March 17, 2007
Last year, the wine industry in the country contributed over $160 billion to the economy, according to a study by MKF Research LLC in Napa Valley. The enormous popularity of wine could be from its recently celebrated health benefits, local wine aficionados said. But how does one become a wine expert, or just more savvy? It's all about tasting. "I think for beginners, it's really important to go wine tasting, whether it's at Wine Styles or any other place with a wine bar," Costa Mesa's Wine Styles manager Jennifer Keefe said.
January 10, 2007
In the heart of Newport Beach is Fashion Island, offering unique shopping and dining in a beautiful open-air atmosphere. Often referred to as the town center of Newport Beach, Fashion Island is the ultimate outdoor coastal shopping destination with an ocean view and nearly 200 stores. You?ll find Orange County?s only Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale?s, as well as numerous exclusive boutiques such as American Rag Cie, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Original Penguin, Charriol, Martin + Osa, and many others.
September 5, 2006
FOR THE RECORD In the photo caption with Monday's story "High times for liquor store," Diana Hanson-Hirst, Vicki Hanson-Brown and Tracy Hanson were incorrectly labeled sisters. The three women are family members and part of the Hanson family that owns Hi-Times Wine Cellars. . A nice bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, a premium cigar, hard-to-find beer, international cheeses and some of the best corkscrews money can buy — these are just a sampling of items for sale at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.
August 2, 2006
Deep teal-colored glass mosaic tiles cascade down the walls and soft waterfalls trickle over sleek TV screens behind the bar of Newport Beach's newest fine-dining establishment, which had its first official dinner service Tuesday evening. Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits hosted 120 reservations in Newport Center on Tuesday, after more than a year of construction, design and training. Specializing in simple, but elegant, seafood dishes, the restaurant went through a rigorous process choosing suppliers that had to pass a litany of guidelines to make the cut, said Michael Doctulero, a Culinary Partner at the restaurant.
July 25, 2005
Island seafood A new eatery described as an upscale seafood restaurant is poised to replace the Hard Rock Cafe at Fashion Island. A release issued by Outback Steakhouse Inc. spokeswoman Stephanie Amberg said the restaurant would be called Blue Coral Seafood & Wine, a joint venture between Outback and Paul Fleming, who co-developed Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Hard Rock Cafe closed in June. The new restaurant is expected to open early next year.
August 4, 2004
Monica R. Smith, a certified meeting professional and sales executive, was named corporate sales manager for the Newport Beach Conference and Visitor's Bureau. She will be responsible for attracting national corporate meetings to Newport Beach, promoting corporate group business growth and maintaining positive relationships between the bureau and its clients, hospitality partners and members ... Newport Beach resident Rachael Melinda Rose recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.