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California Wine Regions Debut New Properties, Renovations & Group Offerings

Hosting a meeting in one of California's wine regions is a guarantee that your group will be surrounded by vistas of grapevines, rolling hills and sunny skies.

Pine Ridge Vineyards Introduces New Tasting Venue

Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa Valley announced the opening of Cellar 47, its new tasting alcove located in the Stags Leap District Winery. It was named for the 47 acres of estate vineyards they own within the district.

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Finalist of BLLA Awards

On Oct. 25, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association revealed the BLLA awards at the Gala & Awards Dinner Celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa was named the runner-up for Boutique Hotel of the Year.

Edge Steakhouse Receives AAA Four Diamond Rating

Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating—an achievement that only 2 percent of AAA approved restaurants has attained.

“AAA is delighted to recognize Edge Steakhouse as a Four Diamond restaurant,” says Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement. AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests’ needs and consistently deliver memorable dining experiences.”

Meet Susie Scott

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Susie Scott was recently hired to be the restaurant manager of the Carillon in Austin, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as the restaurant manager of The Carillon?

Carneros Resort and Spa Rebranded and Transformed

Previously known as The Carneros Inn, Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., has unveiled their rebranding and renovations.

“We are pleased to announce the rebranding of Carneros Resort and Spa as it is a continuation of our ongoing efforts to revitalize the upscale property,” says Greg Flynn, founder, chairman and CEO, Flynn Properties. “The new name was created to reinforce and complement the property's distinct personality and destination resort appeal in the highly regarded Carneros region.”

Stolen Fruit: A Gift with a Knack for Mixing

It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts. One that you’ll want to keep on your radar is the three-bottle gift pack of grape-based mixers from Stolen Fruit. The Sonoma-based company launched just a few months ago with five different alcohol-free blends, for both cocktails and mocktails, made with a blend of verjus—the fresh-pressed juice from green grapes—varietal grape juice and grape skins. The holiday pack ($54) includes Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc; Blood Orange Muscat; and Hibiscus Grenache.

Cool Tips for Hot-Day Catering

Temperatures in Palm Springs and other desert cities are breaking records this summer, topping out at more than 120 degrees. But Chad Gardner, one of the area’s top event planners and caterers, isn’t breaking a sweat. His companies Chad Gardner Presents, and Dash and a Handful produce corporate events and charity galas for a long list of clients, including Pandora, Calvin Klein, Toyota, Nike, Twitter, VH-1, the Human Rights Campaign and the Annenberg Center at Sunnylands.

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