Friday, January 6, 2017

01/06 TOM BRACAMONTES, LA COMPETENCIA IMPORTS LLC, DAVID TEIG, SHERATON FAIRPLEX HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

TOM BRACAMONTES - LA COMPETENCIA IMPORTS LLC: AN IMPORTER, DISTRIBUTOR & WHOLESALER OF WINES FROM BAJA, MEXICO

LA COMPETENCIA IMPORTS, LLC.
Named in honor of my grandfather, Ramón Gómez, LA Competencia Imports will strive to replicate the level of customer service and connection to the community that he was known for. From humble beginnings in León, Guanajuato, México he proved that through hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.

PROUDLY REPRESENTING:
Solar Fortun
Viñas de la Erre
Fluxus
Casa Magoni
D'Poncelis
Corona Del Valle
Totol
El Mogor

BAJA WINE COUNTRY
The wine producing regions of Baja, like wine itself, have gotten better with age. In the past few years there has been an explosion of creative juices flowing south of the border as new and exciting wineries and wines are popping up seemingly overnight. Some have called it the 'renaissance of Baja's wine country' and the excitement is growing.

The Guadalupe Valley just northeast of Ensenada is at the forefront of the Baja wine movement and has over 80 wineries - artisan, boutique, and commercial, both large and small who are producing some remarkable wines. Our guide features an in-depth look at 40 of the wineries. The people of the region are fascinating and they love to share their passion with visitors. So dive in and and discover the magical wine destinations the Guadalupe Valley has to offer!

GUADALUPE VALLEY WINERIES
Valle de Guadalupe has a wealth of wineries to explore - some 50+ and growing! The range of wineries includes artisan wineries, boutique wineries, and commercial wineries both large and small. Several of the wineries you can conveniently pop into while traipsing around the valley and others require a reservation. At many of the wineries you can visit with the winemakers themselves, making it an especially memorable experience.

WWW.LACOMPETENCIAIMPORTS.COM


DAVID TEIG – DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE/COMPLEX EXECUTIVE CHEF, SHERATON FAIRPLEX HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

THEY IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE AND SEASONAL MENUS USING INGREDIENTS FROM THEIR ONE-ACRE FARM

THE FARM AT FAIRPLEX
The Farm at Fairplex is a five-acre organic working farm located on the campus of Fairplex, home of the LA County Fair and more than 300 year-round events. With more than 150 California specialty crops, The Farm serves as a community educational component of The Learning Centers at Fairplex and as an abundant garden whose seasonal bounty is used in the delicious cuisine of McKinley's Grille and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center's catering menu. The Farm at Fairplex also features al fresco dining at its finest. Farm events feature custom menus inspired by in-season herbs, fruits and vegetables harvested from our organically grown five acres of plantings.

McKinley's Bar
Catch up with friends, family or co-workers over drinks at McKinley's Bar.  Enjoy a variety of featured drinks and light appetizers with good company and a casual environment.
 
McKinley's Grille
A perfect blend of Southern California style and food can be found at this popular Pomona restaurant.  Enjoy a menu with something for every appetite.  From dinner with friends or family to a business lunch, McKinley's offers a great atmosphere with a casually sophisticated menu.

JOIN US FOR AN INTIMATE, UNFORGETTABLE EVENING OF FARM-TO-TABLE DINING
Enjoy al fresco dining on the Fairplex farm grounds, and treat yourself to a true farm-to-table culinary experience that is sure to excite your palate.  Once a month, Executive Chef Vincent Cavalli will indulge you by creating a a five-course dinner using local, sustainable ingredients hand picked from the hotel's own five-acre organic farm. Enjoy the natural surroundings as the Sheraton Fairplex culinary team prepare your dinner and brings the table to the farm.

