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Wine of the Week: Retsina NV, Tetramythos | Peloponnese, Greece

The name Retsina is given to all white or rosé wines whose taste has been altered by the addition of pine resin to the fermenting must. This process comes from a method used in Greek antiquity. To preserve the wine from spoilage, the amphorae were covered with a layer of resin. Although this wine is made all over Greece, the main production area is the central part of Greece and Attica, the peninsula on which Athens is located. Most of Retsina is made from the Savatiano grape.
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Wine of the Week: Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 Year Tawny | Douro Valley, Portugal

Port is a very versatile and interesting fortified wine from Portugal whose history goes back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the British and the French fought endless conflicts with each other. The British used their superiority at sea to blockade French ports and thus weaken the French economy. However, the major disadvantage of this strategy was that there could be no export of French wine to Great Britain. The British therefore had to come up with a solution for their wine supply. They looked to their ally Portugal for that. Unfortunately, it was not so easy to transport wine in those days. By the time the wine from Portugal arrived in Britain it had gone bad. The solution? Add Brandy! This combination turned out to be brilliant: the British thought this somewhat sweet and fruity drink was fantastic and it became a great success.
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The 12 Best Pinot Noir Wines in 2022

The name Pinot Noir comes from the French words for pine (pin) and black (noir). The word pine refers to the grape having tightly clustered pine cone shaped bunches of grapes. Growing Pinot Noir is a daunting task for grape growers. Because the grapes grow close together within the bunch, the air cannot circulate between them and get rid of the moisture build-up, rot and mold (mildew) can quickly develop. The grapes are also only protected against this with very little skin. Pinot Noir does best in a cool climate because it has to be harvested early. It does not do well in hot climates because the grape would ripen too early and there would be no time to develop interesting flavors. A demanding grape!
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Al Solito Posto Is Another Masterpiece by Chef James Trees | Las Vegas, NV

• Open: Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Brunch Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – and Las Vegas Best Bars. Chef James Trees has been gradually building his Las Vegas restaurant empire, first with the wildly popular Esther’s Kitchen, selected as one of GAYOT’s 2018 Best 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and one of the first eateries to help turn the Arts District into a culinary destination. Then came Ada’s Wine Bar at Tivoli Village, offering sharable, social foods and revisiting classics with bold flavors. His other masterpiece is Al Solito Posto, which opened in early 2021 also at Tivoli Village, set in the expansive former space of Brio. If you wagered this venture features Italian cuisine you won your bet, for chef Trees has distinguished his restaurants for offering the finest house-made bread, pasta dishes and Italian specialties in Southern Nevada.
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Whiskey Review: Alternate Takes Volume 3 | Dogfish Head Distilling Co.

Dogfish Head has distinguished itself as one of the top craft breweries in the U.S. and expanded into the spirits world with the opening of its Dogfish Head Distilling Company in 2015. The third release out of its Alternate Takes Series (a lineup of premium, experimental whiskeys), a 90-proof limited-edition...
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When Simplicity Elevates the Dinner at La Table de Saint-Roux | Château Saint-Roux, Provence, France

• Open: Lunch daily 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Dinner nightly 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. A meal at La Table de Saint-Roux must include a tour of the grounds. The charm of Provence is in the air at every corner, every step, in each fountain, tree and plant. Château Saint-Roux has origins dating back to the 15th century. Nowadays, it is a boutique hotel, surrounded by the château’s Côtes-de-Provence vineyards, its own potager exclusively destined for the chef, its own boulangerie, gourmet boutique and farm animals. From the goats, fromages de chèvre are produced. Pigs are useful for recycling scraps. The proprietors of Château Saint-Roux are very keen on sustainability and are trying to make the property self-sufficient as much as possible to reduce its carbon footprint.
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Pizza Dream by Chef Fred Eric | PI L.A., Los Angeles, CA

• Open: Wed.-Sun. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. – and 10 Best Pizza Restaurants in the U.S.A. I had a dream that a chef would make a pizza that is different — not easy as there are already so many styles. (But after all, there are only seven notes of music, and we constantly get new songs.) That dream came true when chef Fred Eric brought his creations to my table at PI L.A. (watch the video below).
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Tacos & Tequila on the Lawn | Qué Padre, Pacific Palisades, LA, CA

