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Explore Santa Cruz Mountains on a California Wines Road Trip

California’s many beautiful wine regions offer an extraordinary variety of wines and experiences to enjoy. To help visitors explore them all, Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trips series highlights a different region each month. This month, take a trip to the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains wine region, known for its wooded peaks and small, family-owned vineyards tucked into serene hillsides. The diverse microclimates allow growers to cultivate a variety of winegrapes, but the region is known primarily for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

If San Francisco Neighborhoods Were Dogs

They’re at the table next to you at your corner coffee shop. They’re sitting next to you on the bus. They’re even surfing in competitions now. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in San Francisco — it takes no time to realize that San Francisco loves its dogs.
And you’ve heard the stat: there are more dogs in this city than children. This got me thinking about the many stereotypes and vaguely written articles out there that attempt to describe what the neighborhoods that define this quirky city are actually like.

California’s Top 10 Collectible Wines

…we gathered secondary market data on dozens of wines to calculate the most collectible California bottlings today. We considered wines whose first vintage was at least 15 years ago, those widely regarded to hold or improve in quality with time, ones traded most frequently in the U.S. and abroad, and bottlings with high price appreciation, calculated by comparing release prices and future resale figures compiled by Liv-ex.

Read on to discover the state’s top 10 blue-chip bottles, ranked by the average rate of their six-year appreciation.

Wine lovers take note: Temecula, California, is the next Napa Valley

There’s a good chance that even if you know about Sonoma and Paso Robles and California’s other iconic wine-producing regions, you haven’t heard of Temecula. Of some 3,900 wineries in the state, fewer than 50 lie within the 33,000-acre Temecula Valley American Viticultural Area, and just 1,300 of these acres are devoted to vineyards. Temecula hasn’t always had the best reputation with wine aficionados from up north scoffing at the amateurs making jug wine for Angelenos traveling via party bus. But after a decades-long ascent, it’s on the cusp of bigger things. With a legion of new wineries and winemakers, the region is earning recognition for sophisticated wines, bottling Spanish and Mediterranean varietals suited to Temecula’s hot days, cool nights, and afternoon breezes rolling in 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean. In head-to-head contests, Temecula winemakers regularly beat their counterparts from up north. Earlier this year, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Temecula one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world.

Just before a roundabout, I hit the brakes; all of Temecula stretches before me. It’s time to go and uncork some bottles.

The Taco King of South Central LA – Street Food Icons

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Keith Garrett of All Flavor No Grease sells his take on Mexican street food out of his food truck in South Central Los Angeles. He makes quesadillas, tacos, and burritos filled with chicken, steak, shrimp, or all three. Keith grew up in Watts, a neighborhood in South LA. After selling weed for years, he used his entrepreneurial instincts to start a candy shop, which he morphed into a taco stand in front of his mom’s house before turning it into All Flavor No Grease. Now, AFNG is a South LA institution that has been lauded by rappers like The Game, Problem, Bow Wow, and the late Nipsey Hussle. Keith’s inspiring journey to becoming a street food icon is one of the most memorable of the series.

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Billie Joe Armstrong & Billie Eilish

Though Dookie came out seven years before Eilish was born, you can see why she would love it. Its themes — boredom, anxiety, self-doubt — are ones she takes to twisted extremes on her own breakthrough, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Eilish, 17, has been listening to Green Day since she was nine. Her older brother and musical collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, was such a huge fan that as an early teen he emulated everything about Armstrong, down to the “little undone tie and the guyliner.” “He was basically a downgrade of you,” Eilish says. “Well,” Armstrong says, laughing, “he’s an upgrade now.”


20 Essential Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles
Pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup

With its rich culinary traditions and hyper-regional fare, Thailand is home to some of the most delightful and crave-worthy foods on the planet. LA’s tremendous Thai population means that Angelenos are never more than a stone’s throw from excellent renditions of pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup. From Thai Town to the Valley and beyond, here now are the 20 essential Thai restaurants in Los Angeles.

