Wine

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Innovation in Wine Packaging

AVERY DENNISON, ESTAL, and LEONHARD KURZ co-launch ‘Make a Mark’ collaboration platform to accelerate innovation in wine and spirits packaging 

The “innovation incubator” for global creatives will kick off with a limited edition book at Luxepack Monaco – September 27-29, 2021.

 

AVERY DENNISON, ESTAL and LEONHARD KURZ are launching Make a Mark, a three-year collaboration initiative for designers, printers and materials providers intended to break new ground in sustainable and innovative wine and spirits packaging, the companies announced today.

“Since wine and spirits packaging is more than just a glass bottle and stopper, we thought, why not join forces with the most respected industry leaders in labeling and finishing — Avery Dennison and Leonhard Kurz — to see how much further we can push creative innovation?” Estal CEO Gerard Albertí said of the initiative. “And what if we invited some of the world’s top packaging designers and turned this into a platform for showcasing new creative ideas while also building an inspiring design community?”

Make a Mark will kick off at Luxepack Monaco with the unveiling of a book featuring bold and provocative concepts by 18 of the world’s most creative packaging designers. Printed in a limited edition of 2,000 copies, the book is the first of several expected in a Make a Markseries, and one of many planned projects aimed at bringing together brands, designers, and materials providers over the next three years.

“We are all more innovative when we collaborate,” said Vladimir Tyulpin, Avery Dennison’s Market Segment Leader – Wine & Spirits. “And innovation is more essential than ever. The urgent need for sustainable packaging, the new ways COVID-19 is forcing us to shop, and the increasingly crowded playing fields in wine and spirits all demand bold new approaches, from the bottle shape to the label material to the design. Make a Mark was created to kick down the barriers that separate the contributors to wine and spirits packaging and give us more opportunities to collaborate and innovate.”

 

“With [Make a Mark’s] tremendous synergy and inspiration for those involved, we want to break boundaries and make impossible things possible”, said Stéphane Royère, Head of Business Area Packaging and Print at LEONHARD KURZ.

A focus on sustainability, luxury and innovation

Some of the most awarded packaging design studios on a worldwide basis decided to come on board and be part of the Make a Mark project — Anagrama from Mexico, Boldrini & Ficcardi from Argentina, Butterfly Cannon from United Kingdom, Chad Michael Studio from USA, Denomination from Australia, Dragon Rouge from China, JVD Estudio

 

from Chile, MARK Studio from South Africa, Motherland from Sweden, Pocket Rocket Creative from UK, RitaRivotti from Portugal, Ruska Martín Associates from Germany and Spain, SeriesNemo and Supperstudio from Spain, Servaire & Co amd Studio Créa’ Design from France, Smith Lumen and Spazio Di Paolo from Italy.

They were asked to develop a wine or spirit brand concept combining sustainability, luxury and innovation. They were free to bring their boldest ideas to life without the usual constraints of costs, tight deadlines, and client requirements. Access to some of the industry’s latest technologies enabled them to execute their ideas.

Among the concepts featured in the book are a wine brand that draws energy and color from Argentina’s move toward democracy in the early 1980s; a whiskey brand that pairs elegance with acknowledgement of the crises facing freshwater and oceans; an acquavite that pays homage to the volcanic origins of Sicily; and a gin inspired by the iconic 1990s TV show Baywatch, complete with a mini life preserver that gauges the level of liquid in the bottle.

