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Summer Cocktail Recipes

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Recipes, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Melding the art and science of mixology with fine artisan spirits, freshest seasonal ingredients and current pre- and post-Prohibition cocktail trends, Chez Soi a Modern Café house mixologist Shane Croughan (Picca, Sotto) shares a trio of intriguing, new summer recipes that complement owner-chef Mark Gold’s “simple and refined’ approach, sourcing ingredients from all over the world and southern California farmers’ market-fresh produce. Croughan’s libations invite guests to kick back, cool off and enjoy the flavors of summer with these summer cocktail recipes. Thyme for Peaches is made using a ripe peach half, skin on, muddled in a shaker glass with a sprig of fresh thyme, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, and ¼ oz of simple syrup. Add 2 oz. Famous Grouse blended scotch, ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur and ice cubes before shaking “like a Polaroid picture,”...

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Total Wine and More Virtual Tasting Event

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Total Wine and More has just partnered Campus Vineyards for a series of live webcast tasting events. The virtual tasting event will broadcast on Saturday, June 29th at 12pm PST at all of the Total Wine and More store locations. Guests will have a unique opportunity to interact with the winemaker while streaming live from the in-store video. “This event marks the next level of customer experience that we can offer,” explains David Trone, who co-owns Total Wine & More with his brother Robert. “In addition to providing customers with what they deserve: service, selection and price; we also give them unparalleled education opportunities to enrich their enjoyment of the products we sell.” During the virtual tasting, Wagner will share the history of his family’s vineyard, along with personal stories and behind-the-scenes details of the making and release...

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Brunos Trattoria New Summer Seasonal Menu

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Featured, Italian, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 As the weather begins to heat up, Brunos Trattoria is embracing the season with traditional Italian dishes that are highlighted by fresh seasonal ingredients like squash blossoms, blood oranges, Bloomsdale spinach, artichokes and Galia melons. These ingredients, like all other Brunos Trattoria dishes, are prepared in a simple and rustic tradition by Italian Chef and Owner Peter Serantoni, who was influenced by his upbringing in Venice. “As we transition into warmer weather we wanted to create dishes that have the traditional flavors of Italian cuisine, but that reflect the spirit of summer,” explain Peter. “And what better way to enjoy the new menu than by dining on our patio overlooking Brea Downtown.” In addition, Brunos Trattoris will debut new wines and signature hand shaken cocktails. Based on the success of the structure of the wine list, which is comprised...

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Father’s Day Specials

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in American, Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Bring along your family’s best friend to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar for Father’s Day this year. All types of dogs and puppies are welcome to dine on the patio of the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. The family-friendly restaurant is serving some delicious Father’s dishes this year that dad will love on Sunday, June 16th. In addition to a $3 special on 16-ounce Lazy Dog House beers and Firestone DBA, every dad who dines at Lazy Dog on Sunday, June 16th will receive a free limited edition pint glass while supplies last. And because one can’t subsist on beer alone, dads can also dig into Lazy Dog’s famed BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs with housemade BBQ sauce, or a prime steak like the Garlic-butter Glazed Flatiron or Bacon Wrapped Coulotte. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar have locations...

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Pie Society Opens in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  The popular Pitfire Pizza is opening the first Pie Society in Orange County on Saturday, June 8th. The highly anticipated speakeasy bar will provide locals with a one-of-a-kind neighborhood saloon. Steve Garcia and Chef Jason Neroni will deliver guests handcrafted cocktails and unique cuisine at the Pie Society. Echoing the casual feel of a speakeasy with the fun yet relaxed vibe of a local bar, Pie Society’s design creates an intimate space, where guests are invited to gather and socialize. The dimly light 600-sq. ft. bar includes wood-planked floors and leather lounge furniture, providing patrons with a comfortable atmosphere. Pie Society at Pitfire Artisan Pizza is located at 353 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa, CA, and will be open starting at 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. More information can be found...

