Epicurious Launches the Ultimate Wine Collection for Home Cooks and Foodies

Epicurious, the pioneering digital food brand and one of the most trusted voices in food, has announced a new collection of custom designed wines for culinary and wine enthusiasts alike.

For twenty years, we’ve been the place where real home cooks go to be inspired. So, we made a wine to inspire you. A wine for people who cook, love great ingredients, and want to make sure their wine works just as well in their wine glass as it does in their pan sauce,” said Eric Gillin, Executive Director of Epicurious. “It’s the first wine designed to go kitchen to table.

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Epicurious Launches the Ultimate Wine Collection for Home Cooks and Foodies (PRNewsFoto/Epicurious Wine)

Epicurious is known for connecting a community of home cooks together around a virtual table to share their passion for food. As part of the wine creation process, Epicurious Senior Editor Matt Duckor and Food Director Rhoda Boone voyaged to Sonoma, California to assist in blending these two new premium wines with award-winning winemaker Linda Trotta of AW Direct. In conjunction with the wine’s development and release, Epicurious will create unique recipes featuring these new wines, food and wine pairings, and more.

The Epicurious team has partnered with Wines That Rock, the lifestyle wine company behind Rolling Stones Wine Club, Turner Classic Movies Wine Club, as well as retail brands including Downton Abbey Wines, Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, and classic Rock ‘n’ Roll-influenced wines for the Grateful Dead. Continue reading

Cut Lounge By Wolfgang Puck Opens At Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

Former Sidebar Space Opens With New Look, New Menu And New Executive Culinary And Beverage Team

Chef Wolfgang Puck has launched CUT Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience in the space formerly occupied by sidebar adjacent to the flagship location of his contemporary steak restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. In tandem with the opening, Puck announces a new executive culinary and beverage team, leading the charge for both CUT and CUT Lounge.

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Wolfgang Puck, has launched CUT Lounge, a new bar and lounge experience at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.

Together, Wolfgang, Corporate Executive Chef/Partner Lee Hefter and Head Chef Ari Rosenson have named Hilary Henderson as Chef de Cuisine, and Angela Tong as Pastry Chef. Both women have long histories working for the Wolfgang Puck family. Most recently, Chef Tong worked under the direction of Spago Beverly Hills Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett, while Chef Henderson has worked alongside Chef Ari as Sous Chef of CUT Beverly Hills, in addition to several other roles within the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining collection. Rounding out the new team is Terence Leavey who joins CUT as Beverage Director, having previously worked under Phillip Dunn at Spago Beverly Hills as a sommelier.

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A new Rough CUT menu and expanded beverage offering take center stage at the new bar and lounge. Guests can look forward to a new collection of shaken, stirred and straight-up cocktails, as well as a list of wine and spirits including an extensive selection of rare whiskies from Scotland, Japan and beyond. Soon, a vintage Negroni cart will be found strolling the floor serving custom and classic versions of the signature cocktail tableside. The new Rough CUTs menu ranges from seafood forward dishes such as the crispy kataifi wrapped prawns with garlic chili ponzu and shaved bonito to an Alaskan king crab and Santa Barbara uni “cocktail” on avocado toast. Various meat-centric options including a chicken liver “pastrami” with black bread and honey mustard, and a curry beef puff with Yukon gold potato, sweet onions and nonya curry are also available. Guests can also look forward to a variety of CUT favorites such as the American wagyu steak skewers, truffle grilled cheese and bone marrow toast with oxtail marmalade, as well as a selection of larger, entrée-sized options from a second menu coined “CUT Originals.”

Wolfgang and his wife Gelila Assefa Puck joined forces with Waldo Fernandez of Waldo’s Designs to re-imagine the former sidebar. With seating for more than 60 guests, CUT Lounge now speaks to a new generation of clientele, creating a warm and sophisticated environment. Guests enter the bar and lounge through two oversized steel and glass doors that create a sense of intimacy and allow for seclusion from the busy Hotel lobby. A neutral palette of beige, browns and greys accent the mid-century modern furnishings and finishes throughout the space. Visitors are welcome to relax on one of the various couches or chairs located throughout the lounge or grab a stool at the newly refinished bar. The mix of modern furniture and accent pieces adds a contemporary twist to the space, while maintaining the sophistication and timelessness of the storied Hotel.

CUT is open 6:00–10:00 pm Monday–Thursday, 6:00–11:00 pm Friday, 5:30–11:00 pm Saturday, and closed Sunday. CUT Lounge is open 5:00 pm – 1:30 am Monday–Saturday and is closed Sunday. For reservations at CUT or CUT Lounge call 310 276 8500 or visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.

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

The Reef by CuisinArt Officially Opens on Merrywing Bay in Anguilla

Anguilla’s Newest Luxury Destination Opens with 80 Guestrooms, Exceptional Cuisine and Wellness Programmingrf_logo

The Reef by CuisinArt, a contemporary beachside Caribbean hotel, officially opens today. A sister property to CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, The Reef by CuisinArt features 80 state-of-the-art accommodations, a dramatic lobby entry and bar with sweeping ocean views, fitness center, boutique, two restaurants, and a spectacular pool.

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The Lobby at The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla

We are delighted to celebrate the launch of The Reef and welcome guests to Anguilla’s newest luxury and experiential beachfront destination,” said Stephane Zaharia, Vice President & General Manager of The Reef. “With its sister property, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, we were able to tap into over a decade of hospitality expertise and seamlessly provide guests with the best that both properties have to offer.”

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The Lobby Staircase at The reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla (Photo – Business Wire)

Located on Merrywing Bay on the Caribbean coast of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which selects only independently-minded properties with one thing in common: excellence. The Reef is a contemporary beachfront oasis of luxury that will feature stunning accommodations, world-class dining, cutting-edge technology and a plethora of activities including unique watersports, tennis with hardcourt play and preferred rates and tee times at CuisinArt Golf Club. Guests will also have access to the award-winning Venus Spa and additional culinary outlets offered at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.

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Lobby Bar at The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla

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Lobby Fireplace at The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, The Reef features 80 accommodations that include 25 Golfview Junior Suites and 25 Seaview Junior Suites in the main building. Four additional beachfront buildings house 30 accommodations ranging from Beachfront Junior Suites to Corner Beachfront Junior Suites, Superior Beachfront Junior Suites and Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suites. The hotel’s open-air lobby affords a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea and is designed to evoke a yacht on land. Design accents including Italian ceramic tile floors, limestone walling fabricated in Bali, Royal Botania furniture and a dramatic spiral staircase leading to the restaurants and pool reveal a chic juxtaposition of relaxed Caribbean luxury and urban flair within moments of stepping foot on property.

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Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suite

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Main Building Suite View at The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla

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Corner Beachfront Junior Suite at The Reef

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Beachfront Junior Suite Bath

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Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suite Master Bath

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Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suite Outdoor Shower

The Reef offers a true gastronomic journey, using a farm-to-table approach that includes locally-sourced fish such as snapper, grouper and lobster, and fresh produce from CuisinArt’s on-site Hydroponic Farm, in addition to some of the most coveted global ingredients handpicked by Executive Chef Jasper Schneider. The Yacht Club, serving breakfast and dinner, offers a menu of sophisticated fare and extensive raw bar selections, with a brilliantly nautical design, including porthole inspired doors, sails draping down from the ceiling, and sailing photography that adorn the walls.

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Suite detail at The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla

The Reef is also home to Breezes, a dazzling beachfront lunch restaurant and bar ideal for those craving a relaxed Caribbean experience. The restaurant’s Argentinian-style grill and wood fire allow for roasted fish and vegetables to be served directly from the oven. A poolside menu and light bites in the lobby lounge will be served. Guests at The Reef can also easily enjoy the exceptional cuisine that CuisinArt has to offer, including four restaurants, an intimate Chef’s Table experience that is unmatched in the Caribbean, cooking lessons and more, along with signing privileges at all of CuisinArt’s dining venues and complimentary transportation provided throughout the estate. Continue reading

Three, Two, One…Holiday! Amazon.com Launches Black Friday Deals Store and Curated Holiday Gift Guides

This Holiday Season, Customers Can Enjoy More Deals Than Ever Before On Everything From Hd Tvs To Stylish Kitchen Staples To Some Of The Most Popular Toys Of The Year

To Help Customers Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Their Shopping List, Amazon Offers Curated Holiday Gift Guides For Electronics, Home, Handmade, And Other Categories

Alexa, What Are Your Deals? New This Year, Prime Members Can Use Alexa Voice Shopping To Shop For Almost Anything, Including Exclusive Deals For Customers With An Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire Tv, Or Fire Tablet

Amazon.com has announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store and more than a dozen curated holiday gift guides, officially marking the start of the holiday countdown. Customers can enjoy tens of thousands of deals this holiday season on Amazon.com, with new deals as often as every five minutes on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year. In addition, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides to help take the guesswork out of shopping for loved ones and make it easier for customers to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.logo_white_

Customers love discovering the best deals on the most sought-after products, and our Black Friday Deals Store and curated Holiday Gift Guides offer them a place to do just that – plus enjoy the most convenient shopping experience with tons of super-fast shipping options,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “This holiday season, we’re offering more deals than ever before and – for the first time ever – giving Prime members an opportunity to use Alexa voice shopping for purchasing their holiday gifts hands-free. They can make purchases simply by asking Alexa-enabled devices, like the new Echo Dot, while relaxing at home with family and friends.

Black Friday Deals Store

Available at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, the Black Friday Deals Store is the leading deals destination for customers with tens of thousands of deals, and new deals as often as every five minutes, now through December 22. Customers can enjoy more deals than ever before this holiday season, including low prices on top gifts such as electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. In fact, Amazon is offering up to 20 compelling Deals of the Day in a single day. Some examples of the great deals Amazon customers can take advantage of this holiday season include: $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, savings on an LG 55” 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV, and up to 40% off select Magformers toys.

Electronics Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features more than 500 of this year’s hottest technology products all in one convenient location. Enthusiasts can explore new releases such as 360-degree cameras and buzz-worthy gifts like virtual reality headsets and 3D printers. The Electronics Gift Guide also features innovations from up-and-coming startups in the Amazon Launchpad program. Customers can browse more than 10 categories, including smart home, home entertainment, music, wearables, photography, gaming, gadgets and gizmos, and more. The Electronics Gift Guide also includes expert reviews and product demonstration videos to help customers find the perfect gift. And shoppers looking for budget-friendly gift ideas can find top gifts under $100.