A limited number of sample packets and more information about the Make a Mark book and initiative are available at www.makeamark.world

About AVERY DENNISON

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 32,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com

About KURZ

The KURZ Group is a global leader in thin film technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foil for a wide range of industries, from the packaging and printing industry through to the automotive, electronics, card and textile sectors. KURZ offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for surface finishing, decoration, labeling, and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. The company is also continuously investing in new technologies and developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. The KURZ Group has more than 5,500 employees at over 30 sites worldwide and produces under standardized quality and environmental standards in Europe, Asia, and the USA. A global network of subsidiaries, representatives and sales offices ensures short paths and individual, on-site consulting. www.kurz-world.com 

About ESTAL

Estal was founded in 1994 as a packaging specialist offering a wide range of premium glass packaging solutions for wine, spirits and other beverages, gourmet products,

 

perfume and cosmetics, and home fragrances. With a philosophy based on industrial excellence, the company has become a market leader through its work in customised packaging by developing unique models with the most advanced technical innovations and design, as well as the constantly seeking for the most sustainable proposals. As a representative company of internationalisation, with sales offices in the USA, UK, France, Portugal, Italy and China, Estal sells to all countries, along with the current collaboration of 11 distributors and agents in Spain and 17 in the USA, South America, Italy, France, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Moldova, Poland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. www.estal.com

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AZRA

Korean-American “Substance Pop” Artist AZRA represents LA’s Koreatown in Ep. 3 of Barrio Fino’s Docu-Series: “Koreatown 3.0”.

Streaming on September 1 at 7:00 PM PT Presented by AAX Media & Levitt Pavilion: https://levittlosangeles.org/

Korean-American “Substance Pop” creator and artist, AZRA, is proudly headlining this Wednesday’s episode Barrio Fino, a 5-part music docu-series exploring the communities surrounding MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Presented by AAX Media, the 60-minute episode entitle: Koreatown 3.0’s, will explore the music and cultural diversity of Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

AZRA shares: “As a 1.0 generation immigrant myself who moved to the Bay Area from South Korea, then eventually to LA, Koreatown has always been a very special and warm place for me growing up. I strongly believe that LA wouldnt be LA without K-Town due to its awesome food, entertainment, ever-growing diverse community, and the impact it has on our Los Angeles city culture and beyond. Koreatown also has one of the most coveted venues for musicians and singers to perform at, The Wiltern, a place I hope to one day perform. I am honored and grateful to be representing Koreatown and performing for this festival to promote and celebrate the greater Los Angeles community, youth development, diversity and our continued efforts in Asian American representation in Media and our American culture”.

AZRA’s performance will be live-streamed and screened at 7:00 PM PT from the rooftop of Walter J. Towers. For more information, please visit Here.

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HALL,WALT & BACA

HALL, WALT & BACA WINES LAUNCH SEASON TWO OF ITS CELEBRITY HAPPY HOUR SERIES

HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of three, family-owned wineries located in Napa and Sonoma Counties, have announced the launch of season two of their celebrity Happy Hour series returning in August, 2021. The weekly series rotates airing on three different social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook Live weekly on one of the respective brand channels. The Happy Hour series premiered on April 2, 2020, with 150 shows produced through the July 2021.

“During the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we looked at different creative ways to keep our audiences engaged and keep wine conversations top of mind,” says Vintner Jennifer Brown. “Launching Season one of the series and really honing in on the lifestyle of wine with each of our guests allowed us to connect in new and compelling ways –our Club Members and fans sipped along with our show hosts and the guest, and it truly felt like we are all enjoying a casual Happy Hour experience together. Season two will continue to focus on producing dynamic and engaging shows that let our audience into our guest’s lives, ask questions in real time, and hear about new projects that each is working on.”

Created by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall and produced in-house, Happy Hour gives viewers an unscripted, behind the scenes peek into the lives of celebrities, artists, athletes, comedians, Broadway stars, authors, magicians, and more. Each episode aims to inspire creative conversations while sipping on a newly released HALL, WALT, or BACA wine.

Season one of the Happy Hour series welcomed high profile guests such as Tina Fey, Julia  Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Ed O’Neill, Catherine O’Hara, John Leguizamo, Eric  McCormack, Busy Phillips, Monique Lhuillier, Paul Reiser, Cole Hauser, Cheryl Hines,  Natalie Morales, Steve Wozniak, The Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, CAM, Scotty  McCreery, Matt Bomer, J.B. Smoove, Bruce Bochy, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Howard  Gordon, Alfonso Ribiero, Giacomo Gianiotti, Dan Abrams, Kate Flannery, Sherri Saum,  Terrell Davis, Jeannie Mai, Gizelle Bryant, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Craig Conover,  Runaway June, Charissa Thomson, Carly Pearce, Chris Harrison, Josh Flagg and over 100  more.

