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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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A Perfect Dinner Destination in Lodi Wine Country

Something I’ve always liked to do after a long day of visiting wineries… after grabbing a nap… is enjoy a good meal at a local restaurant. When visiting California’s Lodi wine country, I’ve always found that to be a challenge.

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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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The Finger Lakes Region: Between Your Winery Visits

Yesterday, we began an armchair journey through the Finger Lakes wine region of New York. Today, we’d like to share a few ideas about where to go between winery visits. In addition to the Watkins Glen raceway and Corning Museum

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Wine Bar Brunch: Give Ampersand an Exclamation Mark!

Countless restaurants host weekly brunches — typically on the weekends, and often restricted to Sundays — when they offer extensive buffets or otherwise expand their menus with an array of creative dishes. Most of those brunches serve sparkling wine-based beverages

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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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