Each course is specially crafted to highlight the farm's seasonal, flourishing produce and is paired with award-winning California wines or local craft beer.  Chef Cavalli collaborates closely on menu design with the featured winemaker or brewer to ensure that each course compliments the next and there is a natural progression of flavors throughout the meal. From the moment you arrive at the farm, you'll be guided through your experience by the featured local winemaker or brewer, Chef Cavalli and occasionally a Master Sommelier.

WWW.SHERATONFAIRPLEX.COM
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Friday, December 16, 2016

12/16 TONY LOMBARDI, LOMBARDI WINES, CHARLENE PETERS, VISIT CALISTOGA, CONNOR CLARK, HI TIME WINE CELLARS

TONY LOMBARDI - LOMBARDI WINES

ABOUT LOMBARDI
Lombardi Wines crafts small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast. Founded in 2013, Lombardi Wines honors a rich family history of wine, food and tradition. Small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are crafted from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and are born from Passion, Inspiration and Family. To learn more and join the family of Lombardi Wines, please visit www.lombardiwines.com.

ABOUT TONY:
A Sonoma County resident for over 40 years, I've been in the retail and wine industries since 1989. After leaving a ten year career managing Safeway retail stores throughout Marin and San Francisco, I took a leap of faith into the wine industry and haven't looked back.

Though the wine industry is ever evolving, it's still about the wine, the people, the lifestyle and our enthusiasm for it. PREVIOUS: PR for Kosta Browne Winery, Ascentia Wine Estates, J Vineyards & Winery

WWW.LOMBARDIWINES.COM


CHARLENE PETERS - MARKETING & PR MANAGER, VISIT CALISTOGA – SEASONAL HAPPENINGS & CALISTOGA'S ANNUAL WINTER IN THE WINERIES PASSPORT 

Calistoga readies for seventh Winter in the Wineries Passport Series

Explore and enjoy tastes from the top of Napa Valley through Feb. 5, 2017

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced the dates of its seventh Winter in the Wineries Passport Series, beginning Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, and running through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport program allows passport holders access to 15 wine tastings any time during this two-month period. Additionally, passport holders will receive special restaurant offers and discounts at several of Calistoga’s lodging properties and downtown shops.

Pre-orders for passports are available online: http://visitcalistoga.com/winter-in-the-wineries-passport/ or by calling 707-942-6333. The passport price of $50 is valued at an estimated $300 in wine tastings alone and is considered the best value of tasting in Napa Valley, not to mention a great gift idea for the holidays!

With every passport stamped, passport holders are sure to enjoy the opportunity to swirl and sip in celebration of the Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season. Participating wineries include Calistoga’s boutique wineries and main street tasting rooms. Well-known wineries participating include Chateau Montelena, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, as featured in the 2008 Hollywood film, “Bottle Shock”. Another well-known stop is Castello di Amorosa, the authentically-styled 13th-century Tuscan castle, complete with torture chamber.

Now through Dec. 1, a contest to win two Passports, a two-night stay at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort, a V.I.P. Tasting/Tour at Fairwinds Estate, and dinner for two at Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery will be available through the VisitCalistoga.com website. The winner will be announced Dec. 2 via the VisitCalistoga.com website.

“Winter in the Wineries Passport program is a great way for wine novices and experts to experience Napa Valley varietals and Calistoga’s unique offerings,” said Chris Canning, executive director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center. “We are excited to welcome another year of the passport series as a great way for visitors to leisurely explore and sip through the city during Cabernet Season.”

Passports are available to pre-order online at VisitCalistoga.com or by calling the Welcome Center, 707-942-6333. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport Series both personally and to give as the perfect holiday gift for wine lovers to experience the intimate nature of this charming community. Passport holders are encouraged to share their Winter in the Wineries experiences on social media using the hashtag: #TastesFromTheTop

For more information about Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport program and participating wineries, log on to VisitCalistoga.com or call (707) 942-6333.

