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Not a Fan of Soccer? The New Wine Game at Shutters on The Beach May Change Your Mind

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA , United States, 90405
June 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | ()

If you're not a fan of soccer, or football, and could care less about who's winning or losing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then shame on you, er, that's totally acceptable. But over at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., we think you'll find it hard to resist their own clever version of the tournament called, The World Cup of Wine.

The hotel's general manager, Gregory Day, and Master Sommelier, Peter Neptune, have created a wine menu that represents each of the 32 participating countries. Yes, some of the wines were harder than others to secure but as you can see in the menu above, Shutters is serving wine from the Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia and South Korea.

Now, the way the game works is like this--once a team is knocked out, so is its corresponding wine. Adios Espana!

The hotel will be showing the games and offering the World Cup of Wine menu in their Coast Cafe and Beach Bar throughout the tournament which ends on July 13. Interested in spending the night? Rates start at $468 a night this weekend. Remember: USA plays on Sunday.

[Menu: Shutters on The Beach]

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Cheers! Affinia Hotels in New York Are Now Offering a Wine Hour

June 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM | by | ()

One of the best trends that have taken off at hotels are the complimentary wine hours. We've seen this start with Kimpton Hotels, get picked up by Andaz Hotels and spread to numerous other hotel brands and individual properties. And now Affinia Hotels are getting in on the action.

The hotel brand's simply named Wine Hour offers a selection of wine and fruit-infused waters to hotel guests at their NYC hotels--Affinia Dumont, Affinia Shelburne, Affinia Manhattan and Affinia 50. The Wine Hour will also have Vinodote on hand, a wine-tasting, storytelling, over-the-top game related to wine.

But what's really great about Affinia's Wine Hour is that it's interchangeable amongst Affinia hotels--meaning if you are staying at Affinia 50 but are finishing up a business meeting near the Affinia Shelburne, you can pop into that hotel and partake in their Wine Hour. We'll drink to that!

Interested in booking an Affinia Hotel for your next stay, go to Affinia.com for more info.

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Boozy B&B’s: Sleeping it Off in France’s Loire Valley at the Suites Beranger

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  Site Where: 68 Boulevard Beranger, Tours, France, 37000
December 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

On our latest Boozy B&B adventure, we trekked out to France’s fabled Loire Valley and visited a place called Suites Beranger in the medieval city of Tours.

Forget taking day-long bus tours of the chateaux with hordes of tourists. Instead, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive (about $60 each way) to hop aboard France’s high-speed TGV trains and make the 75-minute journey from Gare Montparnasse in Paris to the city of Tours, which is famous for its, well, towers.

The Suites Beranger is housed in an 1860 mansion that has been beautifully restored by the married couple who own it and act as hosts. It fronts one of Tours’ main roads--a 10-minute walk from the train station, or two minutes in a taxi.

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While Sheraton Partners Up with Wine Spectator, Four Points Remains the Place for BestBrews

May 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

If you're staying at a Sheraton Hotel this summer, expect to find a new sort of happy hour in their lobbies.

USA Today reports that Sheraton has partnered up with Wine Spectator magazine to create a Social Hour where guests can sample premium wines with high grades from Wine Spectator. Beyond wine-tasting (sorry, no full free glasses will be poured), Sheraton will also unveil a new menu, Sheraton Selects, that pairs food with certain wines.

The Social Hour program is set to go worldwide with Sheraton Hotels in Phoenix, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago kicking it off next week. The rest of Sheratons should follow suit by June 1.

Wine is fine but if you're more into the brewskies then you should try out Sheraton's fun younger sibling, Four Points By Sheraton, the brand that infamously hired a CBO--Chief Beer Officer to oversee their BestBrews program which serves up locally brewed beer at participating Four Points hotels.

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It's Hard Work Being An Omni Executive Chef

October 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

It was hardly punishment for the 45 executive chefs who got to enjoy a ten-day tour last month throughout French vineyards, farms and restaurants. Their parent company, Omni Hotels had been so pleased with the success of 2008's similar "Flavors of France" campaign—which followed a separate voyage to Spain in 2006—that they wanted to give their chefs a refresher on the basics. You know: champagne making, grape harvests in Bordeaux, mustard preparation, and Palais des Thés tea training.

The usual stuff.

But it is the guests of Omni who will be the ones benefitting from the chefs' newfound inspiration. For the seventh installment of 'Flavors of France,' new menus are already being rolled out at the various hotels, featuring French cuisine and fine wines—so you can reap the rewards of their culinary escapade (and not have to worry about trekking through caves or trudging through vineyards). Ready for some Poêlées de Saint-Jacques à la Provencale? We thought so.

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Boozy B&B's: Portugal Edition

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  Site Where: R. do Choupelo, Vila Nova di Gaia, Porto, Portugal, 4400-088
October 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM | by | ()

For the latest update in our Boozy B&B’s we traveled to the sunny climes of Portugal to visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oporto, and the ridiculously picturesque hills of the Douro River Valley where we tasted the famous fortified Port wines as well as Douro DOC wines (we’re talking Touriga here) as well as to sample the local hotel scene.

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Montage Laguna Beach Loves Its Wine

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  Site Where: 30801 Coast Highway [map], Laguna Beach, CA, United States, 92651
October 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Most people come to the ritzy Montage Laguna Beach to take advantage of its incomparable location along the stunning SoCal coast. During a recent visit, though, we actually came to experience the resort’s comprehensive wine program. Not only does it have 7 sommeliers on staff among its three restaurants managing a list of over 45,000 bottles of 2,100 wines, but it also holds a weekly wine-tasting for guests and locals called the Artistry of Wine series.

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It's Wine All the Time at Kimpton and Loews This Holiday Season

November 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

Let's pop the Kimpton Bubbly! Kimpton Hotels are getting into the holiday spirit with their own sparkling wine, Kimpton Cuvée, a custom Blanc de Noirs created by a collection of Kimpton sommeliers in partnership with Gloria Ferrer Caves.

It is a pale pink blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which demonstrates fruit flavors of strawberries and black cherries with lively, lush bubbles and a crisp, delicate finish.

Kimpton Cuvée is currently available by the glass or bottle at the 54 Kimpton restaurants and lounges nationwide. And some Kimpton hotel restaurants are even offering a "Fries & a Flute" special to celebrate the wine's debut. Here are some of the restaurants participating and what they are offering:

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