To view an archive of HALL Family Wines Happy Hour series, please visit Here

The Happy Hour series is hosted by three hosts, one for each wine brand including  HALL, WALT and BACA Wines. A snapshot of each host can be found below:   

MEET THE HOST:  Kathryn Walt Hall

Kathryn Walt Hall is the owner of HALL Family Wines and has been involved in the  California wine industry since her family first purchased vineyards in the 1970’s. She has had a  distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the  United States Ambassador to Austria, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. A mother of  two, Kathryn is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of  California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University and a  J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  

MEET THE HOST:  Jeff Zappelli 

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s  Steakhouse, Jeff joined HALL Wines in 2006 to establish its Club Membership program which  has become one of the most successful Direct to Consumer efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2016,  Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT Wines, making him responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Sonoma-based brand. Zappelli is an active  speaker throughout the Bay Area, participating in conversations and panels related to direct-to-consumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing. An  avid sports fan and father of three, Jeff was born in Seattle, WA and attended the University of  California at Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. 

MEET THE HOST: Jennifer Brown

The daughter of Vintner Kathryn Hall, Jennifer Brown spearheads HALL Family Wines newest  brand, BACA, meaning “berry” in Latin, a modern Zinfandel wine brand. Jennifer spearheads  brand development, marketing strategies, and operational plans, as well as wholesale channels.  Prior to working at HALL Family Wines, Jennifer was the founder of Omghow / Girl Karma  Inc., a social platform and positive destination for teen girls. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts  degree at Northwestern University and both a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration and a  Law Degree from Stanford University. Fluent in German and a mother of two, Jennifer is an avid  hiking and yoga enthusiast and incorporates wellness and clean living as a core part of her daily  routine.  

 

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ARIANA × BIEBER – STUCK W/ U RAISES MILLIONS

STUCK WITH U” RAISES $3.5 MILLION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION 

First Responders Children’s Foundation today announced that proceeds donated from the single entitled “Stuck with U” have now surpassed $3.5 million, directly impacting thousands of first responder families all across the United States. The donation will be used to fund scholarships for children of first responders as well as provide financial support to the families and children of healthcare workers, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuck With U” was released in Spring 2020, in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to further bolster relief efforts across the United States. It was a creative collaboration between Scooter Braun’s SB Projects, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, along with Republic Records and Def Jam Recordings, donating 100% of net profits from streams and sales to the First Responders Children’s Foundation. 

The specific areas of impact resulting from the donation include:

  • Awarding grants to first responders who have encountered financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Awarding scholarships to children whose first responder parents have died in the line of duty.
  • Providing funding for temporary housing so that first responders could self-quarantine.
  • Paying for funerals of first responders or their family members who died as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The generosity, and support that Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Scooter Braun have shown the men and women on the front lines of this ongoing pandemic has been a surreal and humbling experience for us,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “As an organization, we have been able to help the everyday heroes who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, and their family’s immediate needs with the support that has only been made possible due to the collective effort of everyone involved, which we are thankful for.”  

“As the world was shutting down, we were looking for ways we could make a tangible impact as it has always been Scooter’s priority that SB Projects and our artists give back,” said Shauna Nep, Vice President of Philanthropy for SB Projects.  “We were so thrilled to partner with the First Responders Children’s Foundation who have been supporting those on the frontlines of the pandemic, as well as their families. Over a year later, we are so proud to see how much has been raised and what has been accomplished.  We thank the Foundation for their leadership and commitment to this work.” 

