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Jul 26, 2013
Terri Judson

Pulse Cover: Tour de Beer – Las Cruces Sun

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Get ready to belly up and hoist a frosty brew at the second annual Las Cruces Tour de Beer.

Beers from around New Mexico, across the nation and throughout the world are set to be featured. In addition to tasty brews, there will be live music, arts and crafts and food to mark the occasion. Tour de Beer is from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

The 2013 Tour de Beer will offer some new features and a big increase in the number of beers offered.

“We have more breweries and a lot more beers this year,” said Dawn Starostka of Helping Hands Event Planning, which is coordinating the event. “I think we had about 80 last year and this year we have over 130. We’re also adding a brew school, which will be kind of like the school of wine at wine festivals.”

Each day of the festival, the new Brew School, will present “I Know How to Drink Beer … But How Do I Taste It?” a guide to beer tasting, at 2 p.m.; “Homebrew 101,” with guidelines for making your own beer at 3 p.m.; and “Everything Goes With Beer,” a food and beer pairing talk, at 4 p.m.

Shade tents and misters will offer a respite from the heat.

Saturday’s entertainment roster will feature Phat Soul from noon to 3:15 p.m. and The Liars from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s line up starts

with the Derrick Harris Band from noon to 3:15 p.m. and closes with EKIZ from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

No pets are allowed at the fairgrounds. Children will be admitted only if accompanied by their own parents or their legal guardians.

Admission is $15 at the gate or $12 in advance, and includes a souvenir glass, a ticket book for tastings,

For information, call 575-522-1232 or visit

The 2013 list of featured brews, includes:

•Angry Orchard

•Batch 19

• Becks

• Big Sky Brewing

• Blue Moon

•Brecken Ridge

• Bridgeport

• Crispin Brown

• Deschutes

• Fox Barrel

• Franziskaner

• Goose Island

• Guinness

• Heineken

• Henry Weinhard’s

• High Desert Brewing

• Hoegaarden

• Isotopes

• Imports

• Killian’s

• Kona Brewing

• Lagunitas

• Leffe

• Left Hand

• Left Hand Brewing

• Leinenkugel

• Magic Hat

• Marble

• Mike’s

• Mimbres Valley Brewing

• Monk’s Ale

• New Belgium

• New Castle

• Odell Brewing

• Oskar Blues

• Peroni

• Pyramid

• Red Strip

• Redds

• Redhook

• Sam Adams

• Santa Fe Brewing

• Shiner

• Shock Top

• Sierra Nevada Brewing


• Smithwick’s

• Spaten

• Stella Artois

• Strongbow

• Third Shift

• Tommy Knocker

• Widner Brothers

• Woodchuck

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450

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Jul 26, 2013
Terri Judson

Tour de Beer welcomes brew fans – Las Cruces Sun

LAS CRUCES Get ready to belly up and hoist a frosty brew at the second annual Las Cruces Tour de Beer.

Beers from around New Mexico, the United States and the world, plus live music, arts and crafts and food treats will be among attractions at the fiesta from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds.

The 2013 Tour de Beer will offer some new features and a big increase in the number of beers offered.

“We have more breweries and a lot more beers this year. I think we had about 80 last year and this year we have over 130. We’re also adding a brew school, which will be kind of like the school

of wine at wine festivals,” said Dawn Starostka of Helping Hands Event Planning, which is coordinating the event.

Each day of the festival, the school will present “I Know How to Drink Beer … But How Do I Taste It?” a guide to beer tasting, at 2 p.m.; “Homebrew 101,” with guidelines for making your own beer at 3 p.m.; and “Everything Goes With Beer,’ a food and beer pairing talk, at 3 p.m.

Shade tents and misters will offer a respite from the heat.