Thai Elvis is not dead. But he may not be the one you’re thinking of

Manuel Toi GB — yes, that’s his actual name — sat calmly at a table at the Siri Thai Cuisine restaurant in Burbank on a recent Saturday and waited his turn to take the small stage at the back of the dining room. The restaurant, which serves both northern and southern Thai dishes, is in a small shopping center off Burbank Boulevard, next to a dog groomer and an Edible Arrangements. It’s one of many Thai restaurants in Los Angeles that features a small stage for entertainment — some Elvis or Britney Spears covers while you eat your green curry.

On this particular Saturday, the narrow restaurant was packed with about 100 diners, all there to eat dinner, celebrate the restaurant’s three-year anniversary and listen to Toi GB, one of Thailand’s most popular Elvis impersonators, sing.

At 5-foot-2, Toi GB is a thin but sturdy man who may or may not be in his 70s. Like most performers, he prefers to keep his age a secret. He favors faded denim tuxedos. He wears his jet-black hair with deep, bushy sideburns. Gem-studded rings fit for a fistfight all but engulf his fingers. And even when he’s not in his Elvis garb, he has a period look about him; it’s always as if he’s just walked off the Opry stage in 1954.

“And now, Elvis Presley,” bellowed a woman from the stage, her silhouette illuminated by rotating red, orange and yellow lights.


Peter Luger given zero stars in brutal New York Times review

New York institution Peter Luger has been ripped as a washed-up, overpriced scam in an excoriating zero-star review by the New York Times.

The blistering critique by the newspaper’s restaurant critic Pete Wells plunges in the steak knife — describing the South Williamsburg eatery’s porterhouse as “far from the best New York has to offer.”

Peter Luger owners rip brutal, zero-star New York Times review

Peter Luger’s owners and staff are not taking a brutal New York Times zero-star review lying down — telling The Post they won’t be beholden to food trends and the whims of the Gray Lady.

“We know who we are and have always been. The best steak you can eat. Not the latest kale salad,” Peter Luger co-owner Jody Storch said Tuesday in the wake of the blistering critique by Times restaurant reviewer Pete Wells.

‘What does the New York Times know anyway!’ Defiant New Yorkers and hungry tourists flock to Brooklyn’s Peter Luger steakhouse the day after stinging zero-star review and say it DOES have the best steak in town (even if the waiters are a bit rude)

Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn was busy when visited on Wednesday lunchtime, a day after the New York Times’ scathing review
Diners were happy with their meals and said the Times’ rebuke was unfair
Veteran waiters said the review was ‘too personal’ and downright ‘wrong’
Among customers were tourists from Japan, Florida and Australia
They all enjoyed their food and said the prices, though steep, were justified
Retired NYPD cops and long-standing customers with Peter Luger credit cards were also there to show their support


The Champagne Myth
Bubbles may feel special, but sparkling wine shouldn’t only be for celebrations

Ariel Arce, the founder of Air’s Champagne Parlor in Greenwich Village, among other trendy spots, wants people to take bubbles seriously, but she doesn’t put them on a pedestal, either. That means she doesn’t reserve Champagne for special events. “I don’t really like to classify Champagne as celebratory anymore,” she says. “We have a real revelation with people drinking sparkling wine for every and all occasions. Yes, there is something special about bubbles in anything — sparkling water is more festive than still water — but it’s a well-thought-out and produced wine.”


This already happened but sounds like it was fun!…

Big Kahuna Burger From ‘Pulp Fiction’ Pops Up in Hollywood Next Week
Burgers, loco moco fries, shakes, and swag

Los Angeles is overrun with branded food stunts these days, from faux museums dedicated to a particular dish to media-savvy pop-ups attached to cultural properties like Good Burger from the show All That. Fat Sal’s, the overstuffed sandwich makers in Hollywood, have gotten into the mix before, and now for Halloween the group is transforming its corner address off Highland into a Big Kahuna Burger from the movie Pulp Fiction.

Much like in years past, Fat Sal’s plans to its dining area to fit the new temporary theme. Expect a grassy Hawaiian-tinged awning and overt nods to the 1994 film everywhere, including slogans (“Now that is a tasty burger” or “That’s that Hawaiian burger joint”) and an image of Jules Winnfield, the character played by Samuel L. Jackson in the Tarantino flick. A separate area will be turned into the pawn shop from the film as well, and diners will be able to check out merchandise in that space.

