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Why You Should See These Five Movies This Awards Season (2024)

Every fall lists upon lists upon lists come out trying to predict what movies will be the biggest award contenders of the season. Every year it is an almost impossible

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: RIVERBENCH “Cork Jumper Rosé” Blanc de Noirs

Well off the beaten path and well worth the discovery effort, Riverbench, in the Santa Maria Valley, is one of California wine country’s best kept secrets. This is your greatest

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer, New Zealand: Try something new!

It’s six o’clock on a crisp, clear evening, four days after the winter solstice. I’m practically skipping into Aro Park, right at the northwest end of Palmer Street in Wellington,

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. III: Beer/Wine Hybrids, Dark Beers and Mixed Fermentation

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. II: IPAs

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. I: Sours, Pilsners, Hoppy and Golden Ales, Saison and Farmhouse

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Concert Review

Concert Review: U2 – Sphere, Las Vegas

The lights go out, the waves of steady synth engulf us, and on the giant elliptical screen surrounding the stage an excavation takes place–stone walls crumbling to dust to reveal…

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Concert Review

Concert Review: LAUREN DAIGLE – Resorts World, Las Vegas

Caught somewhere between Dusty Springfield, Adele and Aretha Franklin, there may not be a more captivating soul singer-songwriter out there than Lauren Daigle at the moment.  Daigle’s voice is such

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Concert Review

Concert Review: KENDRICK LAMAR – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

He appears alone at the piano on the gargantuan, mostly bare stage, hitting spare chords on the keys. It’s just Kendrick Lamar sitting with his demons, confronting his inner voices–with

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Bordeaux, France, Wine

Great Affordable Bordeaux: CHATEAU LE TEMPLE Medoc

Just because it’s Bordeaux doesn’t mean it has to be serious. In this age of Instagrammable moments, it’s all about hashtag-LivingMyBestLife. We’re into this habit of showing off what a

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California, Craft Beer

A Quick One (While He’s Away!): A Beer Trip to San Francisco

Sunday, 1:20 pm:  The San Francisco Baseball Giants were depressingly continuing their early season streak of being down in the first inning while a mostly oblivious crowd of thirsty San

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Spain, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: MERAYO “Las Tres Filas” Mencia

Granted, the market for Mencia wine outside of Spain—for the moment—is miniscule, relatively speaking.  But don’t let relative obscurity stop you from seeking out this fantastic wine for the money.

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH

The palate instantly recognizes a wine with special qualities. Ethereal in texture and delightfully complex yet full of clarity, the 2016 LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH (for “Sta. Rita Hills”) leaves

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: LYRIC BY ETUDE Chardonnay

It’s nice to see one of the most popular names in Napa produce an excellent Chardonnay at an affordable price, and with grapes from sustainable vineyards located in Santa Barbara

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Colorado, Craft Beer
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Craft Beer: “The Essentials” | GREAT DIVIDE YETI IMPERIAL STOUT

I recently traveled to Denver for my brother-in-law’s bachelor party. It had been 25 years since I last visited Denver before this trip and so much had changed. Denver has

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Australia, Wine

HANDPICKED WINES: On the Cutting Edge of Australia’s Contemporary Wine Scene

1,000 years from now, when the story of Australian wine is told, it will be a tale of two eras: a) the Yellowtail Era; and b) the post-Yellowtail Era. We

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California, Wine
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Great Wine: HARTFORD COURT Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Whenever that list of greatest Sonoma County wines is assembled, a HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay has got to be on it. My choice is the winery’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The

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California, Wine

Great Wine: Prescription Chardonnay

How do you seamlessly marry sophistication and value?—two utmost qualities that consumers of all creeds desire. Those who manage to offer a product, rolled up in one, that satisfactorily answers

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California, Craft Beer

Great Beer: THREE WEAVERS Knotty DIPA

THREE WEAV3RS BREWING is famous in Los Angeles for being one of the first breweries to be run by women (owner and head brewer), which IS a rarity in a

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California, Wine

Great Napa Valley Wines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

It’s too easy to get cynical about Napa Valley. And that’s a problem. Prices seem to be at an untenable premium—for land, for grapes and for the bottle—and you can

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Italy, Wine
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Great Wines of Italy You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

There’s another Renaissance happening these days in the fabled Italian wine country of the Old World. To experience it fully, however, you have to look in places where you’re probably

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