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My Spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend in the Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken ...

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken at Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napa

Napa (Photo credit: katieharbath)

Chef

Chef (Photo credits: http://www.myparkingsign.com)

Did you ever attend a Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival?

What a spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend I had Flavor Napa:

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Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners and 3 days of fabulous food and wine adventures in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country!

 

Get your Tickets for the annual Flavor Napa Event here:

http://flavornapavalley.com/tickets/

If you are looking for a way to enjoy Napa Valley car-free check out the:  Calistoga Shuttle, St. Helena Shuttle, and the Yountville Trolley that are all available to visitors at no expense. Find out how you can hop on!

Try the Napa Valley Wine Trolley that takes visitors on a full day tour in a replica of a late 1890’s San Francisco cable car.

The Trolley picks up passengers daily at the Oxbow Public Market at 10:30 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Learn more.

Last year I took the Wine Train Bay Area Connection from the San Francisco Ferry Building. We enjoyed lunch on the Wine Train. To explore this option: Learn more

Watch this video to see what I witnessed in Napa:

http://youtu.be/78brXJOu_Bs

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo b...

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine festival was originated by Chef Michael Chiarello.

The event in Napa Valley was led by an impressive array of Napa Valley-based celebrity chefs including: Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, Cindy Pawlcyn, Jeffrey Jake and Masaharu Morimoto.

Here’s a short video of Chef Morimoto preparing fish at the event:

http://youtu.be/d7_V2eGZ0AI

Way to go Chef!!

Morimoto Restaurant in Downtown Napa

Flavor Napa Valley 2012 at the Culinary Institute in Saint Helena

English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards

English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: CIA at Greystone and various locations throughout Napa Valley.
I went to the Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. Many of the outstanding wineries were pouring. There was live entertainment and plenty of food on two floors of Greystone’s historic building.
 The loved the Wine Makers’ Dinner at the Silverado Resort on Friday night where I met many of the legendary winemakers. The food was outstanding!

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

According to festival producer Herb Karlitz, “one of the festival highlights is a two-day tasting of wines that have and continue to put Napa Valley on the map, reaching back to the post-Prohibition wines of the ‘40s through the present day.”
A winemaker was seated at each table at the dinner event. We drank the winemakers selection with each course.
The dinner was held in the ballroom of the Silverado Resort.

The Silverado Resort in Napa

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I also loved the Flavor Napa Sunday morning brunch at the Silverado.

I loved the Napa Valley Brunch Event

Lovely Farm-to-table Centerpiece at the Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch

Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch

Ther Napa Valley VItners featured amazing wines at one of the seminars that included: ’57 Louis Martini Pinot Noir, ’66 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, ’76 Joseph Phelps Insignia, ’77 Beringer Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and a ’78 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga California

Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flavor! Napa Valley extravaganza is an annual five-day Napa Valley food and wine festival featuring the area’s superlative chefs, restaurants and wineries.

Each year, the festival format includes a series of creative tastings and seasonally-inspired meals, as well as a variety of hands-on and educational experiences led by the region’s most notable chefs, vintners and sommeliers.

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Event venues include: the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena, as well as restaurants and wineries throughout the region.

There were a series of small and hands-on immersions entitled Terroir to Table™  as well as a historic, two-day library tasting of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines in the last 50-years, including contemporary “cult” wines, that was called “The Legends of Napa Valley: A Definitive Tasting. “Net proceeds from all events support programs and scholarships at CIA’s Greystone Campus.

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Individual event tickets ranged from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person.

Many of the area’s lodging partners offered offering special Flavor! Napa Valley packages that combine a stay with festival tickets, such as Silverado Resort and Spa’s Flavor! Napa Valley package, which includes accommodations in a one-bedroom Fireplace Suite, breakfast for two in The Grill, a signature culinary welcome gift and tickets to Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting.

Silverado Resort in Napa

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: don j schulte @ oxherder arts)

Additional Napa Valley properties also offered special Flavor! Napa Valley packages, and complete information on lodging packages can be found at: http://visit.legendarynapavalley.com/index.cfm/napa_valley_lodging-flavor_napa_valley.htm

I love Napa Valley

Here are some of the Hotel Packages that were offered in Napa Valley:

Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 announced ticket-only and lodging packages for the food-and-wine festival, which takes place Nov. 14 to 18. In addition, all guests with confirmed reservations at a Napa Valley hotel or inn during this time will automatically receive 20 percent off of Appellation Trail tickets and select ticket packages.

1. Guests staying at Milliken Creek any time from Nov. 1 to 24 for two nights will receive a third night at 50 percent off the best available rate when booking online by entering the promotional code FESTIVAL. Daily gourmet breakfast for two, sunset Magic Hour wine and cheese reception, a late-night cordial bar and guest passes to Synergy wellness and fitness center are included in the rate.

2. At Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, guests save 10 percent on nightly room rates for Friday and Saturday night stays and 20 percent on midweek stays. All Flavor! guests receive a special welcome amenity from the chef and a culinary keepsake.

3. At the Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn in Yountville, guests who mention Flavor! Napa Valley when making reservations receive 20 percent off of room rates. This offer is valid from Nov. 14 to 18 and includes complimentary amenities, such as bottle of wine upon check-in, a champagne buffet breakfast, daily afternoon tea and access to Spa Villagio’s facilities. Ticket-only packages range from $350 to $955 per

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : ...

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : Vignobles de la Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More information on tickets and the complete Flavor! Napa Valley event schedule can be found at www.flavornapavalley.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FlavorNapaValley and @FlavorNV on Twitter.

Here are the details for the Appellation Trail Event on Friday Night at Greystone including participating Chefs and Wineries. When you go to Napa County, make sure you check out these incredible links:

1. Participating Chefs at Flavor! Napa 2013

Angèle: Scott Ekstrom, www.angelerestaurant.com

Auberge du Soleil: Robert Curry, www.aubergedusoleil.com

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca: Michael Gyetvan, www.azzurropizzeria.com

Baldacci Family Vineyards: www.baldaccivineyards.com

Bistro Jeanty: Philippe Jeanty, www.bistrojeanty.com

Brix: Chris Jones, www.brix.com

Ca’Momi Enoteca: Valentina Guolo-Migotto, www.camomienoteca.com

Etoile Restaurant: Perry Hoffman, www.chandon.com/etoile-restaurant.html

FARM at the Carneros Inn : Steven Tevere and Andrew Budnyj, www.thecarnerosinn.com

Farmstead Restaurant: Stephen Barber, www.farmsteadnapa.com

Fish Story: Clint Davies, www.fishstorynapa.com

French Blue: Philip Wang, www.frenchbluenapa.com

Gott’s Roadside: Rick Robinson, www.gotts.com

Hurley’s Restaurant: Bob Hurley, www.hurleysrestaurant.com

JoLē : Matt Spector, www.jolerestaurant.com

La Condesa: Rene Ortiz, www.lacondesanapavalley.com

La Toque: Ken Frank, www.latoque.com

Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono: Victor Scargle, www.bardessono.com

Morimoto Napa: Masaharu Morimoto and Kang Kuan, www.morimotonapa.com

NapaStyle Cafe: Michael Chiarello,www.napastyle.com/cafe

Norman Rose Tavern: Michael Gyetvan, www.normanrosenapa.com

Oenotri: Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede, www.oenotri.com

REDD: Richard Reddington, www.reddnapavalley.com

Restaurant Cuvee: Jordan Mackey, www.cuveenapa.com

Siena at The Meritage Resort and Spa: Mike Collins, www.themeritageresort.com/dining/siena-restaurant

