Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

Meet Kathryn Gunderson of Grace & Gusto Cakes

Posted by melissa kandel on July 26, 2019 in Found Her Fridays | No Comments

It takes a lot of grace to run a successful pastry business and it takes a lot of gusto to make Sia’s famous black-and-white wig out of nothing but fondant and dreams. Kathryn Gunderson, a professional pastry chef baking out of San Francisco, is doing both, boldly carving her sweet niche in the wedding cake […]

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Bottled Poetry

Posted by melissa kandel on December 28, 2017 in wine | 9 Comments

A few months ago, my friends at Rafiki Creative asked if I’d like to script the voice over for a video they were producing to showcase a high-end winery in Napa Valley and its intricate wine-making process. I agreed, almost immediately, because 1. WINE and 2. WINE. Also, script writing has long been an endeavor […]

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Here’s What You Missed at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on October 13, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

It’s not every day you stand on the lawn outside your local library and next to you, dressed casually in a pastel collared shirt and beige slacks, is Hubert Keller, James Beard Foundation winner and chef extraordinaire. He’s laughing about a joke you couldn’t hear. What does Hubert find so funny? You only call him Hubert […]

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California Wild Fires: How You Can Help

Posted by melissa kandel on October 12, 2017 in In the News | No Comments

As you read these words, Northern California is suffering from one of the worst wild fires in the state’s history. So what can you do–yes you in the townhouse in Manhattan, the mountain lodge in Breckenridge, the flat in London–to help? And will it really make a difference? Related: I’m a firm believer that a […]

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Jennifer Lawrence Drinks Wine & Wants to Hang for a Cause

Posted by melissa kandel on August 22, 2017 in entertainment | No Comments

Jennifer Lawrence is officially the best friend you never knew you had but secretly always wanted, so thank goodness she’s yours now! In a new video for, the Oscar winner adorably promotes a charity contest, which will see one lucky winner getting to drink a whole bunch of wine with her in California’s grape-twined […]

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Pacific Wine & Food Classic is Coming and These are the Wines to Taste

Posted by melissa kandel on August 12, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

If you need me next weekend, I’ll be at the Newport Dunes Resort, wine in one hand, cucumber sandwich in the other, celebrating the 2017 Pacific Wine & Food Classic. The cucumber sandwich will be refreshing—just the right blend of crunchy vegetable and soft bread with a hint of dill somewhere between—and the wine, magnificent. […]

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Wine Wednesday: A Q&A with Goldschmidt Vineyard’s Winemaker

Posted by melissa kandel on November 17, 2016 in drink, travel, wine | No Comments

[Image via Goldschmidt Vineyard’s Facebook Page] On Wednesday, we wine. And what better way to celebrate the mid-week vino-casion (yep, made that word up right now) than by asking Nick Goldschmidt, winemaker at Goldschmidt Vineyards, a winery in the rolling hillside of Northern California, all about wine, his world travels, the vineyards of Napa Valley and […]

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Round Pond Estate: Family (And Wine) First

Posted by melissa kandel on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

[Photo Credit: Olaf Beckmann] “The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” said Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner and CEO of Round Pond Estate, quoting Aristotle not as some general, ambiguous notion about life but as the specific philosophy driving the creation and experience of Round Pond wines.  Round Pond Estate—a winery, vineyard and […]

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival: A First Timer’s Tale

Posted by melissa kandel on October 12, 2016 in drink, food, wine | 2 Comments

“Unless you want me to pour the wine into your hands, you’ll probably need a glass.”  The man speaking was tall, though not uncommonly so, with light gray hair slicked back in one fell swoop from his forehead. He wore a red polo shirt, khaki pants and while his eyes were kind, he had the distinct […]

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival: A Preview

Posted by melissa kandel on October 1, 2016 in drink, food, Newport Beach, things to do, travel, wine | No Comments

[Photo Credit:] It started, as most good stories do, on a Monday. The day was clear and bright (or so, in my recollection of this memory I’d like to think), and there I was, walking my dog along a particular stretch of pavement by my local Balboa Peninsula supermarket. In my ears, John Mayer’s “Queen of California.” […]

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