Tequila Herradura Unveils Fifth Limited-Edition Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2016 – Port Cask Finished Reposado

Re-Release of Original and Critically-Acclaimed Tequila Herradura Small-Batch Experience Is the Ultimate Holiday Gift for Tequila Aficionados

Tequila Herradura, crafted by the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, announces the release of the fifth Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2016 – Port Cask Finished Reposado, a reintroduction of the critically-acclaimed Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2012. The ultimate holiday gift for tequila aficionados, Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2016 – Port Cask Finished Reposado is made from 100% blue agave, aged for 11 months in medium-char American oak casks, and then aged for an additional two months in hand-selected vintage port casks from the renowned Duoro Valley in Portugal. This process provides a complex body and extraordinarily smooth taste. Paying homage to the first of its series of small-batch tequila experiences, Tequila Herradura maintains its commitment to discerning spirits drinkers who appreciate hand-harvested artisanal tequila with the re-release of this limited edition expression.

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Tequila Herradura Coleccion De La Casa Reserva 2016 – Port Cask Finished Reposado (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Herradura)

We are delighted to re-introduce Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2016 – Port Cask Finished Reposado to our loyal fans and Tequila enthusiasts in the United States just in time for the holidays,” said Jennifer Simmonds, Brand Manager for Tequila Herradura. “The fifth edition in Tequila Herradura‘s small-batch tequila series is a reminder of one of the brand’s most successful innovations, the first Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2012 – Port Cask Finished Reposado. This is a true exemplification of the brand’s pioneering and experimenting with small-batch concepts that complement our traditional production methods credited for crafting the finest tequilas and surpassing industry standards with barrel aged expressions. Continue reading

First Release of Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash in Three Years

This December 2016, Michter’s Distillery will be releasing its Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey for the first time in three years. It is the last Celebration release blended by Willie Pratt before his retirement as Michter’s Master Distiller and his transition to Michter’s Master Distiller Emeritus.MICHTER'S DISTILLERY, LLC LOGO

To make this 2016 Celebration Whiskey, Mr. Pratt selected his very favorite stocks of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Kentucky Straight Rye from Michter’s entire inventory and blended portions of them together. The six barrels chosen for blending the 2016 Celebration release range from over a decade to nearly 33 years old. The 2016 release is 116.8 proof (58.4% alcohol by volume).

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Michter’s 2016 Celebration Sour Mash (PRNewsFoto/Michter’s Distillery)

Our Michter’s team takes great pride in every single bottle of whiskey we offer. When we first released Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash in 2013, it was our goal to show that an extraordinary American whiskey could rival the very finest spirits produced anywhere in the world. This year, Willie has done just that yet again. With his masterful barrel selection and blending, Willie’s sum of the parts is even greater than each of those remarkable parts independently,” said Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. Continue reading

Patrón Tequila Offers Everyone a Holiday ‘Bonus’ This Year

‘Bonus’-Size One-Liter Limited Edition Bottle of Patrón Silver Tequila Features Art Deco-Inspired Pewter Label and Attractive Gift Bag, Simply Perfect for the Holidays

For the second consecutive year, Patrón is giving holiday entertainers and gift givers an added bonus for the season with the release of the 2016 large-size One-Liter Limited Edition Patrón Silver bottle.

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The Patron Spirits Company (PRNewsFoto/Patron Tequila)

This year’s eye-catching holiday edition bottle was inspired by Mexico’s rich heritage of art deco design. It features a black and silver pewter label, intricately adorned with detailed geometric lines and the iconic Patrón bee. The bottle is topped with a beautifully crafted cork closure in black and silver that mirrors the art deco aesthetic of the label, and is packaged in an attractive and easy-to-carry gift bag.

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2016 One-Liter Limited Edition Patron Silver (PRNewsFoto/Patron Tequila)

The limited edition bottle offers a truly unique gifting option for those who enjoy and appreciate high-quality, luxury spirits,” says Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits. “Holiday shopping can be incredibly stressful, so we focused on packaging our iconic Silver tequila in a spectacular, limited edition bottle, resulting in a simply perfect gift that is sure to delight.”