Silverado Resort and Spa: Jeffrey Jake, www.silveradoresort.com

Solbar: Brandon Sharp, www.solbarnv.com

The Thomas: Brad Farmerie, www.thethomas-napa.com

VINeleven: Brian Whitmer, www.napavalleymarriott.com/dining

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Almir Da Fonseca, www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/wsgr

2. Wineries

Ackerman Family Vineyards: www.ackermanfamilyvineyards.com

Amici Cellars: www.amicicellars.com

Andretti Winery Napa Valley: www.andrettiwinery.com

Antica Napa Valley: www.anticanapavalley.com

ARNS: www.arnswinery.com

Artesa Winery: www.artesawinery.com

B Cellars: www.bcellars.com

Beaulieu Vineyard: www.bvwines.com

Bounty Hunter Rare Wine: www.bountyhunterwine.com

Broman Cellars: www.bromancellars.com

Cakebread Cellars: www.cakebread.com

Canard Vineyard: www.canardvineyard.com

Ceja Vineyards: www.cejavineyards.com

Celani Family Vineyards: www.celaniwines.com

Chappellet Vineyards and Winery: www.chappellet.com

Charles Krug Winery, Peter Mondavi Sr. Family: www.charleskrug.com

Chase Cellars: www.chasecellars.com

Clif Family Winery: www.cliffamilywinery.com

Clos Pegase: www.clospegase.com

Cosentino Winery: www.cosentinowinery.com

Crosby Roamann: www.crosbyroamann.com

Domaine Chandon: www.chandon.com

Duckhorn Vineyards: www.duckhornwineshop.com

Elizabeth Spencer: www.elizabethspencerwines.com

Farella-Park Vineyards: www.farella.com

Fontanella Family Winery: www.fontanellawinery.com

Fortunati Vineyards: www.fortunatiwines.com

Frank Family Vineyards: www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

Freemark Abbey: www.freemarkabbey.com

Gargiulo Vineyards: www.gargiulovineyards.com

Grgich Hills Estate: www.grgich.com

The Hess Collection Winery: www.hesscollection.com

Hestan Vineyards: www.hestan.com

HUNNICUTT: www.hunnicuttwines.com

Jack Brooks Vineyard: www.jbvineyard.com

Jericho Canyon Vineyard: www.jerichocanyonvineyard.com

Joseph Phelps Vineyards: www.jpvwines.com

Kelleher Family Vineyard: www.kelleherwines.com

Kenefick Ranch Winery: www.kenefickranch.com

Knights Bridge Winery: www.knightsbridgewinery.com

Krupp Brothers: www.kruppbrothers.com

La Jota Vineyard Co.: www.lajotavineyardco.com

Laird Family Estate: www.lairdfamilyestate.com

LAMBORN Family Vineyards: www.lamborn.com

Long Meadow Ranch Winery: www.longmeadowranch.com

Match Vineyards: www.matchvineyards.com

Melka Wines: www.melkawines.com

Merryvale Vineyards: www.merryvale.com

Michael Mondavi Family Wines: www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com

Monticello Vineyards: www.corleyfamilynapavalley.com

MOONE-TSAI WINES: www.moonetsai.com

Mt. Brave: www.mtbravewines.com

Oakville Ranch: www.oakvilleranch.com

Oberon Wines: www.oberonwines.com

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery: www.oshaughnessywinery.com

Pahlmeyer: www.pahlmeyer.com

Paraduxx: www.paraduxx.com

Parry Cellars: www.parrycellars.com

PATEL – Napa Valley: www.patelwinery.com

PEJU: www.peju.com

Pine Ridge Vineyards: www.pineridgevineyards.com

PureCru Napa Valley: www.purecruwines.com

Raymond Vineyards: www.raymondvineyards.com

Renteria Wines: www.renteriawines.com

Revana Family Vineyard: www.revanawine.com

Robert Biale Vineyards: www.robertbialevineyards.com

Robert Craig Winery: www.robertcraigwine.com

Robert Mondavi Winery: www.robertmondavi.com

Rombauer Vineyards: www.rombauer.com

Saintsbury: www.saintsbury.com

Schramsberg Vineyards & J. Davies Vineyards: www.schramsberg.com

Schweiger Vineyards: www.schweigervineyards.com

Shafer Vineyards: www.shafervineyards.com

Silver Oak Cellars: www.silveroak.com

Sodaro Estate Winery: www.sodarowines.com

Spring Mountain Vineyard: www.springmountainvineyard.com

St. Supéry Estate: www.stsupery.com

Staglin Family Vineyard: www.staglinfamily.com

Stony Hill Vineyard: www.stonyhillvineyard.com

Tamber Bey Vineyards: www.tamberbey.com

Terra Valentine Winery: www.terravalentine.com

Titus Vineyards: www.titusvineyards.com

Tom Scott Vineyard: www.tomscottvineyard.com

TOR Kenward Family Wines: www.torwines.com

Trefethen Family Vineyards: www.trefethen.com

Tres Sabores: www.tressabores.com

Twomey Cellars: www.twomey.com

Tyler Florence Wines: www.tylerflorencewines.com

Waterstone: www.waterstonewines.com

ZD Wines: www.zdwines.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2014 in Monterey California

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Pebble Beach Food & Wine

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

WHEN: April 3-6, 2014

Here’s a list of the participating wineries:

http://www.pbfw.com/index.cfm/wineries.htm

“Pebble Beach Food & Wine has an enviable reputation for bringing out the Best and the Brightest talent in the world for the four day extravaganza. The line-up is always a virtual Who’s Who of the Culinary World and offered a cross-section of the legendary to the rising stars. Michelin stars from one to three, James Beard award winners, Best New Chef award winners, Rising Stars, Mobil 5 Star award winners, we have had the recipients of just about every culinary award imaginable. Over the years, the event has been graced by Jacques Pepin, Gerard Boyer, Alan Passard, Phillipe Legendre, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Trotter, Eric Ripert, Ming Tsai, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Joachim Splichal, Wolfgang Puck and Pierre Gagniere to name just a few.” http://www.pbfw.com

This year, Chef/Owner Robert Baker of “Me and the Hound Memphis Barbecue” will be at the Festival. He was born and raised in Memphis and has participated in the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship for many years. He brings his love of slow cooking to Monterey.

Here are the Chefs:

http://www.pbfw.com/index.cfm/chefs.htm

English: 6th and 7th holes, Pebble Beach Golf ...

English: 6th and 7th holes, Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA Français : 6ème et 7ème trous du club de golf de Pebble Beach, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s more fun than a Celebrity Food and Wine Event? Especially when the proceeds benefit worthy organizations and the venue is scenic and legendary Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach MapPebble Beach boasts a dramatic coastline nestled among majestic Monterey pine trees. It is a golf mecca; the Pebble  Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California opened in 1919 and is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. In 2001, it became the first public course to be selected as the premier Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 per round.

18th green; taken from the "Ocean View,&q...

18th green; taken from the “Ocean View,” the back of The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach, California (Photo credit: Carodean Road Designs)

Here’s my Video of the highlights of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 http://youtu.be/0wS_xkrAKrA

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Paul Goydos h...

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 14: Paul Goydos hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 14, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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The area offers incredible accommodations. Pebble Beach Resorts like the Lodge and the Inn at Spanish Bay offer extraordinary amenities like with world-class golf courses like Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. There is a spa as well as a Beach and Tennis Club.

Pebble Beach Golf Links clubhouse, California,...