Home Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/homegiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Home Gift Guide is a curated list of more than a thousand of this season’s must-have products for the home. Filled with gift ideas for indoors and outdoors, customers can easily discover presents for everyone on their list, including cooks, bakers, home decorators, arts and crafters, smart home tech lovers, pets, backyard enthusiasts, kids and more, curated by experts in the industry such as Smitten Kitchen and Design*Sponge. Holiday decorators and party planners will find everything they need to set a festive scene at home. Customers can also shop the latest trends in the Home Gift Guide, including copper appliances, rose gold cutlery, and handmade ceramics, as well as browse products that are new this holiday season, including the KitchenAid Mini, NEST Fragrances Classic Candle (Hearth), Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, and Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum.

Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/handmade, the Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide offers customers curated lists of genuinely handcrafted items sold directly by artisans. Featuring products for her, for him, and for kids, as well as handcrafted stocking stuffers for friends and family, the Gift Guide makes finding the perfect holiday present easier than ever. Heading into this holiday season, Amazon customers visiting the Handmade at Amazon store will see hundreds of thousands more handcrafted items, thousands of which are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime. For shoppers looking for a personal touch, over half of the items listed on Handmade have options for customer personalization. With handcrafted items in categories from toys and games, to home décor, handbags and accessories and kitchen and dining, Handmade at Amazon is a one-stop-shop for artisan-crafted gifts this holiday season. Continue reading

‘LOVE, NORDSTROM’: Nordstrom Celebrates Its Loyal Customers In 2016 Holiday Campaign

Nordstrom Inc. is celebrating its customers and their stories through a holiday campaign that thanks them called ‘Love, Nordstrom.’ The company is using the marketing campaign as a stage for larger-than-life love notes to thank customers for the special relationship they share. The campaign debuted in the U.S. and Canada on November 1st.1_nordstrom_ivy

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With this year’s campaign, Nordstrom is prioritizing a pure holiday spirit and expressing gratitude to connect emotionally with its customers in a special way. More than 30 real Nordstrom customers were photographed in Los Angeles, Nashville and Seattle and are featured in the national campaign that was produced in partnership with creative agency Partners & Spade.4_nordstrom-_kim-brothers

This holiday, we want to remember and thank the people who are most special to us at Nordstrom – our customers,” said Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. “We reached out to our employees and asked them to share some of their favorite customer stories. We met with as many people as we could, asked them to bring along some of the things that make up their signature style and took photos of them. It was so fun to connect with our customers who make us who we are. The result was our Love, Nordstrom campaign.”12_nordstrom_jonah

The integrated campaign components include digital, print, out of home, in-store window displays, shopping bags and coffee sleeves. There will be a ‘Love, Nordstrom’ navigation tab on Nordstrom.com. In an effort to reach and thank every single Nordstrom customer, the campaign also includes a charming video of employees singing the song “Thank You for Being Friend” to let all customers know how much they are appreciated. The video will be posted on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms.7_nordstrom_chiyo

WHERE THE GIFTS ARE

This holiday season, Nordstrom hopes to be a gift-giving destination that inspires customers at all price points. A few highlights include:

  • Available now, the company is introducing Mini Boden inspired by Roald Dahl – an exclusive limited-edition collection for kids celebrating six stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and more.
  • Starting November 18, Nordstrom VP of Creative Olivia Kim will curate ‘Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom,’ a colorful holiday selection of apparel, accessories and tech toys including everything from smart luggage to unisex casualwear, turntables to instant cameras, cozy candles to nail art supplies, and more.
  • Starting November 25 in select stores, Nordstrom is launching shops with fresh gifting ideas such as Wit & Wonder (a one-stop shop for gifts with personality), The Trim Shop (featuring ornaments and decor), The Wonder Bar (for stocking stuffers), The Toy Shop (of course), Bow & Drape (for personalized gifts) and Gifts & Glam (for beauty).2_nordstrom_grace

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Holiday Events, Special Rates Make Four Seasons Hotel Austin A Winter Value

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Austin is the heart and soul of Texas, with a dazzling array of talent that includes blues, jazz, folk and alternative rock musicians. Historic landmarks dotting the landscape include the State Capitol, University of Texas Tower and the Governor’s Mansion. A resort-like haven just steps from Austin’s central business and entertainment districts, Four Seasons Hotel Austin in downtown Austin (98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701-4039 U.S.A) boasts an unrivaled setting on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. The Hotel offers 291 spacious hotel guest rooms, including 28 suites, all with exceptional views of the lake or Austin cityscape. TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers fine dining in a contemporary atmosphere both relaxing and sophisticated, with a menu that is centered around steak, seafood; carefully chosen wines and a setting that is both metropolitan and scenic.four-seasons-hotel-austin-1

From a fairy tale Gingerbread Village that will light up the Lobby to a full lineup of festive events, the Four SeasonsHotel Austin is offering a veritable winter wonderland this holiday season for travelers looking to enjoy the capital city’s holiday charms.

And with special seasonal rates starting at USD 399 per night between November 18, 2016 and January 7, 2017, there’s never been a better time to visit. Below are just a few of the special offerings and dining events taking place at the Hotel in the coming months:

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Synonymous with food and family, Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Hotel Austin is an experience visitors of all ages will enjoy – and not just because someone else handles the clean-up! Executive Chef Elmar Prambs and his team outdo themselves each year with a buffet spread that incorporates traditional favorites along with holiday fare.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom, USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge Traditional tea service, caroling and a fireside reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa make the Hotel’s Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge a popular activity year after year. Children attending a Teddy Bear Tea are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear as a donation for Dell Children’s Hospital.teddy-bear-tea

Dates: November 26 and 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016 with seatings offered at 12:00 noon or 3:00 pm

Price: USD 45 plus tax for adults and USD 30 plus tax for children ages 11 and under

Reservations: Required, call 512 685 8300Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Village Open Houses – A beloved tradition, the Hotel’s annual Open Houses officially kick-off the holiday season by inviting locals and visitors to ooh and aah over the Gingerbread Village in the Lobby, all while enjoying complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies. The talented pastry chefs who created the houses – along with special guest Santa – will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about this year’s “Fairy Tales”-themed Village, which will be on display from November 21 through December 25, 2016.aus_611_aspect16x9

Dates: November 28 and 29, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Price: Complimentary and open to the public

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Christmas Day Buffet – Already the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is even more memorable when enjoyed at Austin’s Four Seasons. TRIO and Ballroom guests will feast on more than 80 dishes prepared by the Hotel’s award-winning culinary team, with live piano music adding to the festive ambiance in the Ballroom.sew_541_aspect16x9

Date: Sunday, December 25 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom – USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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National Geographic Offers Gifts for the Adventurer, Traveler, Stargazer, Photographer, Book Lover, Young Scientist and More

Explore The World With National Geographic And Give A Gift Inspired By Travel, Adventure, Science, Exploration, Photography And Global Craft This Holiday.

If you have a love of people, places, culture and history or if you are looking for gifts that are out of the ordinary, National Geographic has some unique selections in its 2016 Holiday Look Book. From books to home goods, eclectic apparel and jewelry, gear, photography workshops and private expeditions National Geographic offers high-quality, authentic gifts that would delight anyone on your list.

Another plus: All purchases support National Geographic Society’s vital exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education programs around the globe.

Buyers from National Geographic travel the globe in search of beautiful, handmade objects that tell a story,” said Jill Dvorak, director of site merchandising & marketing, catalog and online operations for National Geographic. “We’ve assembled an extraordinary collection of gifts for the traveler, the book lover, stargazer, home decorator, adventurer, animal lover, young scientist and beyond that will inspire them to learn and explore the world around them.”

Highlights From The 2016 Gift Selection:

National Geographic Exclusive: Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit. $179.95

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Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit

The revolutionary Geno 2.0 Next Generation test has been enhanced to offer the most up to date ancestry available and now has:

  • -Improved results based on a higher-capacity DNA-testing chip
  • -More accurate regional ancestry—double the number of regions and 50+ reference populations
  • -Improved DNA haplogroup calls and 20 new ancestral stories.

Introducing the next generation of the Genographic Project Participation Kit. This new DNA test uses cutting-edge technology to give you the richest ancestry information available. Join the more than half a million people who have already taken part in National Geographic’s groundbreaking Genographic Project—contribute to this real-time scientific effort and learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and his team designed Geno Next Gen based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project ten years ago. Using an exclusive, custom-built genotyping chip, they test nearly 750,000 DNA markers that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-related information.

For the Holiday Host or Hostess: Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters (Set of 4), $55.00

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Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters – Set of 4

Although signal flags have been largely replaced by two-way radio and cell phones, in the 19th century they were how ships at sea communicated with each other. Each flag stands for a letter, but also represents a full message. For example, the “T” flag also meant “keep clear!” Today the flags are reserved for yacht racing and formal occasions. Choose your three-initial monogram and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble that shows your initials along with the corresponding signal flags. Click here for a list of initials and their corresponding flags, or click on the Flag Meanings tab to see what phrase each flag symbolizes in the International Code of Symbols.

(Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Not available for shipment outside of the U.S. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery to the continental U.S. and 4-6 weeks for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii.)

For the Adventurer: Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light, $45.00

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Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light

Equipped with a powerful LED micro-light, this clever explorer’s watch has a built-in carabiner that clips right onto belt loops, packs, and more, keeping the time and a light source within reach as you travel. Luminescent hands and hour markers provide visibility in all kinds of conditions.

(Details: Uses one 376 watch battery and one LR1131 watch battery (both included). We recommend having a jeweler replace the battery. The case is intentionally challenging to open in order to better protect the mechanism and increase the watch’s water resistance. 1 1/2”W x 3”L x 1/4”D, 3 oz, Water-resistant to 100 feet.)

For the Book Lover: Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe, $40.00

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Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage photos pulled from the National Geographic archives. Highlighting 50 of Earth’s most pristine, scenic locales, this beautiful book is illustrated with stunning images, coupled with accessible, engaging descriptions and practical travel information. The book covers everything from otherworldly, secluded valleys to far-flung, soaring mountain ranges. National Geographic photographers share some of their favorite shots from around the world and explain how they got them, and historical photos culled from National Geographic’s hallowed image archive highlight old Society explorations in rugged, distant locations, and give a glimpse into the bygone days of these exotic places.

For the Photographer: Camera Lens Travel Mug. $24.00

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Camera Lens Travel Mug

Increase your focus, clarity, and zoom abilities. We’re talking about the coffee! This deceptively realistic, BPA-free travel mug looks just like a DSLR camera lens with details like a focus ring and grip—perfect for coffee lovers and camera enthusiasts alike. The stainless steel lining keeps drinks hot and is extra easy to clean. The screw-top lid with sliding sip top keeps your coffee from spilling as you venture off road to capture that perfect shot. Continue reading

Celebrate The Warmth Of Hearth And Home This Christmas At The Biltmore Estate

When George Vanderbilt opened The Biltmore Estate to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895, it began a tradition at Biltmore that is carried on to this day. Christmas at Biltmore this year reflects the theme of “Hearth and Home,” getting right to the heart of what Vanderbilt intended for his North Carolina home.