Saturday’s entertainment roster will feature Phat Soul from noon to 3:15 p.m. and The Liars from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s line up starts with the Derrick Harris Band from noon to 3:15 p.m. and closes

with EKIZ from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 list of brews includes Mimbres Valley Brewing, High Desert Brewing, Shock Top, Kona Brewing, Redhook, Isotopes, Odell Brewing, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Big Sky Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Spaten, Franziskaner, Goose Island, Widner Brothers, Woodchuck, Sam Adams, Breckenridge, New Castle, Peroni, Red Stripe, Heineken, Killians, Marble, Left Hand, Tommy Knocker, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Shiner, Bridgeport, Santa

Fe Brewing, Crispin Brown, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel, Pyramid, Redds. Batch 19. Third Shift, Fox Barrel, Monk’s Ale, Mike’s, Strongbow, Angry Orchard, Henry Weinhard’s, Magic Hat, SKA, Smithwick’s, Guinness, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Deschutes and Oskar Blues Brewery.

No pets are allowed at the fairgrounds. Children will be admitted only if accompanied by their own parents or their legal guardians.

Admission is $15 at the gate or $12 in advance. For information, call 575-522-1232 or visit online at

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.

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Jul 25, 2013
Terri Judson

Vancouver International Wine Festival a big success

The very first “Bard on The Beach” Vancouver International Wine Festival was the same kind of roaring success as its previous incarnation as the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival.

From Feb. 23 through March 3, there were a multitude of wine minglers, seminars, lunches, brunches and amazing wine dinners, numerous associated tasting events and of course the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction.

The Regional Theme for 2013 featured the wines of California. “In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, with growing consumer environmental awareness, California vintners are committed to farming responsibly and utilizing the best science available.”

Monterey County based Hahn Family Wines uses organic approved and reduced-risk synthetic pesticides like Stylet oil in their vineyards instead of sulphur, when possible, which controls mildew and suppresses mites.

Hahn Pinot Noir (831099) $21.99 is soft at first sip, almost sweet, with some earthy beet and subtle herbal hints hovering around a sturdy core of ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit flavours and aromas.

The Global Theme for this year’s Festival was Chardonnay – from around the world. And with 63 participating California wineries attending there were some serious everyday values as well as stunningly deluxe Chardonnays.

Mid-range for this specialist in luxury wines Paul Hobbs Russian River Ranches Chardonnay (745620) $56.99 was a full throttle treat over which numerous wine lovers lingered, poured by the knowledgeable and legendary local wine agent Richard Carras – awarded last year’s “Spirited Industry Professional.”

Wine Festival Executive Director Harry Hertscheg was thrilled by the Festival’s transition from Playhouse to Bard on The Beach, “I’m excited that the Wine Festival will continue to thrive through a vibrant new partnership with Bard on the Beach and our long-time industry partners, particularly the BCLDB, foreign consulates and wine agent community.”

Despite the global focus on Chardonnay and the regional focus on California, there was an enormous variety of wines and styles from other countries. And some of these were also white, without being Chardonnays.

Some of the most interesting wines at Wine Festivals are also (…and always) Speculative Listings. While these wines are unavailable by the bottle, in most BC Liquor Stores they can be ordered by the case. Savvy private wine store operators will seek these intriguing speculative wines out and offer them to their customers by the bottle.

An amazingly richly fruited white from Spain’s Rueda, Aviva Viño Naia Verdejo (83485) $21.99 was a stand-out! With the “racy,” “bright,” acidity and kiwi fruit of an exceptional New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this lightly golden mouth-filling white overflows with oodles of tangerine, passion fruit and mango. Depending on the availability of savvy private wine store operators in your area, you may have to get a few friends together and order a case from a BC Liquor Store and split it with a friend or two.

In a room full of fabulous wines from California: Cabernets Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay – not to mention the wonderful blends – despite the unarguable quality of so many of them, our fickle taste buds cry out for novelty, for something more, for something different.

Spain and Portugal both continue to offer unique and intensely interesting wines – both white and red. Often the QPR – quality to price ratio – of these Iberian wines continues to be amazing!

Jose de Maria Fonseca Perequita Superiore (155390) $15.99 is a mix of native Touriga Nacional with more international Syrah. Smooth and rich, this dusky red hovers around the blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry fruit zone, framed by wisps of earthy liquor ice and fresh ground dark coffee beans.

