Posts Tagged ‘California’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Duke’s Malibu – Final Lunch in USA

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Great mates, views, burgers and cocktails on the beach in beautiful Malibu before flying home.
I’m going to miss the US. — with Kevin Kim, Zac Duncan, Mel Shaw and Brett Jacks at Duke’s Malibu.


Eveleigh West Hollywood

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Amazing food, amazing vibe – love this place! It’s EVELEIGH in West Hollywood.
Also love this urchin, delicious!


What’s not to love about Malibu?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013


Loving Laguna Beach

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

So pretty here at Laguna Beach. There’s that wonderful smell of coconut oil in the air, sexy people everywhere and more Range Rovers than the afternoon pick up at Kincoppal.


Taser on Eddie Ifft’s Comedy PodCast

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Crazy fun with Eddie Ifft on his PodCast. The dare was to taser one of the crew.
Look at his face!
The sound of the taser is enough to scare the crap out of anyone!! ‪#‎eddieifft‬ ‪#‎taser‬ ‪#‎comedian‬ ‪#‎podcast‬ ‪#‎zap‬ — with Ryan Lisson and Lauren Franks at Venice, CA.


Peepshow – Planet Hollywood

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Post-show catching up with the very talented performers and the gorgeous @cheaza. I’m sad I didn’t get to meet Coco though! ‪#‎peepshow‬ ‪#‎cocosworld‬ ‪#‎lasvegas‬ — at Coco’s Peep Show.

adrian erdedi coco peep show

Coco’s Peepshow – Las Vegas

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Coco’s show, Peepshow was AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!
I wasn’t expecting a lot, but man it was a high class production, amazing music, performers, costumes… Everything AMAZING!!!!!!
If you’re in Vegas, it’s a MUST SEE!!!! — at Peep Show With Coco.

adrian erdedi peepshow coco

Leg Split! OUCH!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Oh my Lordy. Look at that leg split.
My new friends Shoshonda, Latiqua-Shontay and Will.
The height of this leg split frightens me.


Piña Coladas

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

What better way to cool down in the 45 degree heat on the strip than with a piña colada. Extra shot. Thanks. — at The Las Vegas Strip


Death Valley Roadtrip

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

So I’m alive and out of Death Valley. It was the most breathtaking experience ever.
Best drive I’ve ever done. Ever. — at Death Valley Desert, California (USA).



Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Lunch in the town saloon. There are only 4 small buildings in this town and so far only 46 degrees. The food here is also deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious!

Yeeeehaaaaa! — at Badwater Saloon Death Valley.




Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

DEATH VALLEY Day today… I’m hitting the valley where more people end up dead than alive. Joking!

But seriously, there is such a major warning before you enter with regards to heat, 50-55 degrees celcius expected today.

There’s also the animal risk, “Sir, do not walk or place your hands anywhere without checking first. Rattle snakes, scorpions, black widow spiders and coyotes are very present”.

I’M SO EXCITED!!!! My mum will be relieved once this day is over.


Best Friends Forever

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Just me and the open road through the desert for the next 3 hours.

Myself and I are becoming great friends. — at Mammoth Lakes, Ca.


A Drink with the Town Sheriff and a Peanuts

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I’m at Jake’s Saloon having a great CA Zinfandel in Lone Pine. This little town in the middle of no where is amazing!!!! It’s typical Wild West cowboy. I love it!!! The saloon is complete with swinging doors. Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!


Chilly to Steamy

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.


Breathtaking Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This could quite possibly be the most beautiful vista I’ve ever seen in my life. ‪

#‎yosemite‬‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎inspired‬ —  feeling overwhelmed at Yosemite National Park.


I Love To Drive

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

One of my greatest privileges in life is to drive.
I love to go off road and create crazy adventures.
I randomly went off my route because I wanted to climb this mountain range. I haven’t seen a single car for about an hour, driving towards Nevada border.
This is absolutely everything that driving, discovering, adventure and life is all about.
‪#‎greatestmoments‬ ‪#‎neverwantthistoend‬

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Good night from Bass Lake. X


Hound’s Tooth Inn – Oakhurst

Monday, July 29th, 2013

How gorgeous is this mountain B&B I’m staying at for the night in Oakhurst. I’m actually pinching myself that I’m here and made it!
I’m going bear hunting now at Bass Lake. This place is stunning! — at Hounds Tooth Inn.

I absolutely adore this B&B, I throughly recommend it. Book here:


San Francisco > Oakhurst

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.



Monday, July 29th, 2013

I apologise if this video offends, but it’s too much of a classic for me to not show. This was today at the Dore Alley festival in San Fran. I couldn’t help but film this guy haha.

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

I saw my first naked man walking the streets today… Only in San Francisco. — at Haight Street.


Golden Gate Bridge and Fog Fog and More Fog

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Fog fog and more fog today…
Can the fog just fog off once and for all! — at Golden Gate Bridge.


