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Grape Expectations (Or When Doing Good Goes Bad)

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 in the direction of a …

Bottled Poetry

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 I’ve waded in, toes curled …

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

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 in your mind because to …

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017: What to Expect

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 official media last year, (adventures …

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Pacific Wine and Food Classic Graces Newport Beach

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 well-dressed crowd strolled airily from …

Jennifer Lawrence Drinks Wine & Wants to Hang for a Cause

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 vineyards. As Jen says, you’ll …

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

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. It’ll be a chilled Chardonnay, …

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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 an entire glass … err, …

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Vinemark Cellars: For the Love of Wine

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 serendipitously true for me at …

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EB Winery: From Backyard Hobby to Boutique Brand

I saw the brochure before I sipped the wine. It was a thin and narrow thing, glossy, with a dark, black background and it sat inconspicuously on the edge of the EB Winery booth at the California Wine Festival in Dana Point, CA. A few words, printed with clean font along the bottom-left corner, read: “Follow our dream at ebwinery.com.” Maybe it was …