The whole thing is very temporary, of course — meaning customers should expect long lines and lots of photo opportunities. Big Kahuna Burger runs only on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31, from 11 a.m. to close both days.

Unprecedented Movement on Mojave Desert Fault Capable of Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake: Caltech Study

The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby fault that has begun to slowly move, according to a new study.

Ruptures in the Ridgecrest earthquake sequence ended a few miles from the Garlock Fault, which runs east-west for 185 miles from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley.

The Garlock Fault has been relatively quiet for 500 years. It now has begun a process called fault creep and has slipped 0.8 inch since July, the research found.

The study by geophysicists from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was published in the journal Science on Thursday, coinciding with the implementation of a statewide earthquake early warning system for the general public.

Southern California’s largest earthquake sequence in two decades began July 4 in the Mojave Desert about 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

A magnitude 6.4 foreshock was followed the next day by a magnitude 7.1 mainshock and then more than 100,000 aftershocks.

Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, said in a statement that it was one of the most well-documented earthquake sequences in history.

Ross developed automated computer analysis of seismometer data to detect the huge number of aftershocks with precise location information, Caltech and JPL said in a press release.

Here’s a Quick Way to Make Soup from Nearly Any Fall Vegetable

Now that the seasons have changed, it’s time for cozy-weather vegetables and dishes. First among them, of course, is soup, which harnesses magical powers. When the temperatures dip, soup is there with plenty of warm and comforting goodness in every spoonful. But you don’t need a complicated recipe, or cans of stuff from the grocery store. Fall is full of fantastic produce that’s easy to turn into soup at home. Just use this easy-to-remember no-recipe formula.

Paso Robles Is A Wine Region With A Fascinating Climate And A Punk Rock Edge

But what sets Paso Robles apart from Napa Valley et al, beyond just the punk mentality, is a peculiarity in the area’s climate caused by a small but consequential geological formation, a low-lying segment of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Take a seat at Paso Robles’ dive bar, the Pine Street Saloon, and you’re likely as not to find yourself next to a winemaker expounding on the virtues of the Templeton Gap. The same conditions that draw cold air inland off the Pacific and cools the Bay Area is present in Paso Robles year-round, thanks to this phenomenon, which roughly tracks state highway 46 and becomes a veritable wind tunnel of cold air every afternoon.

Baja Wine Should Be a Bigger Deal in the U.S.

You’re probably familiar with the Big B’s of winemaking: Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Barolo. But Baja? Maybe not. The Mexican peninsula isn’t very well known in the U.S. for its wine, but a group of young winemakers is trying to help the region get the viticultural love it deserves.

Tresomm was founded in 2017 by Taylor Grant, Conner Mitchell, and Christopher Miller. The trio first met through the Los Angeles sommelier community, and after a group jaunt down to Mexico, their shared passion for Baja’s viticultural diversity led to talks about starting a vineyard. After numerous glasses of wine and a life-changing meeting with one of the region’s wine pioneers, the group was all in.

How San Diego Became a Natural Wine Haven

Welcome to opening night for Nat Diego 2019, the third time that natural wine producers, importers and advocates have descended on this Southern California city. One of the capitals of the country’s craft beer movement, San Diego has also cultivated quite a natural wine scene. Bars like The Rose and Vino Carta promote unique bottlings from across the globe, while hometown producers like J. Brix, Vesper, and Los Pilares turn San Diego County fruit into fresh fun.

“Once you get hooked on what natural wine can be when it’s good, exciting and vibrant, there’s no going back,” says Chelsea Coleman, who worked at The Rose when it was a “normal” bar for three years. In 2014, she became co-owner and immediately shifted to sustainably sourced, gently handcrafted wines.

“Gradually, it has taken hold, and people are paying attention now,” she says. “Beer nerds are into crazy aromas and lots of flavors. That can be leverage when you’re trying to introduce new things to San Diego.”


