Tips To Travel Safely With Your Wine

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Tips To Travel Safely With Your Wine

Traveling with Wine

Imagine going off to wine country for the trip of your lifetime. Your week is soaked in shiraz and cabernet, dripping with pinot this and pinot that. You enjoy the Malibu sun and all the beauty the Pacific coast has to offer, and you even pick up a few bottles to take home. At the hotel, your bag full of trendy clothes stare back at you, and you realize just how much space a bottle of wine takes up.

It’s not fair to have to choose between leaving behind clothes or wine, so before you plan your vineyard vacation, brush up on these tips for making sure you can make it back home with those bottles in hand.

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Best Of Movie Quotes With WIne

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Best Of Movie Quotes With WIne

With temps on the rise, the best way to hide out and stay cool is the full blast of the movie theater AC, watching movies in reclining leather seats, drinking cabernet and eating things with goat cheese instead of slurping soda and eating popcorn like them old days. I’m partial to both versions, but I certainly did not mind a little sipping to accompany my silver screen experience.

Long before theaters allowed you this oh-so-joyous experience, films were making wine a focal point all on their own. To help you reminisce about some of the moments where wine stole the show in cinema, we’ve curated this list of quotables regarding your potables.

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Cheers to BBQ

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Cheers to BBQ

Who doesn't love barbeque? Chicken, ribs, pork, and even portabella mushrooms charred just a little with a sweet and smoky sauce is pure comfort food.  And, let’s not forget the sides—corn on the cob, potato salad, and slow cooked baked beans makes for the perfect summer feast.

Barbeque is a cuisine full of regional variation, allowing for great diversity in terms of flavors. The underlying commonality is a rich blend of spices, sweetness and maybe a little bit of tang. The notes of tomato and brown sugar most often form the base, unless, of course, you’re going for a tart mustard sauce. But, I digress…

To help you properly enjoy your grilled, smoked, roasted or baked barbeque dishes, we’ve picked out a few common barbeque flavor profiles and paired them up with the perfect varietal.

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Fashun Trends in the ‘Bu

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Fashun Trends in the ‘Bu

The Romper That One-Piece (For Him) 

If you haven't heard, male rompers are officially a thing this summer and the internet is going nuts over the new style for men. The garment dividing the nation might or might not actually be a romper but a urinal-friendly separate that just happens to match.  For those who do want the one-piece no hassle comfort of a romper but with options, there's the Kickstarter internet wonder project, RompHim.  Many other brands are going full-speed ahead as well.  A personal favorite is the Sheehan and Co. Summer Jumpsuit. Check out 5 Real Guys Who Put Rompers to the Test.  Umm, hello people, it's called Fashun. 

The Dad Hat

Trying to stay out of the hat this summer?  Go with the "Dad" Hat, The Kind-Of Weird, Kind-Of Cool Trend Infiltrating Our Closets. Swapping a flower crown for a simple logo dad hat seems to be the way to go. Perfect for keeping the sun off the skin, hiding the tell-tale signs of late-night parties, masquerading any bad-hair days and a great selfie prop, the baseball cap is essentially the perfect all-year-round accessory. Love Malibu Wines, love theirStanley cap by Branded Bills

 

 

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Celebrating National Wine Day

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Celebrating National Wine Day

The good things in life are worth celebrating. Don’t you agree?

So, when something brings people together, bolsters the economies of states and communities, inspires art, transcends history and is just really, really tasty, it deserves a day all to itself. On May 25, from Atlantic to Pacific, we celebrate National Wine Day.

As your resident wine fanatics, we’ve got some fantastic ways for you to celebrate, starting with expanding your wine horizons. And, if you're keeping it simple, just pour a glass of your favorite wine on May 25 to participate in National Wine Day

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Novel Wine Concepts

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Novel Wine Concepts

Confession time.

It's nothing to be ashamed of that you might know the standard size of a bottle of wine in both milliliters and ounces. For the record, it’s 750mL and approximately 25 fluid ounces. You might also like popsicles because you literally can’t have enough sugar in this life. and when it comes to summer heat, only icy treats will do.