About Calistoga Chamber of Commerce
The city of Calistoga is a Napa Valley town known for its natural geothermal waters, popular spas, relaxed atmosphere, adventures hiking and biking trails, wide variety of wineries and great dining. For information about lodging and dining options, local wineries, spas and events in Calistoga, visit www.VisitCalistoga.com. You can also find Visit Calistoga on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitCalistoga, Twitter @VisitCalistoga  and Instagram at VisitCalistoga.

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CONNOR CLARK FROM HI TIME WINE CELLARS

Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a family-owned retail store located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded by Fritz Hanson and his brother-in-law Jim McVay. Hi-Time opened its cellar doors in 1957  at its original location on 17th and Irvine in Costa Mesa, California. In 1984, the Hanson brothers moved to our present location in Costa Mesa where they built one of the largest underground temperature-controlled wine cellars in the U.S .

This 3,000 square foot underground temperature-controlled cellar now includes a selection of 10,000+ wines from many different wineries from all around the world. This selection represents the world's finest growing regions from such diverse areas as California, Oregon, Washington, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, South America and Portugal.

The recently re-designed store now has a retail space of 24,000 square feet. We added many new and exotic labels to our selection. Along with our selection of rare wines you will also discover hard-to-find spirits, espcially in the Bourbon and Scotch aisles, and exotic liquors from all over the world. In addition, we offer a comprehensive selection of North American micro-brews along with some of the best beers the rest of the world creates. Our walk-in beer refrigerator offers over 1,200 different beers from 25+ different countries. Our walk-in tobacco humidor holds over 500 different cigar brands and sizes as well as a great selection of pipes and fine pipe tobaccos.  We also offer gourmet foods, specialty chocolates, cheeses and charcuterie.

We are proud to have been able to serve our customers for over half of a century. Our goal is to provide our customers with one of the largest selections of fine wines and rare spirits from all over the world, at competitive prices and without sacrificing the quality of our customer service.

WWW.HITIMEWINE.NET

Friday, December 9, 2016

12/09 DARIO SATTUI, CASTELLO DI AMOROSA, DON HUFFMAN, NOMACORC

DARIO SATTUI – OWNER, CASTELLO DI AMOROSA IN CALISTOGA 

HISTORY OF CASTELLO DI AMOROSA:
Castello di Amorosa is a castle and a winery located near Calistoga, California. First opening its doors to the public in April 2007, the castle is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui, who also owns and operates the V. Sattui Winery named after his great-grandfather who originally established a winery in San Francisco in 1885. The winery sits on property that was once part of an estate owned by Edward Turner Bale.

THE CASTLE
The castle interiors, which include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground, cover approximately 121,000 square feet (11,200 m2). Key details and building techniques are architecturally faithful to the 12th and 13th century time period. Among many other features it has: a moat; a drawbridge; defensive towers; an interior courtyard; a torture chamber; a chapel/church; a knights' chamber; and a 72 by 30 feet (9.1 m) great hall with a 22-foot (6.7 m)-high coffered ceiling.

The torture chamber has an authentic 300-year-old iron maiden which Sattui states he bought for $13,000 in Pienza, Italy, a replica rack, prison chambers and other torture devices. The great hall features frescoes painted by two Italian artists who took about a year and a half to complete and showcases a 500 year old fireplace.

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle.

Due to Napa County restrictions, the castle and grounds cannot be rented for weddings or receptions, but are available to rent for corporate gatherings and fund raisers. In May 2012 the county ordered the winery to cease holding a weekly Catholic Mass in the chapel located on the grounds due to lack of use permits, reviews by county agencies, including traffic and building code compliance. The services were among just a few in the area where Catholics could attend a traditional Latin Mass.

HISTORY OF V. SATTUI WINERY:
V. Sattui Winery stands today as the result of hard work, dedication, and the extraordinary vision of two men who happen to be related.  Vittorio Sattui started the business in 1885 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy.  The law-abiding Vittorio was forced to shut down when Prohibition went into effect, and the winery would lay dormant until 1976, when Vittorio’s great-grandson, Dario, would realize his dream of resurrecting the family business in the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley.