• Open: Sun.-Thurs. 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – Top 10 Taco Restaurants in the U.S.A. – and LA Best Cheap Eats Restaurants. Qué Padre is somewhat what you might call a “hole-in-the-wall,” but the hole is in the very affluent Pacific Palisades neighborhood of LA at one of real-estate mogul Rick Caruso’s chic shopping malls: Palisades Village. Caruso’s most famous public achievement is The Grove, which was inaugurated in 2002 and has become a tourist attraction despite (or, perhaps, because of) the fact that it is a shopping mall.
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Wine of the Week: Estancia Los Cardones, Anko, Torrontés 2019 | Salta, Argentina

The Argentinian grape varietal Torrontés originated from the combination of Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica. The Criolla Chica is none other than the formerly called “uva negra” in Cuyo and Chile, and “mission” in California or “negra corriente” in Peru. Early in the twentieth century, it started to be called “criolla chica” in Argentina and “uva pais” in Chile. The presence of this grape varietal in Argentina and Chile dates back to the first days of the Spanish conquest in the mid-sixteenth century, a fact not often contested. On the other hand, little is known about the earliest appearance of Muscat of Alexandria in the region.
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Cinco de Mayo: 4 Mezcal Cocktail Recipes to Make at Home

Good food starts with good ingredients. The same goes for drinks. We have teamed up with Despacio Mezal to help you create these mezcal cocktails in the comfort of your home. Follow the step-by-step videos below, so you can get all the tricks to impress your family and friends. And learn about Despacio Mezcal with my exclusive interviews with its founder Juan Morales Esquer.
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Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing Suggestions

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13 Best Sauvignon Blanc Wines in 2022

Sauvignon Blanc is a yellow, slightly green-skinned grape varietal that originates from the Bordeaux region of France and can be traced back to the 18th century. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word “sauvage” (wild) and “blanc” (white). It is possibly a descendant from the grape Savagnin, which is still grown in the Jura region in France. Interestingly, while Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine, the crossing with Cabernet Franc created the noble grape Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Not Just for the Sunsets | Calabra, Proper Hotel, Santa Monica, CA

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Wine of the Week: Esfuerzo, Grenache Noir 2019 | Santa Ynez Valley, California

Grenache Noir is a Spanish grape varietal imported to France in the Middle-Ages. There it is grown in Languedoc, the Rhône Valley and in Provence. It is now one of the most widely grape varietals in the world after Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is grown in Spain, Italy, California, Argentina, South Africa and Australia. Coming from the same family as Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir has the same characteristics: planted on dry and stony soils, it is very productive, and its clusters, quite rich in berries, give a very sweet juice. Its wines are rather strong in alcohol and low in acid, they release a profusion of black fruits such as prunes or figs underlined by notes of cocoa, coffee and spices.
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Easter Brunch Guide

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Twin Creeks Steakhouse a Gem for Tourists and Locals | Las Vegas, NV

• Open: Wed.-Sun. 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. • Twin Creeks Steakhouse is on GAYOT’s Las Vegas Best Steakhouses. After being closed for over a year and refreshing the interior with new flooring, artwork and furniture, Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton has reopened. This is news worth celebrating whether you have dined there or not, as a wonderful dining experience awaits.
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Wine of the Week: Michele Chiarlo, Cipressi, Nizza 2018 | Piedmont, Italy

Barbera is a very popular red grape varietal in Piedmont, and commercially the most important in the region. However, it is more recent than other Piedmontese varietals. There is practically no trace of it in ancient texts; the first mentions of the vine date from around 1800. This leads to two assumptions: firstly, that the Barbera results from a relatively recent natural cross, and, secondly, that it probably has not seen the light of day in Piedmont. In the years to come, DNA studies carried out on the grape varietal will undoubtedly provide more information on this subject.
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Precise Cuisine at Sugar Palm Ocean Avenue | Viceroy, Santa Monica, CA

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National Cocktail Day: Almost Famous Cocktail Recipe

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