Which Movie Am I From?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Lets play a game. What movie is this San Franciscan church from?
Here’s a clue – the main actress in the movie has the same character name as a famous park closeby.


Home Sweet Home in San Francisco

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

After 8 hours drive through pine forest, mountains, farms, beaches, fog, sun, rain and seeing elephant seals and eating amazing food, I’m finally at my gorgeous home in San Francisco. Ahhhh… It’s totally G&T time in the Castro


Morro Bay – Big Rock!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Fog fog and more fog. I’ve been driving 3:17 hours and it’s fog fog and more fog.
In saying that… What’s not covered in fog is breathtaking.


Morro Bay > San Francisco

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Packing the car and leaving for another beautiful day on the great open road San Francisco bound.
‪#‎morrobay‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎sanfrancisco‬ ‪#‎mustang‬ — at Morro Bay CA.


In-N-Out Burger

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Tonight’s (second) dinner.
Hey, when in California, do as Californians do.
In-N-Out drive thru! — at In-N-Out Burger – Arroyo Grande.


A Good Samaritan in the Drive-Thru

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Meet my new friends Valery and Anna. They wouldn’t be served unless they had a car in the drive-thru, so I invited them into my car and bought them dinner
Oh… And I also got a date out of it with their best friend.
I LOVE AMERICA. — at Jack in the Box.



Thursday, July 4th, 2013

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!
‪#‎usa‬ ‪#‎poodle‬ ‪#‎prada‬ ‪#‎4thofjuly‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎losangeles‬ ‪‬ — with Nikki Goldstein, Joshua Horner and Ross Anderson.






Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I’m on top of the world!!!
Well, 2695m up looking over the Palm Springs Valley in 45 degree celcius heat. This place is absolutely breathtaking. — at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.


Late Night ATM Withdrawal

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Late night cupcake and cookie from the Sprinkles ATM in Beverly Hills!! — with Nikki Goldstein at Sprinkles Cupcake ATM – Beverly Hills.


A REAL Lemonade Stand in California

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

How gorgeous is this lemonade stand here in Manhattan Beach!!! Sooooo cute!


First Night Out in LA!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Awwww new beautiful friends old amazing friends. — with Tamara Lugliani, Brett Jacks, Ross Anderson and Robbie Laughlin at The Abbey Food & Bar | West Hollywood.



What Do You Think?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

I know it’s kinda woggy, but I adore the paint job on this Range Rover. ‪#‎onlyinamerica ‬‪#‎thiscouldbedubai‬ ‪#‎toomuchycashy‬


Noble Wine Of The Week – Kelly Fleming Wines 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from for

While Kelly Fleming wines have been available since 2005, the two current releases, the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and 2007 Cabernet are the first ‘Estate’ grown and made wines. The new estate winery is located in Oakville and opened in June 2010. It was such a treat to be given the full tour of this immaculate facility by Kelly Fleming and her daughter, Colleen.

The wine tunnel, or cave, which took over two years of blasting into the hillside of her property, is simply amazing and at the end of one tunnel there is a very well thought out museum (library) section where 16 cases of each vintage can be perfectly stored for ageing and enjoyment in the future. Kelly is clearly very proud of her brand new winery and she has every reason to be as it incredibly tasteful, well planned and very inviting.

For those not familiar with the difference between an estate wine and a non-estate wine, basically estate wine is made with grapes from vines owned, or at least fully controlled by, the winery and is made on site, or at the ‘Estate’. For those interested in some of the finer points on the definition of estate wines I have included a great site below which explains it in more detail.

Click here to read more about Estate Wines

The Kelly Fleming 2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc has a few unique traits that made it stand out to me given the style I am used to having in Australia, whether it be from Australia or New Zealand. Firstly, it contains 2% Viognier, secondly it is blended from 50% French Oak treated and 50% stainless steel wine. It is also 14.5% alcohol which is pretty high for what would normally be a light, crisp, white wine.

It is light in colour and at times can appear almost clear but does have a pale straw/hay-like hue. I found the aroma to be fairly light, not at all like the the pungent Marlborough wines many would be more familiar with. There are hints of vanilla as a result of the French Oak and some noticeable fruity aromas like pear and some stone fruits.

Light fruit flavours on the palate included peach and pineapple in the after taste. The use of 50% oak is also noticeable in the flavour yet the wine is well balanced and enjoyable to drink.

Kelly Fleming Wines 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Price$30 USD plus taxes from (Currently not available in Australia)
Region Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Final Sip I recommend anyone travelling to Napa Valley check out this beautiful new winery and try both the 09 Sauvignon Blanc and 07 Cabernet. If you needed any more evidence of the quality of the wines then it would be worth noting the restaurants that can boast having Fleming Wines on their list include The Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael Mina and The French Laundry!

Noble Wine Of The Week – Seghesio Family Vineyard 2009 Home Ranch Zinfandel

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from for

Seghesio Family Vineyards, based in Healdsburg, California, has been a family owned and operated winery for over 100 years. On a recent trip to the region I was fortunate enough to visit the winery and meet with current CEO, Pete Seghesio, which was a great experience. Around 85% of their production is Zinfandel and it was great to hear that Seghesio Zinfandel is available in Australia with approximately 120 cases exported last year.