WWW.CASTELLODIAMOROSA.COM
WWW.VSATTUI.COM


DON  HUFFMAN - SUSTAINABILITY & WINE EDUCATION MANAGER, NOMACORC 

Don is a 25 year wine industry veteran, entrepreneur, agriculture advocate, winemaker, alternative energy lobbyist, and marketing communications professional. With agency and client-side marketing communications expertise, Don has worked with such as brands - Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Delicato Family Vineyards, Paso Robles Vintners and Growers, Mendocino Wine Growers, Miller/Coors, Sodexo/Marriott, Safeway Stores, Napa Auto Parts, McDonald's Restaurants, Pella Windows, Macromedia, Hewlett-Packard and more.

An extremely creative, strategic contributor to the marketing/communication process, Don is always mindful of all green oriented issues relating to communications, farming and operations. Today, Don's primary responsibilities for Nomacorc LLC include: North American on/off-premise wine education; developing retail marketing intelligence and strategic planning; initiating pre/post-consumer sustainability programs; and fostering relationships with private label and custom-crush providers.

Don lives with his wife and three girls in Napa, California and is a community advocate serving on several boards including: serving as the current board President for the Napa County Office of Education and as a Director on the 25th District Agriculture Association for the State of California.
“We’re changing the way winemakers think about making and closing wine.”
— Gert Noël, founder, Nomacorc

Originally conceived as an entrepreneur’s solution to cork taint and bottle variation, Nomacorc is now one of the largest producers of wine closures. Since the company’s inception in 1999, Nomacorc co-extruded wine corks have become a trusted and widely-used way to close wine, protecting nearly 2.5 billion bottles of wine around the world each year.

In January 2015, Nomacorc became a part of Vinventions LLC, a leading global innovator of complete wine closure solutions. Vinventions™ is the creation of family entrepreneur Marc Noël, Chairman, in association with Bespoke Capital Partners, Heino Freudenberg, CEO, and further partners.
In partnering with Nomacorc, the goal of Vinventions is to become the most innovative, operationally excellent and trusted supplier of complete wine closure solutions to the still and sparkling wine industry.

WWW.NOMACORC.COM

Friday, November 4, 2016

11/04 RICK RUIZ – PRESIDENT, CHARLES WOODSON WINES JAMEY WHETSTONE - PROPRIETOR AND WINEMAKER , WHETSTONE WINE CELLARS

RICK RUIZ – PRESIDENT, CHARLES WOODSON WINES

CHARLES WOODSON WINES IS A PROJECT THAT EMERGED FROM CURIOSITY, FRIENDSHIP AND A DESIRE TO SPREAD GOOD FORTUNE.

Charles Woodson discovered his appreciation for wine in 1998 when he arrived in Napa with the Oakland Raiders for training camp. He was intrigued when he noticed that everywhere he went people were enjoying a bottle of wine. It didn’t matter if it was an opulent dinner, low key lunch, or lazy afternoon. He was drawn to the fact that people seemed to slow down and come together over a glass of wine. Being the curious type, he not only wanted to participate in this ritual, he wanted to learn how to create it himself.

In 2001 Charles, met Rick Ruiz who was working at Robert Mondavi Winery. Rick invited Charles to visit the winery and showed him around the cellar while explaining the winemaking process from start to finish.  In that moment, Charles’ desire to actually make a wine was launched. The two worked together with another friend – who happened to be acclaimed international winemaker, Gustavo A. Gonzalez – to create the first barrel of Charles Woodson Wines. They produced a 2001 vintage Merlot that was used to support the various charities with which Charles is involved.

OUR VINEYARD AND FARMING PRACTICES
The Charles Woodson Wines vineyard is farmed with the same artisanship, precision and delicate care that is at the core of the winemaking philosophy. After an in-depth sourcing process that led Charles Woodson and the winemaking team through some of the most coveted vineyards in the Napa Valley, the site exhibiting the highest potential to define Charles Woodson Wines as a wine of structure and elegance was selected.