Ripe blue-black damson plum and prunes flavours mingle with dark, spicy cherries in Ramos Pinto “Duas Quintas” (428649) $17.99. It is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional with a splash of Tinta Cao from two vineyard sites in the Douro Valley – Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta dos Bons Ares.

It was such a treat to have the wine world come to our doorstep! Next year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival themes and dates have already been announced. Theme Region for 2014 will be France. Global focus is on sparkling wine. Keep Feb. 24 – March 2 of next year clear on your calendar and make plans to attend this wine extravaganza. See you there!

Doug Sloan is a Campbell River wine enthusiast. Reach WineWise by emailing

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Jul 25, 2013
Terri Judson

Rowan Boulevard is getting an ice rink; Glassboro awards bid – The Bridgeton News

ROBO_CONSTRUCTION_JHW_1480_10644663.JPGA view from the roof of the parking garage of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, one of three Rowan Boulevard projects to be completed by the end of summer, Friday, May 24, 2013 (Staff Photo by Joe Warner/South Jersey Times).

GLASSBORO — Borough council helped move the town one step closer to having its own ice rink after awarding a Pitman company’s proposal to maintain and build the rink at a council meeting on Tuesday.

The council award the proposal to Bogey’s Club and Cafe, a company that operates a restaurant at the county golf course in Sewell, just outside the Pitman border, and also hosts various events at the same location.

While there are no preliminary plans regarding the scope of the rink, the borough started taking bids in June for a winter park with a temporary ice rink for seasonal events on Rowan Boulevard.

Council was looking for the park to be privately run between late autumn through the winter as a way to help ease winter lulls in foot traffic and commerce in the downtown section of Glassboro.

Currently, the borough holds a number of events during the summer, with monthly events bringing in vendors and various forms of entertainment varying from wine festivals to live music.

According to councilman Anthony Fiola, the concept of an ice rink to add to the town square atmosphere came up several years ago when the town started discussing various recreational activities that could take place in the light of the Rowan Boulevard development project.

With several construction projects set to finish by August, including a hotel and parking garage, Fiola said that the ice rink is another aspect the town needs to maintain a thriving downtown area.

“It’s very encouraging because it says that the town, specifically the downtown development, is becoming a reality,” said Fiola. “We’re looking to have different types of entertainment throughout the year.”

Fiola added that there have not been discussions with Bogey’s Club and Cafe and the council as to the economics of the plan, but council was looking for bids for the ice rink to be run privately with revenues coming from concession and skate rentals.

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Jul 25, 2013
Terri Judson

Traveller’s diary: Events in food, sport, music and dance around the world


When: August 9-18

Where: Brussels, Belgium

– This year the festival will be hosted in the area of the ‘Place des Palais ‘, ‘Place du Musee ‘ and ‘Mont des Arts ‘ in the heart of the capital of Europe. BSF boasts increasing popularity in Belgium and abroad. It has established itself as a multi-cultural, festive and popular event. Three giant stages on Mont des Arts as well as more than 30 indoor live music events in bars and clubs and a special party at Bruxelles-les-Bains is what is in store for those attending. A very classical section is now planned with concerts in churches, public buildings or museums to delight music-lovers.



When: August 28 – September 8

Where: City centre of Stuttgart, Germany

– Wine aficionados can raise their glass in the city of Stuttgart, which hosts one of the largest and best wine festivals in Germany. Located in the Neckar wine region, Stuttgart is proud to have a 1000-year old viniculture. Its wine festival attracts more than a million wine connoisseurs, who can sample Swabian specialties and try 250 regional wines, including Trollinger, Riesling, Kerner, Muller-Thurgau.



When: August 26 – September 2

Where: Nevada, USA

– Burning Man is an annual event, which began as an informal bonfire practice in 1986, and now draws thousands of visitors from around the world to Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. Burning Man gets its name from the practice involving burning of a huge wooden figurine, which started off as a small gathering. A Black Rock City, is created for the duration of the fest. The main attractions include massive art installations, all-night dance parties, marathon kite-flying sessions, unconventional fashion shows, and workshops.