Boldly going where no palate has gone before: A Star Trek wine tasting

What is it about alcohol and Star Trek? We’ve had the Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th anniversary beer, the James T. Kirk Reserve straight bourbon whiskey, and Ten Forward vodka, named after the Enterprise lounge, with each bottle containing traces of “vodka from space” (technically Earth’s mesosphere).

But arguably the most anticipated Trek happening of 2019 involved the announcement of a new series—Star Trek: Picard. Slated to debut in early 2020, the show picks up with the beloved captain retired to his vineyards before life intervenes. So naturally, in honor of the series and Picard’s true passion, we now have Star Trek Wines, a collaboration between CBS Consumer Products and Wines That Rock.


These 3 Central Coast wineries are among the best in the world, magazine says

Three Central Coast wineries are among the world’s best, according to Wine & Spirits magazine.

Tablas Creek Vineyard in Templeton, Deovlet Wines in San Luis Obispo, and Chanin Wines in Lompoc were all named to the magazine’s 2019 Top 100 Wineries list, alongside wineries from France, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Wine & Spirits magazine said its panels and critics perform blind taste tests of more than 11,000 wines from around the world, and the top 100 wineries are chosen based on the wines with the “highest scores and the most consistent showing throughout the year.”

A Death in Flavortown: Guy Fieri’s First Restaurant, Tex Wasabi’s, Has Closed

In 1999, a 31-year-old Guy Fieri, not yet the Founding Father of Flavortown, opened his first Tex Wasabi’s restaurant with his then-business partner, Steve Gruber. For almost two decades, that spot in Santa Rosa, California, served a combination of what it called “Rock-n-Roll Sushi” and barbecue, described on the menu as assorted arrangements of pork, sushi rice, French fries, and mayonnaise-based sauces.

On Monday, their era of “Gringo Sushi”—their words—came to an abrupt end, not with a bang, but with a sign taped to the restaurant’s window and a newly deactivated website. “After nearly 20 years, we are sorry to announce that Tex Wasabi’s had closed its doors,” the sign read. “Thank you to all for your support and patronage over the years.”


There’s No Chili Like Texas Chili and These 10 Recipes Do It Best

Lindsay Mattison writes – If your chili has beans, I’m simply not interested. Why take up space in a perfectly spiced homemade chili with beans? In my opinion, that’s the difference between a good chili and a great recipe. The best Texas chili recipes say “No, thank you!” to the pinto beans and “Yes, please!” to lots of brown, seared beef and spicy chiles swimming in spicy sauce.

Yes, red chili is where it’s at, and there are a ton of recipes out there. We scoured the internet to find the best of the best Texas chili recipes (and automatically disqualified any recipe that added beans). So pull out your Dutch oven or slow cooker, bake up a side of cornbread, and get ready with your sour cream, green onion, and cheddar cheese toppings. It’s time for a chili cook-off!


Nike’s self-lacing Huarache can be controlled with Apple Watch and Siri

The Adapt Huarache features the brand’s FitAdapt technology, which Nike claims will “update and evolve along with the user.” This isn’t a Nest thermostat for your feet; the motorized lacing unit won’t analyze your habits and adjust accordingly. It will, however, offer users more convenient control than previous versions of the Adapt technology. The Nike Adapt BB featured smartphone control, but the Adapt Huarache will also connect to Apple Watch and Siri for even faster changes. Presets will make it even easier to switch from a relaxed fit while sitting at your desk to a secure hug for running sessions.

Sneakerheads might be disappointed by the aesthetics of the Adapt Huarache, as it takes some major deviations from its namesake: While the angular silhouette of the original Huarache looks decidedly ’90s, the Adapt version of the sneaker takes on a more streamlined appearance. That said, the Adapt Huarache is more stylized than the Adapt BB, and its Adapt unit doesn’t look out of place or tacked on like the Nike Hyper Adapt.

The Nike Adapt Huarache will hit Nike’s apps and select stores on September 13th in grey and yellow colorways. The MSRP has not been announced, but the Nike Adapt BB launched at $350 in January 2019, so the new model will likely be positioned at a similar price point.


