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2021 Valentine’s Day Drink List

Valentine’s Day is always a day full of romance, love and of course, alcohol. 360 Magazine has curated a list of the most divine drinks for this season of intimacy. Making these drinks for a loved one is a sure way to show your adoration.

D’USSE Between the Sheets

Glassware: Coupe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts D’USSE VSOP Cognac
  • 1 part Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 1 part Orange Curacao
  • ½ part fresh lemon juice

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass

Between the Sheets for 360 Magazine

Sandra Guibord’s Wine Picks 

Sandra Guibord, Founder of Sandra’s Wine Life, has affordable and approachable wine recommendations for you to consider this Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day.

Sandra’s Top Bottle Recommendations for this Day of Love:

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

Elysian Brewing’s Fuzzduster

Made by combining two of the company’s most popular beers – Space Dust IPA and Superfuzz Pale Ale – Fuzzduster is the love child of the two, boasting bright and bitter notes that complement one another nicely and bring out each other’s best qualities. 

Fuzzduster can be whipped up in a matter of seconds and is the perfect concoction to create with your significant other (or by yourself, more power to you!) before sitting down for Valentine’s Day festivities at home. All you have to do is combine half a glass of Space Dust and half a glass of Superfuzz with one another, sip and enjoy!

Elysian is also hosting a sweepstake throughout the month of February, where one lucky winner will win a $2,000 Airbnb gift card – to enter, just text “FUZZDUSTER” to 78896 between 2/1 and 2/28. 

Elysian Fuzzduster

 

Cavit Collection Wines

Cavit Sweet Red: A new, lusciously sweet red wine cultivated in vineyards in Vallagrina and Veneto with pronounced cherry and raspberry notes. This delectable beverage pairs well with red meat dishes and are excellent with spicy foods, along with grilled meats and vegetables. The wine has an ABV of 10.5% and is available in 750ml and 1.5l.

Cavit Rosé: It’s never too early for Rose season…especially during a global pandemic. Cavit’s Rosé features beautiful aromas of fresh strawberry and cherries and comes from a blend of native Trentino red grapes. The wine is best served with fish dishes and white meat.

Cavit Moscato: This sweet wine features delicious notes of apricot, white peach and sage, a true Italian gem. Cavit’s Moscato is best served with flavorful appetizers, cheeses, spicy dishes, and fruit and chocolate. The wine has an ABV of 7.5% and is available in 750ml and 1.5l.

Winter Moscato Cocktail (Source: Cavit Collection Wines and Honest Cooking)

  • INGREDIENTS
    • 2 parts Moscato wine
    • 1 part cranberry juice
    • 1 part ginger beer/ale
    • sugared cranberries
  • DIRECTIONS
    • Shake wine and juice together with ice, strain into glass (no glass preference from client) and top with ginger beer/ale.
    • Garnish with a toothpick of sugared cranberries.

CavitMoscatoRecipe.jpg

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Sandra’s Wine Life × Thomas Preti Events to Savor

Sandra Guibord, CEO and Founder of  Sandra’s Wine Life,  today announced the formal launch of her already successful partnership with Thomas Preti Events to Savor.

The wine educator and top New York caterer have pivoted their businesses, traditionally in-person wine education courses and large-scale in-person events respectively, to provide services virtually, shipping their wine and culinary creations to virtual event participants located throughout the United States for meetings, holiday parties, as well as Sandra Wine Life’s Wine Seminars.

Both companies have experienced tremendous success with this new model, working independently and together. Since the onset of the pandemic when physical events were put on hold, Sandra’s Wine Life has held four virtual events per week at minimum and experienced a growth rate of 100%.

 “Our new normal has empowered me to shift my business, previously in-person wine education seminars for top financial institutions, legal firms and non-profits, into a virtual format,” said Sandra Guibord.

“Through this experience, Sandra’s Wine Life has gained new clients and enthusiasts. I have not lost one client during the pandemic – in fact, I have grown my business 100%,” Guibord continued. “This additional partnership with New York’s top caterer, Thomas Preti, is a testament to the opportunities that can be created through collaboration during this unique moment in history.”

“Sandra and I have worked together, supporting the same clientele, yet separately, for nearly 10 years with tremendous success. I’m thrilled to now add our company’s catering expertise – traditionally shared in New York City’s most prestigious event venues – virtually through our new ‘Preti, Set, Go!’ offering,” added Thomas Preti, Founder of Thomas Preti Events to Savor.

