Posts Tagged ‘wine’

The One Where I Wrote A Magazine

Posted by melissa kandel on December 28, 2018 in entertainment, Magazine | 1 Comment

Well, yes. I am back to blogging, in case last week’s little holiday story didn’t tip you off to the (hopefully?) good news. So, here I am with more news. In the hiatus, I was still writing, and I wanted to share with you what that writing became, which is an 80-page magazine called West […]

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Grape Expectations (Or When Doing Good Goes Bad)

Posted by melissa kandel on October 4, 2018 in Personal | 7 Comments

I’m on a mission. Navigating the waters of my existence like a swashbuckling sailor, I’ve let feelings guide me instead of following some reliable, boring North Star. And what I’ve discovered along this mission is that it feels good to make someone else happy. So, with my boat lilting against the early autumn wind, I took off […]

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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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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017: What to Expect

Posted by melissa kandel on September 28, 2017 in Newport Beach | 3 Comments

In case you were wondering, the dinner at Nobu with Chef Nobu is sold out. (Is anyone surprised?) Luckily, the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, which graces that grassy spot between the Newport Beach Civic Center and its modern-chic library, has dozens of events happening all weekend. I was lucky enough to attend as […]

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Pacific Wine and Food Classic Graces Newport Beach

Posted by melissa kandel on August 25, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

Morning’s fingers released their grip on the day and the early fog that had settled on the shore lifted, finally. It was bright outside, or brighter than it had been. I stood in a space large but inviting, decorated with white canopied tents that filled with wind and looked like sails along the water. 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 Omaze.com, 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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Clothing by OWL Is Here for the Right Reasons

There’s nothing wrong with being basic. Yeah, you might buy hand-sewn day planners on Etsy, dress your tiny dog in seasonally appropriate attire, take selfies with the pig-eared Snapchat filter because your eyes look awesome then caption the pic something self-effacing like, “Can’t believe it’s raining today. #Haircut.”  So what? And yes, you probably drink […]

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Vinemark Cellars: For the Love of Wine

Posted by melissa kandel on May 14, 2017 in wine | 6 Comments

I’ve long thought that if you’re going to attend a wine festival wearing a shirt that says “Fifty Shades of Grape” then yes, of course I’d want to ask you questions about your wine. (And also how you got to be so awesome and also if the shirt comes in my size.) This very scenario came […]

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