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Concert Review: LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

If music is the universal language, then going to a concert by the legendary and nationalistic band Los Tigres Del Norte from Sinaloa, Mexico, while having zero proficiency in the

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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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Great Sustainable Wine: J. WILKES Pinot Blanc

You’ve seen the scene in hundreds of movies and TV shows: guy behind the wheel of a powerboat, speeding through the deep blue sea to the left, right, behind and

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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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Great Sustainable Wine: BAKER & BRAIN Gruner Veltliner

Let’s kick off our series on great sustainable wines with a wine from a region that’s a sort of epicenter in California for sustainability, experimentalism and adventurousness. If I had

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Great Wine: EMILIO MORO Resalso Tempranillo

Like a young, brash Pablo Picasso who’s ready to change the world but doesn’t quite know how yet, the 2016 Resalso Tempranillo from one of the great Spanish wine artists,

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