Pebble Beach Golf Links clubhouse, California, USA Français : Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the best Vino con Vista sea-front dining opportunities that you can seize, is at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in the Inn at Spanish Bay. Gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the dining room or the outdoor tables. Wander over to Big Sur or the Monterey Aquarium. There are plenty of interesting sites to visit around the Monterey Peninsula.

English: Near Bird Rock of the Starboard Trail...

English: Near Bird Rock of the Starboard Trail, Pebble Beach, Calfornia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival enables guests to try cuisine from many restaurants.  You can taste new wines like “Cherry Pie” that I have never seen in Chicago. This distinctive Woodbridge single vineyard, single varietal Carneros Pinot Noir was delightful!

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

I loved the 2012 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival!! This 5th annual premier epicurean event in California was an incredible Vino con Vista Opportunity!

For more information and tickets visit:

http://www.pbfw.com/

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Sign of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pe...

Sign of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual event, it will be held on April 4-7, 2013.

The 2012 Events were held at luxurious Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. There was even a Jenn-Air Pavillion set up on the grounds of the Inn at Spanish Bay for cooking demos.

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

The Grand Tasting was at the Equestrian Center. Shuttle service was provided between the different event locations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Watch this video to see highlights of the event:

Here a video: http://www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com/index.cfm/video_4.htm

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Participants learned about “Cult Cabs” and had a meal with Michael Chiarello, who specializes in Italian-influenced California cuisine. There was “Swine and Wine” and  “Italian Love Affair” tasting.  Guy Fieri and other notable chefs were hosting cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There was an opening night reception and plenty of “After Hours Parties.” You could even sign up to play golf on Pebble Beach!

The 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monte...

The 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey County, California Svenska: 7:e hålet på Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

The Grand Tasting Events were held on Saturday and Sunday. There were 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs with plenty of wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

I went to the Sunday “Lexus Grand Tasting” at the Equestrian Center with 25 celebrity chefs showcasing their culinary prowess.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There were book signings and over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. I even had an opportunity to try “The Black Bottle” iconic wine.

I always search for new Pinot Noirs to try.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Follow this link for more information about this premier culinary event in Pebble Beach California.

http://www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com/index.cfm/browse_events.htm

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Scenic Monterey California

Sea Nettle Jelly, Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aqua...

Sea Nettle Jelly, Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Blackfooted penguins in the splash zo...

English: Blackfooted penguins in the splash zone of Monterey Bay Aquarium, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock wave break with birds, Monterey Cailfornia

Rock wave break with birds, Monterey Cailfornia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Free MST Trolley servicing Monterey, Cannery R...

Free MST Trolley servicing Monterey, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monterey, California, on the coast

Monterey, California, on the coast (Photo credit: B Evershed)

Mediterranean Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tubercula...

Mediterranean Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata), Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cannery Row at Night. Dusk over the city of Mo...

Cannery Row at Night. Dusk over the city of Monterey on Cannery Row (formerly Ocean Ave.) as cars pass by while City police investigate a vehicle blocking a hotel entrance. On the street in front of the south end of, 652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many amazing adventures in scenic Monterey California. It is the perfect destination for an enchanting Vino con Vista Weekend.
You can stroll along the idyllic coastline and find many picturesque hidden gems.
I loved the incredible Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival ; this year you can make plans to attend the glamorous event from April 10-13, 2014. Get tickets at www.pbfw.com.
After that, elevate your palate at another sensational event called “Cooking for Solutions” at the Monterey Aquarium.

More than a dozen notable celebrated chefs from every region of the United States will be in Monterey, California in May. They will serve as ambassadors of sustainable dining at “Cooking for Solutions.” They will focus “on great cuisine from sources that protect the health of the oceans and the land.” In the past, celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello and Sam Choy have created memorable gourmet food adventures that feature sustainable seafood dishes ingredients. Many chefs and wineries will present!

Surface supplied diver at the Monterey Bay Aqu...

Surface supplied diver at the Monterey Bay Aquarium High resolution 2048X1536 Image by User:Leonard G. 1024X768 medium resolution image at :Image:AquariumDiver.jpg Category:Images of people (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/vi/vi_events/cooking/  for more information and to buy tickets.

Here’s my video of Scenic Monterey California: http://youtu.be/zH3y3cwa5dI
The Culinary Center of Monterey offers an exciting opportunity to experience ‘hands-on’ cooking classes taught by resident chefs, as well as guest instructors and celebrity chefs.

Monterey Bay in California

When you travel to California’s gorgeous Central Coast, bask in the natural splendor of Monterey Bay. The stunning scenic city of Monterey has plenty of shops and restaurants. Monterey has a plethora of notable attractions including: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Attend the Monterey Wine Festival, the annual Monterey Jazz Festival and plan some whale-watching excursions.Whale Watching in Monterey

Back view of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Back view of Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Monterey California

Monterey Aquarium

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has an amazing number of thriving marine habitats for sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, pelicans and dolphins. At the southern end of Cannery Row, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

I love dolphins!

I love dolphins!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Photo credit: kalavinka)

This is one of the largest aquariums in North America. The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery.

Mediterranean jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tubercula...

Mediterranean jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The aquarium has over 600 species on display including: stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters and jellyfish.

Sea Nettle Jelly, Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aqua...

Sea Nettle Jelly, Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of few aquariums in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna. The aquarium benefits from fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes from Monterey Bay. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for more information.

Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California.

Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mediterranean Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tubercula...

Mediterranean Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata), Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monterey, California

Monterey, California (Photo credit: gailf548)

Cannery Row was once called “Ocean View Boulevard” and it was renamed Cannery Row in 1953 in honor of writer John Steinbeck’s well-known novel of the same name.

Cannery Row in Monterey California

Cannery Row in Monterey California

John Steinbeck in Monterey

John Steinbeck in Monterey

John Steinbeck who grew up in neareby Salinas and also lived in nearby Pacific Grove. Steinbeck was an author of 27 books. Steinbeck  had many Pulitzer Prize-winning novels including The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

John Steinbeck at the Wax Museum in Monterey

John Steinbeck Cannery Row

John Steinbeck Cannery Row

Many of his stories immortalized Monterey including: Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat and East of Eden. Visit the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. It is about 30 minutes from Monterey via Hwy 68 East.

East of Eden

East of Eden (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

Cannery Row is a popular destination for tourists with plenty of quaint shops located in former cannery buildings. I loved the art glass display on Cannery Row. In June, Cannery Row has an annual Block Party. A few privately-owned and operated fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row. For more information visit www.canneryrow.com

Art Glass on Cannery Row in Monterey

Art Glass on Cannery Row in Monterey

Their are outstanding Vino con Vista opportunities with outdoor waterfront dining at “Bubba Gump” @ www.bubbagump.com and at the Fish Hopper Restaurant @ www.fishhopper.com.  Monterey is a premium wine-growing region. At the Monterey Wine Tasting Center on Cannery Road, you can taste wine from 85 local wineries. There’s also plenty of salt water taffy in Monterey.

Monterey Candy Factory

Monterey Candy Factory

A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting on Cannery Row

A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting on Cannery Row

Bubba Gump Restaurant and Market in Monterey

Bubba Gump Restaurant and Market in Monterey

Historic Monterey California

Historic Monterey California

Monterey was the capital of Alta California from 1777 to 1846 under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House and California was claimed for the United States.

Admire the home of Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado. Visit historic museums in Colton Hall, the Pacific House and the new Maritime Museum. Pick up a Monterey map and follow the yellow circles in the sidewak labeled “Path of History” to enjoy a walking tour of the historic structures in Old Monterey.

