Hire A Photo Booth and Make This Turkey-Day Full of Fun

by Michael Roe

Thanks Giving is almost around the corner. It is one of the most magical and exciting events of the year. Its time of the year when people of all faiths, religions, case get together with their families, close friends, and children to share in a sense of gratitude for the all the money and happiness they have received in the year. So now this amazing holiday is about to come and people are planning a great feat for the day. From cooking ‘Turkey’ and backing delicious pumpkin pie to watching games, people try to connect with their families and friends.…

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5 Wine Terms You Should Know To Sound Like A Pro!

by Lauren Volper

With every serving shift I have ever worked, there is a minimum of two times in the night where someone will ask for a wine recommendation by the glass. I will then ask them “What kind of wine do you like to drink?” Inevitably someone will answer “I like dry reds”. This brings me to the point of the MOST misused wine term I have ever heard spoken: dry. WHY are people so confused with this wine term and it’s meaning? What does dry in terms of describing wine actually mean?? Public Service Announcement: Saying you like your red…

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Temecula Valley Wine Country: A Perfect Wine Destination For Any Season

by Mike Reifeiss

California is adorned with beautiful landscapes bathed by the Pacific Ocean and rich in fruitful soils. “I love your fertile valleys”, as the lyrics of California Official State Song declare. If you are a wine lover and want to discover the secrets behind hundreds of world-class wines, welcome to Temecula Valley Wine Country. Celebrating the 50 years anniversary, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country now boasts over 40 licensed wineries which offer an intelligent selection of wines to suit any taste. Temecula is a dream destination for groups of tourists who want to explore its wineries or book a venue…

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3 Lessons From a Unique Harvest

by Mark Aselstine

This year has posed an interesting harvest on a few notes. Here’s some of what as an industry and as consumers, we should learn from it. The Labor Shortage is Real: Every year, I end up with a few emails from winemakers asking for some extra help picking grapes. This year, it was taken to an extreme. One Saturday morning I had 5 requests for help harvesting grapes. It seems that a combination of low unemployment and a federal government with a negative view of immigration, has kept away even many of those legal, seasonal workers that the wine…

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Nine things you should stop believing about wine right now

by Lauren Volper

The 80’s ruined a lot of things for all of us; there was a lot of shoulder-pad abuse, backcombing of hair, and universal serving of white zinfandel at dinner parties. There still seems to be a lot of misconception leftover from that era, and working in a restaurant I get a fair share of wine myths from the front lines. These are the most common wine myths I feel compelled to debunk based on years of serving experience. I hope this helps some of you shake free of the misinformation and become better informed! Sweet wines are all…

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Winery Tours in California

by Mike Reifeiss

California has plenty assets that lure tourists to its sunny land all year round. One of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can enjoy here are the wine tasting tours. This attraction is not only a delight for thirsty palates, but also for eyes that long for beauty and for souls that need peace of mind. Too much can’t be said about the splendid wineries of San Diego and Temecula Valley and the exquisite wine varieties that are produced here. So, I am going to keep it short and summarize everything I would like to say about these tours…

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Wine Tips: What’s with the Swirling, Slurping and Sloshing?

by Rich Abbruscato

In wine tasting circles, you sometimes hear about four S’s - Sniffing, Swirling, Sipping and Spitting. They are meant to be informative for someone new to wine tasting. But sniffing and sipping are so obvious as to be a little patronizing. As for spitting, we’ll leave that to the professional tasters who can taste over 100 wines in a day. Most of us are just wine lovers; we’ll swallow. As for the Swirling, there is something to that. And we would like to add two more useful (and fun) S’s – Slurping and Sloshing. Swirling Swirling the wine…

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Running the number's on Rudy's fake wines

by Stuart George

Several months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that at least $550m worth of Rudy Kurniawan’s faked and forged wine is still in the market. This isn’t the first time this figure has been quoted – it appears in almost all recent articles about wine fraud. But is it accurate? Firstly, it is an extraordinarily high figure. Indeed, it is more than the total fine wine auction market in 2017, reported by Wine Spectator as totalling $381.7m. The $550m figure has been circulated since at least December 2016. To be clear, it is challenging to find accurate figures…

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