In addition to supporting the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “Stuck with U” won the award for “Best Music Video From Home” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, and also debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. This was Bieber’s sixth and Grande’s third U.S. number one single. 

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Tyler Posey

By: Ally Brewster

Tyler Posey is a Santa Monica born, Santa Clarita raised actor and pop-punk/rock musician best known for his roles as Scott McCall on Teen Wolf and the lead role of Aidan the zombie-horror movie Alone (2020). In addition to his successful acting career, he’s been striving for an equally successful music career.

Throughout the last decade Posey has been in multiple bands, including Lost in Kostko (You’re Gonna Need A Towel [EP] 2011), PVMNTS (Better Days [EP] 2018), and Five North (Scumbag [EP] 2020). During the pandemic he made the decision to go solo with his next EP, enjoying the artistic freedom that came from being on your own. Posey has been working alongside the record label Big Noise Music Group, the same label his band Five North (Tyler Posey and Kyle Murphy) worked with, for his debut solo EP titled DRUGS.

Before those two singles for his debut EP, Tyler released the single “This Luv Sux” with artist’s Phem and Audio Chateau. “This Luv Sux” was his introduction to solo music, a song about a bad relationship, the alternative punk sound heard throughout the rest of his music.

DRUGS, to be released later this year, is the EP that is home to the two singles Posey has released so far this year, “Happy” and “Shut Up” (feat. Phem and Travis Barker). The two singles set up the tone and theme of the EP, which is a raw, honest story about Posey’s struggle with drugs and becoming sober in the form of pop-punk songs.

In the single “Happy,” during the second verse he sings, “Yeah, I know how to nod / Nodding, I’m half awake / With my eyes rolling back, can’t you tеll I’m okay?” Posey told NME that this is a reference to the “drug term called nodding out,” stating the verse is, “a very violent visual of somebody [who’s] really fucked up on drugs.” These types of experiences and feelings are what Posey is bringing to his debut EP, using as a way to explain his struggles and emotions.

Watch the “Happy” music video here.

This Fall Posey will join his fellow Big Noise artists Mod Sun and girlfriends on the Internet Killed the Rockstar Tour. The tour will travel to 15 cities around the US beginning September 5, 2021.

Internet Killed the Rockstar Tour Dates

Sun, SEP 5 – BottleRock Napa Valley 2021 – Napa County, CA [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 9 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA [SOLD OUT]

Fri, SEP 10 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA [SOLD OUT]

Sat, SEP 11 – Popcon Retreat Festival 2021 – Las Vegas, NV

Tue, SEP 14 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 16 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH

Fri, SEP 17 – Park West – Chicago, IL

Sun, SEP 19 – Saint Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI

Tue, SEP 21 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA [SOLD OUT]

Wed, SEP 22 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA [SOLD OUT]

Thu, SEP 23 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY [SOLD OUT]

Sat, SEP 25 – Black Cat -Washington DC

Sun, SEP 26 – The Underground – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

Thu, SEP 30 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Sun, OCT 3 – South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX

Buy tickets here.

Be on the lookout for Tyler Posey’s EP DRUGS that will be released later this year!

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Ten Things That Every Wine Connoisseur Should Have

Whether you enjoy relaxing with a decadent glass of sweet red wine after a long day of work, find yourself waiting for Friday evening so you can finally indulge in a good vintage, or prefer fruity white wines from time to time, there a few things ways to take your love for wine to a new level. On the other hand, if you don’t particularly enjoy the beloved grape beverage, these ten tips will give you great gift ideas for the wine connoisseur in your life. 

A Few Good Bottles

As a wine connoisseur, you won’t want to head to the store each time you feel like indulging in a glass. Instead, having a few bottles in storage is ideal. You should get a selection that boasts some variety, so you can decide which type of wine you want to indulge in at that moment. It is a great idea to have a quality bottle of all your favorite types of wines. Remember that correct storage is essential, even if you don’t plan on starting a valuable collection.