When: August 10

Where: Punnamda Lake, Kerala

– The Nehru Trophy snake boat race is undoubtedly the most exciting boat race of the year in Kerala. This race is held in memory of Jawahar Lal Nehru. It takes place annually on the second Saturday of August. This year will be its 60th anniversary, with extensive three day celebrations to mark the occasion. Aside from the fast paced competition of group rowing, there are also shows of boat floats with the local entertainers dressing in costumes and performing.


When: July 26-28

Where: Christmas Hill Park; Gilroy, California

– Yep! California ‘s got its own garlic festival! This annual food and entertainment extravaganza, set in the Garlic Capital of the World, entertains visitors with live music, nationally prominent cooking competitions and renowned cuisine enhanced with more than two tons of fresh Christopher Ranch California garlic. A trip to the Festival is not validated until you ‘ve visited Gourmet Alley and enjoy an array of delicacies that include stuffed mushrooms, pepper-steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, calamari, scampi, Italian sausage sandwiches, garlic bread and garlic fries.

Gourmet Alley ‘s chefs share their preparation secrets in hourly cooking seminars on the Demonstration Stage. While the restaurants and chefs who are part of the festival compete for the best dishes, the event also hosts beauty pageants and contests of skill. So if you happen to be in this side of town and don ft mind ending up with some garlic breath, then stop by.

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Jul 23, 2013
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Latina Leaders: Luly B., helping “mompreneurs” have it all

Just a month before Sheryl Sandberg’s conversation-starter book “Lean In” hit shelves earlier this year, Cuban-American Lourdes Carreras-Balepogi — otherwise known as “Luly B.” — also came out with a best-selling book to empower women, called “Balance is Bull$h!t.”

“I think what happens with the word ‘balance’ is not going to the extreme in anything,” says the mother of two boys, 7 and 9. “I feel saying to ourselves all we need is balance is a myth, because you’re so focused on balance, you’re not doing anything right.”

Seven years ago, Carreras-Balepogi thought she had it all figured out. After giving her all in positions at Warner Brothers and the American Red Cross, she thought she’d make her life more “balanced” by creating her own company — Chispa Marketing — and working from home. However, it wasn’t that easy she soon learned.

“I thought that I would just pick up a few clients…I’d be able to exercise in the morning and play with my kids,” says the entrepreneur who was born and raised in Miami. Within six weeks of starting Chispa, I had one of the world’s largest wine festivals as a client, and the state of Florida’s largest real estate company. I was in reaction mode for years like a hamster on a wheel.”

She also says instead of feeling more energized and having more time for her kids, she found herself exhausted.

“I thought that’s not why I started my business,” says Carreras-Balepogi. “I can’t be good at everything and I’m not enjoying it.”

However, instead of giving up, she figured out how to simplify her life.

“I closed down my physical office, I made my employees contract employees and fired all my little clients,” says Carreras-Balepogi. “I’m now working half the amount of time and making the same amount of money. It’s not that pressure that I used to have, and I’m really able to have that entrepreneur lifestyle where my business revolves around my life, not my life around my business.”

She says she explains her journey in detail in her book, which she says she was inspired to write after attending a MasterMind session last year with like-minded female entrepreneurs. After talking about marketing and the pressures of “having it all,” Carreras-Balepogi blurted out, “Balance is bull$h!t!,” and that’s how the name of the book was born. She admits she was a little nervous about the title.

“What are people going to think? I’m a classy Cuban girl,” says Carreras-Balepogi, who now thinks it might have contributed to being a bestseller on Amazon within 48 hours. “I think it resonated with a lot of people…People now say to me, ‘Oh my God, that’s true – What does balance mean?’”

After missing some very important events in her childrens’ lives, she learned that doesn’t make her a bad mom, instead she says she’s teaching her children the power of being a strong Hispanic in America.

