Armand de Brignac Champagne Review - Bubbling Over with Delight

Celebrating the joys of a life well-lived and success well-deserved always calls for a toast of champagne.  As an aspiring connoisseur, I'm indelibly on the hunt for champagnes that offer a multi-sensory delight even beyond the palate.  In this quest I have uncovered Armand de Brignac - a treasure, quite literally.

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The Rise of Malort Review: How One Unique Liqueur Became Chicago's Drink of Choice

Malort: for some, the word is foreign, but to others it brings instant memories of a bitter-tasting drink, one they've managed to avoid since they were first coerced into trying it. It's a distilled liqueur, made with wormwood—Malort is the Swedish word for wormwood, which is the same plant used in making absinthe.

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Kobe & Cabernet Club Review - Membership Has its Privileges

When it comes to food-and-wine pairings, American Kobe (Wagyu) beef matched with an intensely flavored Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of impeccable.  The combination of a full bodied Cabernet with deep, concentrated flavor in combination with a fine-cut grade of this succulent, buttery beef is an exquisite epicurean experience like none other.

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Diageo Luxury Brands Again Star at the Bar on Oscar® Night - Offer Ultra-premium Beverage Experience at the 87th Oscars®

Diageo is proud to announce that it will once again feature top luxury brands including Sterling Vineyards® wines, Johnnie Walker®, Haig Club™ Mortlach™ and Talisker™ Scotch whiskies, and Ketel One® vodka at this year’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Ball.

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Brew Hop Tours San Diego Review - A Failsafe Destination for the Ultimate Any Day Gift

Let's face it for some Dads, gifting a tie, a bottle of aftershave or a pair of slippers for Father’s Day just won’t do. And a belated gift or “fallback” card from a drugstore carousel reeks of desperation, or utter laziness. For many men, life is all about experiences and beer, lots and lots of beer.  

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Epicurean Delights Ushers In American Cheese Month with Award Winning Cheddars and Recipes

Face Rock Creamery, which makes handcrafted cheese of great character, offers a savory seasonal trio of cheese recipes perfect for tailgating and Halloween entertaining. Each recipe uses Vampire Slayer, an award winning garlic-infused cheddar that will please adventurous palates. 

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The Sweetest Coffee Drinks for the Holidays

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With Thanksgiving in the past, and the rest of the holiday season upon us, many belts have been loosened to make room for the extra holiday weight. While the holidays are a well-known time for increased sugar intake, many coffee companies are taking it to the next level.

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Gracianna Winery Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary; Announces Special Westside Reserve Pinot Noir to Fund Non-Profit

Gracianna symbolizes everyday gratitude's and graciousness in entertaining because we believe that successfully hosting a special meal with friends and family is an everlasting circle that fills our lives. To celebrate a decade of growth we announce a Bay Area-wide philanthropic award.

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Apricot Chai – A Natural Aphrodisiac Tea

With Valentine's day just around the corner, California Tea House, the premier boutique, organic tea company of Southern California, decided to inspire tea lovers to ignite their passion for tea by turning it into a passionate rendezvous.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and Ontaro-Based Levenswater Gin Make A Perfect Pairing For A Spring Botanical Afternoon Tea

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto welcomes spring with a Botanical Afternoon Tea in partnership with award-winning Niagara Region artisanal gin producer Levenswater and their carefully-crafted Spring 34 gin. Gin-inspired menu offers aromatic delights to afternoon tea-goers and gin connoisseurs alike.

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New Four-Week Cocktail Competition Begin at The Wellesbourne, A Los Angeles Hidden Gem

The ultimate libation challenge begins as the English-inspired bar launches a brand-new 4-week mixology competition series, "The Wellesbourne Classic" sponsored by Patrón Tequila. The competition seeks bartenders at the forefront of cocktail artistry and are imaginative with pairing ingredients.

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  • State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert; Canada Slows Syrian Immigration

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    The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens today, citing increased threats from terrorist groups such as the Islamic State Fighters, ISIS/ISIL, al-Qa'ida, Boko Haram and Wilayat Sinai in the wake of the Paris Terrorist Attacks.

