at the flea market in Paris. He also has designed a factory and showroom for La Forge de Laguiole, a manufacturer of knives in southwest France.
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December 9, 2012 | By Alene Dawson
Deck the halls, plum the pudding, make merry under the mistletoe: The holidays are party season and now's your time to shine. And whether you're headed to the festivities directly from the office or just need to get ready fast, the quickest way to add glamour to your look is by paying attention to lips and eyes. "Lashes and lipstick are really the quickest, easiest way to make the transition from day to evening," says Gina Brooke, Intraceuticals skin care ambassador and former Shu Uemura artistic director, whose celebrity clients have included Anne Hathaway and Madonna.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
Two longtime veterans of Wine Exchange in Orange, Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, have just opened an online wine shop based in Santa Ana called Best Wines Online . The two have been working for months to streamline the concept: “We want you to feel as psyched about that next bottle of wine you buy from us as we were when we discovered it.  Wine is fun, it's relaxing, its sharing … and it is for drinking.” The website is clean...
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December 9, 2012 | By Alene Dawson
Deck the halls, plum the pudding, make merry under the mistletoe: The holidays are party season and now's your time to shine. And whether you're headed to the festivities directly from the office or just need to get ready fast, the quickest way to add glamour to your look is by paying attention to lips and eyes. "Lashes and lipstick are really the quickest, easiest way to make the transition from day to evening," says Gina Brooke, Intraceuticals skin care ambassador and former Shu Uemura artistic director, whose celebrity clients have included Anne Hathaway and Madonna.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The French have gotten into fruit-flavored wines in a big way. As if news of declining consumption of wine overall wasn't enough, drinkers in France are snatching up bottles of rosé pamplemousse (grapefruit-flavored rosé) and rosé mandarin or black currant at an ever-growing rate. Sales of flavored wine (and sangria) in France jumped 45.2% in 2013 over 2012's figures, “beating rum, specialty beers, cognac and iced teas,” according to a study by IRI in the beverage trade magazine RayonBoissons.
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November 21, 2012 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who ever thought we could be so elated about Malice during the holiday season? That's the latest, must-have nail lacquer from Chanel - a deep, shimmery bordeaux. The rich wine tone hits somewhere in that space between Dorothy's ruby slippers in "The Wizard of Oz" and Chanel's cult classic nail color Vamp, the blackish oxblood hue that debuted in 1994 and took the world by storm, creating the first nail lacquer wait lists on record. Bordeaux is the season's "It" color, offering a fast, festive way to update your look for the holidays.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Recently, the British wine magazine Decanter reported on an initiative by the Bordeaux Wine Bureau ( CIVB ) to teach young kids (ages 6 to 10 or 11) the rudiments of winemaking and viticulture through a voluntary program called La Gironde Verte . They'll visit vineyards, learn how wine is made, taste the grapes, tour the cellar and interview the winemaker. There's even a textbook involved: "Mon Cahier des Vignes" (My Vine Workbook.) You can see it online - - in French, of course, but with charming graphics, maps and illustrations.
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