Lately, I’ve been pleased to learn that each of my neuroses comes with some upsides that just so happen to include wine. Mind if I tell you about them?

Lately, I’ve been pleased to learn that each of my neuroses comes with some upsides that just so happen to include wine. Mind if I tell you about them?

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Mimosa Must-Try Recipes

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Mimosa Must-Try Recipes

What Women Really Want On Mother's Day or Any Day ...

"I want to brunch like it's my job and sip mimosas all day long ..." 

Wondering how to make a mimosa this Mother's Day that will continue to surprise mom? We've curated our favorites to keep the day interesting.  

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Sipping With The Stars

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Sipping With The Stars

Scarcely a day goes by in LA where you don’t come upon someone at least on the B-List (or at least someone who’s been in a minor commercial, at least on their local hometown cable channel, somewhere in rural Idaho). Nevertheless, the stars are the trendsetters and living attractions in the City of Angels.

The posh among us are inspiring for a number of reasons, not the least among which is their ability to access and enjoy some of the hippest and most exclusive clothes, cars, accessories and, yes, wine.

Always aspiring to elevate our style, we cast our eyes to the stars to see what they’re doing, and what they’re drinking while doing it.

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Benefits of Using Red Wine For Skin and Beauty Care

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Benefits of Using Red Wine For Skin and Beauty Care

Wine In Beauty

While it’s not so apparent on the big screen, both of them are right. Wine is full of antioxidants, including resveratrol, whose benefits are lauded by the medical community. But, it takes concentration to make a difference, and cosmetics companies in the business of finding nature’s next fountain of youth are harnessing these qualities.

So what exactly are skincare companies looking at when they go to the vine for cosmetic design? These two potent ingredients give us some hints.

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The Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

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The Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

Spring has sprung and with the heat those wines that warmed you during the winter need a more practical use. We’ve got an ingenious way to keep red wine around, and it involves some of the tastiest American foodstuffs out there.

For this recipe, we’re recommending a merlot, cabernet or dry pinot noir with plum and vanilla notes, but also some spice.

The Ultimate Pinot Noir-beque Pulled Pork Sandwich

Read on for the recipe...

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Know Your Wine Trivia

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Know Your Wine Trivia

One of life’s most pleasant surprises is arriving at your favorite watering hole only to realize it’s trivia night. You quickly assemble with your friends, come up with some team name that is vaguely reminiscent of the band you almost started in high school.

Inevitably, the first question lulls you into a false sense of security, and within a round or two, the questions have grown so obscure, that unless your team contains a pop culture columnist, a rocket scientist, a historian and an ESPN commentator, you’re struggling a little bit.

As your resident friends in viniculture, it’s our duty to ensure that whenever a question comes up about wine, you have some facts in your back pocket that will make you the trivia MVP.

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The Wine Lover's Wardrobe

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The Wine Lover's Wardrobe

Looking for a wardrobe refresh this spring? Dress it up or dress it down with style that says, “Yes, I love wine” or "Sip Sip Rosé," Whether you’re looking for a new workout tee to wear for a sporty day outdoors running errands or something punchy to coordinate with a blazer for a GNO, these curated finds are great addition to the wine-lover’s wardrobe.

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Wine Picnic Tips 

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Wine Picnic Tips 

Springtime rarely gets credit for being a season fit for romance. The extra vitamin D coupled with longer days for adventure and fresh new blooms speaks of possibility. Even those who would always opt for indoors can’t help but be tempted by the warmth of spring. 

West coast spring is a particularly enchanting time, when parks and seashores beckon friends and “more-than-friends” alike to enjoy an enduring and increasingly posh tradition: the picnic (with wine, of course).

The picnic has its origins in the late 17th century, and emerged from something of a BYOB tradition where folks ferried their own wine to restaurants. Over time, the gatherings became less formal, but maintained the communal element of hosts or guests contributing to food and refreshment. 

