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• Bordeaux in the Hills of Beverly — French kisses its Cali Cousins

Bordeaux in the Hills of Beverly — French kisses its Cali Cousins

Reported by D.R. Stewart Ian Blackburn once again gathered the Grape Groupies to another tasting at the venerable Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. April 22, Monday saw Learn About Wine’s event co-hosted by Le Cercle Rive Droite and their Bordeaux buddies, the best Chateaus the region has to offer. If the French language is a […]

• Would you like to drink wine from a piece of art?

Would you like to drink wine from a piece of art?

Behold the Premier Cru Collection of stemware. Damn it’s beautiful. And hand-blown, lead-free crystal and, YES, even durable. Well, if you throw them in the fireplace, that’s another story, but because of the absence of lead, they are demonstrably stronger than your lead crystal varieties. Because isn’t breakage particularly frustrating? No worries, the wine glasses […]

• Memorable Montelobos Mezcal. Gotta Have It.

Memorable Montelobos Mezcal. Gotta Have It.

Last night, Montelobos launched their wonderful Mezcal at Las Perlas (downtown LA). I’ve had mezcal and haven’t really been able to get over the, some might say, gasoline taste, but this mezcal was DELICIOUS! It was smooth, had depth of flavors and just the right amount of smoke. Mezcal is typically served neat, and that’s […]

• Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Forget what you think you know Riesling cause it’s most assuredly wrong

Riesling gets a bad rap. Typically thought of as a sweet wine, American winos couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe your first icky experience was way-back-when and you swore you’d never drink Riesling again. Put that memory behind you and step up to some incredible wines. Happily, I had the chance to taste Rieslings from S.A. […]

• Is wine worth a 2 hr drive? Yup if it’s the Garagiste Festival

Is wine worth a 2 hr drive? Yup if it’s the Garagiste Festival

Well, two hours from LA is really nothing and you get to drive through some gorgeous landscape, aside from the coast, from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez and on to Solvang. The Garagiste Festival highlights “under-the-radar”, small production wineries that produce under 1200 cases…and that’s a lot for some of them. Fifty cases is not […]

• PAR-TAY Garage! Turn your garage into a party palace!

PAR-TAY Garage! Turn your garage into a party palace!

D.R. Stewart   If you enjoy booze in the context of social gatherings, and are wondering how to make that dungeon of a garage into a party palace — check out this video for “PAR-TAY Garage”  (Anytime you spell “party” as “par-tay” you have my attention. Pretty much distinguishes you as a next-level par-tay-urrrr.) I […]

• Tequila Taste Test at SkyBar

Tequila Taste Test at SkyBar

Reported and taste tested by: D.R. Stewart While the Mondrian’s SkyBar was recently voted the 16th Douchiest Bar in LA, Boozenews found it perfectly hospitable when drinking free tequila, hosted by Master Distiller Jesus Hernandez. Not just any old swill, but a tequila made 2014 meters above Sea Level. Olmeca Altos is available in Plata and […]

A taste of The TASTE

A taste of The TASTE

Is it possible to put on 10 pounds in one weekend by gnoshing your way around The TASTE? Add to that many many sipping  samples of ‘creative’ cocktails or straight booze and I’m thinking 10 pounds is ‘cheap’! Here’s the official lowdown on THE TASTE: THE TASTE, Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern […]

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• Remember Sideways? Now onstage! Interview with Rex Pickett

Remember Sideways? Now onstage! Interview with Rex Pickett

D.R. Stewart Sideways goes upright on the Stage – Ruskin Group Theater puts up the first ever theatrical production as adapted by author Rex Pickett   photo credit: Agnes Magyari (Left to right: John Colella, Paul Denk, and Jonathan Bray The 2004 movie Sideways was a juggernaut of a film for both art and commerce. Famously […]

• Kern River Brewing’s Citra…worth the 6 hour trip!

Kern River Brewing’s Citra…worth the 6 hour trip!

You remember that catch-phrase slogan “I’d walk a mile for a Camel!” Well, that’s nothing. I drove 340 miles for one of my all-time favorite beers. And I wasn’t disappointed. First of all, the drive on Route 178 is spectacular. River rocks the size of houses, towering mountains on either side. Breathtaking. (Scroll down for […]

• LA Food & Wine Fest: Pairing Cheese & Wine with 1st Lady of Fromage

LA Food & Wine Fest: Pairing Cheese & Wine with 1st Lady of Fromage

Another early morning wine tasting but this time there was some super delicious cheese to pair with it. This seminar was Pairing Cheese & Wine with the First Lady of Fromage, Laura Werlin. With a moniker like the First Lady of Fromage, you better deliver. And, Laura Werlin, that First Lady, did!  Laura couldn’t have […]

Ice Ice Baby? Not your Sipping Stones

Ice Ice Baby? Not your Sipping Stones

Reporting: D.R. Stewart I once had a gal-pal who worked for Pepsi. She said the trick with a soda, is to make sure “it will stand up to ice.” Ice does battle with all liquids, it brings them frost we desire, but it leaves them with the dilution we dodge. Sipping Stones solves this epic […]

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LA Food & Wine Fest: How To Blind Taste White Wine

LA Food & Wine Fest: How To Blind Taste White Wine

The LA Food and Wine Festival took over downtown this past weekend and it served up every celebrity chef you’ve ever seen on whatever foodie tv show you’re addicted to and enough wine seminars to satisfy your inner sommelier. Lucky chefs and presenters…champagne awaited in the lobby along with chefs personalized coats.       […]

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• A STAR IS BORN (and BoozeNews knew him when)

A STAR IS BORN (and BoozeNews knew him when)

Reporter: D.R. Stewart Boozenews first spotted him as Dope Pope, rapping about Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but now Justin Warner is a coiffed Food Network Star. Read the original BN post: Chateau ‘Nuff Do Rap Warner recently won the competition that eventually garnered 4.5 million total votes from the fans. Warner used twitter to his advantage, searching specific […]

• Summer Cocktails at Border Grill

Summer Cocktails at Border Grill

Ah Summer! Refreshing cocktails to cool you on a lovely summer day…or evening. And, Border Grill has created some rejuvenating libations to go with their delectable food from south of the border. Six new cocktails looked beautiful and inviting and had some interesting ingredients – my favorite was the hoja santa leaf, which I’d never […]