As with all Patrón tequilas, every drop of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila inside the limited edition bottle is handcrafted in small batches from the highest quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, and distilled and bottled at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Patrón Silver’s taste is sweet, with fresh agave and citrus, and a light pepper finish.

The 2016 One-Liter Limited Edition Patrón Silver bottle is available at fine spirits and liquor retailers across the country.

Win a $3,000 Dream Christmas Tree From ScentSicles

The World’s Largest Christmas Fragrance Brand Partners With Holiday Design Experts To Give Away the Perfect Tree

Now holiday enthusiasts have even more to be excited about this season with the ScentSicles® “Dream Tree Giveaway”. ScentSicles, the largest Christmas fragrance brand in the world, has partnered with three influential design experts to give consumers a chance to win a stunning artificial tree, carefully styled and curated by the design expert of their choice. The winner will receive a beautiful 7′ artificial tree, $2,000 to spend on all of the perfect trimmings and a ScentSicles Gift Pack that will have their tree smelling like the real thing.

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ScentSicles scented ornaments bring the holidays to life with the authentic aroma of a real tree. (PRNewsFoto/Enviroscent, Inc.)

The sweepstakes features three notable lifestyle bloggers – Kristin Cadwallader (Bliss At Home Blog), Jennifer Crotty Holmes (Dear Lillie Blog) and Beth Hunter (Home Stories A to Z) who provide tips and tricks on how to decorate the perfect Christmas tree.

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We’re thrilled to partner with such talented designers to give our fans the chance to enjoy a dream Christmas tree this holiday,” says Karla Attanasio, VP of Marketing for ScentSicles. “We believe that every tree should be special, stylish, and of course, smell like a real Christmas tree.”

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Image Courtesy of Beth Hunter (PRNewsFoto/ScentSicles)

ScentSicles scented ornaments are made of natural paper sourced from sustainable resources and infused with pure fragrance in the iconic scents of the Christmas season and offer a no-mess and no-flame way to make artificial holiday greenery smell real or to enhance the scent of a live tree. ScentSicles holiday scents include White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s A Wonderful Pine, Snow Berry Wreath and Two Dashes of Cinnamon.

The “Dream Tree Giveaway” sweepstakes will run through November 27, 2016 and can be viewed at www.ScentSicles.com.

Made in the United States, ScentSicles are a product of Atlanta-based Enviroscent, Inc. – a company focused on developing the finest home fragrances on earth. The ScentSicles collection may be purchased online at www.scentsicles.com as well as through major retailers across the United States.

Tourneau Announces Opening Of The First Watch Boutique At Bloomingdale’s Century City

Tourneau, the nation’s leading luxury watch retailer for over a century, announced  that it has opened its first dedicated shop-in-shop at Bloomingdale‘s Century City in Los Angeles. This newly renovated Bloomingdale’s location will be the first to carry Tourneau’s extensive selection of premium new and Certified Pre-Owned watches. This 1,200 square foot boutique will offer men’s and women’s fine watches from Cartier, Omega, Breitling, Panerai, Longines and more. This partnership will offer Tourneau customers a new audience of fashion-forward consumers, while providing Bloomingdale’s customers with unparalleled expertise and service in the watch industry.Tourneau Since 1900 Logo

Tourneau’s 116 years of expertise in the watch retail industry coupled with Bloomingdale’s rich heritage as a luxury retailer make this a perfect partnership,” says Ira Melnitsky, CEO of Tourneau. “We are excited to be bringing fine watches to such a premier location in Los Angeles.”

Established in 1900, Tourneau is the leading retailer of luxury watches in the United States, offering more than 100 world-famous brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Breitling and TAG Heuer in more than 8,000 unique styles. The company also sells Certified Pre-Owned timepieces and watches under the Tourneau brand name. Tourneau is known for its extensive selection and unparalleled customer service. For more information or to shop any time visit www.tourneau.com.

A New Season Ushers In New Adventures At Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

As it gets cold in other parts of the world, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo welcomes the endless summer-like days when the breeze blows just a little fresher between the Resort’s two pristine beaches with new guest experiences to enhance one’s stay. Adventurers, romantics and families alike will find their pura vida while reveling in the 42-acre (17 hectare), 181-room sprawling piece of paradise on the northwest coast of Costa Rica.


Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

With so many activities to offer, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is presenting the Your Adventure Awaits package for two, giving guests the opportunity to choose from a bevy of activities for during their stay. Adrenaline junkies can select from a day of zip lining and horseback riding at nearby Diamante Eco Adventure Park or a lesson from the Resort’s on-site luxury surf school Tropicsurf. Those looking to relax and recover from the day’s events can enjoy a 60-minute signature rainforest massage at the award-winning Spa and golf aficionados can take in the panoramic water views from the Resort’s 18-hole signature Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Vacationers taking advantage of this offer can book now for 2017.


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Families visiting the Forbes Five Star resort can enjoy a slew of sense-of-place activities both nearby and on site including the Costa Rica-themed Kids For All Seasons program where children ages 4 through 12 can enjoy activities ranging from treasure collecting on the beach to bird watching and enjoying the genius corner in the child-focused facility. Teens and families alike are invited to experience Tuanis Center featuring NBA Hoops Machine, basketball court and ping pong table.

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Now though spring, guests can enjoy new experiences including turtle watching at Santa Rosa National Park, and complimentary favorites such as Pottery in Paradise, Sensational Painting and Moonlit Stand Up Paddle boarding with LED lights. Continue reading

2017 Whitney Biennial, The First To Take Place In The Museum’s Downtown Building, To Open March 17

The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on March 17, 2016 and running through June 11, 2017. Curated by the Whitney’s Nancy and Fred Poses Associate Curator Christopher Y. Lew and independent curator Mia Locks, this will be the first Biennial held in the Whitney’s (still new) home in the Meatpacking District. The country’s preeminent survey of the current state of American art, this is the seventy-eighth in the Museum’s ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials, initiated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932.unnamed-1

Lew and Locks named the sixty-three participants (see complete list below), whose works will fill two of the four main gallery floors of the Whitney (including the 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor) and numerous other spaces throughout the Museum. The participants range from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.

Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, said, “Since we opened our new building, we’ve reignited our emerging artist program with venturesome solo premieres and ‘snapshot’ shows of new tendencies. This Biennial, the largest ever in terms of gallery space, marks the capstone of these efforts. Chris and Mia have done an amazing job scouring the country to discover new talents, while creating lively connections to senior figures and our roiling social landscape.”

Lew commented that, “Throughout our research and travel we’ve been moved by the impassioned discussions we had about recent tumult in society, politics, and the economic system. It’s been unavoidable as we met with artists, fellow curators, writers, and other cultural producers across the United States and beyond.” Locks noted: “Against this backdrop, many of the participating artists are asking probing questions about the self and the social, and where these intersect. How do we think and live through these lenses? How and where do they fall short?

Rothkopf is leading a team of advisors who are working closely with Lew and Locks to help shape the exhibition. They include: Negar Azimi, writer and senior editor at Bidoun, an award-winning publishing, curatorial, and educational initiative with a focus on the Middle East and its diasporas; Gean Moreno, curator of programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and founder of [NAME] Publications; Aily Nash, co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival’s artists’s film and video section, and Film and Media Curator at Basilica Hudson; and Wendy Yao, a publisher and founder of both the exhibition space 356 South Mission Road and Ooga Booga, a shop with two Los Angeles locations that specializes in independent books, music, art, and clothing. Nash, together with the curators, is co-organizing the Biennial film program, which will screen in the Whitney’s third-floor Susan and John Hess Family Theater.

The 2017 Biennial will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, designed by Olga Casellas Badillo of San Juan-based Tiguere Corp., which includes essays by the curators as well as Biennial advisors Negar Azimi and Gean Moreno, a conversation between the curators and Scott Rothkopf, and a roundtable with filmmakers moderated by Aily Nash. The book will also feature individual entries on each of the sixty-three participants in the exhibition along with reproductions of their work. It will be published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

The full list of artists are as follows: Continue reading

Save A Life This Holiday Season: Zappos.Com and Best Friends Animal Society Announce “Home for the Pawlidayz” Pet Adoptions

For The Second Year In A Row, Zappos.Com Will Sponsor Free Pet Adoptions From Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

Every day across the United States, 9,000 animals are euthanized simply because they don’t have a place to call home. Zappos.com, the online retailer known for its exceptional customer service, announced it will, for a second year in a row, work with Best Friends Animal Society to sponsor pet adoptions this holiday season.