The chosen vineyard, owned by Heitz Bros. Vineyards, has a pedigree as exclusive as its northern Napa Valley location. The original vines were planted in 1904 by Michael and Louise, the grandparents of the current Heitz Bros. owners. As recent immigrants from the Alsace region of what was then Germany, now France, the couple wanted to find a place where they could raise a family while putting Michael’s horticultural background to use.

The result of their search was the purchase of 50 acres of prime Napa Valley soil located at the base of Diamond Mountain, just two and a half miles south of the town of Calistoga. Michael made an assortment of wines from the original vines which included varieties such as Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Charbono.

This section of land is still held by the Heitz family and is managed by one of the third generation brothers, Mark. A true farmer, Mark does not make wine. He prides himself on focusing solely on the grape growing process which allows him to direct all of his time and attention toward cultivating the highest quality vines possible.

After years of working in the soil and learning the climate conditions, Mark concluded that the most optimal varietals to grow in this site are of the Bordeaux family. The majority of his land is now dedicated to the production of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that grow next to esteemed neighbors including Sterling, Clos Pegase and Schramsberg.

CHARLESWOODSONWINES.COM



JAMEY WHETSTONE - PROPRIETOR AND WINEMAKER , WHETSTONE WINE CELLARS

Jamey Whetstone sampling grapes from the Pleasant Hill vineyard in Russian RiverWhetstone Wine Cellars is a small family-owned luxury wine brand located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Here’s our story, told in Jamey Whetstone’s words:

Born in Florence, SC, I grew up the son of a Baptist preacher and moved around quite a bit before settling in Wilmington, NC. I relocated to Napa in 1996 to manage Mustards Grill, figuring I’d gain restaurant experience before heading back home to the Carolinas to open a restaurant of my own. Napa had other plans for me. My winemaking education began in 1998 at Turley Wine Cellars, where learning how to change the clutch on a tractor was more valued than knowledge of Bordeaux First Growths. I had the opportunity to take a summer sabbatical working for the Seysses family at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis, which cemented my love for Pinot Noir. After returning from France, I founded Whetstone Wine Cellars in 2002 while continuing my apprenticeship at Turley. In 2005, I left Turley in order to take the leap toward growing the Whetstone brand.

We purchased Whetstone Estate in February of 2011, and opened our doors in July of 2013. The centerpiece of the property is a 19th century French-style chateau, now our tasting salon, which sits on two acres located at the base of Atlas Peak Road in Napa. Other than gaining a physical location, the most significant change in the trajectory of Whetstone Wine Cellars was the full-time addition of my wife, Michelle. She’s behind the overall operations and aesthetic of our brand, and introduced our simple but effective sales motto: to be more in touch with the lost art of face-to-face communication. With the touch-screen ease of the digital sales world, we’ve made this grassroots approach a priority here at Whetstone. The quality of our wines coupled with the gorgeous setting, relaxed atmosphere and Southern hospitality make for a truly unique Wine Country experience. We look forward to seeing you soon!

U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S : W I N E  D I N N E R  //  B O U L D E R ,  C O
   What:    Join Jamey Whetstone at Frasca Food & Wine for
                 an epic 4-course prix fixe dinner!
    When:    Monday, November 14th // 5:30PM
    Where:   Frasca Food & Wine
                  1738 Pearl Street // Boulder, CO
    Price:     $50 per person + optional wine pairing
                       *tax and gratuity not included
    RSVP:    303.442.6966 // Space limited so call NOW!

