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  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  There’s still time to impress the oenophiles on your holiday gift list with 2013’s most coveted wine toy: the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System. The latest in technology, it allows you to enjoy as much, or as little wine from a bottle as you like, without...
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  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  It’s time for this year‘s last and most important task, picking the bubbly for New Year’s Eve. While Champagne’s appeal is undeniable, there are some luscious, quirky, little Italian sparklers well worth sipping when the clock strikes twelve. After all, Italians were the first to deliberately...
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  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. Vino California began its weeklong paean to Italian wine Tuesday with the trade seminar: Call to Calabria: Discovering Wines From the Toe of Italy’s Peninsula. Attendees were guided through a tasting by a trio of LA wine personalities: Anthony Dias Blue (Blue Lifestyle), Jonathan Mitchell (Locanda del...
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By G. Stassi. So every time this friend and I go on a road trip we end up somewhere very unusual but always seem to order and share a split of Qupe Syrah. Her itineraries are excellenct and adventurous and she’s obsessesd with dive bars — that’s what happens when you grow up too well...
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  By G. Stassi. The charm of the Central Coast never ceases to amaze me. I love it when it’s fogged in; when its sun drenched; when it’s hopping at the Fourth of July; and when it’s raining down on the tents of a fall wine festival. Mostly, I prefer when it’s quiet and there’s...
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Bartending has progressed far beyond just creating popular drinks. It has evolved into a craft of mixing and reinventing old and new exotic cocktails. Today’s modern Mixologists push the overall limits of creativity of yesterday’s bartenders.
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