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Christmas at Biltmore: Christmas Candlelight House (exterior)

Running through to Jan. 8, 2017, The Biltmore’s holiday celebration will provide guests with a completely immersive experience. The wonders of Biltmore House—masterpieces of art, architecture, and Vanderbilt family treasures—are enhanced with more than 70 intricately decorated trees along with hundreds of poinsettias and garlands. The towering 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the home’s immense Banquet Hall is the star attraction.

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The Banquet hall at the Biltmore House

While the sheer volume of Christmas décor is staggering, the resulting beauty is a testament to the expertise of Biltmore’s floral staff. This year, the team has interpreted the theme of “Hearth and Home” throughout the house, emphasizing fireplaces and mantels in the grand spaces with warm colors, soft textures, and vintage-inspired ornaments.

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Fireplace at The Biltmore

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Poinsettas in the Winter Garden

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Entry Hall

Guests may also enjoy the entire estate as part of their admission. The glass-roofed Conservatory anchoring the Walled Garden is filled with blooms, and daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place shop provide tips for guests’ own holiday décor. At Antler Hill Village & Winery, the Winery offers free tastings of Biltmore wines—including the new Christmas commemorative wine—and additional in-depth tours and programs to further wine appreciation. Weekends in the Village bring carolers sharing traditional Christmas favorites, and Santa making guest appearances at the bandstand to hear wish lists from guests of all ages.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

From fireplace mantels draped with evergreens to towering trees festooned with lights, Candlelight Christmas Evenings provide a warm welcome on a frosty night. By reservation only, these evenings in Biltmore House have become a cherished holiday tradition for many who enjoy a uniquely different view of holiday lights and live music.

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Christmas Shop

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Home for The Holidays: EQ3 Introduces The Holiday 2016 Collection

Perfect Your Holiday Party With Dramatic Black Marble, Festive Metallic And More

Black marble, hand-hammered accents, and metallic serveware make up EQ3‘s Holiday 2016 collection ( ranging in price from $4.99 – $129.99), launching in-stores and online early this month. The line-up of festive homewares features essentials for holiday entertaining, and works beautifully for gift-giving with pieces under $50.

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Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.

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Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard from the Coast Collection. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool.

EQ3 was founded in 2001 with a simple mission: to make modern furniture accessible. Over the past 15 years, EQ3 has built a business doing just that. The company offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.

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EQ3 offers custom upholstery, made-to-order in Canada, and furniture and home accessories that help turn where you live into a home.

EQ3 expands its popular Coast Collection to include a second matte black marble finish. Perfect for any holiday dinner party is the Coast Cheeseboard. The board’s smooth marble surface keeps hard and soft cheeses cool. The Coast Bowl in black marble makes a striking addition to any tabletop. Use it to display seasonally fresh mandarins and pears. The Coast Coasters (see below) in black marble will add polish to your next cocktail party. At only $19.99 for four, they make a great stocking-stuffer or gift. Continue reading

Election Exhaustion Has Met Its Match: A Cocktail to Cure “Politikerleden”

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Whether Republican, Democrat, Independent, Undecided or Unrepresented, the one thing that every American seems to agree on is, “we can’t wait for the election to be over.” Leave it to Denmark (also rumored to be the happiest nation in the world) to have actually coined a word for election exhaustion or disgust… Politikerleden.danzka-original-vodka

With this in mind, the makers of DANZKA Vodka – (Danish by design) have created a cocktail designed to relieve the political-weary. Fresh blackberries add a healthy dose of antioxidants and the lavender is widely regarded to aid in relaxation and lowering blood pressure. 

DANZKA Vodka is made in the traditional Scandinavian Distillation process. The whole grain is crushed and heated in water to break down the starch. Yeast is added, setting off a fermentation process that transforms the starch parts of the grain into alcohol and carbon dioxide – the latter being used in the soft drinks industry. After fermentation, the spirit for DANZKA Vodka passes through a continuous six-column distillation process. This process allows us to have full control of the distillation at every stage and to ensure that unwanted impurities are removed. At the same time, it is possible to identify aromas that have a positive effect on product quality and selectively retain these. The continuous distillation process, of which we are very proud, is called “Scandinavian style of Vodka distillation”, and enables us to obtain the desired purity, smoothness and well-balanced taste for DANZKA Vodka.

Mix up a batch and cheers to November 9th. 

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The Politikerleden

Ingredients:

  • 6 lemons
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 oz DANZKA Original Vodka
  • 1 sprig fresh lavender

Instructions:

With a vegetable peeler, remove zest from four lemons and squeeze enough juice from lemons to make one cup. In a saucepan, boil two cups of water with sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add zest, lemon juice and remaining water and cool. In a food processor or blender, puree blackberries and stir into lemon mixture. Pour liquid through a sieve into a container. (Blackberry lemonade will keep refrigerated for several days.)

In a rocks glass filled with ice, add 2 oz. of DANZKA Original Vodka, top with 3 oz. of blackberry lemonade. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

Holiday 2016: Four Seasons Hotels Westlake Village (CA) Launches Annual Winter Wonderland Overnight Package With “Let It Snow” Holiday Event

Hybrid Ice Skating Rink, Breakfast With Holiday Characters, Live Snowfall, Photos with Santa, Carolers, and elf Storytime

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The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, California 91362) will transform into a magical and festive winter wonderland this holiday season.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, California 91362) will transform into a magical and festive winter wonderland this holiday season. The Hotel’s popular Winter Wonderland package offers guests an all-inclusive family holiday experience and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • VIP admission to “Let It Snow”
  • Breakfast with holiday characters
  • 25 percent savings on dinner in the Lobby Lounge
  • Self-parking
  • Premium internet
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The Annual “Let It Snow” Event is the highlight of the Winter Wonderland Package. Every Friday and Saturday evening from December 2 – 17, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village invites guests to the popular holiday event with a multitude of festive activities below.doh_498_aspect16x9

  • Hybrid ice skating rink
  • Holiday express train rides
  • Visits with Santa at the North Pole
  • Cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus
  • Holiday carolers
  • Live snowfall
  • Elf storytime
  • S’mores, hot cocoa, and coffee

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from December 3- 18, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village will host a Holiday Character Breakfast. This farmer’s market breakfast includes fresh local fruit, a gourmet omelet station, a variety of housemade breads, pancakes, and more. To add to this magical morning, guests will have the opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with their favorite holiday characters and princesses.

Package rates start at USD 369 per night and includes three people; each additional person is USD 40 per person. To reserve the Winter Wonderland package at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village or for reservations, please contact the Hotel at 818 575 3000.

Holiday Entertaining: Hennessy Pays Tribute to the Roots of its Savoir-Faire With the Master Blender’s Selection Nº1

At Hennessy, Cognac is not made – it is crafted.

Now, Master Blender Yann Fillioux reveals “Master Blender’s Selection Nº1”, the first in a series of single-batch bespoke Cognacs.

Every artist, composer and master craftsman has a secret project on the side, an endeavor pursued simply for creativity’s sake. For Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux, it was Master Blender’s Selection N°1“, which in contrast to the many celebrated Cognacs he has composed throughout his distinguished career, this latest blend is a very personal signature that was only ever meant to be produced in a single, limited batch.

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Master Blender’s Selection No.1 By Hennessy

In French, a project like Master Blender’s Selection N°1 is called a “coup de coeur” — literally, a heart-stopper, love at first sight or, as in this case, a passion project. It began in Maison Hennessy’s reserves, one of the largest, most extraordinary reserves of eaux-de-vie in the world.

As the guardian of Hennessy’s reserves for half a century, Yann Fillioux knows every eau-de-vie stored there. Master Blender’s Selection N°1 came to life during a blending session, a moment of unbridled creativity. Innovative, robust and completely devoid of artifice, it is a truly bespoke creation.

MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION N°1: A unique signature

Creating Cognac requires patience and a constant dialogue between time, the elements, raw materials and skilled hands and minds. Little by little, each exchange gives rise to something precious that can only be realized through passion and a savoir-faire honed over 250 years of Cognac making.

With Master Blender’s Selection N°1, Fillioux captures the essence of his art. This one-of-a-kind blend captures a particular moment in time and embodies his constant quest for excellence, extraordinary sensory memories and a perfect knowledge of Hennessy’s reserves.

Fillioux and the Tasting Committee structured the Master Blender’s Selection N°1 by defining a first selection of eaux-de-vie. They then narrowed their selection down to 80 to 100 eaux-de-vie and grouped them according to their elegance, character and suppleness. The eaux-de-vie were then aged in both young and old French oak casks. When the time was right, the Cognac was bottled at 43°C – “cask strength” – in order to release its powerful aromatic tones as well as delicate, lingering spicy notes. Crafted as a single batch, it is a limited edition Cognac with a round and rich subtlety that has a bright amber color with a golden sheen. When it embraces both nose and palate, there is an unmistakable presence of lightly grilled, unshelled almonds and candied apricots with a faintly sweet flavor. It is recommended that it be tasted neat or with three bright ice cubes. Continue reading

Now Open: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Debuts First Las Vegas Restaurant At The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International Public Relations)

Masaharu Morimoto, famed Japanese chef, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and the Food Network‘s Iron Chef America (since 1998), has made his official Las Vegas debut with Morimoto Las Vegas, now open at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The Las Vegas Strip is officially Las Vegas home to Morimoto and his distinctive Japanese fare from the world’s finest sushi creations to unforgettable dishes that showcase the Iron Chef’s unique ability to meld Eastern and Western flavors. The restaurant offers three distinct dining experiences: A Sushi Bar, A Main Dining Room and Teppan Tables, defining the luxurious elevation of Japanese cuisine and introducing the first and only iron griddle menu Morimoto offers in his renowned restaurant portfolio.

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. In 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City and Maui. Morimoto Asia Disney Springs, Orlando, opened in 2015 followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake in NYC, Morimoto Bangkok in Thailand and Morimoto Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, all in 2016. Morimoto Las Vegas is open 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant is located in The District at MGM Grand, adjacent to Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak.

Fate brought Morimoto Las Vegas to MGM Grand at an exciting time when the city’s dining scene is flourishing,” said Morimoto. “I’m continually inspired by Las Vegas’ glamour and wanted to create something we haven’t done before with a stimulating culinary show, bold cuisine and delicious drinks that my guests will not soon forget.

雰囲気 – the Ambiance
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Glamorous, Morimoto Las Vegas reflects a modern and chic dining environment offset with Japanese artwork. Diverse spaces are punctuated with compelling design elements, such as the cherry blossom wall behind the bar and exquisite photographs by Glamorous President and Representative Director Yasumichi Morita, above the Teppan tables. Additional artistic features include:

The Morimoto Rope Statue – While sipping cocktails before the meal in Morimoto Las VegasLounge, guests can gaze at a life-sized bust of Morimoto composed of red and white ropes crafted by acclaimed Brazilian sculptor Mozart Guerra.

