September 1, 2013 |
In recent decades, the Central Coast of California has become one of the state's most important wine-producing regions. But at what cost? Until recently, most ranchers and farmers in this part of California embraced dry farming practices, raising crops irrigated solely by rain. The crops that were dry farmed, including barley and hay, were then used by the area's cattle ranches. Water, drawn from an aquifer, was understood by everyone to be a precious shared resource. Historically, there has been no water district to manage allotments.
August 31, 2013
Watch top chefs cook; taste food from some of Southern California's best restaurants; listen to discussions of food issues. You can do any or all of these things starting Saturday at the Los Angeles Times' fourth annual festival of food and wine, the Taste, at the Paramount Studios back lot. Tickets for the events, each of which will feature complimentary tastings from dozens of restaurants, wineries and spirits brands, are $85 and are available online...
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August 31, 2013 |
A Newport Beach man was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday after pleading guilty to charges that he stole $2.7 million worth of wine from a storage facility and in a separate case underreported more than $3.5 million of payroll costs at his construction company. The two cases came to a close with guilty pleas to more than 75 felony counts, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. In the first case, George Osumi, 64, broke into wine storage lockers at Legend Cellars Inc., which he operated in Irvine, and replaced expensive bottles with cheaper wines, according to the district attorney.
August 29, 2013 |
Vodka will join the long list of spirits, food and wine being celebrated during this year's Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in Honolulu. The third annual festival begins Sunday and will continue through Sept. 9. It will bring participants face-to-face with 75 world-class master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival was founded by Hawaiian chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. This year's lineup will include Tony Abou-Ganim , who bills himself as the Modern Mixologist.
August 29, 2013 |
California Wine Month is September, a time when grapes are harvested and fruit gets crushed. Lodi south of Sacramento welcomes wine lovers with a $20 "passport" that's good all month and includes discounts and savings at local wineries and other attractions. The deal: The 2013 Lodi Road Trip Passport contains coupons for free wine tastings, discounts on tastings and bottles of wine, and free food pairings at 49 vineyards in the Lodi area. Restaurants and hotels offer discounts in the passport too. Also, the Holiday Inn Express Lodi is offering a package for $159 a night midweek/$164 a night on weekends that includes room, breakfast, a bottle of Lodi Zinfandel and two passports.
August 28, 2013 |
Visitors to California's Central Coast can sample the beach and wine country with a two-night package from the Blue Dolphin Inn in Cambria. The 20-room inn, just across the road from Moonstone Beach and its seaside boardwalk, is about 30 miles from Paso Robles, center of a major vineyard region. The Coastal Wine Package provides a four-hour wine-tasting tour, with round-trip shuttle van transportation from the inn. Note: The inn is for adults only (ages 18 and up), and you must be at least 21 to book the wine package.
August 27, 2013 |
OK, here's a new one for your vocabulary: wine sleeve. As in the OXO Steel Wine Sleeve for keeping an already chilled bottle of wine cool. The brushed stainless steel wine sleeve is simple and sleek, and its double-walled construction does the trick in holding that wine at the same temperature for an hour or two. A soft internal “moat” catches any drips. If you keep a wine on ice, it will get colder and colder. It's all too easy to lose track and find that you've gone overboard with the chilling.
August 23, 2013 |
The Sunburst Calistoga Hotel in downtown Calistoga, Calif., opens its doors with an introductory 20% discount through the end of the year. The 50-room property is an upgrade of the old Calistoga Village Inn & Spa. The pool and mineral pools have been preserved in a new splashy decor the hotel calls retro-modern. The deal: The Sunburst' s introductory room rates come with a free to-go boxed breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has been renovated and rebranded by BroughtonHotels , which operates the Georgian in Santa Monica and the Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara.
August 19, 2013 |
The Wine Amplified Weekend returns Sept. 6 and 7 to the beach at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and with it the premise that good music is even better with good wine and good food. The festival will launch at Mandalay with the Sept. 6 “Bubbles and Chocolate” event at the Moore Beach Club . Bubbly from Mo e t & Chandon will be paired with indulgent sweets prepared by Christophe Feyt, the resort's executive pastry chef. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Collective Soul , a band that shot to stardom in 1993 with its double-platinum album, “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.” The Sept.
August 15, 2013 |
If you're headed down Ensenada way this weekend, you might want to make a detour to Valle de Guadalupe to take in some of the events surrounding the 23 rd annual Fiestas de la Vendimia through Saturday. Check the website for a full listing of everything that's going on. Sorry, the paella contest with 40 winemakers competing to make the best paella is already sold out. Shoot! Not to worry, plenty of wine tastings, dinners, visits to wineries and more. Most events include live music - and of course plenty of local wine.