“Although events are now primarily virtual, we continue to be able to provide cuisine that is just as beautifully presented and flavorful as for live, in-person events,” continued Preti. “The additional success that we’ve experienced teaming up with Sandra’s Wine Life has been incredible, with dozens of new events added, as well as the ability to now provide a full-service food and wine offering for virtual events.”

Sandra’s Wine Life Virtual Wine Seminars offer an array of custom and pre-packaged wine courses for beginners to wine connoisseurs. Thomas Preti Events’ ‘Preti, Set, Go!’ culinary offering is available to pair with Sandra Guibord’s wine selections for any of the virtual wine seminars. 

Seminar topics include a primer about wine and pairing called ‘All About Wine Tasting & Discussion,’ frequently hosted alongside a top wine industry expert. More topics include, ‘Wine & Cinema Tasting,’ including the preview of the film, ‘Wine Calling’ which captures the story of France’s natural winemaking movement, as well as ‘Wine & Opera’ which presents relevant wines and conversation alongside a ‘live’ virtual performance by International opera singers, Charles Castronovo and Ekaterina Siurina, from Berlin, Germany. 

With two decades of wine expertise and knowledge, Sandra Guibord offers wine tips and thought leadership for selecting and drinking wine that fits into everyone’s lifestyle. Sandra’s Wine Life celebrates selecting and enjoying wines for entertaining, gift giving, romance, parties and life’s many other occasions that call for a fabulous glass of wine.

About Sandra Guibord, Sandra’s Wine Life 

Sandra Guibord, CEO and Founder of Sandra’s Wine Life has over two decades of experience the media and entertainment business. A former Wilhelmina model and actress, including soap operas, network television series, films and corporate spokesperson roles, Sandra is now a preeminent guide within the wine and spirits community. She assists top corporations, legal firms, and nonprofits with entertaining their top clientele and senior executives.

Utilizing her hands-on learnings gained through vineyard internships and travel to wine regions worldwide, Sandra Guibord has made the often vexing world of wine enjoyable through her fun, festive and informative approach that has been well received by wine enthusiasts from novices to connoisseurs. She offers from practical wine advice for casual events (virtual and in-person), business dinners, romantic dates, and building custom wine collections. Sandra will be unveiling her first book, titled ‘Wine Identity’ in early 2021.

Learn more about Sandra’s Wine Life and Sandra Guibord’s event offerings at www.sandraswinelife.com.

About Thomas Preti Events To Savor

Since 1987, Thomas Preti Events to Savor has seamlessly orchestrated thousands of events at New York’s most prestigious venues. Our team has earned a reputation for delivering an unmatched culinary experience and first-class service by tailoring the needs of each event to enhance its unique image and style.

You’re not just choosing a menu. You’re choosing an experience. People who know caterers choose Thomas Preti for the events that matter. When we promise grilled grouper, that’s precisely what we serve. Grilled perfectly. Served impeccably. We’ve been delighting our clients and their guests for over 30 years. We’ve seen fads come and go. We don’t follow fads. We focus on what really matters. Real food, prepared in surprising and delicious ways. Preti is famous for delivering what we promise, flawlessly.

In 2020, we launched Preti, Set, Go!, a modern evolution of the classic Thomas Preti experience, individually packaged & delivered to you!

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

Wine Enthusiast October Issue

Wine Enthusiast‘s October Issue will highlight “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers.” From winemakers and vignerons to executives, distillers, brewers, and beyond, the next class of bold and bright beverage professionals deserves recognition for moving the industry forward. Find out who made this year’s cut.

The Santa Barbara Explainer

Spread across six appellations, flanked by mountains and affected by ocean influence, this California region is laden with microclimates that yield a rich diversity of grapes. Wine Enthusiast will help you navigate its dynamic landscape and exciting wines.

Taste of Spain

Whether you like big, bold reds or lean, crisp sparkling wines, this country has something for you. Wine Enthusiast will break it down by style so you can find your favorite bottle.

The Rise of Germany’s Dry Wines

Legally required to be dry and increasingly produced in a bold style, Grosses Gewächs are some of Germany’s best dry wines. Learn what the designation represents and read up on some of its best bottlings.

Core Competency

Discover quality-driven ciders made in traditional English, Spanish, French and American styles, alongside recipes that help the pours shine.