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Diverse spaces with colorful Japanese artwork and compelling design elements provide guests with a serene atmosphere to savor Chef Morimoto’s cuisine.

The Glass Carving Room – Separating the Teppan tables from the main dining room is a glass-enclosed room displaying a variety of prestigious cuts of meat such as Japanese A-5 Wagyu and Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye. Guests can watch as skilled chefs carve the finest and freshest beef selections right before their eyes.

Sushi Wall – Towering behind the restaurant’s sushi bar is a black-and-white mosaic showcasing traditional Japanese symbolism in a modern stylized fashion.

MGM Grand President & COO Scott Sibella said, “We want to officially welcome Chef Morimoto to MGM Grand. The addition of his restaurant to our culinary portfolio has elevated the dining scene not only at our resort but within Las Vegas. We are honored to have him as part of our culinary team and look forward to creating once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences at the city’s newest dining destination.”

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Morimoto uses his natural gift of fusing culinary techniques with high quality, fresh ingredients, resulting in memorable dishes that harmonize Japanese and Western flavors. The extensive fare offers guests a variety of ways to indulge in the sought-after cuisine in which Morimoto is known.

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Chef Morimoto brings showmanship to Morimoto Las Vegas with his first Teppan table experience.

The Iron Chef’s First Teppan Experience –Morimoto takes a luxurious view on Teppan by making use of the world’s finest products, crafted by preeminent experts, resulting in an elite service experience. Guests can marvel as A-5 Japanese Wagyu is grilled on a bed of fresh vegetables resulting in a refined Sukiyaki served alongside a soft-poached jadori egg for dipping. At the Teppan tables, guests select from a variety of a la carte items, allowing them to cater specifically to their discerning palates.

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Known as ‘Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,’ the Chef’s Combination combines various ingredients to create a picturesque work-of-art.

Sushi Art – The skill Morimoto uses to create legendary sushi takes center stage with mouth-watering delights such as the Soft Shell Crab Roll, a deep fried soft shell crab rolled with asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion and drizzled with a spicy sauce. The Chef’s Combination, which became an internet sensation known as “Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,” combines various ingredients such as tamago, tuna, cucumber, rice and nori into a stunning and picturesque work-of-art.

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A 54-ounce Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye steak is cooked to perfection and served alongside Chef Morimoto’s signature sweet onion and garlic jus.

Twisted Apps –Morimoto pays homage to world cultures with a series of bold appetizers such as the Tuna Pizza, which perfectly balances the saltiness of olives and anchovy aioli with a spicy jalapeño. The Mizuhiki Caesar Salad tosses crisp romaine lettuce with seared salmon and splashes of the chef’s special Caesar dressing and grapeseed oil for a refreshing mix of greens.

Luxe Entrées –Morimoto serves original creations in an approachable fashion allowing guests to explore flavors they haven’t tried before. The Braised Black Cod with ginger-soy reduction offers a delicious introduction to the light and airy flavors of the Japanese kitchen. The more adventurous diner might turn to the Duck Duck Goose that marries duck meatball soup with duck confit fried rice and gooseberry compote for a bold, robust dish.

Sweet Temptations –The showmanship of Morimoto shines through his desserts including the Fiery Salty Caramel Chocolate Tart where a sphere of dark chocolate sorbet, marshmallow, salty caramel ganache and spiced rum is lit ablaze tableside in a glowing end to the meal.

飲む –to Drink
Morimoto Las Vegas’ beverages deliver refined libations rooted in Japanese spirits and inspired by the restaurant’s glamorous setting.

Aged Sakes – Just like enjoying a fine wine or whiskey, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the aged sake from the label created by Morimoto including the 10-year aged Koshu boasting aromatic notes of chestnut and highland malt with a walnut cream finish. Morimoto Las Vegas also features a thorough selection of sake and shochu that can be ordered individually or in a tasting flight.

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Morimoto Las Vegas combines Japanese spirits with American mixology to create refined libations such as the Fool Me Once.

Vegas-Inspired Cocktails –Cocktails, such as the Las Vegas Meets Japan, blending vodka with nigori sake and finished with a lavender shrub, are built from Japanese spirits within an American mixology context. Other Morimoto cocktail creations exclusive to MGM Grand include the Las Vegas Fizz, a captivating concoction of gin, tuaca, cava, blackberries, and lemon, and the Fool Me Once that smokes hibiscus and pink peppercorns for a powerful aroma complemented by a smooth mixture of mugi shochu and amaro.

Once in a Century Bottle – Decanters of Louis XIII dé Remy Martin at Morimoto Las Vegas showcase the generations of cellar masters and the decades of craftsmanship necessary to create the legendary cognac. Available in half ounce, full ounce and two ounce pours, the rare and celebrated spirit presents a lavish ending to a memorable evening.

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto‘s first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, won two IACP awards–in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award“–and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Morimoto will release a new book in Nov. 2016 called “Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking.” For more information about Masaharu Morimoto, visit Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has a variety of accommodations to suit every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and now Morimoto Las Vegas. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the epic by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a Pampering Spa and Salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot Conference Center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880.

Denver Arts Week Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For 10 straight years, the eight-day citywide festival has celebrated Denver’s creative community with hundreds of events bringing thousands of people each year

Denver Arts Week, an annual celebration of The Mile High City‘s vibrant arts scene, will mark its 10th anniversary this year from November 4-12. Presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event will feature annual favorites like Know Your Arts First Friday and FREE Night at the Museums, as well as new experiences throughout the more than 300 events at galleries, museums and arts districts throughout the city.denver-arts-week

Denver is home to a phenomenal year-round arts scene – with world-renowned museums, cutting edge street art, exceptional performing arts and more,” says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. “For 10 years, Denver Arts Week has encouraged people to celebrate the city’s cultural scene, and we are thrilled that the event has continued to evolve and grow as much as the arts scene has. The tenth anniversary is the perfect opportunity to attend some classic events or experience new ones and really immerse yourself in the city’s creative community.visitdenver_vertlow

With more than 300 cultural events – some of which are free or heavily discounted – throughout the city over nine days, there are plenty of reasons to make a night – or a few nights – of it; and there are plenty of great hotel deals to facilitate a stay in Denver. For a complete calendar and a full listing of all the deals and discounts on art, experiences and hotels, visit the Denver Arts Week website.

10 Ways to Make the Most of Denver Arts Week

It can be difficult to choose from the myriad of events taking place around town; here’s how to get the most out of Denver Arts Week 2016:

1. Explore vibrant art districts and diverse neighborhoods on First Friday Art Walks, Nov. 4

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Art District on Santa Fe

The annual event kicks off with citywide First Friday Art Walks in Denver’s art districts, where more than 100 galleries and display spaces stay open late and feature art shows, demonstrations and more. Go on a VIP Art Tour in the River North Art District (RiNo), take advantage of Tennyson Street Cultural District‘s $52.80 art sale, submit your own art in the Art District on Santa Fe‘s “To Denver With Love” art contest, and venture to the Golden Triangle neighborhood to see some of the city’s finest galleries.

2. Experience FREE Night at the Museums on Nov. 5

Venues around town are open late, from 5 to 10 p.m., during FREE Night at the Museums. The museums offer special programming, family-friendly activities and live entertainment, and there are complimentary shuttles to make “museum hopping” easy and convenient. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center, The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), Forney Museum of Transportation and Denver Firefighters Museum are just some of this year’s many not-to-miss participants.

3. Check out blockbuster exhibitions, from mummies to Japanese fashion

This fall, several of Denver’s major museums are hosting international traveling exhibitions and original curations. See Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea at Denver Zoo; Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s at the Denver Art Museum; and Extreme Mammals and Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, both of which are at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, features 15 giant sculptures depicting sea life, made almost entirely of debris collected from beaches.

This unusual traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, features 15 giant sculptures depicting sea life, made almost entirely of debris collected from beaches. Hosted by Denver Zoo, it’s the first time the exhibit has appeared at an inland, noncoastal location. The exhibit will be open from Sept. 24, 2016, to Jan. 16, 2017. The Washed Ashore Project aims to educate the public and raise awareness about pollution through the arts. As a community-based organization, lead artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi draws on people of all ages to help her remove thousands of pounds of debris from beaches then turn it into large works of art.

The organization says 90 percent of the debris they collect come from petroleum-based products such as plastics, nylon ropes and fishing nets. Almost all of the trash then gets turned into sculptures such as a walk-through replica of ocean currents and a coral reef made of Styrofoam. Continue reading

Neiman Marcus Presents The 90th Edition Of Its Iconic Christmas Book

 

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Include a Walk-On Role in the Broadway Musical Waitress

Exclusive Grammy Awards Experience, Private Quarterback Camp with Joe Montana and His and Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer

 

The 2016 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury omni-channel retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.neiman-marcus Logo

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetites, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including A Week at Three English Estates Experience, Slumber Party at the Neiman Marcus Flagship and Cobalt Valkyrie-X Private Plane in rose gold. This year’s featured car is an INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition. The “His & Hers” fantasy gift comes to life as the Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer.neiman-marcus-christmas-book-cover-2016

We are thrilled to present the 2016 fantasy gifts. Our team has scoured and vetted hundreds of one-of-a-kind items resulting in this highly curated collection of 12 items and experiences,” said Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “It is our goal to bring dreams to life!

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

Each year, the Christmas Book features specially commissioned artwork and the covers are as anticipated as the contents. “With the goal of bringing a fashion component to the cover of the Christmas Book, we combined custom artwork by Maija Louekari with the beautiful face of Lindsey Wixson to create a final image photographed by Walter Chin. And, to add that bit of fantasy that Neiman Marcus is famous for, the lenticular printing animates Lindsey winking,” said Georgia Christensen, Vice President, Brand Creative Director of Neiman Marcus. This year represents only the second time a unique element has been used to animate the cover. In 1999, a Christmas tree glistened with butterflies thanks to a lenticular onset.

As in previous years, Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from the majority of fantasy gifts to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide. Donations will be made to the GRAMMY Foundation with the purchase of the Exclusive GRAMMY Awards Experience and to Akola Project with the purchase of the Optimist Akola Bracelet.

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The Love to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book, includes over 40 perfectly priced items for gift giving. Each Neiman Marcus store gives ten percent of the proceeds to benefit youth arts education in Neiman Marcus communities across the country. An additional $50,000 from online sales goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Vendors participating in the Neiman Marcus Love to Give Collection include, but are not limited to, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent beauty, Fresh, Lumio, Sugarfina, and Kate Spade. Prices range from $10 – $200.