An Ordinary Corkscrew

Even though you can open a wine bottle without a corkscrew, having one is the most simple way to open a bottle of wine. There are tons of variants on the market, so consider searching for a fancy design–especially if you are gifting a wine lover. However, the ordinary plain corkscrew is usually adequate when it comes to opening a bottle of wine without cracking the glass, breaking your nails, or facing frustration.

A 36-Piece Wine Glass Set

The average wine lover can identify a wine glass. However, only a wine connoisseur would know that there are several variations of wine glasses, and that each is suitable for a different type of wine. Whether you enjoy vintage wines, sweet reds, zesty whites, or rich dry reds, a complete 36-piece wine glass set will ensure that you always have the right glass. The shape of the glass does have a minor impact on the overall taste of the wine, which is why there are so many variations of wine glasses out there. 

Foil Cutter

A foil cutter will prevent you from ever ruining your manicure while removing the foil from a bottle upon opening. These innovative devices are relatively cheap and easy to find online, and greatly enhance the process of opening a bottle of mouthwatering wine. The small cost of a foil cutter will save you a small fortune in time and money when it comes to preserving your nails as well. 

Wine Veils

Wine veils are perfect for any wine lover that prefers to indulge in their drink while outside. Because quality wine often has a rich aroma, small bugs will find your drink quite attractive. To avoid the unpleasant experience of accidentally swallowing a tiny bug, invest in a few wine veils to protect your beverage while outdoors. These essential wine lover items are not too pricey and are available in various colors and patterns. 

A Wine Cooler

Unless you are prepared to head down to the local store each time you feel like having a glass of wine, a wine cooler an essential item for any wine connoisseur. It is not the best solution to store your wines in the fridge, as the temperature is too cold and will change the taste of wine. When reserving a few bottles for more than a week, a cooler is essential.

Wine Glass Charms

Wine glass charms are by no means essentials, although they are incredibly dainty and pretty. These charms can transform your preferred glass by personalizing it. You will be able to find single wine glass charms in endless variations. You can also find these glass accessories in sets. They are the perfect gifts for wine lovers, and with all the variations out there, you can find the unique, niche charms with a simple online search.

Wine Decanter

A wine decanter can enhance your wine’s aroma and color. They also make pouring a glass of wine much easier. There are various decanter designs out there, although it is recommended to opt for one that is dishwasher safe as it will be significantly less fragile. A wine decanter is the best way to store the rest of the bottle’s content if you are only indulging in one or two glasses. 

Wine Bottle Stopper

Suppose you don’t like the idea of a wine decanter and prefer to keep your wine in its original bottle– you may already have realized how difficult it is to get the cork back in after removal. Instead of attempting to re-cork the bottle, opt for a wine bottle stopper that acts as a reusable cork, sealing your bottle and keeping your wine fresh. Be sure to get a quality bottle stopper, as inferior qualities may not be crafted from suitable materials and can alter the flavor of your wine. 

Red Wine Stain Remover

Every red wine lover out there has encountered a stubborn red wine stain. These same wine lovers have probably lost the fight after trying to remove it with an endless variety of cleaning detergents. Luckily, there are products out there that are made to remove stubborn red wine stains, such as the red wine stain remover. It will be worth it to purchase a bottle of this cleaning product, just in case you happen to spill a glass. 

There are tons of fantastic products out there that will enhance your experience as a wine connoisseur. It is always best to invest in quality items–whether purchasing a bottle stopper, a wine glass charm, or an ordinary corkscrew. Because wine products may affect the flavor and aroma of your beverage, quality is always an important consideration– just as it is when purchasing your perfect, preferred bottle of wine.

