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Kosta Browne Launches Chef Series Lineup of Winery Dinners

California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Kosta Browne announced the Chef Series lineup of winery dinners. The first event—already sold-out—will take place on November 9, 2018, and feature a custom menu from Chef Kyle Connaughton of two-Michelin-starred SingleThread.

5 Marcus Restaurant Group Locations Earn Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence

Marcus Restaurant Group announced that five of its premier properties have earned 2018 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence to recognize their superior wine programs. The award-winning restaurants, include:Geneva ChopHouse located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Bloomington ChopHouse located in Bloomington, Minnesota, which received the award for their first time;Mason Street Grill, located in Milwaukee, which is celebrating its sixth award;Milwaukee ChopHouse, also located in Milwaukee, which is receiving the award for its eighth year; and,Grey Rock Restaurant, located at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which has earned the award for 16 years.

Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates Acquires Stony Hill Vineyard

Two of the Napa Valley’s most well-known multigenerational winemaking families have joined grape-growing and winemaking operations. Peter, Willinda and Sarah McCrea of Stony Hill Vineyard, along with Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall of Long Meadow Ranch, announced that Stony Hill Vineyard, located in the Spring Mountain District, will become part of the Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates (LMR).

Trending Wine Varietals and Why They Matter

In today’s trend-driven landscape, even occasional wine drinkers grow weary of the predictable varietals like Pinot Grigio and Merlot that have been widely available on restaurant menus for years. This overabundance of tradition has led to lingering fads (think rosés), but demand for seasonal alternatives is growing.

‘Cool’ Down Your Beverage Menu with Ice Wine

Made from late-harvest grapes that have frozen on the vine, ice wine is a sweeter, slightly thicker drink generally enjoyed with—or as—dessert. Known as eiswine in German, this sugary concoction requires patience and remains notoriously difficult for winemakers to perfect, which bumps up the cost.

Wine Spectator Picks its Best Wine Programs for 2018

Wine Spectator released its annual Restaurant Award Winners, honoring 3,759 restaurants in all 50 states and more than 75 countries for their industry-leading wine programs. As always, the awards were broken down across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Honored by Wine Spectator

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire has just been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

8 Simple Steps to Building Your Best Sangria

There’s no better time than the summer to introduce cool, shareable pitchers of sangria to guests. Sangrias offer the perfect vehicle for getting creative with local produce and bar specials. Master the basics, and move on to incorporating seasonal fruits and inventive wines for a unique, captivating thirst-quencher.

Taking a Beverage-Focused Approach to Menu Design

Crisp & Refreshing Whites, Full-Bodied Whites, New World: Medium-to-Full–Bodied Reds, Rosé, Sparkling Wines, and Soft & Aromatic Reds are just a few of the categories on Los Angeles’ Upstairs 2’s menu.

Experts Pick Their Favorite Summertime Wines

Fizzy Pét-Nats"I just recently tasted a fantastic sparkling Rosato from Channing Daughters winery from Long Island. Channing Daughters 2017 Pétillant Naturel made from 57 percent Syrah and 37 percent Cabernet Franc.

BJ’s Restaurants Invites Guests to Wine and Dine—at Home

As part of its ongoing “quest to be the best casual-dining concept ever,” BJ’s Restaurants has expanded its alcohol-delivery service to include a curated list of five wines. At $10 per bottle, the wines are available on-demand for delivery and takeout at select restaurants in California.

Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction Raises Over $800,000

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association celebrated the conclusion of the third annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction on Saturday, April 7 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon, where 81 lots of Willamette Valley wine sold to the national and international trade for a record setting $737,000, exceeding the 2017 auction totals by 56 percent.