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Hip stocking stuffers, cool hostess gifts and unexpected treats can be found in the Fun to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book. These imaginative, easy to buy items (starting at just $5) are truly fun to give.

The fantasy gifts included in the 2016 Christmas Book include:

WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

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WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

Perfect for the star in your life searching for their spotlight, one lucky recipient will receive a walk-on role in Broadway’s tastiest musical, Waitress, starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. With music and lyrics by five-time GRAMMY Award nominee Sara Bareilles, the gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

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The gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

With the purchase of the Broadway musical Waitress walk-on role, Neiman Marcus will donate $22,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. ($30,000; page 120)

CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Send someone on a charming editorial exploration with a curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books. Perfect for children of any age, the books within this once-in-a-lifetime library span over almost 80 years and have each been bestowed the Caldecott Medal, given annually since 1938 to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children” as voted by the Association for Library Service to Children. Either first editions or early printings, all in original dust jackets, the collection has been gathered by two of New England’s finest book sellers, Johnnycake Books and E.M. Maurice Books.

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CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The 36 Titles Included in the Caldecott Medal-winning Children’s Book Collection Fantasy Gift:

  • 2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrator Dan Santat
  • 2014: Locomotive, illustrator Brian Floca
  • 2013: This Is Not My Hat, illustrator Jon Klassen
  • 2012: A Ball for Daisy, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2009: The House in the Night, illustrator Beth Krommes
  • 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrator Brian Selznick
  • 2007: Flotsam, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon, illustrator Kevin Henkes
  • 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, illustrator Mordicai Gerstein
  • 2003: My Friend Rabbit, illustrator Eric Rohmann
  • 1999: Snowflake Bentley, illustrator Mary Azarian
  • 1998: Rapunzel, illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1992: Tuesday, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 1991: Black and White, illustrator David Macaulay
  • 1986: The Polar Express, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrator Trina Schart Hyman
  • 1982: Jumanji, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1981: Fables, illustrator Arnold Lobel
  • 1978: Noah’s Ark, illustrator Peter Spier
  • 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrators Diane and Leo Dillon
  • 1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrator Margot Zemach
  • 1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrator Blair Lent
  • 1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrator Ed Emberley
  • 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine, illustrator Evaline Ness
  • 1964: Where the Wild Things Are, illustrator Maurice Sendak
  • 1963: The Snowy Day, illustrator Ezra Jack Keats
  • 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrator Barbara Cooney
  • 1954: Madeline’s Rescue, illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans
  • 1951: The Egg Tree, illustrator Katherine Milhous
  • 1944: Many Moons, illustrator Louis Slobodkin
  • 1942: Make Way for Ducklings, illustrator Robert McCloskey
  • 1941: They Were Strong and Good, illustrator Robert Lawson
  • 1940: Abraham Lincoln, illustrators Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • 1939: Mei Li, illustrator Thomas Handforth

With the purchase of the curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. Caldecott is a registered trademark of American Library Association, which does not sponsor or endorse this gift, Neiman Marcus, Johnnycake Books, or E.M. Maurice Books. ($100,000; page 122) Continue reading

Wine Institute: 2016 California Wine Harvest Report Early, Normal Yield, Exquisite Quality

According to the Wine Institute (http://www.wineinstitute.org), The 2016 California winegrape harvest was early, with a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought.

It’s been a good season so far—the grapes are in great condition, showcasing spectacular flavors,” said Randy Ullom, winemaster at Kendall-Jackson Wines, with vineyards in Sonoma County and statewide.

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Wine Institute Harvester

Cathy Corison, owner/winemaker at Corison Winery in Napa Valley is equally pleased: “2016 was early, small and delicious. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cold nights—perfect for inky, complex wines. Measured in pace, it was also easy on the winemakers.”

The overall state crop was estimated to be near the historical average of 3.9 million tons by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in August 2016.

Anticipated El Niño rainfall was less than hoped for (eight inches) in Paso Robles, but still greater than the prior four vintages of drought, and appears to have had a positive effect on yields and quality in our Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in 2016,” said Jeff Meier, director of winemaking/president, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “Yield projections for 2016 were slightly below long-term averages, but most varieties are coming in at or above estimates—a welcome outcome for Paso Robles growers. Overall, the vintage of 2016 is delivering high quality, high color density Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler microclimates and fruit-intensive Rhone varietals.

In Lodi, Michael David Winery hit the halfway mark at the end of September. “The harvest pace was steady and extremely level with little peaks of chaos. Small heat spikes followed by fairly moderate weather pushed sugars up in vineyards where needed and then allowed time for growers and wineries to get fruit off in a timely manner, without major fruit breakdown or raisining. Fruit looks exceptional so far—probably the cleanest Zinfandel crop I have seen in some time. The wines are coming out beautifully, and it’s another fantastic harvest in Lodi,” said Adam Mettler, director of winemaking.

Here in Santa Barbara, we have seen another early harvest, and much of the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the last two weeks of August,” said Frank Ostini, owner/winemaker of Hitching Post Wines. “We had a very warm spring and early summer, but July and August brought cool nights and gentle warmth that allowed the medium-sized crop to mature perfectly—small berries in pristine condition. We are excited to be making some of our best-ever balanced wines with fine color and intensity.

The 2016 harvest in Sonoma County looks a lot like the 2015 harvest,” said Ryan Decker, winegrower at Rodney Strong Vineyards. “We started early, we will finish early, and the winemakers are very excited with what they are seeing in the fermenters. One of the main differences— a welcome one—was the seven to 10-day break we had between the Pinot/Chardonnay harvest and the Merlot/Cabernet harvest. This year we had some unseasonably cool temperatures in mid-September that put the brakes on harvest, albeit temporarily, allowing us to free up some tank space. The yields are down just a bit from the long-term average, but wine quality looks to be stellar.

Another high quality California vintage is great news for wine consumers here and abroad who continue to drive sales of Golden State wines to record levels,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch. “With California wine’s economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state economy and $114 billion annually to the U.S. economy, it’s also excellent news for our state and nation which benefit from jobs, tax revenue, hospitality, tourism and community enhancement.”

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Vinoteca – Espresso Café By Day, Wine Bar By Dusk – Debuts At Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills

Hotel Guests And Locals Alike Say Saluti To The Italian-Inspired Concept Featuring Small Plates From Chef Denis Dello Stritto And Regional Varietals From Wine Director Luca Bruno

This fall, the executive and culinary team at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills introduces Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant. As the new go-to destination in Beverly Hills for stylish locals and visitors alike, Vinoteca will be an extension of creative pulse of Los Angeles as the city’s newest wine bar – the place to be and be seen at.

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Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant.

We have a very clear vision for Vinoteca,” says General Manager Michael Newcombe. “We see our guests and neighbors utilizing Vinoteca as an extension of their home or office. With a newly built-out space, powerful Wi-Fi and top-notch culinary offerings to match, creatives and industry executives are welcome to visit Vinoteca any time of day to sip on a cappuccino in the morning while catching up on the daily news, or drop by after work to enjoy a glass of Vermentino and montanara pizza from Naples.”

The Espresso Bar is open Monday-Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:00 am; and Sunday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm. Vinoteca Wine Bar opens Monday-Wednesday from 11:00 am to 10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm.

Chef Denis Dello Stritto and the Menu

Twenty-nine year old Chef Denis Dello Stritto draws inspiration from his upbringing near Naples to curate a menu of hyper-seasonal sharable plates with a focus on traditional Italian “street food.” Utilizing the best produce available in California, Dello Stritto showcases the bounty of local farmers, combined with authentic ingredients shipped daily from Italy, such as burrata and olive oil. Vinoteca offers three distinct menus for breakfast, lunch, and apéritivo. Signature dishes (USD 5-15) include:

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Vinoteca (located at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 300 South Doheny Drive in Los Angeles, California), a new Italian wine bar and espresso café adjacent to Culina restaurant.

  • Neapolitan Montanara (Fried) Pizzas – classica, burrata, lobster, eggplant, sweet ricotta
  • L’Arancino – Sicilian salmon, arancino, squid ink bread crumb, meyer lemon aioli; the pear-shaped dish is a Western Sicilian specialty
  • Crudo – Yellowtail, swordfish carpaccio, tuna tartare, branzino carpaccio
  • Frutti di Mare

The roots of Dello Stritto’s culinary ardour were planted during his childhood in a small farming village north of Naples, Italy. The village, Caiazzo, is historically known for the quality of its olives and more, and nearly everyone is engaged in food production. “The smell, the taste, and the honest culture were part of my upbringing,” he says.

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The Espresso Bar is open Monday-Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:00 am; and Sunday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Dello Stritto combs farmers markets and fish markets each week throughout Los Angeles to inform the menus at Vinoteca. “As for the rest,” he says, reeling off Italian olive oil, cheeses, cured meats and more, “I work my connections. For the best, you need the right connections. Sixty percent of what makes a professional Italian chef is the chef, and forty percent is the quality of the product.”

Wine Program

To complement Dello Stritto’s modern Italian menus at Vinoteca, Wine Director and Assistant General Manager Luca Bruno (formerly of Providence, The French Laundry, Bistro don Giovanni, and The Fat Duck) has conceptualized a unique wine experience that honors the classic, imported masterpieces of Italy, alongside their artisanal Californian descendants. Through detailed research into the vineyards of Napa, Carneros, Paso Robles, Mendocino and the Santa Clara Valley, Bruno has discovered a variety of indigenous Italian grapes cultivated in California. His wines have been carefully chosen to showcase the finest examples of the classic terroir of Italy, as well as the artistry of locally –sourced talent honoring the Italian varietals and style.

With a large selection spanning various elevations, a multitude of soil types and native Italian varietals, guests are invited to customize their selection,” says Bruno. “We want the Vinoteca experience to be educational, immersive and authentic. Our guests will encounter a diverse array of creative wines, which will instil memories that pull them back again and again. We are also happy to curate a tasting flight or have guests design their own to taste and compare the wonders of Italy both at home and abroad.

