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Cameron Hughes Wine

Cameron Hughes founded his company with a simple mission: offer great wines at affordable prices to everyone.

There are two challenges customers face when buying wine:

  • High-end wine is expensive. The average price of a Napa Cabernet scoring 90+ points in Wine Spectator magazine is over $150/bottle, and typically passes through distributor and retailer hands before ever reaching the customer.
  • Buying wine is confusing. Most folks stand in the wine aisle, stare at a huge wall of bottles, and eventually settle on a label that’s interesting enough at an acceptable price and hope they aren’t disappointed.

Cameron Hughes Wine aims to make these problems a thing of the past.

As a négociant (wine trader), they don’t own vineyards or a winery – their focus is purely on finding the best wines and negotiating the best price for our customers. Cameron has worked in the wine industry his entire life, and through deep connections built over decades, has access to top wineries and producers all over the world. They look in every cellar and barrel room, and peek behind every door that says “Employees Only.” Sometimes they buy wine still in the barrel, and other times they buy “shiners” (wine already in a bottle with no label). Regardless of how they get it, the mission is simple: buy the best possible wine at the best possible price.

These deals are made discreetly, and typically protected by an agreement to keep the source winery undisclosed to protect their brand. These wines are also only available online, direct to you – this means no distributor and retailer markups. The result? They’re able to offer $100+ Napa Cabernets for a third of the price, or a $60 bottle of Pinot for under $20 (yes, the exact same wine sold under the original winery label).

Each wine acquired is given a Lot number and sold under the Cameron Hughes label, beginning over a decade ago with Lot 1.

Think of them as your personal sommelier – they curate their store to constantly showcase a wide range of some of the world’s best styles and winegrowing regions, and promise that every wine offered is a benchmark expression of the style and winegrowing region reflected on the label, at the best prices on the market.

Anybody can put wine in a bottle, slap a label on it, and sell it online. But Cameron Hughes Wine strictly does high-end wine at the best price, period. The label is a guarantee of quality for every wine offered.

Tuscan Women Cook

A Culinary Immersion Vacation Experience

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Each spring and fall, Coleen Kirnan and Rhonda Vilardo welcome guests from around the world to live, breath and cook as Italians do. Taking advantage of their years of business experience and knowledge, as master event planners, they create an insider’s Tuscan itinerary filled friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, translators, drivers and private cooking classes that only a local resident could access.

Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine in a small group of 18 people or less. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, or “nonnas,” teach their classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici— thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in Montefollonico.

Your week with Tuscan Women Cook includes six night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio, a restored farmhouse in Montefollonico, breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, cooking classes, daily sightseeing, visits to local artisans, cheese and wine tastings. Full day sight- seeing in Siena with a private guide who has a doctorate in Sienese history. Full translation is provided at all classes. Transportation to all activities is in a Mercedes minibus with private driver.

For wine lovers, Tuscan Women Cook is situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for their personal cellars.

To learn more about Tuscan Women Cook and view beautiful photos and videos, visit www.TuscanWomenCook.com.

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT

BAUR AU LAC’S PAVILLON RESTAURANT AWARDED SECOND MICHELIN STAR

“THE PERFECT GIFT FOR OUR 175TH ANNIVERSARY”

The Pavillon restaurant at the Baur au Lac in Zürich has been awarded a second Michelin Star, it was announced earlier this week by the Michelin organization. “This comes as the perfect gift as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of our hotel,” said Andrea Kracht, sixth-generation owner of what is often described as the world’s finest hotel.

“Being awarded a second Michelin star is an incredible honor for our team,” says Pavillon chef, Laurent Eperon, “because maintaining the highest standards and inspiring our guests with new creations each time they visit are my biggest goals and most daunting challenges.” Eperon has over 20 years of experience working at the Baur au Lac and 10 years as the head chef at the Pavillon, bringing a creative and innovative approach to classic French haute-cuisine. Eperon stressed that he shares the upgraded Michelin recognition with restaurant manager, Aurélien Blanc, and Chef Sommelier, Marc Almert as well as their entire Pavillon team, all of whom take this accolade as motivation to continue focusing on total guest satisfaction.

ABOUT THE BAUR AU LAC

Voted the number one hotel in Europe in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, the 119-room Baur au Lac has been owned and operated by the same family since it was built in 1844. A short walk from Zurich’s world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the central Paradeplatz, Lake Zürich and the city’s bustling financial district, the hotel is a long-time favorite among the world’s elite, and is one of Europe’s few grand hotels that is still family-owned. In 2009, the hotel completed an approximately US$45-million renovation of its Michelin-starred Pavillon restaurant, Terrasse restaurant and various rooms and suites.

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. 

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. 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. 

It’s so refreshing to come across such an amazing winery ambiance only 82 miles from central Los Angeles. We drove up in the Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Coupe Special Edition to add to this whimsical wine experience. 

*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

CHARDONNAY BOX

DIGITAL WINE TASTING SERVICE, CURATES + DELIVERS QUALITY WINES TO YOUR FRONT DOOR. 

Chardonnay Box, a buttery/creamy Chardonnay wine club, is curated to be conveniently delivered to your door every month. David Hewlett, CEO of Chardonnay Box, is among the top five percent of wine experts in the world. Hewlett works with midsize and boutique wineries to bring customers great, hard to find wines. Chardonnay Box only works with premium brands that make delicious chardonnays.

*David founded Chardonnay Box to bring the joy of chardonnay to his customers.  He is in the top 5% of wine experts in the world and uses his well developed palate for picking great wines to create each custom box.  He is so grateful to each and every customer for supporting this passion project.

**They ship to: CA, ID, NM, MO & Washington D.C.
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