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Hooray for IPA Beer Class

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

 Craft Beer fans will rejoice at the California Total Wine & More Hooray for IPA Beer class on June 13th. Lovers of hoppy, craft beers are always on the hunt for new brews, and Total Wine & More has just the thing – a new “Hooray For IPA!” beer class on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hops lovers and thrill seekers should prepare their taste buds for an India Pale Ale (IPA) style excursion. Guests will delight in tasting a variety of IPA styles including: English IPA, Belgian IPA, American IPA, American Double/Imperial IPA, and other hoppy goodness. This event will be held at the following California Total Wine & More stores: Redondo Beach, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Roseville, Sacramento (Arden), Laguna Hills, Brea, Tustin, Huntington Beach, and Rancho Cucamonga. This beer tasting class is only...

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Prego Ristorante Five Course Wine Dinner

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Events, Italian, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Prego Ristorante presents its final spring wine dinner featuring the wines of Brown-Foreman featuring Sonoma Cutrer on Friday, June 7th at 7 p.m. Italian-born Executive Chef Ugo Allesina will present a 5-course Italian menu featuring a shrimp, scallop and calamari starter; baked ziti with prosciutto; and pork loin. The dinner, priced at $64.95 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity), will be held at Prego in Irvine. The menu will include: Brown-Foreman Wine Dinner Friday, June 7, 2013 | 7 p.m. Antipasto Hors d’Oeuvres Southern Comfort Cocktail Frutti di Mare Shrimp, Scallops and Calamari, tossed with fresh Celery, Black Olives, Bell Peppers and Parsley, in a refreshing Lemon Vinaigrette NV Korbel Riesling Ziti al Forno Short Tube Pasta tossed with Prosciutto, Peas, Béchamel and Mozzarella, then baked in Prego’s Wood-Fire Oven Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Lonza di Maiale...

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Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar 10th Anniversary Specials

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in American, Events, Featured, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Can you believe that the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar is getting ready to celebrate their 10th Anniversary? In celebration of their anniversary, the talented Chef Gabe is creating some special anniversary specials that include a special brew, throwback menu items and more. Chef Gabe is a talented home brewer, and has collaborated with Firestone Master Brewer Matthew Brynildson. These unique special menu items and drinks will only be available at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar from July 4th through September 12th. The Anniversary Menu will include: Lazy Dog Anniversary Belgian Blonde Ale • A collaboration ale created by Chef Gabe Caliendo and Firestone Master Brewer Matthew Brynildson. Chef Gabe has been home brewing for almost 20 years and worked with the Firestone Master Brewer to create this crisp Belgian Blonde. $5.95 (13.5 ounces) Naughty Maggie Margarita •...

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Provisions Market Grand Opening

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  What are food lovers three favorite things…coffee, cheese and wine. Foodies will be in heaven at Provisions Markets with their ultimate specialty market destination. Provisions Specialty Market officially opened their doors today in Orange.   Provisions Market is a great addition to the city of Orange. They have the largest selection of specialty food items in a uber chic environment. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like family by the very personable and friendly staff. The market allows something for all their shoppers whether it be Perfect bottle of wine to pair with one of their specialty cheeses or that iced cold ale that can be purchased bottled after enjoying one fresh from the tap. Chef Greg Daniels is heading up the culinary aspect of the specialty market. He has found the highest quality cheeses, breads...

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Discover Malbec at Total Wine and More

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Events, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Is America In Love With Malbec? Find Out Why South American Wines Are All The Rage at Total Wine and More’s Newest Event! Come discover why the Malbec is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular red wines at Total Wine & More’s newest wine class on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy tasting a selection of five stunning Malbec and Malbec blends, along with a few surprisingly delicious whites and reds from Chile and Uruguay. This event will be held at the following California Total Wine & More stores: Redondo Beach, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Roseville, Sacramento (Arden), Folsom, Laguna Hills, Brea, Tustin, and Rancho Cucamonga. The wine tasting class is only $25 per person, and seating is limited, so call your local store to make reservations today! When: Thursday, June 6, 2013...

