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News Article | March 1, 2017
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A dazzling roster of celebrity winemakers and distillers will converge in South Walton, Florida to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine, spirits, food, music and fun. One of the most anticipated events of the season, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held April 27-30, 2017 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin located within the beach communities of idyllic South Walton in Northwest Florida. Throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard, attendees enjoy such attractions as Spirits Row, Champagne Lane Tastings, Savor South Walton Culinary Village, Nosh Pavilions, Tasting Seminars, Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, live entertainment and more than 800 wines poured by knowledgeable wine industry insiders. Here we proudly introduce some of the A-list wine industry experts taking part in this year’s festivities: Erik Saccomani, Brand Ambassador, Marchesi Antinori Wines Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the Antinori family has always personally managed business from their offices in Florence. The Antinori Family reputation has grown throughout the centuries by making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Erik Saccomani was raised in the city of Verona, Italy. He graduated from hospitality school in 2000, and has since forged his passion for wine and food by working in several recognized restaurants as a sommelier and beverage director in both Italy and the U.S. Today, he oversees the Florida market for Marchesi Antinori with responsibilities spanning across the southeastern United States. Glenn C. Salva, Wine Estate Manager, Antica Napa Valley The Antinori family’s winemaking history has been synonymous with the famed wine growing regions of Tuscany and Umbria since its inception more than six centuries ago when Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered the “Ante Fiorentina,” the Winemakers Guild of Florence, in 1385. The name Antica blends the sensibilities of “Antinori” and “California” and represents the family’s longstanding desire to craft exceptional estate wines that are a true expression of Napa Valley terroir. Glenn Salva, a Cornell educated viticulturist, brings 30 years of Napa Valley winegrowing to his work as Wine Estate Manager for Antica Napa Valley, where he has been responsible for all winegrowing activities since 2002. In addition to his Antica Napa Valley role, he also works with other Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates joint wine ventures in the Red Mountain region of Washington State, as well as the iconic Stag’s Leap Winery Cellars, also located in Napa Valley. Thomas Houseman, Winemaker, Anne Amie Anne Amie winemaker Thomas Houseman fell in love with Pinot Noir while enrolled in CSU Fresno’s enology program. From Fresno, he journeyed across the globe to California’s Anderson Valley, then to New Zealand, and finally to Oregon. After four years at Ponzi Vineyards, Houseman was offered the opportunity to express himself at Anne Amie Vineyards, nestled in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc form the heart of wine production, complemented by an Old-Vine Estate Riesling and Müller Thurgau, planted in 1979. With the creativity of a former dancer, the eye of a scientist, and the zeal of a home brewer, he makes wines that feed his enthusiasm. Franco Massolino, Winemaker, Massolino Winery The history of the Massolino family and their Italian wine became entwined with the history of Serralunga d’Alba in 1896, when Giovanni founded the estate. An enterprising, tenacious and creative man, his legacy has been making the combination of inspiration and tradition something to be proud of. In the 1990s oenologist Franco Massolino officially joined the family estate (along with his brother Roberto). Their work condenses the experience of an entire family and the ambition of a new generation, determined to make an important contribution to the innovation of oenological and agronomical techniques and to the image of the estate in Italy and abroad. Andrew Holloway, Winemaker, Rombauer Winery When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Today, the St. Helena, California winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family. Andrew Holloway joined Rombauer as a full-time cellar worker in 2012, and is now Assistant Winemaker. The son of restaurateur parents who’ve been Rombauer supporters for years, Holloway has always had a passion for food, wine and science — a combination that serves him well in his winemaking role. Laurent Gruet, Winemaker, Gruet Winery The Gruet family immigrated from Champagne, France, to New Mexico in 1984 to pursue their patriarch’s dream of making sparkling wines. Laurent, and his sister, Nathalie, two (of four) siblings would take the lead of what soon became the American endeavor, Gruet Winery. Like his father, quality is Laurent’s top priority and it underscores his winemaking passion today. In 2011 Wine Spectator named his Gruet NV Blanc de Noirs a Top 100 wine of the world, a crowning jewel of acclaim for any winemaker and nearly unprecedented for a sparkling wine under $20. Don Hartford, Owner, Hartford Family Wines & CEO, Jackson Family Wines For more than 20 years, Don Hartford has been immersed in winemaking and winery management and in the process returned to one of his first loves — the land and farming. Though Hartford Family Wines now produces 30 different wines from 15 different vineyards, Don and Jenny Hartford stay close to the terroir by leading the farming of the winery’s vineyards, including a small old vine Zinfandel vineyard behind their home. The Hartford Family Winery, located in the heart of the famed Russian River Valley just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, is yet another rich layer