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2015 Green Box Arts Festival Sommelier 101 Class

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2015 Green Box Arts Festival Sommelier 101 Class

It was a first for Green Mountain Falls, Colorado and its annual Green Box Arts Festival, a wine education class.

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CRN’s Larry Van Aalst – Mentor to Michael Browne of Kosta Browne

CRN’s Larry Van Aalst – Mentor to Michael Browne of Kosta Browne

Did you know that CRN’s own Larry Van Aalst served as a mentor to Kosta Browne Winery founder and executive winemaker Michael Browne?

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Sheraton Maui Launches WikiGrinds Dining Concept

Sheraton Maui Launches WikiGrinds Dining Concept

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has launched a new dining concept called WikiGrinds.

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Westin Ka’anapali’s Fall Pig Roast Benefiting 4-H

Westin Ka’anapali’s Fall Pig Roast Benefiting 4-H

Celebrate the arrival of Fall with an Autumn Pig Roast Prix Fixe Dinner at Pulehu, an Italian Grill.

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Blue Star Restaurant (Passport Wine Dinner #1 Spain 3/19/14)

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Blue Star Restaurant (Passport Wine Dinner #1 Spain 3/19/14)

The Blue Star Restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colorado known for fine dining, great chefs, wines and a fantastic bar, wanted to help increase business on one of their slowest nights of the week.  So the brain trusts came up with the idea of scheduling 10 Wednesday evening Passport Wine Dinners, one per month for the […]

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Australia’s Hottest New Wine Region Inspires a Summer Wine Pairing

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Australia’s Hottest New Wine Region Inspires a Summer Wine Pairing

A new “must-do” for visitors to Sydney, who enjoy diverse and stunning scenery, small artisan producers and boutique hotels, quaint cafes, delectable seafood, and amazing wines, the Shoalhaven is coming into its own. 

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Summer Fun with Beer Under the Sun!

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Summer Fun with Beer Under the Sun!

Hot summer sun means it’s time for cold beer. But which are the tastiest ones out there?

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Calories Are Good, Calories Are Bad

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Calories Are Good, Calories Are Bad

Calories are our partner in life. But like any partnership, we must know if these partnerships are positive or negative – and act accordingly & responsibly.

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Matchmaking

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Matchmaking

Pairing wine with food is a topic that gets frequently overcomplicated.

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French Rastafarian Baker Chef Hugues Maitre wishes us a Bless Up for Spring!

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French Rastafarian Baker Chef Hugues Maitre wishes us a Bless Up for Spring!

It’s Springtime and love is in the air.  This is the season when flowers bloom with vibrancy, vegetation thrives, trees bare new fruit and the sun is bright, high in the sky.  Days are longer and it’s a time for gathering with friends and family. 

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Paul Stern Reviews the KFC Buffet

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Paul Stern Reviews the KFC Buffet

While driving to Plam Springs, I passed a billboard indicating there was an approaching KFC buffet!!!  I wasn’t aware KFC had buffets, so I thought to check it out.  It seemed like the ultimate treat for KFC lovers.

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Romantic Wines and Getaways

Romantic Wines and Getaways

On a recent holiday trip to Sonoma, I discovered some really stellar and noteworthy wines.  Our group did a tour of some of the wineries and vineyard stops that make California’s wine country the perfect stop for a romantic holiday trip. Williams Seylem Our first stop was to Williams Seylem winery at their new tasting […]

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Chef Piero’s Polpette Di Carne

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Chef Piero’s Polpette Di Carne

1 lb Ground Beef 1 lb Ground Pork 2 cups Ricotta Cheese ½ cup Parmesan Cheese 1 ½ tsp Nutmeg 1 tsp Kosher Salt 2 Eggs ½ cup Pancetta- minced About 1 cup of flour for patties About ¼ cup of olive oil for sauce and searing patties For the Sauce: 6 Cloves of Garlic- […]

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The Concierge Insider: Yountville, California

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The Concierge Insider: Yountville, California

The first in a new series, “The Concierge Insider”, is a behind-the-scenes look into the lives and secrets of some great concierges in marvelous locations. Each guest concierge featured will give us insider tips into their own locate, plus some highlights and anecdotes of their career. Join me for this fun, informative and interesting series […]

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The Beer Dessert

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The Beer Dessert

Alright, so I know Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you’re stressing out about what to do for your lady (or man)! You’ve cooked a nice romantic meal and you don’t bake… Not to worry though because I’ve got a great dessert idea to end your evening just right. A Beer Flo   Beer Floats […]

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McRib, all hype, no flavor?

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McRib, all hype, no flavor?

The much awaited McRib sandwich has come to immense popularity since its introduction to the McDonald’s menu in 1981. Having never completely understood why it has received such a cult-like following, it’s taken me some thirty years and a bottle of Zin to give it a try. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s […]

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