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Complimentary Sidecar Doughnuts at Provisions Market Grand Opening

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Events, Featured, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  The highly anticipated grand opening of Provisions Market is coming on Wednesday, June 5th. The specialty market will open their doors at 10am, and the first two dozen customers will receive complimentary doughnuts from Sidecar Doughnuts. Provisions will feature more than 200 bottled craft beers for retail purchase, with 30 rotating beers on tap. There will be a large variety of wine available for be enjoyed at Provisions or to bring home and enjoy. There won’t just be wine and beer available at Provisions, Executive Chef Greg Daniels is overseeing the culinary aspects of the specialty market. There will be a large variety of cheeses, fresh breads, deli sandwiches, and more.  “Provisions is about community and togetherness – our market will feature retail products from local artisan partners, including Valenza Choclates, B. toffee, Blackmarket Bakery, OC Baking Company,...

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OC Wine Mart Luxury Wine Tasting Event

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Featured, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  B. toffee and Justin Vineyards are teaming up to host an exclusive wine tasting event on Friday, June 7th at the OC Wine Mart in Irvine. Guests will explore the unique flavors of the handcrafted toffee and artisanal cheese paired with the popular Paso Robles wine from Justin Vineyards. There will be two tastings at 5:30pm and 7pm for $25 each (plus tax). Reservations are available by calling 714-785-5451 or email to owner Julie Lim at [email protected] The featured pairing will involve B. toffee with Justin’s Obtuse, an estate-grown, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon dessert wine crafted in the style of traditional Port. The sweet, full-bodied berry jam flavors that predominate on entry will highlight B. toffee’s premium chocolates, while the coffee, chocolate, and mild sweet tobacco accents on the mid-palate will play up B. toffee’s buttery caramel flavors. “We...

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Hidden Vine Wine Shop Grand Re-Opening

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Date Night, Featured, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  The popular wine tasting room and retail shop, Hidden Vine Wine Shop, has re-opened under new ownership. The intimate wine shop featured panoramic views of Mission Viejo Lake for guests to enjoy while sipping on their favorite bottle of wine. The wine shop hosted a festive grand re-opening celebration on May 4th with live music and discounts on wine tastings. New owners Marty Cruz, a sommelier, and Ken Domagalski, have expanded the offering of wine, champagne and dessert wines at the shop to include many rare vintages and small release wines. In addition to the retail shop, guests can sample wines from three recently installed Napa Technology wine stations that allow 12 bottles of wine to be showcased and kept at ideal temperatures. A Hidden Vine houses more than 650 wine labels, and an extensive variety of gourmet...

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Muldoon’s New Corned Beef Tacos

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

  Things are getting wild at Muldoon’s with their new corned beef tacos and smoked salmon flatbread. The new happy hour menu was inspired by the renowned Irish author, Oscar Wilde. The new menu features 12 new innovative dishes, low-priced cocktails and more. “Muldoon’s is the place to go to unwind after work,” explains Muldoon’s Chef Rae, who created the new Wilde Hours menu. “Professionals from a variety of industries love to get together here to enjoy a drink and a bite, and this new menu provides the opportunity to make these after-work hours even more enjoyable.” Other new menu items include: Pub Fries with Curry Aioli Salt & Pepper Calamari and Shrimp Fry with spicy tartar sauce Whiskey Wings Chippers – small bites of Muldoon’s Famous Fish & Chips Banger Bites & Warm Dijon Sauce Irish Nachos Avocado...

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WineWorks for Everyone Makes for a Perfect Date Night

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Date Night, Wine Bars and Bistros | 0 comments

   There are so many fantastic restaurants in Orange County; since moving here last summer, we have enjoyed trying many new places.  WineWorks for Everyone has been on our list to try for awhile now and we finally had the chance to experience it this week. Why was it on our list of restaurants to try?  Its southern Orange County location is convenient and the cozy bistro feel make this an ideal wine bar for us.  We LOVE wine and as our collection grows we truly love to try new wines.   WineWorks for Everyone also has a fantastic menu, which looked like we could go for just nice appetizers and wine or for a full meal. It’s always nice to have options to try for those spontaneous date nights. Last night’s visit to WineWorks for Everyone was completely...

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