‘Taste-Tester’ Bear Munches on Pinot Noir Grapes at California Vineyard

It’s coming up to harvest time at the Navarro Winery in California, but they’re happy to share some of their more delectable pinot noir grapes with a local bear. In fact, they positively encourage it, having put in “bear ladders” to allow wildlife through their vineyards. CCTV footage from the winery shows their nighttime visitor helping itself to the pinot grapes on a number of occasions in recent weeks. Aaron Bennett, of the winery, told Storyful the bear in this video has been visiting for a few years. “We’re happy to share a few grapes every season,” he said. The vineyard’s cameras also record bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, and coyotes traversing the land, Bennett said.


The Best Things To Do During a Trip To Napa Valley, According to Local Winemakers

Skip that “Sideways”-inspired schedule and fill your next Napa trip with these expert tips.

Napa Valley, aka the adult version of Disneyland for wine aficionados, is best known as a travel destination that’s ideal for experiencing California’s greatest grapes. (I mean, it is the holy grail of Cabernet Sauvignon, right?) But while enjoying fine wine is undeniably the highlight of the Napa experience, there’s plenty of other activities to indulge in when you’re not touring wineries.


Some Tiny House links

Escape takes the wheels off with trio of non-towable tiny houses

Over the years Escape has offered lots of different tiny houses, from ultra-portable compact models to supersized XL versions with room for a family. With its new EscapeSpace, the firm takes the wheels off and offers a trio of sheds/tiny houses that are suitable for multiple uses, including as an extra bedroom or a home office.

Want something bigger?

Amazon Is Now Selling A Prefab Tiny Home With A Loft That Sleeps 7 People

the SLEDhaus, a 572 square foot wooden structure that is straight-up stocked with A+ features

Considered a “luxury retreat” by the creators at Irontown Homes, the SLEDHaus boasts an open floor plan (yes, even in a tiny home) and a loft so spacious that it can sleep up to—wait for it—seven people. I repeat: seven people.

want to try out a Tiny House?

9 tiny houses in Silicon Valley that you can rent on Airbnb


Wine Coolers Are Making a Comeback – Bartles & Jaymes Selling Canned Wine Drinks

“We started having discussions about what the reinvention of Bartles & Jaymes [looked like] and kicked off product development about two years ago,” says Stephanie Gallo, E. & J. Gallo’s chief marketing officer.

If Bartles & Jaymes had managed to improbably survive America’s craft beer revolution, the bourbon explosion, and $15 cocktail mania, it had finally made it to what E. & J. Gallo saw as another wine cooler-friendly era. As you may have heard, hard seltzer is the hottest thing… What if E. & J. Gallo could go back to using wine…and then slip this wine cooler onto millennial and sub-millennial refrigerator shelves alongside White Claw and Bon & Viv?


Gott’s Opens Gas Station Convenience Store for Doughnuts and Sandwiches in St. Helena

Patrons of St. Helena’s landmark gas station, Napa Valley Petroleum, can now fuel up on a whole lot more than gas. Local winemaker and restaurateur Joel Gott of the Gott’s Roadside burger chain, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, has opened a sophisticated and contemporary convenience store behind the pumps in a long-vacant retail space. Simply named the Station, the new store features a robust coffee menu and fresh, relatively healthy grab-and-go items for breakfast and lunch.

“The St. Helena food scene has gotten a little stale, so I think any new business that can breathe some life into this town is needed,” says the Station general manager Emelie Poisson. It’s true that St. Helena’s Main Street hasn’t welcomed a new dining concept in quite some time, and the town’s fast-casual lunch and breakfast options are limited to spots like Model Bakery and Sunshine Market. “In talking to people and walking around, everyone is liking it, everyone likes the bright space, and just that it’s something different in town.”

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
September 27—29, 2019
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, Sonoma
Includes both adult and youth grape stomps!

Downtown SLO Sip ‘n Saunter
Friday, September 27 Downtown SLO’s 3rd annual Sip ‘n Saunter takes place at multiple Downtown venues on Friday, September 27 from 5-8:30 PM! Sip ‘n Saunter is a memorable evening of beverage and food tastings offered in Downtown San Luis Obispo’s diverse shops and locations.

Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 27—28, 2019
Downtown Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande
Join the Ag Harvest Festival Grape Stomp!

Temecula Valley Crush
Saturday, September 28
Monte De Oro Winery, Temecula
The ONE and ONLY event showcasing the wines of 30+ member wineries in one location!

3rd Annual Eat Drink Play Los Gatos, a community event featuring Fine Wine, Craft Brews, Local Food, Live Music FREE Saturday, September 28

Why Mexican Wine Is No Longer a Restaurant Novelty

For most American wine drinkers, Mexican wine appeared seemingly out of nowhere. One day, we were content drinking Tecate, margaritas and mezcal, and the next, sommeliers were pouring tastes of Tempranillo-Nebbiolo blends that showed big fruit and a touch of sea salt.

The Unified Theory Of Cooking With Beer has just 1 simple rule

While pairing beer with specific foods falls midway between an art and a science, there’s far less effort involved with cooking with beer as an ingredient. I’ve both cooked and baked with beer, and while the latter requires precision and forethought—it is baking, after all—the former is mercifully simple. Keep one key rule in mind, and you’ll hardly ever be led astray.

That one rule, which I’ll call my Unified Theory Of Cooking With Beer (trademark pending), will serve you well in 95% of your cooking-with-beer experiments:

If the beer is brown or amber in color, not too hoppy, and tasty enough for you to drink, you can cook with it.

The young natural wine mavericks of Santa Cruz

Stirm, Bell, Jelks and Mayeaux each has his or her own wine label, bound by common threads: a love for the Santa Cruz Mountains and a devotion to natural winemaking. It would be easy to lump this group into the same category as a cooperative, a model commonly practiced in Europe to share equipment and reduce costs for inexpensive wines. It would also be easy to compare the group’s facility to a custom crush, the shared winery model common throughout California.

Singing The ‘Friends’ Theme In Minor Key Transforms It Into An Intense Ballad

A “Friends” fan, distraught over the news that his beloved show is leaving Netflix, performs the theme song like it’s an 80s ballad.

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Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake team up to raise millions for Bahamas Hurricane relief

On Tuesday, Woods announced the creation of the ONE Bahamas Fund “in support of Hurricane Dorian relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts.” Woods teamed up with singer and actor Justin Timberlake, along with Nexus, RBC and the Albany, Bahamas, in the joint effort.

“We’ve established the #onebahamasfund with a challenge gift of $6 million, matching dollar for dollar the next $6 million raised,” Woods wrote on Twitter. “Help us turn this first $6 million into $12 million, and join our efforts to restore and rebuild The Bahamas.”

You can make a donation to the ONE Bahamas Fund at


Think You Can’t Find Affordable California Cabernet? Think Again.

California produces bold Cabernet Sauvignon renowned around the world. And while Bordeaux may be Cabernet’s spiritual home, if the Judgment of Paris taught us one thing, it’s that California produces bottles that are easily on par with the famed French region.

Some of the most notable examples come from Napa. But the cost of grapes from the valley are often notoriously high, which means it can be difficult to find a budget-friendly bottle.

So today we wanted to shine a spotlight on both well-known and often unsung areas that are producing Cabs whose prices will keep you and your wallet happy and showcase all that this state has to offer.


Your Definitive Guide to NFL Wines and Winemakers

As the fanbases for wine and football grow to overlap, 14 teams have official wines, while retired Hall-of-Famers are making their own plays on the grape field.

Football season is finally here again, and the match-up we’re most excited about is wine and the NFL. With the 2019 season, more teams than ever have announced official wine partnerships, bringing fall-friendly Cabernets and victory sparklers to stadiums and living rooms. Players across the league are discovering wine and flaunting their bona fides, from Panthers QB Cam Newton’s sommelier stylings to Vikings rookie linebacker Cam Smith, who interned at Melville Winery in Lompoc, Calif., between summer workouts when he was at USC.

And then there are veterans: QBs Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe, coach Dick Vermeil and late owner Lamar Hunt, who started the American Football League and coined the term “Super Bowl,” are just a few of the gridiron pros who founded wineries that have been making increasingly ambitious and respected wines.