Buying Guide

Wine: Argentina, Australia, California, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Idaho, Italy, Oregon, Washington

Spirits: Vermouth

Beer: IPA

Upcoming Issues

November: Top 100 Best Buys, Oregon, Beaujolais, Sicily, England, Liqueurs

December: Top 100 Cellar Selections, Napa, Bordeaux, Barolo, Washington, Spirits

Best of Year: The Enthusiast 100, Top 100 Spirits, Top 25 Beers, Wine Star Awards, Port, Roussillon, California’s Central Coast, Uruguay, Cocktails

Reach Over 940k+ Wine Enthusiasts!

To Advertise, Contact:

Allison Langhoff, West Coast Director: 917.597.6346 | alanghoff@wineenthusiast.net

Karen Moore, West Coast Account Manager: 510.225.8537 | kmoore@wineenthusiast.net

Jen Hord | Account Manager – Central California: 831.747.4635 | jhord@wineenthusiast.net 

Margaret Kalaher, East Coast Account Manager: 845.654.1420 | mkalaher@wineenthusiast.net

Sherrill Flaum, East Coast Account Manager: 516.428.0292 | sflaum@wineenthusiast.net

Denise Valenza, Florida and Buying Guide Manager: 813.571.1122 | dvalenza@wineenthusiast.net 

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Wine Enthusiast September 2020

The Italy/Cabernet Sauvignon Issue

Ad Space Close: 6/10/2020

Materials Due: 6/17/2020

On Sale: 8/4/2020

ITALY HIGHLIGHTS

Sustainable Italy

The country has long been a leader in organic, biodynamic and otherwise eco‑conscious wine production. We take a nationwide look at the names to know now and what they’re doing to practice good stewardship while crafting delicious pours.

Get Ready for Cicchetti

Venice’s signature small bar bites are perfect for creating a casual party atmosphere or simply grazing at home in style. We tell you what to buy, what to make and, of course, what to drink, to bring the Floating City home.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON HIGHLIGHTS 

Cabernet Sauvignon Around the World

Everyone loves a good Cab, but with so many options out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. This global view of the world’s favorite red‑wine grape is here to help, with an exploration of the top regions to check out, what to expect in typical representations and which bottles to stock up on.

Chile’s Cabernet Country

Chilean winemakers have long had an affinity for Cabernet Sauvignon, but how did the grape become so popular in this New World wine region, and why? Learn about the country’s Cab‑centric history, top appellations, iconic producers and what the future

ADDITIONAL ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

New Zealand’s White Wines

Take a deep dive into the country’s diverse range of white wine offerings. From classic Sauvy and nervy Riesling to bold Pinot Gris and serious Chardonnay, there’s a white wine for every palate preference, with recommendations on the top bottlings to check out now.

Vodka Beyond the Base‑ics

These vodka producers look beyond the typical grains or potatoes in crafting their spirits. Here are some refined and tasty bottles with unusual bases, as well as cocktail recipes to complement their characters.

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Wine Enthusiast × COVID-19 Relief

Wine Enthusiast Companies Pledges Donation To The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

On May 5th and 6th, Wine Enthusiast will donate 10% of retail sales to assist restaurant workers financially impacted by the Covid-19 crisis

Wine Enthusiast – the authority on all things wine – has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to assist restaurant employees facing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. On May 5th and 6th, Wine Enthusiast has pledged that 10 percent of all sales made on WineEnthusiast.com or through Wine Enthusiast’s call center will go directly to the Fund.

“Wine and food are inextricably linked, and we are committed to supporting the restaurant workers who are amongst some of the hardest hit,” says Sybil Strum, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer of Wine Enthusiast Companies. “This fund gets money into their hands quickly and efficiently and helps build for the industry’s future.”

The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) was created with renowned chef, restaurateur, author and Emmy Award-Winning Television Host, Guy Fieri, to aid restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Through RERF, grants will be made to restaurant workers who have seen a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

“With the support of Wine Enthusiast, we can help thousands of restaurant workers by offering financial aid during this incredibly difficult time,” said Rob Gifford, President of the NRAEF. “Wine Enthusiast’s commitment to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund demonstrates their compassion for restaurant workers everywhere and the industry.”

Further, in its commitment to keeping its audience and readers updated throughout this ever-evolving pandemic, Wine Enthusiast Media has created a dedicated landing page showcasing daily COVID-19 coverage, linked here.

Information on the National Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

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About Wine Enthusiast:

Founded in 1979 by Adam and Sybil Strum and comprised of Wine Enthusiast Catalog and Wine Enthusiast Media, Wine Enthusiast Companies is the ultimate source of innovation and information around wine. With custom products reaching millions of consumers globally via direct mail, a thriving e-commerce site and a business-to-business division, Wine Enthusiast Catalog provides everything wine lovers need to enjoy wine to the fullest in their homes. Wine Enthusiast magazine is an award-winning print publication and online resource that showcases wine and food trends, ecotravel, and over 25,000 ratings and reviews annually. Together, Wine Enthusiast Companies is the indisputable hub for everything wine.