WWW.WHETSTONEWINECELLARS.COM

Friday, October 28, 2016

10/28 BOB WEIL, THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB, 6TH ANNUAL “BACCHUS ON THE BEACH”, RAFAEL HERNANDEZ, THE WINERY RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR IN NEWPORT BEACH

BOB WEIL - DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPERATIONS, THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - 6TH ANNUAL “BACCHUS ON THE BEACH”

Robert Weil has been with Longboat Key Club since 2001. Prior to his move to Longboat Key Club, he worked for Club Corp. of America in establishments from Washington DC to Atlanta. Weil was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from NC State University with a degree in history/education. He is a certified executive chef by the American Culinary Federation. He is married to Jane, has a son, Tristan, and daughter Eva Jane. When he's not cooking, he enjoys outdoor activities and gardening.

OUR RESORT
The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a 410-acre beachfront resort and private membership club located on the barrier island of Longboat Key, just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. The Resort and Links on Longboat Golf Course are bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico with the Harbourside Golf Course, Longboat Key Club Moorings and Tennis Gardens bordered by Sarasota Bay on the east.  With an emphasis on privacy, exclusivity, and personalized service, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a true luxury vacation destination offering 223 luxury suites, tennis, golf, fitness facilities, The Spa, private beach access, a 291 slip deep-water marina, and 8 restaurants and lounges all at one property. Renowned as a beautiful, tropical island paradise, resort guests will feel pampered and away from it all yet still have easy access to local attractions, shopping, dining, cultural events and two international airports.

6TH ANNUAL “BACCHUS ON THE BEACH” STONE CRAB CELEBRATION & WINEMAKER AUCTION TO BENEFIT MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM AND COMBAT WOUNDED VETERAN CHALLENGE AND SCUBANAUTS INTERNATIONAL 

Experience vintages from over 35 vintners and specialty distillers, culinary creations from the Chefs of Longboat Key Club, dancing in the sand and exciting wine and travel auction.
 
The sixth annual Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Winemaker Auction will take place November 10 and 11, 2016, once again bringing some of the most prestigious winemakers and producers to the beautiful beach-setting at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Guests are invited to attend one of the specialty wine dinners on November 10th, the upscale wine-tasting event on the beach on November 11th, or go “all-in” and attend both.  This is truly one of the most exclusive and intimate wine events on the west coast of Florida.

The beachside event is well known for its outstanding selection of premium vintages, specialty spirits and local craft brews all featured as a complement to the reason for the season, stone crabs!  A feast for food-lovers and wine aficionados, the event is well known for its one-of-a-kind live auction showcasing exceptional wines, travel, adventure and dinner packages. This is the “must-have” ticket to kick-start a fabulous new season of island living.

The beneficiary of this year’s event is Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, supporting the organizations marine research institution as well as the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International*.  Tickets to the wine dinners are $135 per person.  Tickets for the Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab & Wine Auction are $150 per person. To purchase tickets call (941) 387-1662, or by email at membership@longboatkeyclub.com.  Follow us, #Bachus2016.

BACCHUS ON THE BEACH, WINE DINNERS 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

  • Gulfside Plancha with Wild Horse Winery North Beach, 5:30 Reception, 6:00 pm Dinner Featuring Todd Ricard, Winemaker 
  • An Evening with Woodward Canyon Winer Spike & Tee’s, 6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner Featuring Thomas Woodley, Winemaker 
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Dinner   Sands Pointe Restaurant, 7:00 pm Reception, 7:30pm Dinner Featuring Justin Seidenfeld, Winemaker 
  • An Evening at Portofino with Jankara Winery and Coterno Fontino Winery Portofino Restaurant, 7:30 pm Reception, 8:00 pm Dinner Featuring Renato and Angela Spanu, and Fabio Fantino and Noemi Conterno, Winemakers  


“BACCHUS ON THE BEACH” STONE CRAB CELEBRATION & WINEMAKER AUCTION 
Thursday, November 11, 2016
Beach Festival Tent • 5:30 pm

The 6th annual Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Wine Auction will be better than ever with over 100 selections from our featured wineries and producers!  Enjoy the ambiance of the evening along the Gulf of Mexico as you participate in the Grand Tasting, enjoy stone crab and unique dishes prepared by the Chefs of Longboat Key Club, dance in the sand and aim high at the live auction as rare vintages, unique travel packages and outdoor adventures are presented to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts programs. A party with a purpose! $150 per person.

