October 2008 Archives

mammothdining.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

Attention, outdoors-loving oenophiles:  Gone are the days of scarfing sub-par sandwiches and downing cheap brews between downhill ski runs. Well, at least for those of us lucky enough to hit the slopes in Southern California, that is.  There, ├╝ber chef Joachim Splichal of LA's venerable Patina Restaurant Group (think Patina, Pinot Bistro, and Vegas's popular Pinot Brasserie) was recently appointed to oversee all food-service operations on Southern California's Mammoth Mountain, which means that visitors to the state's most popular year-round resort can now enjoy the fruits of the group's signature French-Cal cuisine between runs.
innonfirst.jpgThe Inn On First of Napa, California was selected as a "Best of the West" winner in the annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards, 2008-2009.

The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards are based upon a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 50,000 independent reviews submitted to BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.

Napa Gets Some Suds

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napasmithbeer.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

First came a world-class burger (Taylor's Automatic Refresher), then nationally-acclaimed vegetarian fare (Ubuntu Napa ), and now Napa can add its very own master-brewed beer to the list of latest and greatest wine-and-food additions the bustling waterfront city is acquiring.

Top 10 Emerging Wine Regions - California

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rockpile_vitmap.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

With close to 200 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) recognized in the US - more than 100 of which are in California alone - there's no shortage of interesting domestic wine regions for oenophiles to explore.  And, thanks to the bumper crop of AVAs recently added to California's already impressive lineup, there's an exciting bunch of new regions angling for your attention.  Read on for our picks on those to watch.
Events abound for the young and young at heart this Halloween season! Don a costume and join the fun with family and/or friends. Scary movies, haunted house tours, Trick or Treat Street, and even a masquerade ball or just some of the ghoulish activities in Calveras Wine Country late October through November. Check out the list of activities provided by the Calveras Visitors Bureau). For other wine country activities, CLICK HERE to visit the WineCountry.com Calendar of Events.
The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have named the Kenwood Inn and Spa (www.kenwoodinn.com) the Top Resort in Mainland USA in the magazine's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards. The awards are derived from the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey, the largest independent poll of consumers' preferences. Over 32,000 readers voted this year.

Luna Takes Tasting to the Next Level

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luna_vineyards.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

Napa Valley's Luna Vineyards is over the t-shirt and ball cap concept. Rather than the routine merchandise for sale at so many wine country destinations, the Silverado Trail winery's recently revamped tasting room features high-end wine accessories available for purchase (think pewter wine funnels and bespoke cheese knives) inside elegantly lit, "Tiffany-like" display cases. Luna's fancy new merch is a far cry from the generic goods for sale elsewhere on the tasting trail, and - if you ask me - evidence of a welcome new direction for winery wares.

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