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Highly Elevated Wining and Dining in Los Angeles

Even though Southern California’s high-rise buildings have survived even the strongest earthquakes — and are designed with that very purpose in mind — I’m still a little hesitant to go inside them, let alone ascend to their highest floors. I’m

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An Inn and a Restaurant for French Wine Lovers

Because so much of wine’s history is linked to France, that country will always hold a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. Today, I’d like to tell you about a French inn that’s attracting foodies from around the

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It’s Time for Consumers to Meet Restaurants Half-Way

As a wine consumer, I have a love/hate relationship with fine-dining restaurants — the kind that have outstanding wine lists to complement their exceptional food. I love them because, in most cases, the wines are curated by a sommelier who

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Why I Drink Wine

I was at a place of business that had a full bar the other day, and I was intrigued by a sign on the wall that read: “Buy any drink, and receive a second shot for $2.” I couldn’t resist.

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Montaditos, Wine and People Watching in Downtown Las Vegas

The renaissance of downtown Las Vegas has been nothing short of remarkable, as the eastern side of the main drag, Fremont Street, continues to see new development replacing hooker-patronized no-tell motels and other long-shuttered businesses. At the heart of the

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What to Do When There’s No Sommelier to Help

I was reading the other day that one of America’s most accomplished sommeliers, Kevin Vogt, was getting out of the sommelier business. For close to two decades, Vogt curated the wine lists for celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurants:

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A Wine-and-Food Adventure in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe

Just two hours south of San Diego and 30 minutes from Ensenada, the Valle de Guadalupe provides a fabulous weekend escape for wine lovers. It’s not just the “wine country” that acts like a magnet. The state of Baja California

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Preparing for the Super Bowl Celebration

Never in a million years did I think the Denver Broncos would be able to beat the New England Patriots in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, even though the Broncos were playing at home. I just figured that at these points

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My Favorite Chicago Pizza Restaurant and How You Can Have Amazing Pizza at Home

In case you hadn’t checked your handy dandy food-and-wine holiday calendar, be aware that this is National Pizza Week. Chicago is known for its pizza, and during the 12 years I spent living in the Windy City, I ate a

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Pairing Wine With ‘Junk Food’ Favorites at Chicago’s Volo

Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago for wine lovers. Located in a boutique storefront, with both street parking and easy access to public transportation, the space combines cozy and chic design elements

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