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SPIEGELTENT ADDS AUTHENTIC FLAVOR TO LOCAL BEER FESTIVALS GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

SPIEGELTENT ADDS AUTHENTIC FLAVOR TO LOCAL BEER FESTIVALS GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Belgian Beer Fest – Saturday, October 11, 2014 Santa Clarita Oktoberfest – Saturday, October 18, 2014 

Two consecutive beer festivals, The Belgians Are Coming and the Santa Clarita Oktoberfest, are happening this October in the Santa Clarita Valley. Both events will take place in and around an authentic, retro Belgian Spiegeltent, located at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Dutch for “mirror…

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Rhone Rangers Continue Their Outstanding Ride

Rhone Rangers Continue Their Outstanding Ride

Unlike Eve Bushman, my esteemed publisher, editor, friend and business associate, who approaches all varietals equally and without prejudice, I can unashamedly say that the Rhone grapes, along with my guilty pleasure Zinfandel, hit my palate right in its sweet spot more often than any other wines.

And every year I am amazed that, as good as they were last year, they keep getting better.

Fortunate…

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34 Years of Doing it Right: Le Chene French Cuisine

34 Years of Doing it Right: Le Chene French Cuisine

I’ve been revisiting Le Chene a lot lately. Well, to be exact, I’ve been revisiting the bar at Le Chene a lot lately because I found out that their happy hour (4:30-7pm Sunday through Friday) not only included 25% off the bar menu, the Candy Menor Tropical Drink Menu, wines by the glass and by the bottle – from probably the largest wine list in the Santa Clarita Valleyit also included a bar…

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Over 70 Artisan Winemakers to Pour at 2014 Garagiste Wine Festival: Paso Robles

Over 70 Artisan Winemakers to Pour at 2014 Garagiste Wine Festival: Paso Robles

The Garagiste Festival unveiled the winemaker line up for the fourth annual Garagiste Festival: Paso Robles to be held November 6th to 9th. Over 70 garagiste* winemakers are scheduled to pour over 150 wines during the non-profit festival, which is the first and only festival dedicated to undiscovered and under-recognized American garagiste winemakers who are making some of the best, most…

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Chef Eve 101 Makes: Bolognese Sauce, shared by Amber Smoak and Steve Galloway

Chef Eve 101 Makes: Bolognese Sauce, shared by Amber Smoak and Steve Galloway

In looking for a flavorful Bolognese sauce I turned to, yep, Facebook again.  I’d made more than one before, but they lacked something.  Many helpful friends chimed in, and I ended up morphing the recipe below.  I added in 8 ounces of Pancetta (a ham like Prosciutto), let it simmer and then added in 8 ounces of mushrooms a couple of hours before serving.  I think the key difference in this…

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Sake Sommelier (Vintage Beacon circa 1/10)

Sake Sommelier (Vintage Beacon circa 1/10)

If you only know hot Sake, like it or not, there’s so much more out there in the Japanese world of rice wines.  You are cheating your palate if you stopped at the one being offered at your corner sushi bar.  I learned this years ago and have since made it a point to peruse the cold Sake offerings anytime they are available.  As a wine drinker, learning from trying many varietals, Sake also has…

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Ten Years of the Sustainable Ag Expo

Ten Years of the Sustainable Ag Expo

Cross-industry sustainable farming conference and trade show returns for its tenth anniversary year

SAE_logo14The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 17-18 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Expo is “Balancing Water, Soil, and Nutrient Resources for Long Term Sustainability.” (www.SustainableAgExpo.org)

Presented by The…

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HALL Wines Awarded Prestigious LEED® Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council for Tasting Room & Production Facility

HALL Wines Awarded Prestigious LEED® Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council for Tasting Room & Production Facility

HALL Wines, a premier portfolio of luxury wineries and tasting rooms located in Napa Valley, has been awarded LEED® Gold Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council for its HALL St. Helena modern Tasting Room and high-tech Production Facility. This accolade is the second LEED® Gold award for the HALL Wines St. Helena property which was previously recognized as the first winery in…

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Soroptimist International Announces ADDITIONS TO their 7th Annual “The Wine Affair – Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds”

Soroptimist International Announces ADDITIONS TO their 7th Annual “The Wine Affair – Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds”

Join Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley and take a Sunday afternoon stroll down Town Center Drive tasting wine (also beer), and savoring food while listening to live music. With a main event ticket purchase, you can enjoy succulent food tastings, drinks, and music at 10 venues and restaurants to Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Included at the main event,…

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Eve’s Wine 101: Don’t Leave Wine in Your Car or Delivery Truck

Eve’s Wine 101: Don’t Leave Wine in Your Car or Delivery Truck

Most wineries where I live in California take a shipping break during the hottest months of the summer. Wine club members are warned that our shipments will be delayed, for the betterment of our wine, they will be sent when the weather permits it.

Eve at RRWith that said I still have wines being sent for review from distributors further out, that will continue to use non-temperature controlled services…

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