The 2009 Home Ranch Zinfandel comes from the Seghesio’s Alexander Valley vineyards and 2009 has been said to be an almost ideal vintage for the variety in this region. Alexander Valley is a sub-region of Sonoma County and benefits from having the Russian River flowing through it. Pete Seghesio suggested this wine is a great example of the type of Zinfandel his family have built their reputation on and it is clearly a wine he is very proud of.

The wine has a deep, cherry red like colour with just a faint hint of plum purple. It has a predominately fruity aroma with noticeable berry like smells and the use of oak . Nice and smooth to drink, it has soft red fruit flavours with oak and even a hint of cedar wood may be detected.

Seghesio Family Vineyard 2009 Home Ranch Zinfandel
Price $38 USD at or contact for Seghesio wines in Australia.
RegionAlexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Final SipOverall this was a good, well balanced wine that I can happily recommend to both Zinfandel lovers, or those not all that familiar with the variety back in Australia.

Noble Wine Of The Week – J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from for

Ever since my first trip to the USA last year, where I drank nothing but American wines the entire time, I started to wonder why so few American wines are available in Australia. This isn’t about being unpatriotic, it’s about access to whatever wine I wish. I can go to virtually any large retail outlet and easily pick up a wine from New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany without having to look all that hard. However, if you want to get a wine made in the United States, and you take away the odd bottle of Oregon Pinot , you’ll have to look pretty carefully, unless you just happen to be lucky enough to live near one of the very few bottle shops that can boast some sort of USA wine selection.

I understand there are multiple reasons for this, not the least of which is the consideration from American wineries about whether Australia is a viable export market. California alone has a a population of just under 37 million, so why bother with a country on the other side of the world with just over 20 million?

Ian Lindsay, from USA Wines Direct, tells me that Australia exported over 25 million cases of Aussie wine to the US last year, yet we only imported  just over15, 000 cases of theirs! America may have a population 14 times larger than ours, but we are importing 1,666 times less wine than we are exporting. As Chris Rock would say, “That ain’t right!”

Thankfully, Ian is doing what he can to introduce American, and more specifically, Californian wines, into the Australia market and his portfolio currently boasts the biggest range of American wines in Australia. One of these wines is the J.Lohr 2009 Valdiguié, from Monterey on the Californian Coast, close to halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just a few hours from the far more famous region of Napa Valley.

The Valdiguié grape was commonly referred to in California as ‘Napa Gamay’ and it was believed at one time that it actually was the Gamay grape, only to discover that this was not correct. Sounds a little like the recent fiasco in Australia with our Albariño turning out to be Savagnin!

This wine has a colour of deep purple and cherry red with an enticing aroma of ripe, red berry fruits. On my first sip of this completely new variety for me I thought “Wow… this is delicious!” Juicy fruit flavours and subtle natural sweetness make for an enjoyable wine that, when served slightly chilled, makes a fantastic, easy drinking summer red wine.

J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié
Price –
$19.95 from
Region – Monterey, California, USA
Final Sip –
A thoroughly enjoyable wine that, at $20 makes for the perfect entry level American wine experience.

Noble Wine Of The Week – Elyse Zinfandel

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Review by Stewart Noble for

One week back from a trip to the United States that included two days in the country’s most famous wine region, Napa Valley, and I knew before I left that a Californian Zinfandel had to be my first review upon my return. You’ll have to do a bit of searching to find Australian Zinfandel’s, yet in California, Red Zinfandel sits just below Cabernet Sauvignon as the area’s staple red wine accounting for around 10% of all vines planted in the state.

I got a number of recommendations for good Zinfandel producers in the area from a great Sommelier at one of Napa’s  best restaurants, La Toque, so I had every confidence that the wines I was going to be trying during my visit would be high quality. First stop on my trip was a small producer called Elyse that started in 1986 with the first wine ever produced being a red Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard. Now considered the labels signature wine I purchased a bottle and brought it back to Australia to share my thoughts on this classic Californian variety.

The wine has a lovely colour of both plum purple and cherry red with a nice aroma of spicy red fruit and just a hint of oak characters. Immediately smooth and enjoyable to drink the flavour follows the aroma with ripe fruit and tiny amounts of spice and oak. All of these components seem perfectly in balance and the finish is pleasant and actually a tiny bit savoury.

Elyse – 2007 ‘Morisoli Vineyard’ Zinfandel
Price – $37 USD from Elyse Tasting room/Cellar Door
Region – Napa Valley, USA
Recommended? Definitely, if you can get it! Unfortunately Elyse is not available in Australia but for any of our US readers or anyone travelling to Napa in the future I hope you can make time to stop and see the great guys at Elyse and experience what a high quality Zinfandel, made in the region that its famous for, is all about.