Old Monterey Path of History

Old Monterey Path of History

Path of History Sidewalk Markers in Monterey

Path of History Sidewalk Markers in Monterey

Home of Juan Alvarado in Monterey

Home of Juan Alvarado in Monterey

Rodriguez Osio Adobe

Rodriguez Osio Adobe

Custom House Plaza

Custom House Plaza

Historical Monterey has more than thirty carefully preserved buildings. The city had California’s first theatre, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press and newspaper.

There are many historic adobes buildings and national landmarks in Monterey including the Larkin House built in the Mexican period by Thomas Oliver Larkin; an early example of Monterey Colonial architecture. The old Custom House, the historic district and the Royal Presidio Chapel are also National Historic Landmarks. The Cooper-Molera Adobe is a National Trust Historic Site. Colton Hall, built in 1849 by Walter Colton was originally both a public school and government meeting place.

Travel to Carmel to see the Royal Presidio Chapel. It was destroyed by fire in 1789 and replaced with a sandstone structure that was completed in 1794. In 1840, the chapel was rededicated to Saint Charles Borromeo. This Mission is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. At the foot of the main altar is the tomb of Padre Junipero Serra. He was the founder of all California Missions. The San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is located at 3080 Rio Road in Carmel www.carmelmission.com

Inside the church - view of the main altar - M...

Inside the church – view of the main altar – Mission San Carlos Borromeo – Carmel – California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carmel Mission (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California)

Carmel Mission (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Living quarters re-creation at the Carmel Miss...

Treasure & Relics - Mission San Carlos Borrome...

Old Fisherman’s Wharf was built in 1845, and eventually catapulted Monterey’s sardine industry into a prominent position. There are pcharming shops and restaurants at the Wharf.  You can take a “Glass Bottom Boat Tour” (831-372-7151) or you can  embark on a whale-watching excursion from Fisherman’s Wharf! Monterey Bay Whale Watch (831) 375-4658  offers year-round whale watching trips that leave from the docks of Fisherman’s Wharf. There is an incredible diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the bay. www.montereywhalewatching.com

Whale Watching in Monterey

Whale Watching in Monterey

Whale Watching Excursions in Monterey California

Whale Watching Excursions in Monterey California

Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey California

Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey California

Make plans to attend the Monterey Wine Festival in June at the The  Monterey Custom House Plaza.

When I attended, there wase a  “Bartenders Fedora Cocktail Throw Down” and The West Coast Chowder Competition. To experience the nautical aspect of Monterey, visit the Maritime Museum of Monterey  located in the Stanton Center on the Custom House Plaza, near Fisherman’s Wharf.Monterey California

If you miss the wine festivals, there are plenty of wine tasting opportunities in Monterey:  Take the Wine Trolly from the Portola Hotel & Spa; or visit the Bargetto Winery located in Cannery Row. You will find a winery/brewery, a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours and gift shop. Check out A Taste of Monterey located in Cannery Row, attractions include a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours, and gift shop. You can visit Terranova Fine Wines across the street from the Portola Hotel & Spa or visit Wine From The Heart at 241 Alvarado in the Portola Hotel & Spa Mall. This shop specializes in California premium wines and offers daily wine tastings.

A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting

A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting

Bargetto Winery in Monterey

Bargetto Winery in Monterey

Monterey California Wine Trolley at the Portola Hotel

Monterey California Wine Trolley at the Portola Hotel

 

 

Spring Events in Monterey California

Spring Events in Monterey California

There are many outdoor adventures opportunities: Adventures by the Sea rents bicycles, 4-passenger surreys, rollerblades, kayaks and offers scuba for individuals or groups. The Monterey Bay Dive Center can coordinate dive boat excursions. Play tennis at the  Monterey Tennis Center at 401 Pearl Street in Monterey. If you like horseback riding, go to the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center and ride through Pebble Beach. There is also a Spring Film Festival.

Spring Events in Monterey California

Spring Events in Monterey California

William Randolph Hearst, Jr.

Book a tour to the historic Hearst Castle; there are four separate tours of different sections of the expansive castle with rich décor, art and antiques. William Randolph Hearst was a media mogul who owned newspapers, magazines and radio stations.

William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951)

William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearst Castle, Veranda looking west

Hearst Castle, Veranda looking west (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearst Castle, California Hearst Castle, Calif...

Hearst Castle, California Hearst Castle, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spend your Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend at the lovely Portola Hotel and Spa. It has the perfect location!

Book a dinner reservation at the Sardine Factory at 701 Wave Street in Historic Cannery Row, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner. www.sardinefactory.com

Another outstanding dining opton is the “C Restaurant and Bar” at the “Clement” Intercontinental Hotel at 750 Cannery Row where every table offers an ocean view.www.ictheclementmonterey.com

Vino con Vista DIning at C in Monterey

Vino con Vista DIning at C in Monterey

The Clement Monterey InterContinental Hotel

Visit Chef Tim Wood and dine The Carmel Valley Ranch. He started his career in New York’s Catskill Mountains. He attended Culinary School at New York’s Culinary Institute. Tim has worked at Manhattan’s Rainbow Room, and the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, as well as The Carneros Inn.

Tim Cook, Chef at the Carmel Valley Ranch in California

Tim Cook, Chef at the Carmel Valley Ranch in California

Monterey California

Monterey California

Portola Hotel and Spa

Portola Hotel and Spa

Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey

Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey

 Dr. EveAnn Lovero is a Travel Junkie who writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Flavor! Napa 2013: The Ultimate Food and Wine Extravaganza

Robert Mondavi WIne

English: Wine Press at Robert Mondavi Vineyard...

English: Wine Press at Robert Mondavi Vineyard, Oakville, California, USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you ready for Flavor! Napa 2013? This is the ultimate food and wine extravaganza!

WHEN: November 20-24, 2013

For tickets visit: www.flavornapavalley.com

Here’s a list of the events:

Wednesday, November 20th
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
First Taste Napa: A Downtown Napa Culinary Stroll
Thursday, November 21st
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
Wine Lovers Boot Camp
Welcome Dinner
Friday, November 22nd
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
Wine Lovers Boot Camp
A Tasting to Honor the Life of Robert Mondavi
Culinary Demonstration with Cindy Pawlcyn
Exploring the Rutherford Appellation: A Guided Tasting Tour
Private Tasting and Lunch at Grgich Hills Estate
Cakebread Cellars Retrospective Tasting
Top TasterTM Blind Wine Tasting Competition
Culinary Demonstration with Michael Chiarello Ryan McIlwraith
The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley
Saturday, November 23rd
Culinary Demonstration with Roy Choi
The New California Wine
Culinary Demonstration with Masaharu Morimoto
Interactive Lunch with Todd English
Premiere Napa Valley Wines: The Opportunity of a Lifetime
Culinary Demonstration with Christopher Kostow
10-Year Insignia Vertical Tasting (1998-2007)
Culinary Demonstration with Michael Chiarello Brian Bistrong Mario Carbone Rich Torrisi
Discover the Diversity: A Taste of the Valley
Louis M. Martini Retrospective Tasting
Culinary Demonstration with Scott Conant
Dinner with Napa Valley Winemakers
Sunday, November 24th
Terroir to Table®: A Sustainable Brunch
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken ...

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken at Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the Flavor Napa Valley Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institiute in Saint Helena. It was truly the ultimate celebration of Napa Valley Food and Wine!