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Carone Estate Winery-Distillery For Sale

Just over 20 years ago, Anthony Carone left a program management position at an international technology company in Montreal to continue his parent’s farming operations full-time. His then finance and now wife, Sarah, an agency marketing director, joined the family initiative and helped build the CARONE brand of wines and spirits to the level of international recognition.
The Lanoraie property was built up from abandoned land purchased in the early 1980s and now features 5 hectares of grapes including the province’s first commercially planted Pinot Noir and Cabernet Severyni varieties, alongside modern American hybrid vines like Marquette and Frontenac. In addition to growing the vineyard plantation, a state-of-the-art production facility (expanded three times) was built to house custom-designed winery-distillery equipment to ensure premium products.
A turnkey winery-distillery, situated less than one hour from Montreal, is a rare and truly unique opportunity,” said Michel Poissant the property’s real estate agent. See the full listing here.
The Carone family started their winery selling a few hundred cases of wine in 2005 with the receipt of their artisanal winemaking permit. Over the years, their efforts received widespread acclaim from wine critics, international chefs, and celebrities across the globe. Their wines were selected to be served to three royal families! With the receipt of their artisanal distillery permit in 2019, they released Quebec’s first grape-based gin, BLACK RAVEN, that attracted a following among collectors and daily drinkers alike.
“Every year we received inquiries asking if the business was for sale and I would answer YES, by the bottle or case. We look forward to seeing the foundation that my family and I created grow under new ownership,” said Anthony Carone, President of CARONE.
“We are ready for a new challenge, but we expect to remain in the industry,” said Sarah Hoodspith, Director at CARONE. She continued: “Both Anthony and I have already acted as consultants to alcohol beverage producers across North America. From planting and production consulting to brand development and content marketing, we’ve done it all. We plan on remaining active in the industry and we’re excited to see continued growth of Quebec made products.”
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Paris Bryant × Demon Time

Today marks the release of rising singer/rapper, Paris Bryant’s latest offer, “Demon Time,” out now via Cinematic Music Group/Geffen Records. The third track since his debut, the promising young talent continues to emerge with his fresh forthright single. On “Demon Time” he channels a hard-hitting energy over a slick beat tearing through the production with fresh punchy bars and powerful vocals.

In the striking visual directed by Llama,  we catch a glimpse into  Paris’ life as he  cruises through the streets of New York. He counts stacks alongside his partner in crime while spitting his infectious verses on his “Demon Time” perspective. Watch the video HERE.

Last month, Paris Bryant made his official debut with his track and video for “Mad Mad,” which now has nearly fifty thousand views. On the song he weaves together thought-provoking bars and show-stopping vocals above a backdrop of acoustic guitar and 808s. The accompanying visual finds him rapping alone around New York in the middle of the night as it captures his palpable charisma on-screen. The track led to quick praise from Triller who spotlighted him as a featured artist as well as recognition from REVOLT, HotNewHipHop, RESPECT, and Uproxx who listed the track on their “Best New Hip-Hop This Week” roundup. Soon after he released his second track “Proud Of You” which features fellow New York rapper, Jay Gwaupo.  The budding talent is quickly on his way upward as he continues to assert himself track after track.

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Allegretto Vineyard Debuts Costal Flight Tour Package

 

The Allegretto Vineyard Resort, the acclaimed 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region, is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘Soar the Coast’ package, providing guests with the unique opportunity to experience a scenic flight tour of the spectacular California Coast during a two-night stay at the Tuscan-inspired resort.

Nestled among 20 acres of vineyards, landscaped gardens, and olive and fruit trees, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort embodies the beauty and charm of wine country, beckoning visitors to enjoy the idyllic grounds and amenities of its European-style property. Now, for the first time ever, guests of the resort can experience a slice of the resort’s “la dolce vita” ethos from up above with the debut of their exclusive flight tour package, ‘Soar the Coast.’