of their family’s impressive wine legacy story. Don’s wife, Jennifer (Jenny) Jackson Hartford, is the oldest daughter of Jess S. Jackson and a co-proprietor of her family’s global wine collection company, Jackson Family Wines, an impressive collection of historic vineyards and more than 40 premium brands throughout California, Oregon, Italy, France, Chile, Australia and South Africa. Hartford also is CEO of Jackson Family Wines. Michael Moore, South Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Signorello Estate With vineyards first planted in the mid-1970s and wine production beginning in 1985, Signorello Estate today occupies 100 acres along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley where it focuses on producing 7,000 cases of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as an array of small batch, single vineyard wines. Michael Moore began his career in wine and spirit sales working with various importers and distributors and later founded his own wine import firm. In his role as Signorello’s South Eastern Regional Sales Manager, he manages the winery’s distributor sales force, key accounts and regional marketing efforts. Spirits play a significant role in the festival with superstar master distillers participating on the festival’s “Spirits Row” and at Friday night’s Craft Beer & Spirits Jam to pour and discuss their brands and methodology. Among them are: Tommy Brunett, Founder/Owner, Iron Smoke Whiskey Rocker-turned-whiskey-maker Tommy Brunett founded Iron Smoke Whiskey with his partner Steve Brown in 2011. A singer, songwriter and showman, Brunett and his band Tommy Brunett Band, have opened for national acts such as ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Cracker, Marshall Tucker Band and Kellie Pickler. As a guitarist with the British rock band Modern English (“I Melt with You”) in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, he toured the world. A successful marketer, Brunett also was owner of Universal Buzz Intelligence, a former New York City-based marketing agency and Universal Buzz Radio, a nationally syndicated radio program. A natural raconteur, Brunett still rocks with his band, The Tommy Brunett Band, and will take the mainstage at Friday night’s Craft Beer & Spirits Jam. James C. “Jimmy” Russell, Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Distillery James C. “Jimmy” Russell has been making whiskey at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for 60 years, and today, is the longest-tenured, active spirits Master Distiller in the world. Russell is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and was granted a Lifetime Honorary Membership to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association’s Board of Directors, an honor bestowed to only five other individuals during the organization’s 134-year history. Russell has been responsible for launching many new Wild Turkey brands and expressions, such as Tradition, Tribute, 17-year-old Wild Turkey for Japan, Rare Breed, American Spirit, Kentucky Spirit and Russell’s Reserve, which he co-created with his son and distilling partner Eddie Russell. Wes Henderson, Master Distiller, Angel’s Envy Wes was inspired by legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, his father, who spent his life crafting fine spirits, and claimed Angel’s Envy to be his masterpiece. The 5 percent of spirit lost each year during barrel aging is called the “Angel’s Share.” After tasting their finished whiskey for the first time, Lincoln Henderson joked that he’d finally gotten a better deal than the angels. Today, Wes Henderson honors his father’s legacy serving as the Chief Innovations Officer. Under his guidance, the company has grown both successfully and sustainably. And their port-finished whiskey bourbon has become the “comfort food” of the spirits world. Carlton Grooms, General Manager, Papa’s Pilar Rum Even before it opened, Papa’s Pilar Rum tapped Carlton Grooms as general manager of its Key West Distillery and Experience Center. As a former Naval Officer, entrepreneur, chief financial officer, world traveler, author and rum enthusiast, Grooms has an impressive resume — not to mention an MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. A Key West resident since 2011, Grooms built his knowledge of his favorite spirit over many years and numerous trips to Caribbean distilleries. Ultimately, his experiences and reputation in the rum world led him to co-found the International Rum Council and co-author the book, “Rum & Contemporary Cuisine.” Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller, The Sazerac Company/Buffalo Trace Distillery Harlen Wheatley was born not far from the ancient buffalo paths that mark the historic and storied home of Buffalo Trace Distillery in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. His formal education in chemistry and chemical engineering brought him to Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1995, but it’s the on-the-job experience in every aspect of production from raw materials to barrel aging that led him to become Buffalo Trace’s resident Master Distiller in 2005, an honor bestowed to only six people since the Civil War. Wheatley’s deep experience has made him a four-time James Beard Award nominee in the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional category. Fred Parent, Brand Ambassador, Hendrick’s Gin An elixir enthusiast by day and night, Fred Parent’s wealth of knowledge in unusual cocktails serves him well as brand ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin. Having worked as a bartender and beverage director all over New York City, his infatuation with mixology led him to create Mixed Neat, a company that curated unique mobile events focusing on ingredients, exquisite cocktails and a memorable one-of-a-kind experience. Parent was a pillar in the growing cocktail scene in Harlem, now one of New York’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. As the Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador in the Central & Southern regions, he brings his passion for potent concoctions to the heartland of the U.S. Robert Ryan, East Coast Brand Ambassador, Tullamore D.E.W. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor’s degree in social studies, Ryan is passionate about the food and beverage industry and gained hands-on experience working in bars in his home town Athlone, Dublin, Chicago and Galway. His love of travel led him to take a year off college and he spent time teaching English in China, visiting family in the U.A.E and Australia and inter-railing around Europe. Ryan recently has worked with a soft drinks firm in Dublin, running promotional nights and training bar staff to make mixed drinks with the company’s brand labels. “We are honored to be attracting some of the industries brightest stars to our festival,” said South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival founder Chan Cox. “The making of wine, beer and spirits really is an art and that’s what separates industrial wine or beers from the rest. Our festival is a great opportunity to meet and talk with them find out more about what exactly goes into what their pouring.” The Craft Beer & Spirits Jam kicks off the festival Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.; the Grand Tastings are on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 for Friday; $99 for Saturday and Sunday (tickets include Spirits Row, Champagne Lane, wine and food tastings, seminars and live entertainment); and $175 for the VIP Tasting includes all amenities of the Grand Tasting plus exclusive celebrity pouring and food tastings, XL Riedel wine glass and express entry to the Grand Tasting. Two-day Grand Tasting passes are available for $175. The VIP Tasting is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Grand Tasting starts at 1 p.m. The event is rain or shine; sorry pets are not allowed in Culinary Village. To purchase tickets and view the full festival schedule, visit http://www.SoWalWine.com. The Destin Charity Wine Auction (DCWA) also takes place on Saturday during the festival with more than 500 patrons bidding on luxury travel packages, collectable wines and other fine living lots. Monies raised at the auction as well as proceeds from the festival go to support more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. Presented by Visit South Walton and Wine Enthusiast Media, the festival offers an ideal backdrop for a beach getaway. South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following Founding Partners: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the official lodging partner. Photography Follow this link to images of many of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival celebrity guests.http:// https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yj338ujyoqyi959/AADkFnhiG9PIzHtvarxo9ufNa?dl=0 About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival This year’s annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held April 27-30, 2017 throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The festival features a stunning showcase of more than 800 of the best wines in the world. Meet the celebrity wine producers and master distillers presenting their fine wine and spirits from around the world. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village offers a sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as popular wine and food tasting seminars. Visit Spirits Row, Champagne Lane and Nosh Pavilions and enjoy entertainment throughout the weekend. The event is a major fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SoWalWine.com. Media Contact: For South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival Stacey Brady, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Grand Boulevard at Sandestin (850) 837-3099 ext. 203 stacey(at)grandboulevard(dot)com


News Article | February 16, 2017
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The Silverado is not our 2017 10Best Full-Size Pickup, but it made the Ford F-150 sweat for the win. The Silverado offers strong powertrains, serious hauling capability, good real-world fuel economy, and a plethora of features, but it comes up short on ride and seat comfort. Its top 6.2-liter V-8 tows the most in the class and wins our highway fuel-economy test. Its brawn is balanced by looks that mean business, handsome interior trim, user-friendly infotainment, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. The 2017 Silverado differs little from the refreshed 2016 model. For 2017, there are improved towing figures, where the Silverado comes out on top of its class. It also gains notable safety equipment such as Chevy’s Teen Driver system and forward automatic braking. Teen Driver allows parents to monitor how well their kids are driving. The optional forward automatic-braking system slows the vehicle when it senses an impending collision at speeds between 5 and 37 mph. Because we want a truck that can haul lots of people and an abundance of stuff, we’d choose the LT Z71 crew cab with the standard bed (6.6 feet). The $47,305 LT Z71 package comes with: • 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 • Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks • 8.0-inch touchscreen with Chevy MyLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility • EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate We’d also add either the All Star or Texas editions ($1305 each, differing only in badging), which make the Silverado even more comfortable. All Star and Texas trims include: As we’ve configured it, our ideal Silverado prices out at $48,610. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado’s top 6.2-liter V-8 is big, brash, and powerful yet relatively frugal in our real-world testing, while the 5.3-liter V-8 provides more than adequate muscle for almost any task. The powertrains are reasonably refined in real-world driving, but they don’t match the EPA figures posted by the F-150’s smaller but equally brawny twin-turbo V-6 engines. The Silverado comes standard with a 4.3-liter V-6 that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque; it’s mated to a six-speed automatic. The two optional engines are a significant step up in power and towing capability: The 5.3-liter V-8 delivers 355 hp and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard; an eight-speed is optional on some models. The 6.2-liter V-8 rings in with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque. It’s backed only by the eight-speed automatic. The 5.3-liter Silverado equipped with the optional eight-speed proved sluggish in acceleration, but the 6.2-liter V-8 was a rocket, quick enough to outgun many a sporty passenger car. Unfortunately, both Chevy V-8s feel slower around town than they actually are; competitors’ throttles are more responsive, imparting the feeling of more low-end power and quicker reflexes. The Silverado shares top towing honors with its General Motors twin, the GMC Sierra. Both have a maximum tow rating of 12,500 pounds, besting their closest rival by 300 pounds. It gives that advantage back to the F-150 in payload rating, an indicator of how much weight a truck can handle in its bed. Even so, the second-place Silverado could handle the weight of a Smart ForTwo minicar in its bed with about 200 pounds to spare. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado sends a mixed message when it comes to its fuel economy: The EPA numbers are towards the top of the class, and in our testing, its real-world highway fuel economy proved to be excellent. However, its two V-8s score lower EPA fuel-economy ratings than their direct Ford EcoBoost V-6 rivals. Compared with the other trucks in this class, the Silverado generally does well; the 5.3-liter V-8 with all-wheel drive bests all of its similarly equipped rivals. Meanwhile, the 6.2-liter V-8 lags in the city but does well on the highway. (We’ve included the Ram diesel V-6 in the chart to illustrate the advantage of its fuel-sipping diesel engine.) Surprisingly, there’s little fuel-economy penalty for choosing the bigger of the two V-8s. In an attempt to replicate how most people drive on the highway, we’ve devised our own fuel-economy test. We perform a 200-mile loop on Michigan’s I-94 highway. We maintain a GPS-verified 75 mph and the cruise control as much as possible, mimicking the way many drivers behave during long trips. Viewed strictly by its EPA ratings, the 6.2-liter V-8 would seem to be a thirsty engine. We discovered it’s quite the opposite in reality. The EPA rates the big-engine Silverado at 20 mpg on the highway, and it matched that number in our real-world 200-mile highway fuel-economy test. Based on our highway testing, a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 6.2-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive is capable of tackling 520 miles of highway without refueling. If you can drive that far without a rest-stop break, you deserve to have a country song written about you. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado drives confidently for such a large vehicle thanks to peppy performance, accurate steering, and a dose of agility. But on pockmarked pavement, the ride gets jittery, and the Silverado is less composed than its rivals. Silverado engines come in three power levels: adequate, peppy, and please-Officer-don’t-arrest-me. The base 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6 does a reasonable job of hauling such a big vehicle around, at least when lightly loaded. The 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 has good power when you put your foot down hard, but it feels lazy when you don’t; in our testing, it hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 also underwhelms when driven with a light foot, but stomp the pedal to the floor and hold on for fireworks. It lunges out of the gate with a machine-gun-blast exhaust note behind it and flashes to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. That sprint puts it in league with a host of quick sporting passenger cars, as well as with the Ford F-150’s top twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Like the proverbial rose, a truck is a truck is a truck. It’s not going to dance down a country road like a sports car, nor will it ride as if you’re wafting along on a cloud. The Silverado comports itself well much of the time. It’s poised and stable in corners at any reasonable speed, it steers accurately, and it’s as imperturbable as a freight train when you’re cruising the interstate. Badly broken pavement, choppy gravel, and potholes do make for uncomfortable moments, but the ride is never jarring. The Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150, however, are more settled over bumpy surfaces. Other than those intermittent upsets on wonky roads, the Silverado handles everything rather well. Weighing in at around 5300 pounds, decked-out Silverado crew cabs need to have powerful brakes to chip away at momentum. They do handle braking chores well, with a medium-firm pedal that makes it easy to decelerate to a stop. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Functional design and good build quality make the Silverado cabin a pleasant place to be, especially in the well-equipped LTZ and High Country versions. The interior suffers from seats that are not especially comfortable and a rear cabin devoid of USB ports. Most materials inside the Silverado are solid and durable feeling, and up-level models are fitted with plenty of soft-touch materials in addition to the harder plastics found lower in the cabin. The Silverado’s interior is ergonomically sound; it’s a short reach to the controls, and buttons and knobs can be operated with gloves on, no doubt to the delight of construction workers and tradespeople. The instrument cluster is businesslike, with legible green and white numbers on black backgrounds. We bet that some owners will register complaints about the angle of the steering wheel, though. It’s canted a few millimeters off center to the left, a position that annoyed several of our reviewers. Need room for five or six burly guys? No problem. All of the crew cabs in this class serve up large-sedan spaciousness. The Silverado has a significant advantage in front headroom and legroom, and rear legroom is midpack but still commodious. Massaging seats haven’t yet found their way into the Silverado’s cabin, but most every other piece of luxury fare you might desire has. If the passing scenery isn’t entertaining, front-seat passengers can stay connected to their personal devices via an array of USB ports, a 12-volt outlet, and a 110-volt household receptacle while rear-seat passengers lose themselves in a movie. We found the Silverado’s seats hard. The fronts could use more bolstering on the bottom cushions, and the rear seats require more thigh support. The Silverado’s optional heated-and-cooled front seats do their work well, though, warming quickly on a cold morning or cooling effectively enough to ease the sting of hot leather that’s been in the sun. Heated rear seats, however, are not available, which is surprising now that they’ve filtered down to inexpensive compact sedans. Base Silverados come with a manually adjustable climate system that covers the entire cabin. You can upgrade to an automatic two-zone climate control system in double or crew cabs with LT trim, while in LTZ and High Country models it’s standard. Rear-seat riders are at the mercy of front-seat occupants when it comes to cabin temperature, however. Despite sticker prices that can climb as high as a luxury sedan’s, the Silverado does not offer a three-zone system that can be controlled by the rear-seat passengers. A lot of coffee is quaffed in truck cabs, so having plenty of places to park those Tim Hortons cups is important. The Silverado can handle 10 cups of caffienation at the same time, with the cupholders in the door pockets able to double as water-bottle holders. At 35.4 inches, the seating height of the Silverado is more than two inches shorter than the Ram 1500 (37.8 inches) and the Ford F-150 (37.4 inches). To accurately measure seating height—the distance from the road to the driver’s hip—we use an H-Point Machine (HPM), a precisely engineered device marketed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This versatile tool, along with some lasers and simple trigonometry, also reveals the width and location of roof-pillar visibility obstructions. Our H-Point Machine and laser measurement tools determine the length of road ahead obscured by the hood as well as rearview-mirror blind spots. Thanks to expansive windows, it’s easy to see what’s around you when you’re behind the wheel of a Silverado, though no easier than in any of its competitors. Our laser measurements through the front, rear, and side glass reveal that Silverado blind-spot and visibility numbers are virtually identical to those of its competitors. Not so when it comes to the amount of roadway obscured to the front and rear of the truck. The Silverado’s long, flat hood combined with the overall height of the truck and driver’s seating position conspire to hide the most roadway forward. That could make in-close maneuvering more difficult. All of these pickups are a challenge to back into a parking spot, but for the record, the Silverado obscures a lot of visibility towards the rear, as well. Roof pillars protect occupants in a rollover crash, but they also create blind spots. We determine visibility by measuring the location and width of each pillar using an H-Point Machine and a laser beam (surrogates for a driver and eyeball, respectively). .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the best on the market. Its clear graphics, attractive looks, quick response times, and straightforward configurability make it likable and easy to use. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 we tested came with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. Four USB ports in the front console allow you to connect multiple devices and utilize the smartphone interface, but sorry, rear-seat passengers: no USB ports for you. An optional rear-seat DVD/Blue Ray entertainment system includes a single 9.2-inch screen that flips down from the headliner, plus two pairs of headphones and a hand-held controller. .ymmpinfotainment { overflow: auto; padding-bottom: 32px; } .ymmpinfotainment img{ width: 100% !important; opacity:1.0; filter:alpha(opacity=100); /* For IE8 and earlier */ -moz-opacity: 1.0; /* Netscape */ -khtml-opacity: 1.0; /* Safari 1.x */ -ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(Opacity=100)"; border: 2px solid #FFF; } .ymmpinfotainment div{ font-size: 13px; padding:0; line-height: 0; } .ymmpinfotainment a{ display: inline-block; position: relative; line-height: 0; width: 100%; } .ymmpinfotainment a div{ position: absolute; left: 0; bottom: 0; background: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8); padding: 8px; vertical-align: top; color: #222; } .ymmpinfotainment span{ vertical-align: top; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1rem; } .ymmppower { overflow: auto; padding-bottom: 32px; } .ymmppower img{ width: 100% !important; opacity:1.0; filter:alpha(opacity=100); /* For IE8 and earlier */ -moz-opacity: 1.0; /* Netscape */ -khtml-opacity: 1.0; /* Safari 1.x */ -ms-filter: "progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(Opacity=100)"; border: 2px solid #FFF; } .ymmppower div{ font-size: 13px; padding:0; line-height: 0; } .ymmppower a{ display: inline-block; position: relative; line-height: 0; width: 100%; } .ymmppower a div{ position: absolute; left: 0; bottom: 0; backgraccordcar2016ound: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8); padding: 8px; vertical-align: top; color: #222; } .ymmppower span{ vertical-align: top; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1rem; } Vehicle Tested: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 AWD Crew Cab The center-stack infotainment screen responds to inputs quickly. You control it either by touching the screen icons or using the hard buttons conveniently located below it. At 0.4 second, the Silverado rates as “Good” using our rating system; note that its screen responds quicker than an iPhone 6S or a Samsung S7 Edge. It’s still not as fast as the leader here, which is the Ram 1500’s Uconnect system—one of our favorites. By filming the infotainment screen while switching between various menus and then analyzing the high-speed video frame by frame, we are able to accurately measure the system’s response time. We rate infotainment response, or latency, on the following scale: .