LIVE AUCTION PACKAGES 
Spotted Eagle Ray Charter with Mote Marine Scientists
Behind the Scenes Tour of Mote Marine Laboratory
Cafe L’Europe, four-course, five star wine dinner for six, by Scene Magazine

WWW.LONGBOATKEYCLUB.COM


RAFAEL HERNANDEZ - THE WINE DIRECTOR, THE WINERY RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR IN NEWPORT BEACH

ABOUT THE WINERY RESTAURANT
3131 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar pairs contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. Located on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, The Winery was named "Restaurant of the Year" by the Orange County Concierge Association in its first year in business. The restaurant's wine list, which currently offers 650 selections, changes weekly, offering diners a wide range of varietals from around the world.  Guests can look into and even tour the restaurants' climate-controlled cellars, which can hold up to 7,500 bottles! The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar offers a warm and passionate menu complimented by the perfect wines -- endless possibilities and something to suit every palate.

DINING AT THE WINERY NEWPORT BEACH
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar's Newport Beach location is on Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking the Marina. The Winery Restaurant Newport Beach provides the same rich experience as its flagship location at The District in Tustin, with the successful pairing of contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. They have been recipients of many awards and honors, including RIVIERA Magazine and the Orange County Business Journal’s “Restaurant of the Year,” as well as the prestigious Southern California Restaurant Writers Association’s “Restaurateurs of the Year.”

The Winery Newport Beach transports guests to a relaxing Napa or Sonoma getaway. Upon entering, they will be greeted with sumptuous stone slabs and warm wood flooring, a fourteen-foot high glass private wine locker display, majestic stone, dazzling light fixtures and an immediate view of the Pacific Ocean. Finishes throughout will be luxurious yet inviting, including a backlit precious agate stone host desk and bar top on each floor. Unique, beautiful stone and warm, comfortable upholstery are planned throughout. Real wine barrel staves have been designed to adorn the bar lounge tables and ceiling elements, tying in the restaurant’s particular focus on wine.

WWW.THEWINERYRESTAURANT.NET

Friday, October 21, 2016

10/21 LUKE PETERS, AIR AND WATER, JOE BAUMGARDNER, JC RESORTS

LUKE PETERS – PRESIDENT/CEO, AIR AND WATER (LUMA COMFORT) 

Inc's fastest-growing private companies in America on the list of Internet Retailer's top 500 three years in a row. At Luma Comfort we are innovators of beautiful and unique products.  Luma Comfort is the leading manufacturer of environmentally-friendly evaporative coolers, misting fans, ice makers and stylishly functional humidifiers Our philosophy is...comfort doesn't just come from how well our products work but how good they make you feel. Luma Comfort products can be found in Target, The Home Depot, Amazon, WayFair, and more large retailers.

WINE COOLERS
Every wine lover knows that heat damages wine but how many of us take care to protect our wine at every stage?  Wine is a perishable product that requires a year round constant temperature to mature.  Most experts will agree that the ideal temperature to keep wine is between 49 and 58° F.  Storing wine in a refrigerator isn't a good option because the vibrations will affect the wine's aroma and destroy some of its important components.  That's why investing in a wine cooler is recommended.

Don't forget that red and white wines have different temperature requirements.  If you want to store both reds and whites together in the same wine cooler, look for a dual zone unit that has 2 independently controlled temperature zones.  Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Red Wine: 55° F to 60° F
White Wine: 49° F to 56° F
Rose Wine: 49° F to 51°F

WWW.AIR-N-WATER.COM


JOE BAUMGARDNER – SOMMELIER & CELLAR MASTER, JC RESORTS

Our Sommelier & Cellar Master at JC Resorts has been bringing new wines and exciting pairings to our tables since October, 2015. Joe’s interest in wine was sparked by his father who collected wines in the 60s and 70s (and lucky for Joe, he was able to learn about these wines by dipping into the family cellar when his father wasn’t looking).