Featuring a two-night stay in the Allegretto’s luxurious accommodations, complimentary self-parking, free Wi-Fi and no resort fee, this exclusive package also includes a private flight tour for up to three guests. To make this experience even more memorable, guests will have the luxury of choosing the flight tour option that most interests them: the 50-minute Harris Ranch tour, which flies over the famous Central Coast cattle ranch; the 60-minute Big Sur Scenic Tour, which flies above Lake Nacimiento and the Big Sur Coastline, soaring above iconic sights such as Hearst Castle and the Bixby Bridge; or the 60-minute Best of Central Coast tour, offering the chance to explore Morro Rock, San Simeon, Hearst Castle and Lake Nacimiento from above. Flights are provided by AirDialog and depart from the Paso Robles Airport, conveniently located just five minutes from the resort. “We’re excited to partner with the Allegretto Vineyard Resort to share the beauty around Paso Robles and the stunning California coastline with our guests on our scenic flights. Flying in a private plane at a lower cruising altitude is a memorable way to see iconic landmarks and soak in beautiful scenery,” said Elissa Zavora, AirDialog’s Chief Pilot & Assistant Director Operations. 

“The Allegretto was designed to offer guests a tranquil place to stay and feel inspired, whether meandering the resort’s lushly landscaped grounds, exploring the on-site collection of global art and artifacts or relaxing in the 12,000-square-foot courtyard with a glass of estate wine,” says Rich Verruni, General Manager. “Everything about a stay here is meant to evoke a sense of wonder while delighting the senses. Our ‘Soar the Coast’ package is an extension of the Allegretto experience offering richness and enjoyment, but from the air. It’s certainly a special way to make the most of a visit to the Central Coast and we look forward to sharing this unique opportunity with guests.”

Allegretto’s ‘Soar the Coast’ package is limited to three guests per package for a minimum of two nights.  Packages must be booked 10 days prior to arrival, and some blackout dates and night minimums may apply. More information can be found on Allegretto’s website.

ABOUT THE ALLEGRETTO VINEYARD RESORT

At the Allegretto Vineyard Resort, discoveries never end. Offering guests exceptional spaces, experiences, services, and amenities along the path of their life’s journey, the Allegretto is inspired by wine country and European hospitality, evoking an Italian vineyard estate on 20 acres of vineyards and fruit-bearing orchards on Paso Robles’ idyllic east side. The property is a world unto itself with 171 guest rooms and suites, locally farmed and foraged cuisine, a wine bar featuring the resort’s own private wine label among many others, a full-service boutique spa, pool and cabanas, manicured gardens, walking paths, French-inspired Abbey, hundreds of antiques, a 12,000-square-foot piazza and inspired vignettes that invoke that luxury, warmth, and beauty of the good life. The Allegretto Vineyard Resort is located at 2700 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, California, 93446.

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ESSENCE × Jazmine Sullivan

ESSENCE’s July/August 2021 issue features GRAMMY nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan and EMMY award-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on its two covers dedicated to the “ESSENCE Festival of Culture” and “Summer Screen Kings” respectively.

In the piece, Jazmine’s Tale, the singer and ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola headliner (which will stream across two weekends June 25-27 and July 2-4 on ESSENCE’s website and on ESSENCE Studios) slays in bold colors and white-hot looks from Stella McCartney, Fendi, Cong Tri, Aliette, Alix NYC and more. She opens up to Insecure co-creator/writer/producer Issa Rae about the importance of holding space for Black women, therapy and the freedom of sharing her own journey. She talks to Rae about:

