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Psagot Wines for Seder

With Passover around the corner, you may be thinking about the best wines to have for four cups during the Seder. You may want to considered two new options from Psagot, the popular boutique Israeli winery .  The latest addition to the growing Psagot portfolio is Peak 2014, a french rhone-style red blend,...

Wine & Food Pairing Guide: Unusual Must-Try Couplings

View Interactive Version (via Mr.Gamez).   Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Luxe Beat Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World Member: International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of...

Lula Cellars of Anderson Valley

Lula Cellars, a small production premium winery located in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, CA had two outstanding 2015 releases—its Rosato and Sauvignon Blanc. Jeff Hansen is the winemaker who is behind Lula Cellars world class Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Rosato and Sauvignon Blanc wines...

Bruce Hilliard Vineyard and Winery in the Santa Rita Hills near Santa Barbara

Spending a sunny Saturday learning, sipping fine wine, and tasting terrific grilled cuisine is my kind of late summer day. Back at the Bruce Hilliard Vineyard and Winery, a large group of wine enthusiasts learned how the 1,220 acres of sandy soil along the highway 246 corridor produces rich and savory...

The Perfect Wine to Bring to a Holiday Gathering: It’s All About the Food

By Paula Moulton I became infamous at Le Cordon Bleu in France (at least in my own mind) on a relatively quiet and peaceful classroom day of wine tasting. I am on stage but the theater is a dimly lit classroom in the 15th Arondissement of Paris and I am an American widow with three grown children wearing a...

Biltmore Harvest this Autumn

VISIT STAY WINE SHOP GROUPS & WEDDINGS MORE Harvest Flavors, Fall Colors Greetings, George Vanderbilt planned for Biltmore to be a sustainable working estate; as I watch our gorgeous grapes being picked this harvest season, I can’t help feeling proud of the way we’ve held true to his pioneering vision....

Best Sips: Packing House Wines

After food tasting our way along tree shaded Claremont village, the thirsty travelers from the International Food & Wine Travel Writers Association were in for a cool treat. We were tired and warm when popping into historic Packing House Wines for an unforgettable tasting. Calm ambiance and a genial host...

Warm Cheddar Pretzels Recipe Paired with Merlot by Natalie MacLean

Find Comfort in the Cold And just like that, the holidays are over; they’re gone as fast as they came. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to look forward to this winter. It may be cold and snowy, but that means you can have fun sledding in the park and skiing. And the best part about that is: you...

Grape Collective’s Michael Woodsmall

Wine experts are a breed unto their own. They examine, study and breathe wine. In my quest to find more writers who can touch the Luxe Beat Magazine audience, I stumbled upon a collection of oenophiles who share their wine knowledge via the Grape Collective. I sat down to talk with their Editor, Michael...

Quinoa and Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes from Hansen Garbarino Vineyards

This recipe is so delicious, I need to share it. I can’t take credit for it, as I obtained it from Hansen Garbarino Vineyards outside Lodi, California. Hansen Garbarino Vineyards has been in the industry in California for over 150 years. Its focus is making wines that showcase the Lodi Appellation along...

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