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Add Sparkle To Your Summer! Refreshing Wines Under $25

June 7, 2012

Alas, the long summer nights have arrived to the Golden Coast. Enjoy some light and refreshing wines over dinner or brunch, without having to overspend.

All priced under $25, take a peek at a few of the wines that made the list. All are from the world’s major sparkling wine regions.

Chilean sparkling wine, Fresita, (750 ml for under $20 or 5 x 200 ml for under $30), is infused with hand-picked strawberries. It is a Prosecco style sparkler.  The very distinct aroma and taste of strawberries is not too overwhelming. It’s a surprisingly dry and light pink sparkler.

Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée ($24) is among northern California’s best mid-priced sparkling wines.With brights aromas of cherry and lemon. As noted by Wine Spectator, the Brut Cuvée has succulent flavors of raspberry, yeasty pear, and crisp mineral.

Pisoni Estate 2009 Pinot Noir, from the Saint Lucia Highlands, is fully loaded with a lot of black cherry and all spice. It holds a very thorough and persistent finish on the palate.

The Krupp Brothers 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon offers big, bold, and fruit-forward flavors. From their Napa Valley stagecoach vineyard, the grapes have reached high demand.  Over 75 wine producers are on a waiting list to even buy the stagecoach vineyard’s grapes.

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rosé 2010, ($15), has been a one of California’s favorite pink sparklers for some time now.  Named after the famous winemaker/filmmaker’s daughter, the sparkler offers rich flavors of juicy black cherry, raspberry and kiwi fruit.

Main Street Wine Company in Huntington Beach :

Story by Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 6/05/2012 for full coverage of this story.


Angels Finally Find Their Groove

June 5, 2012

Closing out April with a depressive 8-15, the Angels suddenly resurrected themselves by the end of May with a 28-27 record, only 4 1/2 games behind the AL West division-leading Texas Rangers.

They had the second-worst batting average (.238) with only 17 home runs in the month of April. They were eight games under .500 April 29.  But they managed to surprise disgruntled fans who were more than ready to throw in the towel.  They sky-rocketed their performance, batting .265, fifth-best in the AL, with 31 homeruns and 114 RBI’s.

The team seems to have refocused and surged through the lull of losses under Mike Soscia, the longest tenured manager in the majors. Scoscia marked his 13th season and celebrated  his 2,000th game last Monday against the Seattle Mariners.
Jered Weaver revamped Angel fans his May 2 no-hitter (6-1), although a lower-back injury on May 28, placed him on the 15-day disabled list.   Mark Trumbo has had a consistent performance, with a AL third-best batting average and .632 slugging percentage on May 31. Trumbo has a team-high of 10 home runs and led the Angels to the 9-8 victory against the Yankee’s on May 28.  No. 2 and No. 3 starters Haren and Ervin Santana celebrated their first 2012 victories.  No. 4 starter  Wilson reached a sixth victory.
Approaching the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Series crown, the Angels may still have a chance to celebrate by winning another one.
Story By: Marcia C. Smith, The Orange County Register
For full story download the The Peel iPad edition 6/04/2012

Lakers: Who’s Staying, Who’s Going…

June 5, 2012

Seems like next season’s roster lies on the amount of money the Lakers are willing to spend.  As the highest- paying team in the NBA again with $85.7 million, and with their seven highest paid players under contact for next season, the Lakers seem to be overwhelmed financially.  Slashing their payroll is their priority in order to avoid immense luxury tax penalties they would have to pay in 2014-2015.

The Lakers not only need to focus on improving their team for next season, they must do it on a budget. Tax penalties have the Lakers hesitating to offer anything more than a one-year contract, capping salary payrolls for future talent.  Free-agent players can look forward to a mini-mid-level salary cap starting around $3 million, which seems like a measly amount in comparison to Andrew Bynum’s $16.1 million contract for next season.

Although the Lakers success can be placed on its lavish dollar distribution, their triumph has also had much to do with their bold talent and calculated trades. Under owner Jerry Buss, they’ve made the playoffs 31 out of 33 seasons, winning the Western Conference almost half those years.

The move from the zen coach Phil Jackson to Mike  Brown is yet to be seen if it was the correct one.  Brown must work to improve a team that has seemingly spiraled downward these last two years.

And as Kobe Bryant nears his 34th birthday, the question remains of who will remain standing with him next season and what new young blood will join the Laker franchise.

Download iPad App Edition Date: 5/31/2012 for full coverage of this story.


Catalina By Air….. We Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1st Flight to Catalina!

May 30, 2012

It’s been a century since the first flight to O.C.’s favorite island getaway!

100 years ago, Glenn Martin found a new way to get those famous “26 miles across the sea.” The first flight from Newport Beach to Catalina helped fuel a tourism boom that made Avalon one of the great Southern California vacation destinations. Take wing for a birds-eye view of O.C.’s favorite island getaway….

Download iPad App Edition Date: 5/29/2012 for full coverage of this story. The following pin map has full functionality within the iPad edition.

CALLING ALL ANGELS: The Mixed Bag of Ex-Angels

May 29, 2012

Roster churn is inevitable in today’s Major League Baseball, and the Angels needed some after two consecutive years out of the playoffs.

It’s doubtful that the Angles envisioned Fernando Rodney becoming a top closer for anyone else, or that Joe Saunders would have something of a career renaissance in Arizona!

They’ve already been burned by Mike Napoli, so they’re pretty tolerant these days…. For a partial list of the departed and details on their ‘recoveries’, download The Peel Edition Date: 5/28/2012.

Story by Mark Whicker, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 5/28/2012 for full coverage of this story.


A few hints of who you’ll see in the full story….



Fernando Rodney:

Jeff Mathis:

Joe Saunders:

Behind the Scenes with BLOK! Irvine-based Band Blends Hallmark Sound and Fashion

May 27, 2012

Story by Kelli Skye Fadroski, The Orange County Register

Download iPad App Edition Date: 5/26/2012 for full coverage of this story.


‘Black’ in Time: Josh Brolin is Agent K in “Men In Black 3”

May 27, 2012

Interview of Josh Brolin by Barry Koltnow, The Orange County Register

In “Men in Black 3,” Will smith travels back in time to meet his partner, Agent K, as a young man. The character is played by a different actor (Josh Brolin, Not Tommy Lee Jones), but Brolin’s performance is so dead-on that you’ll swear that it’s Tommy Lee, only nicer.

Download iPad App Edition Date: 5/25/2012 for full coverage of this story.

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