  • ON HAVING A MASTER PLAN…OR NOT: “I wish I could say I had a master plan, but I really didn’t. I was just doing what felt natural, and luckily I had gotten with a record company and with people who allowed me to do that. But for me, I just wanted to express myself in the most natural way, and that means me writing my stories. So many of the songs at that time came from a lot of the childish stuff I was going through. For example, busting windows out of an ex’s car and literally going straight from doing it to not being able to sleep. I was restless, because I was still in the moment. And so I just started writing about it. I let my girlfriends hear it, and they were like, ‘Girl, do your thing—whatever this leads to.’ And it led to my world opening up in such a different way…”
  • ON TELLING BLACK WOMEN’S STORIES: “Before now, I had really just been concerned about expressing myself and getting my story out there—and people have connected to that. But for this project, it was important for me to share the stories of the women I love and hold dear to my heart. I feel like they are just as banging and dynamic as me. And I want to give space and opportunity to women, period…”
  • ON MAKING SPACE FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN: “I feel like we get caught up in thinking there’s ‘only one’ of us. There can only be one R&B superstar; there can only be one rap girl at a time. That’s not true. God was not stingy when He was giving out gifts. And you’re not the only person. There are many other women, especially Black women, who can do what you do. And let’s all create spaces for each other to get out there and do that…”
  • ON FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST: “The first five minutes I was holding back tears, because I was like, ‘Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaking about my feelings. And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require notes. I don’t need to impress anybody with what it is that I’m actually doing. This is the first time.’ So I was holding back tears even doing that. But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was enjoying speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to do it. But finding the right therapist is a process—because I went to therapy one time, years ago, and I hated the experience, and I feel like it stopped me from going for a long time. And then I found this new lady, and it’s a totally different experience. So you have to find the right person for you, that you actually want to open up to. But once you do that, a weight lifts off of you—just from speaking, just from telling your story. And that’s what Heaux Tales was. It’s like, ‘Tell it, girl. Tell it. Set yourself free.’”

In the piece, Summer Screen Kings, it’s obvious that leading man Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is here to stay. Given the space he has carved out for himself in Hollywood, the meaning of his name (which, roughly translated from Arabic, means “Graced by God”) seems particularly prescient. At 35 and a towering 6 feet 3 inches tall, Yahya’s imprint in Hollywood continues expanding. Weeks away from the release of his first leading role in Candyman (in theaters August 27), Yahya will also star in The Matrix 4, the newest installment in the Matrix franchise, as well as his third action flick, Ambulance, next year. As he heats up the issue in designers including Fendi, Hermes, Gucci and more, he talks to ESSENCE Senior Entertainment Editor Brande Victorian about what really drew him to acting, his definition of sexy and whether a rom-com is next on his list of achievements:

  • ON WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE SEXY: “I don’t think sexy tries. Ease is sexy. It’s nice to have a little bit of mystery, and if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s not for me to say whether I’m attractive or not. It’s for me to have self-confidence. Confidence is sexy…”
  • ON HOW HIS CURIOSITY DREW HIM TO ACTING: “I wasn’t itching to be a star or anything like that. I wasn’t thinking about movies or television. I just started following my curiosity…I got here by staying curious, by staying humble, and also knowing that there’s so much more that I want to do…I think I’ve done a lot on other people’s terms. I’ve been able to step into projects that were already written before my name was attached, and I’m so thankful that I was able to step in and support those projects. But now I’m at a place where I’m looking to come into rooms with my own ideas, and develop those ideas and tell my own stories. I think that’s the next chapter…”
  • ON WHETHER A ROM-COM IS IN HIS FUTURE: “We need more romance…We have adventure. We have action. We’ve got a lot of stories about trauma, because trauma is very present in our world right now. But we also need love. We need more straight-up, old-school romance. I don’t mind putting my hand up and stepping into that place to say, ‘I’ll be your man, girl.’ I don’t mind that at all…”
  • ACTRESS/DIRECTOR REGINA KING ON YAHYA’S DEDICATION TO THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE: “That man talks about his sisters and his mother with so much love and so much appreciation…I think that was one of the reasons why we connected so well. It doesn’t always work that way with actors, that you feel safe enough to be so forthcoming with your personal life, but we did that literally day one. His love for the women in his life, he leads with that…”

ESSENCE’s “Summer Screen Kings” package also features hot actors Don Cheadle (Space Jam: A New Legacy), Omar Sy (Lupin), Aaron Pierre (OLD) and Mekai Curtis (Raising Kanan). For more on this issue, which hits newsstands on June 29, visit ESSENCE For more information on the virtual ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola, visit ESSENCE’s Festival website

All Photos: Brad Ogbonna