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V Wine Bar

V Wine Bar

Approaching V wine bar, I wonder what the V stands for, maybe “very” secret location? Located on Westbourne, the cypress-lined street is a refreshing and peaceful change from a very bustling West Hollywood area.  On the shaded path, the V door is like a golden knob in a sea full of one-size fits all bars and sexy nightclubs.  And although this wine bar is off the beaten path from LA’s notable nightclubs and restaurants that line Santa Monica Boulevard, it’s charm and ambiance make it a must stop.

Walking into V Wine Room you feel like you’ve been transported into

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Vineyards at sunset by Joe @anvilimage.com

 

One of my favorite varietals,  Pinot Noir’s flavor profile can range anywhere from soft and smoky to full and lush fruity wines. I like to call the many selections anywhere from the French barnyard Pinot to the California fruity Pinot. In tasting rooms across the country, people love drinking and saying the word “Pinot” because it exudes a sophistication more than other wines. In the movie,

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Supermarket wine aisles can be pretty daunting. With rows and rows of wine bottles stuck together like little glass soldiers, picking out a wine for the right price and quality can be tricky.  Plus, most of us are generally in a hurry and don’t want to deal with calling the grocery wine expert to help.

I have several ways of dealing with my selection. One that I often tell people is there are certain varietals you can pick by region that usually do not disappoint. For example, a Pinot Noir from Russian River, a Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape from just about any vineyard in France! Second is I analyze labels, but again this is time consuming. The best way is

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Georis Winery, Carmel

Georis Winery, Carmel

I love finding the most relaxing and most charming spots in wine country. This month I focused on garden wineries. What better time than spring to locate some great places to have a glass of wine, stroll through a lush landscape, and put your weekday worries aside. From a garden winery l visited in Carmel Valley that housed chirping blue birds and a rustic gold gate covered with wisteria to another in

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Oscar Party
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Looking for a last minute idea for an at-home Academy Awards viewing party? A simple set-up and menu can give your guests the red carpet treatment within your budget.  And the winner is…

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Tea Party Decor

Tea Party Decor

One of the best and easiest parties to host is a brunch. Not only do you get the flexibility of what you can serve, but also you can prepare most of the food in advance without the hassle of a dinner party.  The other advantage is that you can also host a brunch

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Tomato Basil I Heart You Soup

 

As I find I have less and less time to prepare fresh meals during the week,  my search has grown to find recipes that are  simple to make but don’t consist of opening a box and boiling contents for a meal.  Real Simple and The Nest are two of my favorite websites for finding delicious, easy prep recipes.

Here is a great Valentine’s Day Recipe that is simple

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Four Winds Winery

Four Winds Winery

 

It’s the end of summer and what better way to celebrate the harvest than to revisit a favorite winery of mine in Calaveras County in the Sierras over Labor Day weekend.  Previously named Laraine Winery, Four Winds Winery sits just off of HWY 4.  The road leading into to Four Winds winery is called Six Mile Road and you wind your way through beautiful scenery including rolling hills, old barns, and roaming horses. The winery itself sits on a

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing

After a weekend in Napa and a stop at the Vintage Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, I wanted to recreate the experience at home of pairing wonderfully delicious chocolate with different wines. What makes chocolate and wine the quintessential pairing?  Wine and chocolate both have notes. Chocolate can be bitter, rich, nutty, fruity- just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, wine and chocolate are not

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Gloria Ferrer Winery

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Summer in wine country is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and some spectacular scenery while sipping the best wine Sonoma has to offer. Here’s the Top 7 Most Scenic Sonoma Wineries I recommend for a wonderful summer day in wine country. Don’t forget your cameras!

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