We Asked 20 Beer Pros: What Are the Best Trends in Beer Right Now?

In the beer industry, as any other, haters gonna hate. Still, there’s a lot to love in beer. And so VinePair canvassed brewery employees and community leaders across the country to share what they love most about the industry right now.

Spoiler alert: A lot of industry members we spoke to are over the moon about a certain crisp, bottom-fermented beer style. Beyond that, however, brewers are celebrating both classic and experimental styles, and a few even admit to falling for some unexpected trends.

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The 2019 Original Lobster Festival

The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival returns for its 23rd year of providing Fresh Live Maine Lobster, prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World’s Largest Cooker. You can dance away the calories to a variety of popular artists throughout the day on the dance floor, enjoy tasty eats in the food court, kick back in the VIP Lounge, take a Free Souvenir E-Photo, check out the Arts & Crafts booths, catch some sports action at the Live Sports Tent, explore the live reptile exhibit, sip on adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks — infamous Signature drink “Screaming Lobster” and Margaritas), and sing a tune at the Karaoke Lounge with a Live Band (Fri. & Sat. night). There is something for everyone, including kids, Magic Show (as seen on America’s Got Talent), Face Painting, Games and Inflatable Bounces.

Large Scale Vineyards Now Reaping Huge Benefits from Innovative Bird Deterrence Device

For more than 42 years, vineyard managers and growers have benefitted from revolutionary bird deterrence practices developed by Falcon Crop Protection that have either reduced or completely eliminated the extensive damage that can result from bird encroachment at the winery or in the field.

The company may be best known for its Falcon FrightKites, self-launching kites in the shape of large birds of prey that frighten small birds away from valuable vineyard fruit the moment they are spotted.


Wine harvest underway for Northern California vineyard

It’s grape harvest season in Northern California, and growers are busy picking this year’s crop.

Clarksburg, California, just 20 miles outside of Sacramento, is one location where the harvest is well underway.  At Merwin Ranch Vineyard off Jefferson Boulevard, they’ve spent many evenings and mornings clearing leaves and shaking vines for grapes.

“Here we harvest both by hand and by machine,” said Tom Merwin, vineyard owner. “We usually reserve our crop harvester for our larger clients and hand harvesters for smaller batches.”

Merwin Ranch Vineyard sits on 134 acres of property and yields about 11 different types of grapes. “We produce about 1,000 tons of grapes which turns into about 80,000 cases of wine,” said Merwin.


You Can Winery Hop Through Napa and Sonoma in a Vintage VW Bus

Travelers from around the globe come to visit California’s idyllic Wine Country each year to sample the region’s best vino, indulge at Michelin-starred restaurants and bike through the picturesque countryside. However, we recently stumbled upon an experience that was a little more our speed—and in our price range—VW bus tours through Sonoma, Napa, Temecula and Healdsburg.

West Wine Tours offers day trips to three of Sonoma’s best wineries—Ram’s Gate, Winery Sixteen 600 and Larson Family Vineyards—accompanied by a freshly made lunch from a local chef. In classic California fashion, all lunches are gluten- and nut-free, and special dietary requests can be made beforehand.


Now Is The Time To Start Your Wine Collection (Even If You Don’t Drink Wine)

It also means that some currently released wine could be discounted, to move through the vintage in preparation for what’s to come. It might take a bit of hunting, but these wines are out there and will continue to be made available. (Hint: McMillan was impressed by something he found at Trader Joe’s, but he didn’t leak specifics to me.)

This is exciting for any wine consumer, but it’s especially attractive to younger people, price-conscious shoppers and just-starting-out wine drinkers. As McMillan says, now is the time to stock up and build a mini-cellar that hits above its weight. “Bring them out in a few years and tell the story at a dinner party,” he suggests.


Lake County Winegrape Harvest Gets Underway with Its Flagship White: Sauvignon Blanc

Kelseyville, Calif. August 28, 2019 – The 2019 Lake County winegrape harvest is underway and growers in the high-elevation winegrowing region are once again pleased with this year’s growing conditions and optimistic about the grape quality.