Here’s a short video:

http://youtu.be/WOrNJ1fyEhM

Greystone in Napa California

Cakebread Wine

At the Appellation Trail  there were more than 100 wineries pouring everything from Albariño to Zinfandel.

Ca’Momi

Along the “trail” there were plenty of delightful small savory plates and desserts from over thirty of Napa Valley’s terrific restaurants:

These are some of the local restaurants that were serving:

Gott’s Roadside: House Smoked Tri-Tip Sliders with Spicy Point Reyes Blue Cheese Sauce

La Toque: Heirloom Shelling Bean Salad with Fresh Local Seafood

PRESS: Steak Tartare/Kampachi Tartare Duo

Silverado Resort & Spa: Marash Pepper Spiced Sweet Georgia Shrimp, Preserved Local Meyer Lemon-Fennel Purée, County Line Chicories and Bellwether Farms Crème Fraîche

VINeleven: Local Five Dot Ranch Carpaccio with Point Reyes Blue, Wild Arugula and Truffle Vinaigrette

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Lobster Pâté, Lavash, Herb Salad

Auberge du Soleil: Pumpkin Angel Food Cake, Espresso Cremeux, Pumpkin Confiture

I loved Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection!

Part of Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection in Greystone

Brother Timothy is Legendary in Napa!

Robert Mondavi

>> Learn more about The Appellation Trail

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See Recipes From Flavor! Napa Valley Chefs
Many CELEBRITY CHEFS like Michael Chiarello, Larry Forgione shared recipes from their exciting new seasonal menus.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  'Next Iron Chef'...

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 30: ‘Next Iron Chef’ castmember Michael Chiarello attends the ‘Next Iron Chef’ interactive experience kick-off on the Streets of Manhattan on September 30, 2011 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Download the F!NV Recipe Booklet
For more information visit: www.flavornapavalley.com 
Flavor! Napa Valley
English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vigno...

English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vignoble de Napa Valley, Comté de Napa, Californie, États-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was a perfect time to visit Napa. The leaves on the vines were russet and burgundy. Many of the shops were decorated for the holidays. I loved the holiday selection at Ivy Twig & Twine in downtown Napa.

Christmas in Napa

Christmas in Napa

Christmas in Napa

Downtown St. Helena also had an interesting assortment of decorations.

There are many Holiday Events in Napa:

Beringer is hosting a Holiday Open House in Saint Helena on December 8th from 11 am to 4 pm;

www.beringer.com/events.

Yountville is having the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights on Washington Street.

Calistoga will have a Holiday Village starting on December 1st and the 17th annual Lighted Tractor Parade.

The Napa Holiday Historic Tour and Taste Event is December 1st from 3-7 pm www.napaholidaytour.com

Attend the Twelve Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley with twelve unique evenings of ffod and fun to benefit Share Our Strenth. For reservations call 707-963-3646.

Here’s a list of the top five reasons to attend Flavor! Napa:

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Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

I love Napa Valley

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Cooking for Solutions Festival 2013 in Magnificent Monterey Bay

On the outside Deck of the Monterey Bay Aquari...

On the outside Deck of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, overlooking Monterey Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you follow my posts, you know that I seize any opportunity to attend a Food and Wine Festival. You can enjoy three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in North America at the annual Cooking for Solutions Festival 2013 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

WHEN: May 17-19, 2013

Huge ocean sunfish (Mola mola) at Outer Bay ex...

Huge ocean sunfish (Mola mola) at Outer Bay exhibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tickets and more information: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/vi/vi_events/cooking/

There will be plenty of fabulous Food and Wine Adventures.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium (Photo credit: Tiffany Silva)

WHERE: Monterey Bay California

Here’s a list of some of the 2012 Events:

Orange sea pen (Ptilosarcus gurneyi) at Monter...

Orange sea pen (Ptilosarcus gurneyi) at Monterey Bay Aquarium, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Savor the Gulf Coast Breakfast

Sat., May 19 (8-9:30 a.m.)

  • $75 general public/$60 Aquarium members
  • (Tax deductible: $30 general public/$15 Aquarium members)
  • Includes Aquarium admission
  • Aquarium Cafe & Restaurant

Our popular ocean-view breakfast returns! Start the weekend with a seasonal, sustainable breakfast Southern-style with stylish Southeastern chefs Allen Susser, Paula DaSilva, Michael Schwartz and Susan Spicer. They’ll share their love for the Gulf region and its food as you sample an abundant breakfast buffet. Live music with a Cajun flair will put a jump in your step.

Celebrity Chefs LIVE!

Sat., May 19 (10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., times vary)

  • $60 general public/$45 Aquarium members (price per presentation)
  • Includes Aquarium admission
  • Aquarium Auditorium

Meet your favorite celebrity personalities and learn how they’re making a difference in the culinary world. You’ll laugh, be entertained and learn something about protecting the planet during two days of special presentations and cooking demonstrations from Alton Brown, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Rick Bayless, Cindy Pawlcyn and Michael Chiarello.  Each will create an engaging hour-long special program and sign books after their presentations. Don’t miss this opportunity for a fun face-to-face encounter with these culinary leaders. Note: When available, presenters’ books will be for sale.

Alton Brown speaking at the Google Campus in M...

Alton Brown speaking at the Google Campus in Mountain View, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alton Brown: Sustainable Seafood 101

Sat., May 19 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Alton’s become a Food Network star as commentator on “Iron Chef America” and through his “Good Eats” program, a smart and entertaining show that blends wit with wisdom, history with pop culture, and science with common cooking sense. He’s also a passionate advocate for sustainable seafood and Seafood Watch. He’ll showcase all this and more in a program that’s guaranteed to engage, entertain and inform.

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rick Bayless: Seafood Across the Border

Sat., May 19 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Take a tour of the fresh, bold flavors of Mexico’s coastal cuisine with Rick Bayless, an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. Rick has been honored multiple times by the James Beard Foundation and is a recognized expert in regional Mexican cuisine. He’ll share authentic Mexican seafood recipes, along with a blend of traditional and modern techniques honed over a lifetime of travels throughout Mexico. You’ll learn about his adventures and how to incorporate south-of-the-border flavors into simple seafood meals.

Alexandra Guarnaschelli: Retro Revival

Sat., May 19 (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Join Alex as she puts a modern, sustainable spin on retro favorites, inspired by the menu of her trendy New York supper club The Darby. The star of The Food Network’s “Alex’s Day Off” and a regular judge on “Chopped,” Alex has worked at top restaurants in France, New York and Los Angeles and will bring her discerning palate and vivacious personality to this retro-cool party. Local chef Jerry Regester will join Alex to demonstrate classic culinary techniques, and you’ll hear anecdotes from Alex’s colorful restaurant and television career.

Food & Wine Adventures

Sat., May 19 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., times vary)

  • $225 general public/$175 Aquarium members
  • (Tax deductible: $140 general public/$90 Aquarium members)

Explore, savor and learn at one of six small-group events led by our celebrity chefs. Each takes you on a different exploration of sustainable foods: on the farm, in the water or in the kitchen. Whether you want to hone your culinary skills with a master chef, learn salty stories from a “seafoodie” or explore scenic vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, our Food & Wine Adventures give you the opportunity to spend time with culinary leaders and gain firsthand knowledge from their expertise.  Depending on the adventure, you’ll join John Ash and Clayton Chapman, Sean Baker, Ben Sargent, Kevin Gillespie, Jesse Ziff Cool or Cindy Pawlcyn for a fascinating culinary exploration.

Tour 1: The Art of Food

Sat., May 19 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

  • Sponsored by Estancia
  • Event begins and ends at the Aquarium. Transportation will be provided.