In addition to approachable wines by the glass and bottle, Vinoteca offers 3 ounce flights as well as “Icon Wines” from the Coravin. Aperitivo cocktails (USD 14-18) include:

  • Il Carosello – gin, Aperol, lemon, absinthe and prosecco
  • Strawberry Basil Limonada – vodka, lemon, simple syrup strawberry, basil leaf and egg white
  • Summer in Amalfi – bourbon, Campari, pineapple, lime, ginger syrup, egg white and soda
  • Aperol Spritz – prosecco, Aperol, soda with orange wedge
  • Negroni Sbagliato – Campari, sweet vermouth, and prosecco
  • Vinoteca Espresso

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Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto Unlocks The Hidden Secrets Of Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital

Dedicated Four Seasons Experience Creator Devises Unique Itineraries That Give Travelers Exclusive Access To Authentic Cultural Encounters

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Kyoto, Japan — Kiyomizu-dera stage in autumn — Image by © amanaimages/Corbis

In the shadow of Higashiyama Mountain in the temple district of Japan’s ancient capital, a modern oasis of serenity and style opens the doors to a city that is both beautiful and mysterious, breathtaking and inspiring. This is Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, secluded amid a five acre (two hectare) 12th century pond garden, yet just moments from key centers of business, culture, history and natural wonders.kyo_027_aspect16x9

Kyoto is one of the world’s most alluring cities, but she can be shy in revealing her secrets – our mission at Four Seasons is to help our guests discover her wonders and experience all the city has to offer,” says General Manager Alex Porteous, who leads the 270-person team at the intimate Hotel with 123 rooms and 57 Hotel Residences in the historic Higashiyama District, close to downtown.

Cherry blossom time, in Kiyomizu Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

CNKDYW Cherry blossom time, in Kiyomizu Dera Temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

The new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is the sister property of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, suggesting an opportunity for travelers to experience the ancient and modern capitals of Japan in Four Seasons style. The company recently announced plans for a third hotel in Japan, in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district.kyo_058_aspect16x9

Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

A Good Night’s Rest: Guest rooms including 13 suites – are designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates to showcase views of the pond garden, Myoho-in Temple and surrounding neighborhood. Traditional elements such as shoji panels, polished woods, locally crafted Kyoto-style fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware are paired with modern at-one’s-fingertips technologies. Selected accommodations, including the lavishly appointed Presidential Suite, also have balconies. At 245 square meters (2,637 square feet indoors plus additional furnished outdoors space, the Presidential Suite is one of Kyoto’s largest.  All guest rooms and suites feature the signature Four Seasons Bed.kyo_035_aspect16x9

Dining at Four Seasons: In a city renowned for its continuing history of innovative cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a destination unto itself. The Brasserie brings the spirit of modern bistro fare to the city with a distinctive local twist. Dishes include Chef Tsuyoshi Iryo’s miso-marinated foie gras terrine and ox tongue bourguignon with local daikon and sprout salad. The pinnacle of Edo-Mae style sushi is showcased at the exclusive Sushi Wakon, produced by Michelin-starred Chef Red Masuda, with Chef Masashi Yamaguchi serving just 10 guests per seating at the eight meter long (26 foot) hinoki (cypress) counter. Two private dining spaces for 4 or 8 guests are also available.kyo_054_aspect16x9

In the inviting Lounge, guests are treated to gourmet bites to accompany selections of fine domestic and imported whiskies and other spirits, creative coffee drinks, “gastro” teas, and other beverages. Across the historic pond, a tea house awaits at Shakusui-tei, with a menu of local sakes and premium champagnes to sparkle alongside the water’s reflections in the evening.

Health and Well-Being: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is grounded in the Japanese aesthetic of enso, connecting mind and body. A menu of ceremonious rituals, results-oriented therapies and indulgent journeys are performed by skilled therapists in one of seven treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite. Of special note are skin care treatments using Tatcha, a luxury brand inspired by the 200 year old style guide called Miyakofuzoku Kewaiden. French high-performance line Biologique Recherche and all-natural Sodashi from Australia are also featured alongside Kotoshina products formulated with organic green tea from Uji, Kyoto and French spa water for beautiful skin.kyo_062_aspect16x9

The Spa complex includes a sauna, steam and whirlpool; a full-service beauty salon; state-of-the-art fitness centre, and 20 meter (66 foot) indoor pool. Continue reading

Holiday Entertaining 2016: Award-Winning Hiro® Sake From Japan Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary and Presents New Portfolio Addition, Hiro Gold

Hiro Launches In Canada, With Extended Distribution in the United States…. And More to Come.

Hiro Sake®, the award-winning, handcrafted, premium sake from Japan, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of exciting new developments. The company—which has grown in sales for each of its five years—having put the finishing touches on its most luxurious and high-end sake ever, is expanding into British Columbia and has broadened its reach across the United States.

Japanese Sake dates back to over 2,000 years ago, even before the first Japanese written books ever recorded… Lore has it that Japanese Sake’s origin occurred when some natural airborne yeast landed in an open container of rice producing a slightly fermented liquid that gave some lucky farmers a pleasant buzz. Japanese Sake gained the favor of the Japanese Imperial Court, which formed its own brewing department.

The magic of Japanese Sake lies in its extreme versatility. It is said that Japanese Sake is made like a beer but drinks like a wine. To be accurate, Japanese Sake is its own category of alcoholic beverage and its affinity for food spans the beer-to-wine spectrum. It has become so much more than a drink to be served ‘chilled’ or warm with Japanese food. Now, Japanese Sake is a gourmet addition to any dinner table and can be enjoyed paired with cheese, chocolate, and all varieties of ethnic foods. Japanese Sake can also be used in an infinite number of cocktails, usually standing in for white spirits such as vodka, rum or gin and with only half the alcohol of traditional spirits.

To expand its portfolio of fine sakes, Hiro Sake presents Hiro Gold, an ultra-premium sake known as Junmai Daiginjo sake, a product crafted from 100% Koshi-Tanrei sake rice. This rice is grown exclusively in the Niigata Prefecture, the premier sake producing region in Japan, where all Hiro Sake is brewed. Hiro Gold is produced in limited quantities only once a year by Hiro’s Toji (Sake Master) and will be available initially in California, Florida, New York and Texas with a suggested retail price of $100.00 (15% alc./vol.; 720ml).

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Award-winning HIRO GOLD Junmai Daiginjo SAKE from Japan arrives in the U.S. this month.

Hiro Gold was also the recent winner of a Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition and joins the portfolio of Hiro Blue and Hiro Red. In 2011 Hiro’s Toji was awarded first prize in a Japanese national sake competition, regarded as one of the most important sake competitions in the world. In addition to the 2016 Double Gold Medal awarded to Hiro Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, Hiro Sake has won additional accolades from the same competition including a Double Gold Medal for Hiro Blue (2015) and named ‘BEST OF NATION‘ from Japan, the highest award bestowed. Hiro is imported by Hiro Sake USA in Manhasset, NY.

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In addition to the new Hiro Gold Junmai Daiginjo, Hiro offers Hiro Blue junmai ginjo (15% ABV) and Hiro Red ginjo (15% ABV).

Hiro is hand crafted Japanese sake using only the finest ingredients at the Brewery Taiyo Shuzo, established in 1635 in the Niigata Prefecture, long considered one of the finest craft sake breweries in Japan. In addition to the new Hiro Gold Junmai Daiginjo, Hiro offers Hiro Blue junmai ginjo (15% ABV) and Hiro Red ginjo (15% ABV). Hiro Red and Hiro Blue can be used in an infinite number of cocktails, standing in for vodka, rum or gin and with only half the alcohol of traditional spirits. Hiro is only 39 calories/ounce, additive- and preservative-free, gluten-free (made with rice), histamine- and allergen-free (no allergic reactions) and has 1/3 the acidity of wine (making it easier on the stomach). Continue reading

Announcing the Single Owner Sale of Wines Direct from the Cellars of Château La Mission Haut Brion

Direct from the cellars of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, a century of the world’s most sought-after wines are being released for the first time ever in a single cellar sale, at Sotheby’s New York, on October 19th

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

This is the first ever sale to focus entirely on the wines of La Mission and therefore also offers the discerning collector a unique opportunity to acquire some of the rarest and finest white wines in the world, namely, Chateau Laville Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. Only 500 cases of these white wines are produced each year. Collectors will have the opportunity to acquire extremely rare bottles of this unique wine named by many as the unofficial 6th First Growth of Bordeaux.

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION Family of Wines

This is an unprecedented and Historical Sale for this venerable Estate and for these wines that hail from the ancestral birthplace of the great vineyards of Bordeaux. This sale is defined not only by perfect provenance, but also by the unique access to the entire family of La Mission, available both in verticals and in the ever so rare large format bottles. The sale includes the wines of Chateau La Tour Haut-Brion, La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion and of La Clarté de Haut-Brion (production approximately 1,000 cases which is made as a second wine sourced from the estates of La Mission and Chateau Haut-Brion Blancs).

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION

Created in 1935, the family-owned and managed company, Domaine Clarence Dillon, has the unique privilege of producing five rare and exceptional estate wines: two red wines and two white wines from First Growth, Château Haut-Brion and its sibling Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Since the 2011 vintage, the company is also proud to represent one of the finest wines from Saint Émilion: Château Quintus.

In 2005, the family company created Clarence Dillon Wines, which has become one of the most important Fine Wine Merchants in Bordeaux, and launched Clarendelle, “Inspired by Haut-Brion”, Bordeaux’s first super premium luxury brand wine.

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION – The Chapel

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CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT-BRION Cellar

What I see in these bottles is a number of old friends, a number of legends, a number of bottles that I have never had the opportunity to taste and probably never will, because they are very rare,”said Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman and CEO, Domaine Clarence Dillon.

Acclaimed wine critic, Robert Parker has honored La Mission with the perfect score of 100/100 on 9 occasions; more than any other celebrated Château in Bordeaux. On September 3, 2012, Robert Parker Jr wrote, “I have more bottles of La Mission Haut-Brion in my private collection than any other wine in the world… La Mission has long been one of the greatest wines one could ever possibly drink as well as one of the most remarkably consistent.

The Fine Wine Exchange Liv-Ex has also pronounced Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion as the 6th First Growth in every reclassification of Bordeaux wines since 2009.

“…by most reckonings from critics, consumers and trade indexes, La Mission is considered an equal to the First Growths. It is known as “the sixth First growth” and garners some of the highest ratings of any wines…When wine connoisseurs consider the different vintages of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, they recognize them as some of the world’s greatest wines,” states Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.

Nothing can equal Direct from the Château provenance and when this is allied to the stunning dramatic impact of the wine, we have liquid Nirvana,”adds Serena Sutcliffe, Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine. “The mesmerizing white wines, Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc and its predecessor Château Laville Haut-Brion, are produced in very small quantity, almost to taunt us with their rarity! Continue reading

Crown Royal Introduces Vanilla Flavored Whisky. And It’s So Good.

Crown Royal Pairs with One of the World’s Most Loved Flavors to Create New Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky

Crown Royal is adding a delicious new whisky to its family with the introduction of Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky, a blend of hand-selected Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is a unique whisky bursting with vanilla flavor and Crown Royal’s superior smoothness.

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Crown Royal is adding a delicious offering to its family of whiskies with the introduction of Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky, a blend of hand selected Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. (PRNewsFoto/Crown Royal)

A versatile drink for all seasons, Crown Royal Vanilla tastes great when mixed with sodas (for a Vanilla take on hard sodas), used to create a Vanilla twist on classic cocktails (like a Vanilla Old Fashioned and Vanilla Hot Toddy) or simply sipped on the rocks.