Many of the region’s growers and vineyard managers are anticipating an earlier-than-normal harvest, which was unexpected given the region’s wet spring and relatively cool early season temperatures. However, by midseason, more normal temperatures prevailed, making for consistent, and in some cases, even early ripening.

“It’s been a really beautiful growing season,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission.


Central Coast Wine Region Fueling Tourism, Jobs and Economic Vitality

More than 200 wineries in Santa Barbara County serve wine made from more than 50 grape varieties that are grown in the county. The economic value of harvested wine grapes was $121 million in 2018, according to the recently released crop report compiled by the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

In 2015, Paso Robles AVA and Greater San Luis Obispo County reported 1.56 million tourism visits to wineries. Wine revenue was a whopping $732 million from San Luis Obispo County wine.


10 Great Grape Stomps for California Wine Month

If you’ve always wanted to stomp grapes like in “I Love Lucy,” then California Wine Month this Sept. is the best time to do it! Wineries all over the state offer grape stomp contests so you can crush your competitors and celebrate with wine, food, music and more! To help you pick the one that’s right for you, Wine Institute—the resource for all things California wines—compiled these ten great grape stomps and close-up harvest experiences.


An early look at California’s 2019 wine harvest

The 2019 wine harvest is underway in California — just barely. And while it’s still too soon to understand what sort of a vintage 2019 will be, the early reports from winemakers throughout the state are promising.


Savory Kentucky Beer Cheese

Wine isn’t the only thing that pairs well with cheese. It’s much faster to brew beer than to create an aged Merlot, and it opens up a world of pairing possibilities.

This recipe for Kentucky beer cheese is a cousin of pub cheese, pimento cheese and fromage fort. The difference here is it’s packed with a splash of soy sauce for umami, while additional flavor is provided by a dash of mellow ancho chili pepper. It’s part dip, part spread and all deliciousness. Stock up on buttery crackers, saltines, crudités or pretzel sticks to serve at your next barbecue, picnic or party.


Why Weed and Wine Have More in Common Than You Think

Cannabis and Cabernet have a lot in common. Jamie Evans came to that realization while she studied viticulture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Evans, a 2018 Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 honoree, applied information she learned in classes on sensory evaluation to cannabis. In 2017, she launched The Herb Somm and began to host private cannabis tastings and culinary events in California in 2018. The events focus on terpenes—the aromatic compounds found in the plant—and how the unique profiles of various strains of marijuana can best pair with wine and food.

“Cannabis is just as complex as wine,” she says. “There are a lot of similarities in the aromas and the flavors of cannabis and wine. Even the terroir of wine can be applied to cannabis.”


Iconic 1980s cars featured at NostalgiaCon

On display check out three different versions of “Doc” Brown’s De Lorean-based time machines like those in Back To The Future, a Ghostbusters ambulance and more. The show will take place September 28-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center.


White Claw Fever!

As hard-seltzer fever continues to sweep the nation, three new brands hit the market in the past two weeks alone, clamoring to capture a piece of a market anticipated to reach $2.5 billion by 2021. Read this about taste-tested hard seltzers from 9 popular brands and ranked them from worst to best.
“Better than actual seltzer,” another said. “Love the real fruit taste.”
Long live the summer of White Claw.


What it takes to become a Level 1 Somm

A 70 question multiple choice exam is designed to test a breadth, not a depth, of knowledge at this level. As many questions about Austrian wines as there were about Oregon, Washington and California, together.


Grapes Behind Favorite Wine Blends

Read about these wine blends like Bordeaux left bank and right bank, the Southern Rhône G-S-M blend, Champagne blend plus blends from Italy Portugal many more


Bordeaux winemakers forced to promote rose and white wines as young drinkers abandon red

Louise Descamps, 28, an assistant television producer, said: “It’s a change in lifestyle from our parents’ generation. They used to drink mainly red wine at dinner, but we tend to drink more at bars or parties. My friends and I drink more rosé or white. I still enjoy reds from time to time, but only ever with dinner.”

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