Join celebrity chefs John Ash (culinary educator and cookbook author, Santa Rosa, California), Clayton Chapman (The Grey Plume, Omaha, Nebraska) and Wendy Brodie (Art of Food, Carmel, California) at Wendy’s Carmel Highlands home. Guests will enhance their culinary skills and get a glimpse into the creative minds of each chef as the group prepares a gourmet lunch in a demonstration kitchen that affords sweeping views of forest and ocean. It’s a true opportunity to cook with the masters. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labors together, along with premium wines by Estancia.

Tour 2: “Seafoodie” Adventure

Sat., May 19 (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m)

  • Sponsored by Carmel Road Winery and La Crema
  • Event begins and ends at Heritage Harbor, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 100A
  • Transportation not provided. Tour involves some walking.

Ben Sargent, host of The Cooking Channel’s “Hook, Line & Dinner,” takes curious pescetarians on a tour of one of Monterey‘s key industries. You’ll visit three commercial fishing vessels at the Monterey commercial wharf to learn about different gear types and hear salty stories of the fishing life. Then enjoy a spectacular bayside sustainable seafood lunch presented by Dory Ford (AQUA TERRA Culinary) and inspired by a few of Ben’s favorite recipes. Ivan Giotenov, winemaker at Carmel Road Winery, will discuss Monterey’s unique terroir as you sip Carmel Road and La Crema wines and take in views of Monterey Bay.

Tour 3: Napa-Inspired Al Fresco Lunch with Cindy Pawlcyn and Larry Turley

Sat., May 19 (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m)

  • Sponsored by Asilomar Conference Grounds and ARAMARK
  • Event at Asilomar Conference Grounds
  • Transportation not provided.

Join Chef Cindy Pawlcyn to savor the flavors of Napa Valley in a spectacular seaside setting. The founder/owner of three of Napa Valley’s most beloved restaurants (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Brassica Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar), Cindy is celebrated for soulful cooking that’s deeply connected to the bounty of the land. Gather on the patio of the Scripps’s Lodge among the trees and dunes of Asilomar and enjoy an al fresco lunch inspired by Cindy’s favorite Napa-grown ingredients, prepared by Asilomar Chef Danny Abbruzzese. Cindy’s good friend Larry Turley, owner of Napa Valley’s much-honored Turley Wine Cellars, will join her to discuss their mutual passion for local, seasonal, wine-country cuisine and wines that reflect the unique character of the land. Mingle with Cindy, Larry and Danny, sip select Turley wines with your delectable lunch, and take in the spectacular setting and sea air—a perfect marriage of Napa flavors and Central Coast style.

Tour 4: Masters of Pork

Sat., May 19 (11 a.m-2:30 p.m.)

  • Sponsored by Pebble Beach Resorts
  • Event at The Lodge at Pebble Beach
  • Transportation not provided.

“Top Chef” star Kevin Gillespie (Woodfire Grill) is a self-professed super-fan of pork and a barbecue aficionado. Join Kevin and Jeremy Tummel, executive chef at Pebble Beach Resorts’ Stillwater Bar & Grill, for a lively culinary demonstration, showing how you can turn pork into delectable dishes to share with family and friends, drawing on the Southern traditions reflected so well in Kevin’s culinary creations.  You’ll meet Sarah Willis—daughter of Paul Willis, founding hog farmer and manager of the Niman Ranch Pork Company—who’ll share stories of growing up on the farm, and secrets for sourcing the finest, sustainably raised pork available. Start with a sparkling wine reception hosted by Scheid Vineyards, then Martha Barra of BARRA of Mendocino will pour her award-winning certified organic wines as you enjoy a succulent barbecue lunch prepared by Jeremy and take in views of Carmel Bay that only Pebble Beach can offer.

Tour 5: In the Santa Lucia Highlands

Sat., May 19 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

  • Sponsored by SIP Certified and Hahn SLH Estate Winery
  • Event begins and ends at the Aquarium. Transportation provided.

Join chef Sean Baker of Gather, Berkeley’s hip farm-to-table restaurant, for an exploration of the scenic vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands in the Salinas Valley. You’ll board four-wheel ATVs at the vineyard house of Hahn Estates for a tour of the benchlands above the valley that produce some of Monterey County’s finest wine grapes. Along the way, Andy Mitchell, director of vineyard operations for Hahn Estates, will share insights about how climate, soils and sustainable farming practices contribute to Hahn’s award-winning wines. Back at the vineyard house, Sean will demonstrate cooking techniques that you can use at home. Then you’ll settle in for a memorable lunch prepared by Hahn’s executive chef, Brian Overhauser, accompanied by wines from the vineyards you visited.

California - Between Monterey And Big Sur - NA...

California – Between Monterey And Big Sur – NARA – 543403 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tour 6: Big Sur Escape

Sat., May 19 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

  • Sponsored by Esalen Institute
  • Event begins and ends at the Aquarium. Transportation provided.
Big Sur

Big Sur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Join celebrity chef Jesse Ziff Cool (Cool Eatz Restaurants & Catering/Flea Street Café) as you explore the grounds and rich organic gardens at world-renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur. You’ll learn how Esalen nourishes extensive organic gardens that supply flowers and produce for the 27-acre human potential center. Tour the Esalen kitchen with Executive Chef Phillip Burrus and learn about other approaches the Institute takes to integrate gently with the landscape. Chef Jesse Cool will demonstrate her favorite ways to create delicious meals straight from the garden, while Jonathan Fabio of Paul Dolan Vineyards pours premium wines and talks about their organic and biodynamic practices. You’ll take in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by the Esalen kitchen, served in the open air between the Esalen gardens and the sea.

Salon Series

Sat., May 19 (10 a.m-4 p.m., times vary)

  • $45 general public (per presentation)/$20 Aquarium members (per presentation)
  • Salon series One-Day Pass for all five presentations $80, Aquarium members only
  • Includes Aquarium admission
  • Aquarium Ocean View Conference Room

Join us for one, or more, of these intimate culinary experiences with chefs and artisans that will offer delicious insights into some of your favorite foods. Whether you want to learn how to cook seafood perfectly, become a chocolate-tasting expert or make your own bacon, the pros will share their tips, tricks and lively commentary in each hour-long, interactive program.

California Artisan Cheese

Sat., May 19 (10-11 a.m.)

California’s artisan cheesemakers are a diverse lot, making everything from creamy crescenza to pungent blues. Take a tasting tour of the Golden State with the California Artisan Cheese Guild and a featured local cheesemaker. You’ll enjoy a structured tasting of cheeses in a variety of styles, with flavors that range from mild to bold. Learn what it’s like to raise goats, sheep and cows, and what it takes to make some of the world’s best cheeses.

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay (Photo credit: theo5664)

Bringing Home the Bacon

Sat., May 19 (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Salty, smoky and succulent, bacon has everything a food needs to be a culinary superstar. Join Tony Baker, executive chef at Monterey’s Montrio Bistro and owner of Baker’s Bacon, to learn the secrets behind making his distinctive English-style, artisanal bacon. Learn about Tony’s craft, sample his bacon and discover some new ways to cook with this celebrated ingredient.

Gold Rush: California Olive Oil

Sat., May 19 (12:30-1:30 p.m).

California’s olive oil industry is experiencing a renaissance. With more than 100 different cultivars grown in the state, the spectrum of flavors and styles is virtually limitless. Join Peggy O’Kelly of St. Helena Olive Oil Company to learn about her journey from a career as a San Francisco CPA to a producer of sustainable California olive oil in Napa Valley. You’ll discover the history of olives in California, sample a variety of oils with different flavor profiles and learn the nuanced secrets of pressing and extracting the state’s liquid gold.