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Silverado is perfect for the American Pickers in all of us. There is voluminous stowage inside its crew cab, it boasts a large bed, and it offers more combined cubby space than any other competitor. The smallest, most basic Silverado single cab has only a few inches of interior storage space behind the seats. Double and crew cabs increase the interior cargo area, aided by 60/40 flip-up rear-seat bottoms that reveal a mostly flat floor (it’s interrupted by a minor drivetrain hump). To help make in-cab storage more understandable, we use carry-on-luggage-sized boxes to measure and rate interior cargo space. For pickups, when available, we fill the back-seat area with the seats folded. The Silverado held 19 of those boxes, one more than all others except the Tundra, which allowed us to stuff 21 boxes inside. How much truck do you need? Like its peers, the Silverado offers several bed sizes to choose from. We measure bed volume to the top of the box’s sides, and the Silverado’s smallest and largest beds are dimensionally similar to their competitors. The Silverado is chock-full of bins and cubbies, with a total of 16 throughout the truck. Using ping-pong balls to measure that storage space, the Silverado held a class-leading total of 1077. Ford’s F-150 came in second at 1041 balls, which, if you can imagine trying to hold 36 ping-pong balls at the same time, amounts to a significant difference. To determine the interior space available to stash travel essentials, we’ve devised a range of measuring protocols. We use six beverage containers ranging in size and shape to gauge cupholder accommodation. We stack, stuff, and arrange 9-by-14-by-22-inch cardboard boxes to quantify the number of airline-carry-on-size suitcases that will fit in a trunk or folded seat’s cargo space. To measure irregularly shaped gloveboxes, door pockets, and console bins, we fill each container with 1.5-inch-diameter ping-pong balls. It’s tempting to convert the number of spheres to a volume (cubic inches), but we resist that calculation because—as with the box of tissues, 12-ounce can of soda, or gallon of milk you might stash in these compartments—there are voids between the balls. Random packing (our procedure) nullifies approximately one-third of the available space. The negative space between the balls could theoretically be reduced to 25 percent of an irregular shape with precise stacking, but while we might be pedantic, we’re not crazy. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Big, bold, upright, and macho, the Silverado looks like it means business. Its military-crisp lines make it instantly identifiable as a Chevy. As with all the trucks in this class, the mix-and-match possibilities of cab configurations, bed lengths, interior trims, and special-equipment packages are almost limitless. The Silverado offers an optional easy-effort tailgate that lowers gently, rather than with a crash, and can be closed with one hand. The rear bumper on all Silverados incorporates a clever built-in step that makes climbing into the bed effortless. Optional power side steps zip out from under the truck when you open a door. Better still, they can motor rearward to provide a convenient perch from which you can comfortably reach into the bed. Lock / unlockLiftgateRemote startPanic alarmHold to roll down windowsHold to roll up windowsRemote parking2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500XXX .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Two agencies evaluate vehicles for crashworthiness in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates tested vehicles from one to five stars in front crash, side crash, and rollover tests. NHTSA also assigns cars an overall rating out of five stars. The non-profit, independent, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) uses a different set of tests to evaluate front and side crashworthiness, roof strength, headlight reach, and ease of child seat installation. IIHS grades cars on a scale from Good to Poor in each test, and awards the cars that perform best across all its tests with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + honors, the latter of which requires that the vehicle’s automated forward-collision-braking system performs well in IIHS’s tests. The Silverado performed extremely well on NHTSA’s battery of crash tests. It fared worse, however, in the IIIHS’s markedly different testing regimen. There’s plenty of room inside the huge crew cabs for rear-facing child seats. Maneuvering them through the smaller rear doors of the double cab model and into in the snug second row is more difficult, and can require moving the front-passenger seat up. LATCH points are easily accessible, but hoisting Junior into the high-off-the-ground second row could be a problem for shorter drivers. The Silverado offers most but not all of the latest safety features. All Silverados come standard with three months of OnStar’s automatic crash response service. OnStar offers three subscription plans to continue the service beyond the first 90 days. Gridlines integrated in backup camera view?Do gridlines move with steering wheel?Does volume of audio system reduce when reverse is selected?2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500YesYesNo .