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End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

End of an Era: Remembering the Legendary Lord Fletcher's—a Favorite of Frank Sinatra, and a Classic Prime Rib Destination

Sep 17, 2020 15:15  |  Andrew Smith

For more than a half-century, Lord Fletcher’s has stood as a landmark on Highway 111—so it was with great sadness that we learned in August that the restaurant would not reopen.

It was especially sad f...

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Vine Social: Fall Is Arriving in the Desert—So That Means It's the Perfect Time to Enjoy Delightful, Robust Reds

Vine Social: Fall Is Arriving in the Desert—So That Means It's the Perfect Time to Enjoy Delightful, Robust Reds

Sep 15, 2020 18:00  |  Katie Finn

It’s fall in the desert. Businesses are gearing up for season. Restaurants are training their staff and hiring new faces. Golf courses are being reseeded to unveil new, lush green fairways. Retail sho...

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Caesar Cervisia: Mead Is Technically Wine—but There's Much for Beer-Lovers to Appreciate About the Ancient Beverage

Caesar Cervisia: Mead Is Technically Wine—but There's Much for Beer-Lovers to Appreciate About the Ancient Beverage

Sep 11, 2020 14:30  |  Brett Newton

Let me tell you about a drink—a wine, technically—that is older than our species. It’s not made from grapes, and the bulk of the work to make it isn’t even done by humans, but by honey bees.

Yes, I am ...

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On Cocktails: We Could All Use a Refresher Course—So Here's an Abbreviated Version of Bartending 101

On Cocktails: We Could All Use a Refresher Course—So Here's an Abbreviated Version of Bartending 101

Aug 20, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

It’s back to work for yours truly. Not that I haven’t stayed busy—more on that in another piece—but I haven’t been bartending, per se. Am I excited to go back to work? Let’s just say this guy is going...

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The Pandemic Pivot: Chef Andie Hubka Rethinks Her Four Food Concepts in Indio and La Quinta—and Even Starts a New 'Shadow' Restaurant

The Pandemic Pivot: Chef Andie Hubka Rethinks Her Four Food Concepts in Indio and La Quinta—and Even Starts a New 'Shadow' Restaurant

Aug 19, 2020 08:00  |  Andrew Smith

COVID-19 has created a great deal of pessimism in the restaurant industry, for good reason—but Andie Hubka has a positive attitude, and is finding a purpose for every proverbial lemon that life gives....

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Vine Social: Due to the Pandemic and Government Prohibitions, the South African Wine Industry Could Use Your Support

Vine Social: Due to the Pandemic and Government Prohibitions, the South African Wine Industry Could Use Your Support

Aug 18, 2020 15:30  |  Katie Finn

When the going gets tough, the tough get going—straight to the liquor store. And the not-so-tough are right behind them.

If there has been one consistent thing during this pandemic, it’s alcohol consum...

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Caesar Cervisia: Kölsch-Style Beers—Both Domestic and From Germany—Are Perfect Pairings for Barbecued Meats

Caesar Cervisia: Kölsch-Style Beers—Both Domestic and From Germany—Are Perfect Pairings for Barbecued Meats

Aug 13, 2020 14:30  |  Brett Newton

Ours is the only language you can drink! —translated German saying about Kölsch

One of the beautiful things about the American craft-beer movement over the last four decades is the reviving and re-imagi...

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Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Vine Social: Australian Winemakers Have Spent the Last 10 Years Retooling—and Are Now Producing Some of the World's Best

Jul 16, 2020 15:00  |  Katie Finn

Hello? Australia, are you there? Can you hear me? I completely forgot about you and your wines!

And so did a whole lot of others.

In Australian wine’s heyday, stores couldn’t keep up with the demand we ...

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