Good Fish

Sat., May 19 (1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Whether you’re a seasoned Seafood Watch advocate, or just learning about sustainable seafood, everyone wants a new way to cook fish. Join chef Becky Selengut, author of Good Fish, as she shares how to choose and prepare her favorite environmentally friendly Pacific Coast seafood selections. An advocate for seasonal, regional cuisine, Becky will give you insights into creating simple weeknight meals, and special-occasion dishes using local ingredients and sustainable seafood. After the program Becky will sign her books.

The Future of Chocolate

Sat., May 19 (3-4 p.m.)

San Francisco-based chocolate company TCHO fuses Silicon Valley innovation with Slow Food soul to make what they dub “obsessively good, flavor-focused chocolate.” Like wine, well-made chocolate can have a broad spectrum of flavors and aromas. Join a TCHO chocolate expert to learn how their innovative approach is redefining the way chocolate is tasted. You’ll be guided through a simple tasting of distinct cocoa liquors and learn how the company conducts sensory mapping with farmers, using their web-based quality platform called “Cropster”—a true synthesis of technology and good taste.

Sustainable Seafood Challenge with Carla Hall, Ben Sargent and Featured Celebrity Chefs

Sat., May 19 (5-7 p.m.)

  • $150 Aquarium members only
  • (Tax deductible: $50)
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Four celebrated chefs race against the clock to create tasty and sustainable seafood dishes in this action-packed evening. Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” and Ben Sargent, host of Cooking Channel’s “Hook, Line & Dinner”, will offer lively commentary as challengers Nathan Lyon (PBS/Veria/author), Floyd Cardoz (“Top Chef”/North End Grill), Sam Talbot (“Top Chef”/author) and Susan Spicer (Bayona / MONDO) compete to take home honors in one of four fun categories. Mingle with Cooking for Solutions participating chefs and take in the spectacular bayside setting at the elegant Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. You’ll enjoy abundant hors d’oeuvres prepared by your host, Plaza Executive Chef James Waller, along with premium wines from Carmel Road Winery and La Crema as the contestants slice, dice, sizzle and chat their way to victory. Guest judges Rick Bayless, Sam Choy, Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Allen Susser will offer their expert observations and clever quips as the challenge heats up.

Sustainable Foods Celebration at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sat., May 19 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

  • Featuring Whole Foods Marketplace and Kids’ Zone and Clover Stornetta Fun & Learning Area
  • Included with Aquarium admission
  • Aquarium galleries and Great Tide Pool deck

Learn more about sustainable seafood, organic agriculture and earth-friendly winemaking at information booths as you stroll through the Aquarium galleries. Visit the Whole Foods Marketplace and Kids’ Zone to mingle and graze with local growers and food artisans, or attend informative “talk and taste” demonstrations with culinary experts on our oceanview deck. See cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs Sam Choy, Nathan Lyon and Barton Seaver, chat with the Whole Foods Market Seafood Team to get tips on selecting and preparing seafood, or learn about local olive oil, produce, cheese, honey, ice cream and other delectables from around the region. Visit chef Hákon Már Örvarsson at his station and taste samples of Icelandic seafood. Meet celebrity bovine Clo the Cow at Clover Stornetta’s Fun & Learning area. Taste sustainable wine by La Crema and Carmel Road Winery from 3 to 6 p.m. each day. With chef book signings throughout both days, activities and crafts for kids, a photo booth and a spectacular waterfront setting, it’s an engaging way for all ages to learn more about the food we eat.

English: Interior shot of Monterey Bay Aquarium

English: Interior shot of Monterey Bay Aquarium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get your tickets ASAP at  http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/vi/vi_events/cooking/   Events are selling out fast!!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Napa Valley Restaurant Month in January 2013

Legendary Napa Valley

It is Napa Valley Restaurant Month throughout January!  Chefs will offer special menus and feature Napa Valley wine pairings to delight your inner culinary adventurer.  Special “stay and dine” lodging packages are also available and make it easier to stay longer. See all offers.

Here are some of your options:

Fish StoryFish Story                           Restaurant Month Lunch & Dinner Offers                           Fish Story offers sustainable seafood and seasonal cuisine in the heart of Downtown Napa. Enjoy your choice of a two-course lunch for $14.95, with an optional Napa Valley wine pairing for an additional $10; or a three-course dinner for $34.95, with an optional Napa Valley wine pairing for an additional $15. Learn more.

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant is offering a four-course price fixe menu from January 17-31. The lunch menu will cost between $15 and $30 and dinner will be between $25 and $50. Napa Valley wine pairings with each course will be available for an additional price.  Inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, Greystone’s menu features a bold interpretation of world flavors, daily hors d’ouevre Temptations and an award-winning wine list. Learn more.

For more information visit:

http://www.visitnapavalley.com/napa_valley_restaurant_month.htm

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondav...

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondavi vineyard, Oakville, Califorian USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Festival del Sole 2012 in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the Festival del Sole 2012, in the lush rolling foothills of Napa Valley. This festival combines music, wine, cuisine and art in the magnificent landscape of the Napa Vineyards. The Festival runs for 10 days, from July 13th to the 22nd.

Outstanding musical concerts highlight internationally renowned soloists, orchestras and ensembles over a 10-day period in candlelit wine cellars and outdoor amphitheatres.  The Festival also presents the best in ballet and dance as part of the Dede Wilsey Dance Series.

The program has been expanded to include jazz and popular music. The Festival del Sole incorporates an array of events including: art exhibitions, culinary events, wine tastings, lectures and other literary events. Celebrity chefs featured at the Festival have been “Thomas Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Chiarello and Gary Danko.”

Here’s a link to the calendar of events: http://festivaldelsole.org/PDFPress/programhorizontal_vip.pdf

English: Napa_Valley_CA_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan

English: Napa_Valley_CA_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Festival has a noble educational mission that incorporates the Bouchaine Young Artist Series (sponsored by Bouchaine Winery). This provides performance opportunities for emerging local talent.  The Festival dedicates special events each season to support charitable causes including:

” Napa arts organizations, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Redford Center.  Outreach programs encompass distribution of free concert tickets to groups serving children and seniors, and activities designed for families.”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

 

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Update on the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2012 Grand Tasting Event

South Beach, Miami

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Get your Tickets to Florida’s South Beach Wine and Food  Festival 2012 Grand Tasting Event. Many of the events have already sold out!

The Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village at 13th Street and Ocean Drive is the heart of the festival. This is where the culinary and lifestyle seminars will be held.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, Feb 25th & 26th, 2012
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Price: $225 for one day
South Beach Florida  is a compact area filled with lovely Art Deco architecture; an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s. Many of the classic hotels are within walking distance of each other and the festival events. Although the The Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village is the highlight of the festival, many other events will be held throughout South Beach and Miami area.
Visit the Festival website (www.sobefest.com) regarding ticket purchases and the locations of the events.
If you require a taxi during your stay in Miami, below you will find a list of local cab services:
Central Cabs: 305-532-5555
Crown Taxis: 305-445-5555
Flamingo Taxis (South Beach Only): 305-599-9999
Super Yellow Cabs: 305-888-7777
Yellow Cabs: 305-444-4444 Miami-Dade: 305-551-1111

Enjoy Culinary Demonstrations, Book Signings and Food and Wine Tastings!!