Crown Royal Vanilla begins with aromas of rich vanilla bean and delicate hints of oak. The taste opens with a delicious, not-too-sweet vanilla flavor followed by Crown Royal’s signature smooth finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant and warm, with an aftertaste reminiscent of crème brulee.

Vanilla is so good. It’s classic. It’s timeless. It’s one of the world’s most loved flavors, one of the most sought-after and historically one of the most expensive,” said Jim Ruane, Crown Royal Brand Director. “Infusing our superior Crown Royal whiskies with the flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla allows us to amplify the naturally-occurring vanilla notes found in our whisky and share a delicious new offering with our drinkers.cr_logo_final_lockup_purple

The launch will be supported through an integrated marketing campaign featuring the tagline, “Vanilla So Good,” a nod to the straightforward deliciousness of Crown Royal Vanilla. Television commercials and digital shorts featuring actor/comedian/director J.B. Smoove – including a reminder that responsible drinking means doing so on a full stomach – will run nationally beginning in early October.

Crown Royal Vanilla comes beautifully packed in a cream-colored bag and box – both beloved signatures of the whisky originally made for a king. Crown Royal Vanilla (70 proof, 35% ABV) will be sold at a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide.

Celebrating the Passion and Dedication of Five Generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Regal® Presents Chivas Regal Ultis™

Chivas Regal Ultis is the First Blended Malt Scotch Whisky from the House of Chivas and Represents the True Essence of Chivas Regal.

Luxury Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Launched in Conjunction with the Next Iteration of the Win the Right Way Campaign Featuring Actor Javier Bardemchivas-regal-logo-transparent

Chivas Regal®, the world’s first luxury whisky, has launched Chivas Regal Ultis™, the first blended malt Scotch whisky from The House of Chivas. Created in tribute to the passion and dedication of five generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Regal Ultis captures the essence of Chivas Regal by using only five of the most precious signature single malts to represent the style and diversity of the prestigious Speyside whisky region.

Since 1909, only five men have ever mastered the iconic Chivas Regal house style, and Chivas

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Chivas Regal Ultis

Regal Ultis, a luxury whisky with complex flavors, a glorious golden hue and a commanding, rich aroma, creating an ideal spirit to celebrate shared success with friends,salutes the strength of vision, commitment and mastery of the brand’s Master Blenders.

From the millions of casks in the Chivas Brothers inventory, only 1% has been hand-selected by the expert blending team to create Chivas Regal Ultis. This traditional method of individually nosing each cask ensures the blend’s superior quality. The distillation process takes place exclusively in copper pot stills, capturing the essence of the smooth and generous character of Chivas Regal’s signature style. The latest release has been crafted with hand-selected malts from Tormore, Longmorn, Strathisla, Allt A’Bhainne and Braeval.

Launched in 1909, Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky and is considered to be a timeless classic, renowned for its benchmark quality and taste, style, substance and exclusivity. A truly global brand, Chivas Regal has been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide and today sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.

By working together, our blending team has masterfully brought five unique single malts from across the Speyside region to create an exceptional blend which is truly the essence of Chivas Regal Ultis,” said Colin Scott, Custodian Master Blender. “Each individual malt and each individual blender has added an element of expertise to the whisky, which is unique to the blend, ensuring it is the ultimate embodiment of shared success.”

Chivas Regal Ultis personifies the brand’s belief in the power of shared success and launches alongside the next generation of the brand’s Win the Right Way campaign. The next phase is being showcased through a 360-degree advertising campaign demonstrating the power and impact of working together to achieve success.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: The aroma presents ripe peach and red apples with accompanying cinnamon, fudge and honey infusions.
  • Taste: Tasting reveals a smooth vanilla texture, brimming with clementine and apricots, before giving way to a background of soft caramel, spicy cloves and ginger.
  • Finish: A bold finish is long with a warm hint of heather, leaving a satisfyingly full experience.

The Win the Right Way campaign launched in 2014 and brings to life the Chivas Regal brand belief that real success is not measured by a man’s wealth alone but by how many lives he has enriched. The latest installment of the campaign aims to reinforce this belief and inspire a new generation to achieve success whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.

The campaign delves into the stories of successful social entrepreneurs from across the globe and stars Javier Bardem. The cast featured in the campaign brings to life the Win the Right Way campaign by exploring the stories behind the people and experiences who have helped them to achieve success.

At the heart of Chivas Regal are the values of sharing success, supporting local communities, and investing in social business,” said Shefali Murdia, Brand Director, Chivas Regal, Pernod Ricard USA. “The Win the Right Way campaign brings these values to life by reinforcing the brand’s focus on entrepreneurialism and generosity.”

Chivas Regal Ultis will be available in limited cities across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $200.

The Chivas Regal range includes Chivas 12, Chivas Extra, Chivas 18, Chivas 25, the pinnacle of the range ultra-prestige blend, Chivas Regal The Icon and the Global Travel Retail exclusive, Chivas Brothers Blend. To find out more about the Win the Right Way campaign and Chivas Regal Ultis, visit www.chivas.com.

CHIVAS REGAL® Ultis ™ Blended Scotch Whisky. 40% Alc./Vol. (80 Proof).

©2016 Imported by Chivas Bros. Import Co., Purchase, NY

The Macallan Unveils Double Cask 12 Years Old

Newest Addition to the Core Range Employs Unmistakable American Oak Style for Distinctive and Approachable Flavormacallan-logo

The Macallan, the world’s ultimate luxury single malt Scotch whisky, proudly introduces The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old to its core range in the U.S. today. The distinctive new whisky marks the first time the distillery has used American Oak Sherry-seasoned casks as the most prominent flavor style in an expression of The Macallan, which creates a complex yet approachable flavor profile. With traditional Sherry-seasoned casks from both sides of the Atlantic, and defined by an unmistakable American Oak style, Double Cask brings a unique new style of The Macallan to complement the existing core range.

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The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest single malt whiskies. The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way. From the spiritual home of Easter Elchies House; curiously small stills giving richness to the pure spirit; finest cut or the best of the best of the distillation, to exceptional oak casks which account for up to 80% of the final flavor in the whisky; natural color and finally the peerless spirit, The Macallan itself.

To create Double Cask, The Macallan brought new oak from America thousands of miles to Spain, where the oak casks are crafted and Sherry-seasoned before traveling to the Macallan’s distillery on Speyside to mature for at least twelve years. These whiskies are then harmoniously united with those aged in exceptional Sherry-seasoned European oak casks. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is 100% Sherry seasoned, and 100% Natural Color, in keeping with The Macallan‘s tradition, but unique in the fact it is defined by the unmistakable prominence of the American Oak style. American Oak has less tannin and allows more vanillin to shine through, giving off sweet and fresh fruit flavors, which creates a refreshing style of whisky unique to Double Cask, which is ideal for all occasions.

By combining wood influences, we have been able to produce a new Macallan which sits perfectly between our existing Sherry Oak and Fine Oak ranges,” explains Bob Dalgarno, The Macallan Master Whisky Maker. “The delicate flavor of American Oak – vanilla, citrus and fresh oak — is at the forefront, along with the traditional Macallan character of dried fruit and wood spice. Fresh and approachable in style, this expression of The Macallan is rich in flavor, honeyed and indulgent, and has a full, viscous mouthfeel, which makes it a great complement to The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old.”

The whisky was also recently awarded 95 points (“Exceptional”) in the 2016 Beverage Institute Tastings competition. Described as “A superb sherried highland malt that is a sheer pleasure to drink,” Double Cask was the joint-highest placed Scotch whisky this year.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Harvest Sun
  • Nose: Creamy butterscotch with a hint of toffee apple, candied orange, vanilla custard and newly felled oak
  • Palate: Deliciously honeyed, wood spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel
  • Finish: Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying
  • Strength: 43% ABV
  • SRP: $65 (Varies by market)

With a suggested retail price of $65 per bottle, The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available now at your local fine spirits purveyor. For more information von The Macallan, visit www.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Captain Morgan Launches Limited Edition Pumpkin Spiced Rum

Just When You Thought Pumpkin Spice Couldn’t Get Any Better – Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Has Arrived

ON A SHIP, SOON TO DOCK Rum lovers and pumpkin spice fanatics, get your glasses ready! Your obsession with pumpkin is no longer limited to the standard pumpkin beer and pumpkin spiced lattes this season.

Captain Morgan is here to fill the void with chilled pumpkin spiced flavored shots. Prepare yourself for an epic fall season with CAPTAIN MORGAN Jack-O’Blast Limited Edition Pumpkin Spiced Rum, the first pumpkin spiced rum offering to ever hit shelves.

Diageo Captain Morgan Jack O Blast

Just When You Thought Pumpkin Spice Couldn’t Get Any Better – Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Has Arrived (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Stemming from last year’s celebrated release of CAPTAIN MORGAN Cannon Blast, Captain Morgan is upending the shots category once again with this new pumpkin spiced rum. Jack-O’Blast represents fall in a shot glass, blending Caribbean rum with some of your favorite seasonal flavors – fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices – creating an insanely delicious shot. While Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast boasts the identical shape of its predecessor, Captain Morgan Cannon Blast, it features autumn colors of orange and green. To solidify its place as fall’s must-have shot, the bold, round bottle simulates the look of a carved pumpkin when illuminated under a black light.

As much as we enjoyed tropical cocktails over the summer, it’s time to make room for the bold flavors of fall everyone enjoys,” said Linda Bethea, Vice President of Captain Morgan. “Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is a must-have for responsible adult consumers during their favorite seasonal activities, whether it’s at football tailgates, Halloween parties or backyard bonfires with friends.

Best enjoyed chilled as a fall-inspired shot, Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast can also be served as a drop shot or as the key ingredient in a number of seasonal drinks. When celebrating with friends this fall, try the Apple Jack-O cocktail:

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack O’Blast

4 oz. chilled apple cider

Directions: Combine Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast with chilled apple cider and serve over ice.

CAPTAIN MORGAN Jack-O’Blast Limited Edition Pumpkin Spiced Rum (60 proof, 30% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide for a limited time this fall.

Moët Hennessy Celebrated The Grand Opening Of The National Museum Of African American History And Culture

As part of the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Moët Hennessy USA was proud to be a Major Contributor in support of the opening celebrations.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening Night Gala with Moët Hennessy. (PRNewsFoto/Moët Hennessy USA)

We couldn’t be more proud to be associated with the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” said Jim Clerkin, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America. “For over 200 years, Moët Hennessy and its global brands have been connecting with a dynamic cross-section of consumers, not just through our events, but with our partnerships and programs. As part of our heritage, we continuously aim to create a unifying message of inclusion and provide progressive leadership in the American marketplace.”

