2008 PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ SCORES 100 POINTS IN ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE ISSUE #205

THE AUSTRALIAN REPORT in the WINE ADVOCATE was released March 1st, with the exciting inclusion of 2008 PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ, which scored a perfect 100 POINTS, by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW.

PENFOLDS has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of PENFOLDS GRANGE in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz.  (PRNewsFoto/Penfolds)

2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz. (PRNewsFoto/Penfolds)

PENFOLDS GRANGE SHIRAZ has a long history of excellence since its inception by creator, MAX SCHUBERT in 1951 (experimental vintage). Originally criticized by wine experts at the time, PENFOLDS GRANGE gained acceptance when the 1955 was awarded Gold Medals at International and local wine competitions. Unlike any wine of its time, it changed the face of the Australian wine industry and went on to become a National Trust heritage-listed wine.

PENFOLDS owned or managed the early ripening Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from precious older, lower-yielding, self-regulating vines. Rigorous harvesting and meticulous classification resulted in a swag of pristine fruit from Penfolds prime vineyards in the BAROSSA, MCLAREN VALE and COONAWARRA. The deep colors, superb aromatics and dense ripe tannins all point to a classic Penfolds vintage. Continue reading

WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND WINS 2013 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD

THE FIRST WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL IN ASIA SWEEPS THE AWARD BY GLOBAL TRAVELERS ON THE POPULAR TRAVEL SITE.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.  (PRNewsFoto/Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. (PRNewsFoto/Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)

Savvy globetrotters have spoken. The luxury heritage hotel, WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND, was voted their favorite in Shanghai, taking the Number One spot and beating over 2,891 other hotels to clinch TRIPADVISOR’S TRAVELERS’ CHOICE 2013 AWARD.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

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NFL LEGENDS KICK OFF CRYSTAL’S BALTIC SEASON

Travelers experiencing football withdrawal during the long months between the Super Bowl and pre-season match-ups can get their fix with some of the game’s greatest minds aboard CRYSTAL CRUISES summer Baltic cruise. Legendary coach and record holder for most NFL wins ever, DON SHULA, MIAMI DOLPHINS HALL OF FAME FULLBACK LARRY CSONKA and 31-year NFL veteran referee JIM TUNNEY will bring their collective expertise and tales from their storied careers aboard CRYSTAL SERENITY during a June 15, 10-day SCANDINAVIA/RUSSIA cruise from COPENHAGEN TO STOCKHOLM.

Coach Don Shula -- pictured here coaching the Miami Dolphins -- was highly profiled in the 2013 Super Bowl's pre-game show.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Coach Don Shula — pictured here coaching the Miami Dolphins — was highly profiled in the 2013 Super Bowl’s pre-game show. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Guests will have the rare opportunity to interact with the Gridiron greats throughout the voyage, as they impart their experiences in leadership, on and off the field, and share inspiring anecdotes of success and teamwork.

Whether or not one is a football fan, all guests can learn from these experts’ wisdom about success and victory through great team management–disciplines that are applicable to virtually any aspect of life,” says BRET BULLOCK, VICE PRESIDENT, ENTERTAINMENT.  “We’re thrilled to welcome these legendary athletes on board for what is certain to be an enlightening and motivating experience for everyone.”

With overnights in Copenhagen, St. Petersburg (two nights) and Stockholm, the 10-day sailing also visits BERLIN, HELSINKI and TALLINN.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

EXPLORE SEVEN OF EUROPE’S MOST ROMANTIC SUMMER MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS WITH CRYSTAL CRUISES

SOUTHERN EUROPE VOYAGES FILLED WITH CHARMING, DREAMY, PICTURESQUE TOWNS AND VILLAGES

The summer is filled with romance on CRYSTAL CRUISES, with seven ultra-luxurious, all-inclusive Mediterranean cruises that will visit some of the most romantic places in the world. From June 27 to September 2, via the award-winning CRYSTAL SYMPHONY, Crystal’s seven most romantic destinations for couples and singles seeking amour (with someone or someplace!) include:

Seaside dinner tables at Mykonos sunset.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Seaside dinner tables at Mykonos sunset. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

MYKONOS: Feed the flames of love while watching a classic Greek Island sunset over a seaside dinner with flaming saganaki.  (June 27, 9-day cruise from Rome to Istanbul)
TAORMINA: Chic meets antique in this perfectly preserved medieval town, where breathtaking views and romantic alleyways help travelers understand why Sicilians are among the world’s most passionate people. (July 6, 7-day cruise from Istanbul to Rome)
THE TURKISH STRAITS: From the Dardanelles through the Bosporus, view exotic minarets and mansions float by from Crystal’s wide Promenade or from the comfort of your own verandah, with Europe on one side, Asia on the other. (July 13, 12-day cruise from Rome to Istanbul) Continue reading

BAREMINERALS® TAPS SINGER KAT EDMONSON AS ITS NEXT “FORCE OF BEAUTY”

Launching in March, bareMinerals (www.bareMinerals.com) unveils the next generation of its “Be a Force of Beauty™” platform with singer-songwriter KAT EDMONSON as its newest face. bareMinerals represents a trusted source to consumers, one that is founded on the belief in beautiful, healthy-looking skin…and that all women can achieve it. It’s a simple passion that’s grown into an extensive, global award-winning product line. The brand utilizes a distinctive marketing strategy and multi-channel distribution model to develop, market and sell cosmetics and skincare in 30 countries, with over 7,000 points of distribution, including more than 200 company-owned boutiques.

BAREMINERALS® TAPS SINGER KAT EDMONSON AS ITS NEXT "FORCE OF BEAUTY" (PRNewsWire/bareMinerals)

BAREMINERALS® TAPS SINGER KAT EDMONSON AS ITS NEXT “FORCE OF BEAUTY” (PRNewsWire/bareMinerals)

As a follow-up to the blind casting that kicked off the “Be a Force of Beauty” campaign in Fall 2011, bareMinerals has been on the hunt for new forces of beauty; women that inspire, energize and captivate. Through this evolved platform, bareMinerals seeks to share the individual stories of women that have inspired them, and in return, hopes to introduce these women to a larger audience in order to share their discovery and inspiration. Continue reading