Here’s the Updated Schedule from the Festival’s Website:

Bodegas Nieto Senetiner

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“Celebrate the weekend at the Festival’s signature white tents on the  beach, the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. Remove your  sensibilities as you enter an afternoon devoted exclusively to trying  bold cuisine paired with excellent wines, and specially-crafted spirits.  Take a refreshing stroll through an unending array of sublime tastes  and celebrate this year’s achievements in furthering the culinary, wine  and spirit world.

Culinary Demonstrations (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Bobby Flay performing a cooking demonstration ...

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The rock stars of the culinary world come to life on the KitchenAid  Culinary Demonstration stages. Catch all of your favorite chefs, authors  and culinary personalities in their own 45-minute segments ranging from  showing off the latest recipes to pure entertainment spectacles.  Afterward, don’t miss the chance to exchange a few personal words with  your culinary hero when you purchase a book for signing from on-site  book retailer Books & Books.

KitchenAid Blue Stage KitchenAid Green Stage
11:15 am-12:00 pm Michael Symon 11:30 am-12:15 pm Rocco DiSpirito
12:30 pm-1:15 pm Masaharu Morimoto   12:45 pm-1:30 pmMichael Chiarello
1:45 pm-2:30 pm Bobby Flay 2:00 pm-2:45 pmBobby Deen
3:00 pm-3:45 pm Paula Deen 3:15 pm- 4:00 pmCountess Luann de Lesseps 
4:15 pm-5:00 pm Robert Irvine   4:30 pm-5:15 pm Melissa d’Arabian & Jeff Mauro
5:15 pm-6:15 pm Anthony Bourdain 5:30 pm-6:15 pm Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell SIgning her Cookbooks in Chicago

Book Signing Schedule coordinated by Books & Books

12:15pm MICHAEL SYMON

12:30pm ROCCO DISPIRITO

1:30pm ROBERT IRVINE

1:30pm MASAHARU MORIMOTO

1:45pm MICHAEL CHIARELLO

2:45pm BOBBY DEEN

2:45pm BOBBY FLAY

4:00pm ANTHONY BOURDAIN

4:30pm ANNE BURRELL

MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Rocco Dispirito...

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American Express Grand Tasting Tents (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Immerse yourself in pleasure as the American Express Grand Tasting  invites you to experience unbridled deliciousness. A seemingly  never-ending array of wines and spirits from some of the world’s finest  producers will offer the perfect accompaniment to the unusual  appetizers, signature dishes, and delightful desserts presented by some  of South Florida’s greatest restaurants. With generous samples of  everything you please, the afternoon provides a unique opportunity to  try the widest possible range of flavors representing innovations in  wine and spirits making, new culinary trends, and exciting twists on  global food traditions. And in between those exciting sips and bites,  take a moment to ask questions of the informative pourers and servers,  all of whom can provide information to help heighten your appreciation  and deepen your knowledge of the latest gastronomic innovations.

Participating Restaurants

  • 3030 Ocean
  • AARON’S CATERING Express (Brian Aaron)
  • Be Organic Personal Chef Catering
  • Bongos Cuban Cafe
  • Burger and Beer Joint (Carlos Barillas)
  • Ceviche 105
  • Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar (Adrianne Calvo)
  • Chops Lobster Bar
  • Chow Down Grill and Lounge
  • CRAVE Restaurant
  • Edge Steak + Bar
  • Eggwhites Catering (Gary Lampner)
  • Exquisite Catering by Robert
  • Fare to Remember (Sarah Davidoff & Hendrik Cornelissen)
  • Fifi’s Place
  • Ian’s Tropical grill
  • La Bottega by Carmen
  • Lolita Cocina & Tequilla Bar
  • Market 17
  • Meat Market
  • Morgan’s on the Beach (Doug Sisk)
  • Ocean Key Resort & Spa (Brendan Mica)
  • Red Light
  • Route 9
  • Rusty Pelican
  • Sakaya Kitchen
  • Sea Level
  • Tatu Asian Restaurant
  • Taverna Opa (Peter Tsialiamanis)
  • Texas de Brazil (Evandro Caregnato)
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Umi Fishbar (Jeffrey Schlissel)
  • Vic & Angelo’s (Alain Zimmer)
  • Vice Lounge Miami
  • Villa Mayfair

Winebow Wine Pavilion

Winebow Presents Wines of the World – Join us for a journey around  the world to taste handpicked selections from the world’s finest  wineries and spirits producers. Wineries and winemakers from Italy,  France, Spain, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina will  be on hand to educate and inspire. This exclusive opportunity is brought  to you by Winebow: Importers, developers, and distributors of premium  wines and spirits for more than 30 years.

Featured Wines at Winebow Wine Pavilion

Exhibitors

Wine, Spirits & Water

  • 0210 Velvet
  • 3 Amigos Tequila
  • 4 Orange Premium Vodka
  • Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water
  • Adult Chocolate Milk
  • Antigal Winery and Estates
  • Antinori
  • Apollinaris Natural Mineral Water
  • Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur
  • Baron Herzog
  • Bartenura
  • Beaulieu Vineyard
  • Biltmore Wines
  • Black Stallion Estate Winery
  • Bodega Navarro Correas
  • Boisset Family Estates
  • Botran® Aged Rums
  • Brassfield EstateWinery
  • Cantina di Soave
  • Cardenal Mendoza
  • Château D’Esclans
  • Chopin Vodka
  • Clif Family Winery
  • Cockburn’s Port
  • Cruzan Rum
  • Cultivate Wines
  • Diplomático Rum
  • Distillery No. 209
  • Domaine de Canton
  • Echelon Vineyards
  • entwine
  • Epica by Viña San Pedro
  • Evaton Wineries
  • evian®
  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
  • FIJI Water
  • Flor de Caña Rum
  • Folonari
  • Fragolí
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Franciscan Estate
  • Freixenet
  • Gekkeikan Sake
  • Gérard Bertrand Wines
  • Graham’s Port
  • Grgich Hills Estate
  • Gruppo Mezzacorona
  • HandCraft Artisan Collection
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
  • Henriot Inc.
  • House Jam
  • HPNOTIQ
  • Jermann
  • Jose Cuervo® Tequila
  • Kim Crawford
  • Kiss Mix
  • L’CHAIM Kosher Vodka
  • Lucid Absinthe Supérieure
  • Lunazul Premium Tequila
  • Lungarotti
  • Maisons Marques and Domaines USA
  • Marie Brizard Liqueurs
  • Marqués de Riscal
  • Michael Collins Irish Whiskey
  • Mionetto Prosecco USA
  • Molinari
  • Monster Energy
  • {Noble Vines}
  • NUVO®
  • Palm Bay International
  • PAMA Liqueur
  • Partida Tequila
  • Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • Pio Cesare
  • Reál Sangria
  • Rivera
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Ron Barcelò Rum
  • Ron Zacapa®
  • Rosenblum Cellars
  • Ruffino
  • S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • Saint-Géron Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • Shaw-Ross
  • Simply Naked Winery
  • Skinny Water
  • Skinnygirl Cocktails
  • Sobieski Vodka
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • St-Germain Liqueur
  • Sweet Revenge
  • SXLiquors
  • Terlato Wines International
  • The Original MOONSHINE®
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Trapiche
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Trefethen Family Vineyards
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Umani Ronchi
  • Valdo
  • VeeV Açaí  Spirit
  • Vin Divino
  • Volvic Natural Spring Water
  • Wilson Creek Winery
  • Wines That Rock
  • Zafra Master Reserve 21 Rum”

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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