“I come from a very authentic and vulnerable place,” say Carreras-Balepogi about her book. “I share things that are embarrassing to share like my poor 3-year-old not getting quality time from their mom. I created the business to spend time with my kids, but they weren’t getting it.”

Today, she owns her own marketing company, as well as her brand “Luly B.” through which she speaks at various conferences throughout the year and holds weekly Twitter chats to empower “mompreneurs” to ditch the guilt and have it all.

“After I had my first son, I was on maternity leave and I called my mom and said I can’t stay home, and I felt really guilty about that,” says Carreras-Balepogi. “My mom said to me, ‘The most powerful thing you can do for your kids is make yourself happy, and you are going to be a good mom.’ She said to take care of myself. As women we consider that to be selfish.”

With time, she says she’s learned that guilt is a useless emotion. So she’s empowering women not to fall for guilt or for people that put you down and will be launching a podcast and a web channel by September 1st, which will be completely free on her web site.

“I was put on this earth to be of service, to empower women and to motivate them to truly have it all,” says Carreras-Balepogi. “Once you answer what you want, create a business around that. If exercising every morning is important to you, figure out how you are going to make it work. That’s the beauty of our country — it’s a great time to be a women, be an entrepreneur, and have it all.”

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Jul 23, 2013
Terri Judson

Officials yet to decide

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  • (Back from left) Sarah Summers, Christine Wells, Jessica Stuart, Fiona Kelly, Chris Anderson, Terry Kneipp, Leanne Wells and (front) Katelyn Wells, Gail Galloway and Carolyn Hall at the Wintersong farmers’ markets on the weekend.

THE future of a “super festival” to include Wintersong, Cracker Night and Food and Wine Festivals, has yet to be decided. 

A meeting last Thursday between Wintersong, Lions and Rotary was set up so the three groups could come to a decision about how they would move forward with their planned events.

While all three groups have voiced their support, a decision has been postponed until after Wintersong’s annual general meeting (AGM) on August 29.

“We haven’t come to a final decision, but it looks like it’s a goer,” Wintersong president Fiona Kelly said.

“We will sit down for our AGM next month where we could have a whole new board put in place.”

Ms Kelly dampened suggestions of an annual festival.

“It will be bi-annual – it’s only ever been bi-annual, but if we had enough hands we could look at making it annual,” she said.

Lions publicity officer Rod Stanford said he was a little “in the dark” on some of the finer details but said the Lions group would continue Cracker Night on an annual basis after this year’s success.

“We’d still run Cracker Night each year,” Mr Stanford said.

“I’m just going along for the ride.”

Tenterfield Shire Council’s cultural and business services officer and Rotary member Harry Bolton said Rotary was still piecing together a sub-committee to oversee any future festivals.

In early June, Rotary announced they would no longer run the annual Food and Wine Festival, but have since said they could help Wintersong in the three-pronged event.

“We’re still looking at the prospect,” Mr Bolton said.

“There is a lot more work involved but I think Wintersong would agree that this is about making the festival bigger and better.

“Wintersong will be taking expressions of interest from the community from people who want to put on activities.”

A member from both Lions and Rotary will be in attendance at the Wintersong annual general meeting to work together with the committee on a decision.

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Jul 21, 2013
Terri Judson

Gastronomy on Hong Kong menu

Hong Kong Tourism Board launched the Hong Kong Wine Dine Festival this week with an evening of wine pairing at The Establishment in Sydney.

The event, in partnership with Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, was attended by readers of the magazine and guests from the travel industry.

Hosted by wine expert Mike Bennie, the evening saw guests sample six wines, each paired with Asian-inspired dishes.

The annual Hong Kong Wine Dine Festival will be held from October 31 to November 3 in a new location on the sentral harbourfront of Hong Kong Island.

The event, now in its fifth year, was included in’s top 10 list of international food and wine festivals in its inaugural year.

Pictured at the event from left to right are: Rashelle Toms, Jetset Travelworld Group; Richiko Olrichs, Tanya Milne, Sandra Garrie, CX; Lisa Lee, HKTB; and Renata Cimbleris, Qantas Holidays.


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