Today, the picnic is heralded as a quintessential springtime date, but it is equally as a enjoyable for some personal time to unwind. You’ll find picnics at the top of our list this season for a delightful outdoor activity, and we’ve got some tips to make yours positively wine-spired. 

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A Wine for All Seasons (But Especially Spring)

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A Wine for All Seasons (But Especially Spring)

As the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, it’s only fitting we all sip on something a little softer and celebrate the arrival of spring.

The other day at lunch, my friends and I were having a chat about what our go-to unwinding wine is—that comforting, dependably good bottle that is easy to drink and makes us happy. We were sitting outside and a breeze was blowing, a faint chill kindly reminding us that spring was still making its grand entrance.

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How to Store Wine

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How to Store Wine

Good wine is an investment, and one you should take proper care to maintain. Most of us, however, go about our lives with little concern for our bottles of wine, using them more as decorative props than vessels of viney goodness.

Your wine will last longer and taste better if stored properly. But what does that mean? You have a miniature wine fridge in your kitchen, but that vineyard in Bordeaux had an underground stone cellar—surely these can’t have the same effect, right?

That’s true for the most part, and wine stored for longer periods is treated a little bit differently than wine that will be readily consumed. For our purposes, we’ll talk about storing wine for the casual consumer or novice collector.

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“See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor (or Spit)”

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“See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Savor (or Spit)”

How to Smell Wine

Formal wine tasting is an activity rife with opportunity to look absolutely absurd if you’re not doing it right. We don’t want to see any of our beloved wine-loving friends risk making any particularly upsetting mistakes, so we’re offering up a simple guide to one of the five S’s of wine tasting.

As you know, “see, swirl, smell, sip, savor (or spit)” provides a roadmap to enjoying wine with sophistication and finesse. I want to hone in on one step that is exceptionally prone to bizarre interpretation: smelling.

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Careers Working With Wine

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Careers Working With Wine

Working in Wine

If you are a MadMen fan, you appreciate those impeccably tailored clothes and creative quips and most likely, your favorite part was cocktail hour, ubiquitous at the office as lunch hour. Ever watch with envy, wondering how you, too, could become the type of professional who worked and whiskeyed and wined all at the same time.

As it turns out, there’s a whole industry dedicated to its production, distribution and perfection, and much of it even involves a taste or two. 

While owning or working on a vineyard provides an obvious entre working in wine, there are many other more accessible paths. Check out these careers that will keep wine on the mind.

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Dodging Wine Faux Pas

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Dodging Wine Faux Pas

“Don’t hold it by the bulb, hon,” my mom said.

It’s one of the first pieces of advice I remember receiving as a wine-drinking novice.

“Your hand—it warms the wine.”

This was one of the first among many wine faux pas I would make along the way. The education of drinking wine is one gained almost exclusively through experience, and all the missteps are invaluable lessons learned in how to enjoy wine with effortless sophistication and casual confidence.

Despite the value of experience, I’ll spare you a few embarrassing moments with tips on navigating around these generally accepted wine-drinking rules (and exceptions where applicable).

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GaGa for Wine

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GaGa for Wine

Gaga's company has announced this week that they've filed to produce wine, wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine punches under the name Grigio Girls, according to celebrity news site TMZ.com‘Grigio Girls’ is also the name of one of her tracks on the 2016 album Joanne.
 

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Southern California Wine Regions

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Southern California Wine Regions

SoCal Wine Regions

The United States has no shortage of familiarity with California wines. The climate and geography of the Golden State gives west coast wine an enviable terroir across all the varietals grown there, and we’re oh-so-grateful for it.

Names like Napa, Sonoma and even Santa Clara and Santa Barbara are well socialized in wine-loving circles. While these counties are major wine producers, they’re not the only vinicultural regions in California. Wine growing is a statewide industry, and us SoCal folks are here to remind you that LA, Temecula and even San Diego have some phenomenal wine offerings as well.

Take a quick trip with us up the PCH and stay just north of the border as we highlight a few amazing places to explore in Southern California for your next west coast wine adventure. 

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