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opened on September 24, 2016, it was be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Dave Chappelle and Belvedere (RED) artist Esther Mahlangu at the National Museum of African American History and Culture After Party with Moët Hennessy (PRNewsFoto/Moët Hennessy USA)

During the celebrations, Hennessy, Belvedere and Moët & Chandon along with a selection of other Moët Hennessy USA products, were featured and served at all of the museum’s grand opening festivities including the Donor’s Gala, The Smithsonian National Board Gala, and The Official After Party. Additionally, Moët Hennessy will be permanently recognized as a Major Contributor of the NMAAHC with an etching of the company’s name that will appear on the building in perpetuity. Continue reading

Guinness & Co. Debuts Two New Limited-Time Beers From The Brewers Project

Guinness Rye Pale Ale and Guinness Antwerpen Stout Join the Growing Guinness Family in the U.S.

A long-time favorite recipe in Belgium and a small batch ale originally brewed as a holiday gift for a lucky few outside of the Open Gate Brewery led to the two latest Guinness & Co. releases from The Brewers Project: Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale. For a limited time, the two new beers join a growing Guinness lineup that has recently welcomed additions such as Guinness Blonde American Lager and Guinness Nitro IPA conceived by the experimental brewery within St. James’s Gate.

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Guinness (PRNewsFoto/Guinness)

The Guinness brand was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Brewed using four main ingredients, water, barley (malted & roasted), hops and yeast, Guinness is the world’s most popular stout. The iconic beer is brewed in 49 countries worldwide and sold in over 150 with almost 9 million glasses of Guinness enjoyed every day around the world.

The two beers fit right in at a brewery that’s been doing things differently since day one. In the late 1700s, Arthur Guinness – along with just about every other brewer at the time – was paying the bills with a steady production of ales. That all changed in 1799 when he chose to switch things up from those ales and focus more on darker, stouter beers, including the iconic stout the world knows now. A couple of centuries later, this taste for innovation would also lead to the world’s first nitrogenated beer.

Guinness Antwerpen Stout was brewed for the first time in 1944 for its namesake: the Belgian city of Antwerp. Though known by a different name – Guinness Special Export – it’s still a fan favorite in the European city. The beer won everyone over with its intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice notes and its sweet smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of black currant. In fact, even the brewers within St. James’s Gate have been known to line up for a few bottles before the beer makes its way to Belgium.

It’s been more than 70 years since we first exported the Antwerpen Stout from Dublin to Antwerp, but its cult following is probably stronger than it’s ever been,” noted Padraig Fox, the General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery Experience. “I guess now the secret is out. Even if it is only for a few months, we’re happy to see this Guinness favorite having its moment in the U.S.”

With an ABV of 8.0% and 52 IBUs, Guinness Antwerpen Stout will be available in the U.S. through December 2016 in four packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Guinness Rye Pale Ale got its start just last year when The Brewers Project cooked it up as a fun holiday gift for their friends and families. Everyone loved the beer so much that Guinness decided to try it out on tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. There, the rave reviews continued. Guinness decided to move the brewing process to a bigger brew house so even more people could try the surprise hit. The rustic ale has a peppery bite thanks to the rye malt used, but gets a nice balance from the grapefruit and citrus flavor from Mosaic and Cascade hops.

Beer is obviously something we love, and we wanted to share a little something we were working on with just a few of our closest friends and family and colleagues at the brewery,” explained Peter Simpson, one of the brewers who worked on the original batch of Guinness Rye Pale Ale. “We didn’t expect it to get this kind of reaction, but it just sort of snowballed. Now here we are about to introduce it to the other side of the world.”

Guinness Rye Pale Ale will be available in the U.S. through December 2016 in six packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $8.99. The amber ale has an ABV of 5.0% and 18 IBUs.

The most GUINNESS is sold in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Nigeria and Cameroon. More information can be found at www.guinness.com.

Whether enjoying a new Guinness Antwerpen Stout, Guinness Rye Pale or any other brew in the Guinness family, please remember to respect the beer and drink sensibly.

Fall In Love With The New Pumpkin Spice Flavor From Baileys™ Irish Cream Liqueur

Limited Time Offering Puts a Seasonal Twist on the Classic Delight

Step up your Java Game and Add Some Baileys Pumpkin Spice to your Coffee or Indulge with a Pumpkin Spice Latte for a Not-So-Basic Caffeine Fix.

Fall is coming, and that means it’s time for cozy sweaters, football games, and all plaid everything, but this year, Baileys™ wants you to spice up your life with the newest addition to the brand’s liqueur collection, Baileys™ Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur. It’s the signature delicious balance of Irish Cream and whiskey that makes BAILEYS— and now Baileys™ Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur — the perfect little indulgence when you need a break from your daily routine. A seasonal limited time offering, Baileys Pumpkin Spice is only available now through November, so hurry up and #BuyNowOrCryLater.

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Baileys Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

As the new must-have autumn accessory, Baileys™ Pumpkin Spice is the best thing to happen to fall since apple cider and cashmere scarves. The unapologetically indulgent liqueur is a modern update on the classic Irish Cream that blends the flavors of sweet cinnamon and baking spices, luscious maple, brown sugar, and baked pie crust with additional hints of vanilla and coffee for a unique Baileys taste experience.

With the launch of Baileys Pumpkin Spice, consumers everywhere can indulge in the delicious new flavor that brings together two seasonal favorites, and exemplifies the spirit of Baileys,” said Nicola Heckles, Director or Liqueurs at Diageo. “We encourage consumers to celebrate the season responsibly and enjoy Baileys Pumpkin Spice in style.

Whether you’re tailgating with friends or cozying up by the fire, Baileys Pumpkin Spice is an essential addition to all of your autumn activities. Served alone, over ice or mixed into a cocktail, Baileys Pumpkin Spice is the ultimate way to treat yourself this fall. Just follow the recipe below

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Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Baileys™ Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/2 oz Brewed Coffee
  • 1 oz Milk
  • Fresh Grated Cinnamon for Garnish

Preparation:

  • Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice with brewed coffee and milk. Stir well.
  • Serve warm or over ice.
  • Top with fresh grated cinnamon. Enjoy!

Baileys Pumpkin Spice is now available nationwide wherever spirits-based beverages are sold for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle. For more information on Baileys Pumpkin Spice, please visit www.BAILEYS.com. Continue reading

Whiskies of the World®, The Ultimate Whiskey Experience, Comes to Austin, Texas

One of the Largest Whisky Tastings Events in the United States Will Offer 200+ Whisky Expressions

On Thursday, September 29, Whiskies of the World, one of the largest whisky tasting experiences in the US, will return to Austin for its fifth year. Designed for whisky lovers (from the novice to the connoisseur), Whiskies of the World will offer guests the opportunity to explore more than 200 whisky expressions from around the globe. Joined by distillers and brand ambassadors, guests will nose and taste their way to an unforgettable experience. Whiskies of the World Austin is sponsored by Twin Liquors and Austin Monthly.

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Whiskies of the World Logo (PRNewsFoto/IWSC)

The event, located at The Four Seasons Austin, will offer tastings of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian and other whiskies from around the globe, food and whisky pairings and whisky and cigar pairings. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in one of 6 Masterclasses, featuring whisky leaders Simon Brooking and John Campbell, Laphroaig; Jonathan Wingo, Balvenie; Bruce Russell, Russel’s Reserve; David Perkins, High West Distillery; and Brandon McCarron, The Glenmorangie Company.

Originating in San Francisco, Whiskies of the World® is now a series of five, hugely popular whisky events taking place in California, Texas and Georgia. Whiskies of the World offers guests the opportunity to taste superlative whiskies and to meet the outstanding personalities of the whisky world. Featuring whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia, the event will surprise even the savviest connoisseur. Whiskies of the World is an event of the IWSC Group, a global events company with operations in the UK and US that is focused on bringing together people and brands through authentic experiences.

Whiskies of the World was created to foster a broader and deeper appreciation of whisky and

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Whiskies of the World Logo (PRNewsFoto/IWSC)

all of its complexities,” said Doug Smith, Executive Director.We’re the perfect educational and palate-enriching evening for people who are either curious about whisky or die-hard aficionados.”

Tickets are $140 for general admission and guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Valid photo ID required. Guests should expect an entertaining, educational and delicious experience. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.whiskiesoftheworld.com.

What: 2016 Whiskies of the World Austin

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 – 10:00pm

Where: The Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Releases Line-Up Of Events For Its 16th Year

Tickets Go On Sale Monday, October 24, 2016

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The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival takes place February 22 – 26, 2017. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel)

The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) today unveiled its line-up of more than 90 events taking place February 22 – 26, 2017. Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

We’ve curated a robust program of events for the Festival’s 16th year,” noted Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.With an array of dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year’s Festival.”

The iconic series of Miami Beach’s signature events returns in 2017, kicking-off with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. The eleventh edition of one of the Festival’s most coveted tickets gets an update, evolving into the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray this year. After its successful launch at last year’s Festival, the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern. More Miami Beach staple events will return with a classic mix of both fan-favorites and new talent including Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kids Kitchen, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Southern Kitchen Brunch part of The NYT Cooking Series, and the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America.

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An aerial view of a signature event on Miami Beach at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network & Cooking Channel)

Additionally, the Festival’s beloved white tents nestled in the sand between 10th and 13th Streets and Ocean Drive (see image above) will continue to host the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the weekend. Plus, SOBEWFF® honors some of the world’s most recognized leaders in the culinary and beverage industries at its annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series, and the sweet 16 is no exception. This year, the Festival honors the deeply passionate and talented ThinkFoodGroup chef/owner José Andrés alongside Maisons Marques & Domaines (MMD) owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud, during an evening guided by Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

SOBEWFF® continues its expansion into Broward County with the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series and a star-studded line-up of talent. The fun begins with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and continues with the Festival’s first late-night party in the area, DRINK Fort Lauderdale, taking over the popular FATVillage for one night. Closing out the series will be the return of the Bloody Mary Brunch, with new hosts David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris.

A selection of intimate dinner experiences will round out the series, including the following:

  • Dinner hosted by Amanda Freitag and Angelo Elia
  • Dinner hosted by Marc Murphy and Chris Miracolo
  • Dinner hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen, & Geoffrey Zakarian
  • A North Carolina Sisterhood: Dinner hosted by Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Andrea Reusing, Gavin Pera & Ryan Cross

Fans will also have a plethora of new events to choose from in 2017, including a Craft-y Happy Hour, Burnt Ends: A Kosher BBQ Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya, Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party featuring Bar Lab, The Salty Donut & Sarsaparilla Club, Noodling Around: A Late-Night Party hosted by Dale Talde, Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri, and more. Continue reading