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    SALUTI! A TOAST TO FREIXENET MIONETTO USA By Lisa Gmur, CSW When Freixenet USA and Mionetto USA joined together a little more than a year ago, the newly coined company, Freixenet Mionetto USA, became a force to reckon with. A subsidiary of Henkell Freixenet (the world’s leading producer of sparkling wines), Freixenet...
    Brian Loughnane, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, grew up in Galway, Ireland. “My dad was a butcher and farmer and operated our family shop, which celebrated 80 years in business last year. It was opened by my grandfather in 1939 and is currently run by my older brother,”...
      Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was founded in 1998 by restaurateurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. The first Fleming’s opened in Newport Beach, California. Besides the very finest aged USDA Prime beef, their focus was on offering an exceptional selection of wines. That continues today. Fleming’s has been a leader...
    There were not a lot of vineyards in Steven Urberg’s backyard, not even by a long shot. Gloria Ferrer’s winemaker grew up in Detroit, Michigan. “I know, it’s not what usually comes to mind as the mecca for wine/winemaking,” says Urberg. “My introduction to wine and winemaking was early on...
    When Rick Hauck and Joe Saccone saw a defunct restaurant building on Coventry Road in Cleveland back in the 80s, they had an idea - remodel the building and open a steakhouse. With no extra money to advertise, they relied on word of mouth, and it worked. In 1988,...
    HESS FAMILY WINE ESTATES The Lion has served as the emblem of The Hess family since long before the inception of the winery in 1978. “Live Each Day with the Heart and Courage of The Lion” is the Hess family credo, and the lion has represented the Hess family for...
    AMERICA’S PREMIUM SAKÉ COMPANY Nestled in the beautiful outskirts of Portland, Oregon is SakéOne, a premium craft saké brewery and importer of some of the finest premium saké from Japan. The Oregon crafted saké is brewed with water sourced from the idyllic waters of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The...
    In this first installment of "What's at Steak" we dig into the origins of the steakhouse and talk with Alec Bruggentheis about the things specific to the steakhouse that butters his bread; Smith & Wollensky.The “chophouse” started in London in the 1690’s when restaurants served individual portions of meat, known...
    You might say HMSHost’s Carson Gray is in his element.  He is married to a beautiful woman, Marina, and a father of two; daughter Madison and a new son, Mason. “Life today is fairly chaotic and amazing at the same time to say the least,” says Gray. “Learning this...
    Loews Hotels & Co is a luxury hospitality company that owns or operates hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada. It is not a “one size fits all” company. “Our brand of hotels range from value to luxury depending on geography," says Loews Corporate Beverage Director Grant...