     
  • The Sword & Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston - A Page Turning Thriller

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    The Sword & Scabbard, from Allen Woods, looks as if it would appeal to Boston’s very tony elite, not until pushing through the labyrinth of technology interruptions does one realizes Woods has created a page turning account of corruption, violence, and a bloody re-revolution massacre.

     
  • Staples Center Packed for Kobe, Gianna Bryant Celebration of Life Tribute

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    Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven others who tragically perished recently were remembered during a two-hour celebration of life service that brought 20,000 ticket holders to The Staples Center to bid their hero a final farewell.

     
  • Conversations with the Masters: Chef Andre Soltner

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    Andre Soltner, at 78, is internationally recognized as the first "superstar" chef and a Master Chef of the highest honors. While still young he left home, to begin an apprenticeship that would transport him to worlds unknown. 

     
  • World News: Who Will Be Israel's Next Prime Minister? Benjamin or Benny?

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    Everyone knows about Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. Israel's 'invincible leader soon to be the longest-serving prime minister in history—except apparently Benny Gantz didn't get that memo since Benny has just pulled ahead of Netanyahu in the latest polls.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Russia Square Off; UK/Russian Nerve Agent; Nat’l Guard at Borders; Syria Unleashes Chemical Weapons

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    President Donald Trump, in a continuing response to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the assassination attempt of a double agent on British soil, has imposed the harshest sanctions to date against members of Putin's government and inner circle.

     
  • Beltway Insider: World Unites Against ISIS/ISIL; United Nations Host World Leaders; Holder Resigns

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    President Obama presented his message of peace in the midst of ever growing global violence as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly calling on an end to extremism, the destruction ISIS/ISIL, and the choice of hope.

     
  • Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale Coming to Santa Barbara

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    The Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale will be held January 23 to 25 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds,Santa Barbara,CA (Hwy 101 at Las Positas). The grounds will be filled to the rafters with beautiful antiques and unique decorative pieces brought to Santa Barbara by dealers from all over the west coast. 

     
  • This is Not Just A Painting Review - A Scholarly Examination Reveals Truths Beneath the Canvas

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    This is Not Just a Painting, an Inquiry into Art Domination, Magic and the Sacred from Bernard Lahire and Polity Books, investigates the rediscovery of a national treasure by examining societal truths behind artistic expression.

     
  • Brittany Maynard, Death with Dignity Advocate, Dies

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    Brittany Maynard, the Death with Dignity advocate, who recently announced, through a controversial assisted suicide law in Oregon, she would choose the time of her death has ended her struggle. She was 29.

     
  • China Set on Increasing Air Defense Boundaries

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    The People’s Republic of China has recently announced the extension of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, establishing an extended militarized area further into what was recognized as international waters.

     
  • Sundance Hit Film “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Opening October 14

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    American Masters Pictures presents a theatrical release by ARC Entertainment of the Sundance hit documentary MAYA ANGELOU:  AND STILL I RISE first feature documentary about the incomparable Maya Angelou will be released in theaters nationwide.  

  • ZAGROS, the First Feature Film From Belgian-Kurdish Director Sahim Omar Kalifa, Selected for Dubai International Film Festival

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    ZAGROS, the first feature film from Belgian-Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa,  will be presented in the prestigious Muhr Feature Competition at this year's Dubai International Film Festival which opens December 5 through December 14, 2017.  

  • Beltway Insider: The Affordable Care Act Controversy Continues; October Job Numbers; Christie’s Big Win; Key Election Results

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    President Obama, stinging from several weeks of continued criticism over the failures of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace website and the less than forthcoming data from the White House, took to the road this week to pitch the plan.

     
  • 20th Century Women Review – Annette Bening and Friends Come of Age in This OSCAR Worthy Drama

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    20th Century Women, from A24 and Annapurna Pictures, brings to the screen the days, times, seasons, and events of an eclectic, mixed generation, group of wanderers in Santa Barbara, California in the late 1970’s as life, love and freedom are moments away.