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The warranties in the full-size-pickup segment have only minor differences. The Silverado adds to the basics with two extras: five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance plus two years or 24,000 miles of complimentary service (which amounts to the first two service trips to the dealer). VehicleLimited WarrantyPowertrain WarrantyCorrosion ProtectionRoadside AssistanceComplimentary Maintenance2017 Nissan Titan5 years/100,000 miles5 years/100,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)3 years/36,000 milesN/A2017 Ford F-150 3 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)5 years/60,000 milesN/A2017 Chevrolet Silverado 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles6 years/100,000 miles (rust-through) 3-year/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles2 years/24,000 miles (Only the first two services)2017 GMC Sierra 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles6 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles2 years/24,000 miles (Only the first two services)2017 Ram 15003 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)5 years/100,000 milesN/A2017 Toyota Tundra3 years/36,000 miles5 years/60,000 miles5 years (unlimited miles)2 years (unlimited miles)2 years/25,000 miles .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

The Stags Leap District Winegrowers announced today that tickets to Vineyard to Vintner 2017 go on sale Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. PST. Each year, member wineries of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers open their doors for this one weekend, giving visitors exclusive access to the wines, vineyards and people behind this iconic wine region. Visitors receive personal, backstage access to vintner homes and historic wineries alike, with private tours, barrel tastings and food pairings, all set amongst the glorious vineyards and towering Palisades of the Stags Leap District. “Vineyard to Vintner offers visitors a wine experience like no other,” said Nancy Bialek, Executive Director of Stags Leap District Winegrowers. “It’s a full weekend with library wine dinners, open houses and a vintner-hosted lunch. Guests have unparalleled vintner and winemaker access and can taste the world-renowned Cabernets of this region, in the most relaxed of settings. Cabernet fans look forward to this weekend, year after year.” This year’s Vineyard to Vintner hosting wineries include Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Odette Estate, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Quixote Winery, Regusci Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Stags' Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, and Taylor Family Vineyards. Vineyard to Vintner begins Friday night with four distinct dinners. Each 45-person dinner is co-hosted by several vintners and is prepared by a famed Napa Valley chef. The 2017 Friday dinner venues include Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Silverado Vineyards, and Stags’ Leap Winery. Each co-hosting vintner digs deep into their cellars to share their most cherished library wines for this food and wine experience. On Saturday, individual Winery Open Houses provide back-stage access to the Association’s member wineries. Guests spend the day with vintners and winemakers at their private homes and historic wineries and enjoy special access to wines and food not available to the general public. The Vineyard to Vintner weekend concludes Sunday with a vintner-hosted farm-to-table buffet lunch. Set among the sprawling vineyards at Regusci Winery V2V guests also get the first “sneak peak” of the 2014 Stags Leap District Appellation Collection. Tickets and Additional Information Tickets go on sale, February 14, 2017. You can find more information and purchase tickets, at http://www.stagsleapdistrict.com/V2V. Prices range from $690 for a three-day pass, to $545 for a two-day pass (Friday/Saturday), $340 for a two-day pass (Saturday/Sunday), and $195 for a Saturday single-day pass. ‘Signature Wine Weekends for Two’ packages are available for $3,399 and include two passes for all three days of the event, the limited 2014 Appellation Collection of 17 handcrafted 2014 SLD designated Cabernet Sauvignons each signed exclusively by the vintners, and one Solle two-bottle jacquard and leather embossed wine tote. More information can be found at http://www.stagsleapdistrict.com/V2V. About Stags Leap District Winegrowers: The Stags Leap District Winegrowers is a non-profit association of vintners and growers united by the mission of enhancing the reputation of the appellation and its wines, and sharing its quality with the wine-loving world. The SLDWA is comprised of 17 wineries and 10 grower members. Wineries include: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Odette Estate Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Quixote Winery, Regusci Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, and Taylor Family Vineyards. To learn more about the Stags Leap District, please visit stagsleapdistrict.com or find the Association on Facebook.com/StagsLeapDistrict, Instagram.com/SLDistrict Twitter @SLDistrict.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