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in Atlanta and New York City along with partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.


Zappos.Com and Best Friends Animal Society Announce “Home for the Pawlidayz” Pet Adoptions (Photo: Business Wire)

It is Zappos’ and Best Friends’ goal to see 9,000 dogs and cats adopted between Friday, November 25 and Monday, November 28. During one of the busiest shopping times of the year, Zappos encourages its customers—and other intestested parties–to spread holiday cheer and take the time to make a difference in the life of an animal by providing a dog or cat with a forever home. More than 115 shelters, rescues and humane organizations across the United States will participate in the initiative, allowing customers nationwide the opportunity to save a furry friend this holiday season.*

Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, customers will have the opportunity to adopt a dog or cat through the Zappos.com Pawlidayz Initiative and the company has pledged to donate a total of $1.25 million to Best Friends Animal Society.

Zappos is excited to work with Best Friends Animal Society for a second year this holiday season,” said Steven Bautista, Karma Kommando at Zappos.com. “Thousands of dogs and cats are in need of loving homes and we want to give all of our customers the ability to make a difference in their lives.

We’re excited to partner with Zappos for the second year in a row on this holiday promotion,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “Every animal that finds a permanent loving home helps us to get one step closer to Save Them All.

By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®. Continue reading

Coach Announces Opening of ‘Coach House’ Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City

Stuart Weitzman Opens Separate Flagship at Same Location

Coach, Inc. announced the opening of its newest flagship in one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts at 685 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Timed to coincide with the brand’s 75th Anniversary Year, this unique retail concept marks a defining moment in both the company’s history and brand transformation.coach-logo

Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design.

The 20,000 square foot retail space dedicated to the Coach brand, designed by Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers in partnership with William Sofield, Designer and President of Studio Sofield, showcases the brand’s distinctive modern luxury positioning. Specifically, the interior features an impressive blackened steel and concrete staircase, which creates a sense of discovery while shopping, as well as a glass enclosed, vintage inspired elevator. Throughout the three-level flagship is a mix of eclectic and bespoke furniture and objects, accented by custom-designed cabinetry, warm lighting, proprietary carpets and fine millwork. Additional architectural elements include a glass-block facade, expansive windows and a captivating mechanized conveyor belt installed with a rotation of Coach products.

The center atrium houses a 12-foot sculpture of Coach’s dinosaur, Rexy, designed by renowned artist Billie Achilleos, and constructed entirely from Coach bags and proprietary hardware. In addition, a monumental contemporary sculpture, Scribing the Void, created by Brooklyn artist Kurt Steger traces the surface of iconic rock formations in Central Park, and is a nod to Coach’s New York City roots.

Victor Luis, Chief Executive Officer of Coach, Inc. said, “With Coach House, we are celebrating our New York heritage and 75-year history of craftsmanship. The flagship features the full expression of our women’s and men’s collections including bags, small leather goods, footwear, and ready-to-wear, in addition to offering a full range of customization and leather services. Together with the opening of the adjacent Stuart Weitzman flagship store, we are bringing two global brands born in New York City to one iconic location.”

The company is also launching two concepts unique to Coach House flagships that speak to the brand’s heritage of leather craftsmanship and innovative design. First, the Made to Order Rogue, which allows customers to create a bespoke Rogue bag, selecting from nine points of customization and over one million possible combinations. Second, the Coach House Workshop – which is the first of its kind – offering expanded leather and craftsmanship services, including special monogramming and exclusive vintage product, featuring a resident master craftsman with nearly 30 years of experience in the New York Workshop at Coach’s headquarters.

Andre Cohen, President North America and Global Marketing, added, “We are thrilled to open a true home for the Coach brand on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, an address globally recognized for fashion. We’re confident that our modern luxury store environment will be warmly embraced by discerning New York shoppers and international visitors alike.

Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at www.coach.com. In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at www.stuartweitzman.com.