About the NRAEF:

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF): As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community-based organizations to provide opportunity youth and justice-involved individuals with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry.
For more information on the NRAEF

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WINE ENTHUSIAST

Today, Wine Enthusiast – the leading authority on all things wine – released its highly anticipated travel guide. Unlike years past, the completely rethought feature showcases seven wine experiences, rather than destinations, to give readers an immersive perspective on wine and wine travel from those that know vino best. The digital feature is available online here and the print issue will be on newsstands in February.

Curated by Wine Enthusiast’s intrepid global editors, the list takes readers on a journey from the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina to the soils of Piedmont, Italy to the rolling surf breaks of Margaret River, Australia, and beyond. A quick list of experiences include:

  • Touring the Storied Cellars of Champagne, France
    • Located beneath the picturesque landscapes of Champagne lies a cavernous network of tunnels and caves known as Champagne’s crayères. Originally constructed by Romans to quarry chalk, the system has had many uses over the years, including wine storage for Benedictine monks and housing for hidden cities of French citizens when Germany occupied the area during World War I. 
  • Safari and Wine Experiences in South Africa
    • As South African wine entered a new era, so, too, did the safari experience—especially once legacy and avant-garde wine producers who raised quality began to capture the attention of beverage directors at game lodges. If an ideal vacation includes a Kruger game drive followed by sunset sips of the country’s best Chenin Blanc, guests can now turn that dream into a reality. 
  • Wine and Surf in Australia’s Margaret River Region
    • This Western Australia wine region, located about three hours south of Perth, offers a number of welcoming wineries set amid beautiful beaches. Featuring a plethora of surf schools, tasting tours and an annual professional surfing competition, Margaret River offers the perfect locale to sip and surf the day away.
  • Be Winemaker for a Day in Napa Valley, California
    • Step into the shoes of a winemaker during a trip to Napa Valley, California – known as one of the world’s top wine destinations. Whether considering a career change or looking to hone a new skill, guests will have the opportunity to learn from successful wine makers at some of the most breathtaking vineyards.

“This year, we focus on specific wine-centric experiences that aren’t just about location, but about the deeper insight and excitement that wine lovers in the know can find in those regions,” says Susan Kostrzewa, Editor-in-Chief of Wine Enthusiast. “Our editors travel extensively and have access to incredible insider adventures; this list makes those available to anyone eager for discovery in and beyond the glass.”

Wine enthusiast, 360 MAGAZINE

Top 100 Wines for 2019


Wine Enthusiast’s expert tasting panel has officially released its definitive list of Top 100 Wines for 2019, after sampling over 22,000 wines from around the globe, exploring a multitude of regions, styles and price points. The Enthusiast 100 is a best-of-the-best list that illustrates the fantastic variety of wines available to the consumer today.

The top recipient at #1 is the Nino Franco NV Rustico Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore) (94 points, SRP $18) from Valdobbiadene, Italy. Coming in at a close second is Sonoma County wine, Williams Selyem 2017 Pinot Noir (98 points, SRP $39). 

Beyond these wine’s high numerical ratings, this list showcases excellent quality-to-price ratios, drinkability, and availability, with an average score of just over 93 points and an average price of $33, showcasing that great wine comes from all over the world and there is a wine to satiate every palate.

The Enthusiast 100 of 2019 Fast Facts:

  • This year’s top spot goes to Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore from Italy – an incredible value wine at only $18!
  • There are a total of 16 countries represented on The Enthusiast 100.
  • The average score checks in at 93 points.
  • A median price of $33 makes it a wonderfully accessible list for wine enthusiasts of all levels
  • American wine is largely represented with 30 wines in the list
  • Most expensive wine showcased on the list is $114 – a Domaine de la Janasse 2016 Vieilles Vignes Red (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

The list also carries many ‘discovery-driven’ selections for consumers who enjoy exploring off the beaten path. These items include wines from not-well-known wine regions like the countries of Georgia, Israel or Uruguay, wines from re-emerging regions in Italy like Puglia, Abruzzo and Emilia-Romagna, or from growing regions in the US, such as Virginia and New York.

