Jay-Z’s Latest Champagne Blend Is His Most Expensive Yet

Once again, hip-hop artist Jay-Z is raising the bar for luxury in the wine industry. Five years after acquiring champagne brand Armand de Brignac, his third assemblage of Blanc de Noirs (A3) was released Sept. 5 with only 3,535 bottles, each priced at $1,000. Nicknamed Ace of Spades, the cuvée champagne was produced by 13th-generation champagne growers, headed by chef de cave Jean-Jacques Cattier, and made with only pinot noir grapes. Using predominantly a vintage from 2012, which is peaking now, Cattier calls it “an extraordinarily gourmet wine,” with aromas such as chocolate… Read More

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Sarah Jessica Parker Tries on Wine

Sarah Jessica Parker is going all-in on her new wine: She has signed on as a shareholder with Invivo, and in May, personally select the blend for her 2019 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Wine Spectator spoke with her. When it was announced earlier this year that Sarah Jessica Parker was teaming up with New Zealand wine company Invivo to start her own label, the inevitable reaction was heard ’round the Internet: “SJP trades in Cosmos for wine!” But the star’s foray into the industry involves a lot more than on-screen sipping with girlfriends:… Read More

Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger celebrate Moraga Bel Air’s 30th anniversary

Elizabeth Jagger, from left, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and husband Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Keitel and Daphne Kastner at a barbecue lunch to celebrate 30 years of Moraga Bel Air winery in Bel-Air. Murdoch and his wife were hosts of the afternoon gathering. (Frank Micelotta / Moraga Bel Air)     Rupert Murdoch and Mick Jagger are part of one big, extended family. At Sunday’s 30th-anniversary gathering for the media tycoon’s Moraga Bel Air winery in Bel-Air, the Rolling Stones frontman, fresh from performing at the Rose Bowl, enjoyed a barbecue lunch with… Read More

How Winemakers Analyze pH and Its Impact on Wine 

Measuring a wine’s pH provides clues to acidity and character, but it doesn’t tell you everything When presenting wines, winemakers will often mention their pH as an indication of character, to point out whether a particular cuvée is energetic and fresh or more smooth and ripe. But what does the pH number mean, exactly, and how can it be used to better understand wine? Acidity’s importance to wine cannot be understated, as it contributes freshness, acts as a preserving agent, and helps, notably, with microbial stability. Potential of hydrogen (pH) is one… Read More

How Sulfites Affect a Wine’s Chemistry 

Wine professionals discuss sulfur’s impact on everything from oxidation to aromatic compounds and texture. The emergence of natural wine and the strong viewpoints that sometimes come with it—or against it—have generated endless arguments about sulfite additions and their effects on wine. Chemistry may be more useful than ideology for resolving those disputes, and on that front, scientific research is increasingly showing that sulfites have a very wide set of effects on wine’s aromas, mouthfeel, structure, and development in both the cellar and the bottle. Traditionally, sulfur dioxide (also known as SO2 or… Read More

The Four-Day Road Trip to Take Through France’s Alsace This Autumn

Finding beauty, wine, and absolutely no beasts along the Rhine.   Filled with towns that feel pulled straight from Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast, Alsace and its old-world allure draws travelers back again and again. But the history of the the wine-rich region on the west bank of the Rhine River is far from a fairytale: the territory was fought over in bloody battles by the French and Germans for more than 300 years. It’s only been part of France since 1945, and the borderland’s dual heritage explains the whimsical blend… Read More

A wine-lovin’ community…come sip with us!

Beverly Hills is a vibrant world-class wine and food destination.  We offer social and educational wine events to elevate, celebrate and champion the Beverly Hills California wine community.  

Spago in Summer – Beverly Hills August 29th, 2019

We invite you to indulge in an intimate member only dinner at the legendary Spago by Wolfgang Puck.  This exclusive social gathering is limited to the first six wine lovers who RSVP and pre-pay the $100 minimum food and beverage deposit. (Proceeds will apply to your individual check.)  We’ll be providing a welcome glass of sparkling wine! For those of you unfamiliar with Spago and its menu we direct you to their website. https://wolfgangpuck.com/dining/spago-2/ A modest example for this dinner: A 3-course meal with two glasses of wine will cost approximately $150-200… Read More

Avra Beverly Hills – Mediterranean Afternoon and Greek Wine Tasting Saturday August 31st

  Avra Estiatorio is the gorgeous new Mediterranean Restaurant on Beverly Dr in Beverly Hills. Food, wine, service and ambiance is fantastic! They have a terrific Prix-Fixe menu for lunch with delicious wines to pair including Greek wines. We are offering an optional Greek wine tasting at 12:15pm for those interested! **This event is open to the first twelve wine members and their guests who RSVP and pre-pay to reserve their seats. Greek wine tasting is optional and additional. **Saturday 3-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch in Beverly Hills Prix Fixe Menu with 1 glass… Read More

Coming November 9th, 2019: Wine + Food Experience by Martha Stewart

This savory Wine & Food Experience series is an American culinary tour for fans and connoisseurs alike. Indulge in this exploration showcasing the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local and national chefs and mixologists. Our members receive a very gracious discount!  *Membership to the Beverly Hills Wine Club is currently complimentary.  Join here. Visit the Wine + Food Experience official website here.     Here’s a look back at previous Wine + Food Experience…