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Destinations: On the Trail of New Zealand’s Best Wine

When it comes to wine from New Zealand, most people think of only one varietal, and its corresponding wine region. That’s Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough district at the north end of the South Island, of course, which is justifiably renowned, it is true. But there’s much more to that island nation’s vast world of wine than that uniquely crisp and grassy quaff, a fact that is proven every November at the annual Air New Zealand Wine Awards. In 2008, the awards attracted over 1700 entries from New Zealand’s ten winegrowing regions, with the big winners coming not from the Marlborough, but from the Hawke’s Bay. [...]

Parties: Culinary College: Fine Wines and Gourmet Food in Santa Monica

An interesting series of wine tasting and recipe demonstrations has been happening this summer in Santa Monica, sponsored by “Los Angeles” magazine and known as “Culinary College.” This one-night-each “college” course provides participants with the opportunity to learn expert techniques and taste fabulous, fresh dishes. The first event took place on June 17 and it featured Patrick Healy, executive chef/co-owner of the Buffalo Club; the last is on August 19, with Jason Travi, executive chef at Fraiche and Riva featured as the visiting chef. [...]

Parties: Rhinos and Bears and Snow Leopards, Oh My! At the Annual Beastly Ball

The Indian rhinoceros, the black bear, and the stunningly beautiful snow leopard all strutted their stuff at the Los Angeles Zoo’s 39th Annual Beastly Ball, the bash that the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) puts on every year. Plenty of animal fans put on their best safari outfits and turned out for the party on Saturday, June 20, including the fabulous Betty White, whose lifelong dedication to animals has not waned, despite her advancing years. [...]

Parties: Gossip and Gorgeous Girls at the Young Hollywood Awards

“Twilight” and “New Moon” fans, prepare for disappointment. No, we cannot confirm that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are definitely dating, for they didn’t make the scene in Santa Monica on Sunday night at the Hollywood Life Media 11th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. [...]

Parties: The Stars Shine at the MTV Movie Awards [Photo Gallery]

The MTV Movie Awards brought out Hollywood's most beautiful (and seriously weird) stars on Sunday, May 31. Everyone vied for the coveted Popcorn Award, and had a great time, except Eminem and his entourage, who swept out of the Universal Studios Ampitheater when Bruno (AKA Sacha Baron Cohen) fell from the rafters and stuck his bare butt in the rapper's face. By the way, we hear that was all an act, staged by those two strange bedfellows. [...]

Hot Spots: Halo Hollywood

Walking into Halo, one gets the distinct impression that this nightclub is a sign of the times: it's not overly showy, it doesn't have snooty door people, and the drinks aren't over-priced. [...]
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