However, there are many other grapes represented that are either classic to the region where they are grown or interesting abnormalities that might speak to a growing trend in the region. (i.e. #7 – Napa producers are experimenting with white grapes beyond Chardonnay).

Please find the full list here

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CARR WINERY SANTA BARBARA 

“Work hard, play hard and source really good fruit… it all starts from the fruit!” – Jessica Carr

By Vaughn Lowery

Since 1999, Owner/Winemaker/Sommelier Ryan Carr and wife Jessica Carr have been developing an impeccable assortment of Pinot wines – crisp, juicy and delicious. Established in downtown Santa Barbara, their main tasting room is inside of a quonset hut. If the corrugated structure doesn’t enthrall you to enter, Jessica’s warm smile and innate ability to promote her product will have you become a member of their 800+ wine club. The decor is modern yet industrial with a saloon-ish style bar with wine on tap. Adjacent is an outdoor comfy patio where you and a group of friends can soak up a session while basking in the sunshine.

Throughout the space are stacked barrels, workers fermenting grapes with monthly rotating provocative art pieces scattered throughout the walls on consignment. Everyone knows grapes love art and when the fruit is happy so is the wine.

Ryan wasn’t available for our private tasting but his presence was prevalent. During harvest, he’s out in the fields picking and sorting fruits. He and Jessica met at the University of Arizona about 20 years ago – he majored in graphic design and she in communications. It was inevitable that Ryan designed the ultra chique labels and she wrote many of their outward facing materials.

Nothing can stand in the way of their success with such an immense passion for winemaking and a strong business acumen. And, the positive reviews alongside of 90+ scores keep rolling in. Named one of Six California Wineries You Should Know About.

“Carr produces polished, authoritative Pinot Noirs from various Sta. Rita Hills vineyards.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast

They started with only 15 people almost two decades ago; now with 2 locations and a wine management company (early September they handled the grand opening for sister brand CrossHatch Wines) – they’re invincible. Presently, they have no children, but obviously the grapes are their babies. Angel is their Rottweiler/Shepherd 2yro dog and was rescued from an overcrowded litter. Evidently, the Carrs have huge hearts and it’s known throughout the city. Everyone we encountered both inside and outside the winery respects their philanthropic endeavors. In fact, they’re always giving back to local charities.

Moreover, this eclectic outfit is host to a plethora of music events where indie rock to reggae bands showcase their talent on Friday nights from 6-8pm.

Be on the lookout this Halloween for their costume competiton where they will have a live DJ, small bites as well as spooky decorations. And if that doesn’t float your boat, you may want to check out their WOGA (wine + yoga) which is rumored to be held on their outdoor patio. Other honorable mentions include their indie pop-up market which will showcase local artisanal made goods and their 46 wine lockers – customers can store 4, 8, 16 and up to 72 cases per rental.

It’s so refreshing to come across such a winery ambiance only 82 miles from central Los Angeles. We drove up in the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Limited Edition to add to this whimsical wine experience.

ART INSTALLATION & LIVE MUSIC! This Friday July 9th from 6-9pm at Carr Winery

Free Admission, 21+

414 N Salsipuedes Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Join Carr Winery this Friday, July 9th 6-9 pm for the last opportunity to view artist Gus Harper’s art installation in the winery. What better way to start your weekend than to gather once more with art, wine, and live music? Carr Winery’s Santa Barbara tasting room will be transformed once again into your favorite weekend watering hole, complete with the live music and the gathering of community we’ve all been craving.

To learn more about the event, please visit HERE.

THE SALTY STRINGS TRIO

We’re kicking off the return of live music with three members from local bluegrass group, The Salty Strings. This group transcends the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music, adding percussive elements and blending notes of Latin and jazz.

They’re known to put on an engaging live performance filled with fast-picking originals and old-timey favorites, and we’re so looking forward to having them in the winery. Salty Strings will be pluckin’ alongside the art 6-8:30 PM.

Learn more about the band here

GUS HARPER

Based in Los Angeles, Harper has been creating and selling art around the world for the past 18 years. His work is moving, capturing your eyes and mind with geometric patterns, captivating iridescence, and immense detail. “Like the best of Pop, their effect is to awaken us to the strangeness of the ordinary, to present the most routine encumbrances of our daily lives as almost miraculous apparitions.”

Learn more about the artist HERE.

*Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara. All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards and are made in a traditional winemaking style to capture the essence of the grape varietal and region. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Carr Winery has two locations for guests to enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass and wine on tap: The Barrel Room in downtown Santa Barbara and The Warehouse in Santa Ynez.

http://carrwinery.com