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Sommelier Selection: The Agency’s Ben Belack Sits Down With Former Wine Director Of Spago, Beverly Hills

Nov. 30, 2016
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It’s 6:25 p.m. on a Wednesday, and it already feels like Friday evening happy hour. I’m drinking a glass of Chablis at the new Wally’s location in downtown Beverly Hills, just a quick jaunt from The Agency’s headquarters, as I await my guest and interviewee, Chris Miller, former Director of Hospitality and Education at Harlan… Read more

The Ultimate Napa Valley Experience

Jun. 7, 2016
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Napa Valley offers much more than wineries–it’s a world-renowned culinary and luxury resort destination. Below is a selection of phenomenal excursions, epicurean experiences and places to visit for a rejuvenating and unforgettable Napa getaway. (Don’t worry, wine is still the central theme—so keep calm and wine on.) Vineyard Excursions Quattro Vino, Napa From Napa to… Read more

Don’t Miss L.A.’s 5th Annual Food & Wine Festival

Aug. 25, 2015
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No need to scurry for a dinner reservation this weekend. That’s because starting Thursday, August 27, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival returns for its fifth year, featuring over 100 celebrated chefs, 300 wineries and 70 unique events that are sure to satisfy any palate. Complete with VIP cooking demo’s, featured guests, wine tastings… Read more

The Marathon For Wine Lovers

Jun. 18, 2015
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The Marathon du Medoc gives running, racing, and rehydrating a whole new meaning. Set in the Bordeaux region of France, the world’s longest and most interesting marathon takes participants on a path lined with wine tasting, foie gras, oysters, steak and ice cream, all of which are local specialties. Health focused or not, the experience… Read more

Wineries Find A Popular Pairing: Fitness Classes And Wine Tasting

Jun. 5, 2015
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Exercise and alcoholic beverages are not typically thought of as going hand-in-hand, but in a recent article found in the Wall Street Journal, the publication reported on a new trend with U.S. wineries offering fitness classes including activities like yoga, Pilates, and boot camp training paired with a traditional type of wine tasting. After discovering… Read more

The Sommelier Selection With The Agency’s Ben Belack: New Vs. Old World Wine Styles

Nov. 25, 2014
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What does that mean anyway?   Wait, isn’t there only one world?  Earth, right?  Sorry to disappoint you sci-fi fans, but we’re talking about wine here, people.  Let’s get started with the entry that inspired me to start this wine blog in the first place. Although the distinction between the Old and New Worlds is… Read more

The Sommelier Selection With The Agency’s Ben Belack

Oct. 10, 2014
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Remember the last time you were out to dinner, feeling a sudden rush of anxiety as you were presented the wine list? Need to gift a bottle of wine to your future father-in-law who is grooming you to take over the family empire and has an affinity for Brunello Di Montalcino? Frequently resorting to “This tastes oaky” as your go-to description of ALL wines? Have you ever said, “I can’t tell the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $100 bottle of wine,” as if that’s a good thing? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, A. You need some help. And, B. You’re in luck.

The Agency Top 10: California Vineyards

Mar. 28, 2014
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With more than 100 suggestions pouring in from our wine-loving team, this week was a tough one, but we managed to pare the list down to our 10 most popular vineyards. Bottoms up! 1. Blackbird, Napa Valley “Catering to the most discriminating palates, wine maker Aaron Pott has created wines that are innovative and masterfully blended…. Read more

Why Rosés Are The Perfect Summertime Party Wine

May. 14, 2013
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I have this bizarre olfactory response when I smell the orange blossoms in early spring. It triggers the taste of my favorite raw honey, the feel of seersucker blazers, and espadrilles. As I wipe the pollen off my patio chairs and get ready to spend the late afternoons with friends, my mouth waters and does a micro pucker as I think about this year’s Rosé releases from France.

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