Working in restaurants since the age of 15, it became apparent that Joe’s passion was strong enough that he should pursue a career in wine. In 2008, he became one of only 6 people in Southern California to achieve the Sommelier Diploma from the prestigious International Sommelier Guild. While studying for his diploma, Joe also caught the traveling bug by hopping a train from San Diego all the way up the coast to Canada, where he tasted and learned about wines from the soil to the glass.

Ultimately, San Diego has captured Joe’s heart, and he’s proud to call the city home, where he’s shared his knowledge and love of wine as sommelier for small neighborhood restaurants and large resorts alike. Starting his sommelier career at Kensington Grill with San Diego’s acclaimed Urban Kitchen Group, he went on to work as the sommelier for the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and La Costa Resort.

Now sharing his expertise at all of the JC Resorts, Joe curates some of the finest wine collections in California. He also loves working with our chefs to create fun, interactive and most importantly, delicious wine events for our guests and local community.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

10/14 MARK TARBELL, TARBELLS, MIKE ELDRED, PAPA LEGBA HOODOO BBQ & SOUL SUPPLY

WE'RE LIVE FROM TARBELL'S IN PHOENIX ARIZONA

THE BEST PLACE TO BE A REGULAR…

Tarbell’s is a friendly neighborhood atmosphere that features light woods and white tablecloths, a sweeping birds-eye maple bar, and an exhibition kitchen. We also offer an award-winning wine list and an extensive wine-by-the-glass menu.

ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 32ND STREET & CAMELBACK ROAD

3213 East Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85018
Phone: 602.955.8100 | email: eat@tarbells.com
WWW.TARBELLS.COM

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK | MONDAY – SATURDAY 5-10PM | SUNDAY, 5-9PM

Mark Tarbell (the only winning competitor on the 5th season of "Iron Chef America") opened Tarbell's in 1994. Previously he had studied in Paris at the l'Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplôme d'Etude Culinaire from Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne. Mark and his restaurants (he also owns The Tavern and The Wine Store, also in Phoenix) have earned more than 50 city and industry awards, including a "Best Restaurant" from Food and Wine magazine and a nomination as "Best Chef - Southwest" by the James Beard Foundation.

MARK TARBELL: OWNER
Mark studied in Paris, receiving wine training at the l'Acadamie du Vin and earning a Grande Diplome d'Etude Culinaire from La Verenne Ecole du Cuisine. Nominated for "Best Chef - Southwest" by the James Beard Foundation, he has been invited to cook at many special events around the country and for a stellar line-up of political, sports, and entertainment celebrities, including the Dalai Lama, Muhammed Ali and Clint Eastwood. Mark and his restaurants have earned more than 50 awards through the years, he has written the weekly wine column for the Arizona republic since 2004, and has been published in numerous magazines such as Wine Spirits and Food Arts. Mark has appeareed on "Good Morning America" , the "Today Show", and several Food Network programs including the battle in the Iron Chef America Kitchen Stadium.

Mark Tarbell (the only winning competitor on the 5th season of "Iron Chef America") opened Tarbell's in 1994. Previously he had studied in Paris at the l'Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplôme d'Etude Culinaire from Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne. Mark and his restaurants (he also owns The Oven in Denver) have earned more than 50 city and industry awards, including a "Best Restaurant" from Food and Wine magazine and a nomination as "Best Chef - Southwest" by the James Beard Foundation.

WWW.TARBELLS.COM
WWW.TARBELLSWINESTORE.COM


MIKE ELDRED ALSO JOINS THE SHOW – PAPA LEGBA HOODOO BBQ & SOUL SUPPLY

3800 E Leo Pl
Chandler, Arizona
We supply the finest quality BBQ Rubs, Beef Jerky, Coffee, and Soul Supplies to discriminating chefs throughout the world!

WWW.HOODOOBBQ.COM