There’s a Ram 1500 for everyone—or so it seems, what with 11 different models and several class exclusives. It’s the only full-size pickup to offer an optional diesel engine for optimal fuel economy (for now) and an air suspension for carlike cruising. While the ride is faultless, the diesel comes at a premium and forgoes any semblance of performance. Nevertheless, the Ram 1500 has capable alternatives in an aging but reliable V-6 and a throaty V-8, and every model gets an effortless eight-speed automatic. The Ram lineup remains mostly the same as 2016, other than certain features that are now standard on various models. The Rebel adds the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, automatic dual-zone climate control, remote start, the premium gauge cluster, backup camera and rear-park assist, a security alarm, and a limited-slip differential. The Laramie Longhorn gets LED bed lighting, keyless entry, auto high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers. Our Ram of choice is the crew-cab Big Horn with the 5.7-foot bed, which starts around $41,700. The bigger cab dramatically improves rear-seat comfort, and we prefer the 5.7-liter V-8 versus the diesel because it can tow more and costs over $3000 less. Additionally, we’d add all-wheel drive ($3600) for capability. This setup rings in at $46,865 and features standard equipment such as a 7.0-inch driver-information display, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED bed lighting, and remote start. Our only must-have is the four-corner air suspension at $1715. We’d also ditch the front bench seat in favor of cloth buckets and a full-length center console for $295. Other standard features on the Ram 1500 Big Horn include: .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Ram 1500 offers what no other full-size pickup currently does: a diesel engine. With that said, it’s an expensive upgrade, and even though the gas-powered alternatives are capable, they’re also outdated. The three available engines in the Ram 1500 are the base 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, the 5.7-liter V-8 making 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, and the top-tier turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, which is good for 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. All the powerplants pair with a seamless-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear- or all-wheel drive is available with each engine, but they’re not compatible in every cab and bed size. EcoDiesel refers to the most “environmentally friendly” Ram. Since it’s at the top of the lineup, we compare each competitor’s equivalent. The diesel-powered Ram 1500 woefully underperformed at our test track. The Hemi V-8, on the other hand, fared much better in our acceleration tests and offers more horsepower than its direct rivals. At the end of the day, choosing between the EcoDiesel and the Hemi will involve driving style, workload, and budget. The Hemi V-8 provides the most towing capability, with a maximum of 10,700 when properly equipped. The EcoDiesel has a rating that ranges between 7500 to as much as 9210 pounds, and the smallest V-6 can manage up to 7610 pounds, depending on the configuration. Payload ratings for the Ram 1500 lineup range between 1050 and 1930 pounds, ranking the pickup dead last in its class. The 3.6-liter V-6 in the regular cab with the long box can hold the most and is a great candidate for a daily work truck. The EcoDiesel crew cab with the 6.4-foot bed has one of the lowest payloads. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty Naturally, the only lineup that has a diesel also has best-in-class fuel economy—but the diesel costs a lot more. The other two gas-powered engines are adequate, with average fuel economy. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel gets an EPA-rated 21 mpg city and an impressive 26 mpg highway with all-wheel drive; rear-wheel-drive models get an estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Those who want the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup would do well to consider the Ram. The 5.7-liter V-8 features cylinder deactivation that boosts gas mileage under light loads, but its all-wheel-drive EPA rating is average at 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The 3.6-liter V-6 is among the best, with an EPA-rated 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway in rear-wheel drive. In an attempt to replicate how most people drive on the highway, we’ve devised our own fuel economy test. Our procedure entails a 200-mile out-and-back loop on Michigan’s I-94 highway. We maintain a GPS-verified 75 mph and use the cruise control as much as possible, mimicking the way many drivers behave during long trips. During this fuel economy test, the EcoDiesel Ram with all-wheel drive returned 25 mpg—1 mpg less than its EPA highway rating and 5 mpg better than any full-size pickup we’ve tested. The diesel makes a case for buyers who want a powerful and fuel-efficient option, even if it’s anything but fast. Based on our testing, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with a standard 26.0-gallon fuel tank has a range of up to 650 miles—100 extra miles over its closest rival. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Ram 1500 compensates for its poor test-track performance with a fantastic ride quality that is even better when paired with its class-exclusive air suspension. There’s no way around it: The Ram is straight-line slow no matter its powertrain. Luckily, most people don’t buy trucks to take them to the drag strip; they buy them to get to work and haul their families. The Ram revels in this fact, and it’s fast enough for everyday duties such as passing. When it comes to the suspension, the Ram has a more advanced setup than its rivals. By using multiple links and coil springs, the ride quality is more akin to that of a car than a pickup. Opt for the air suspension, which automatically lowers the Ram at highway speeds for better gas mileage, and you’ll practically float across the pavement. The Ram also handles better than its cornering tests might suggest. While not as steady as the Ford F-150 or the Chevrolet Silverado, its body motion is minimal, and overall control isn’t an issue in daily driving. We noted that the steering feels light with minor travel; some editors have called it “numb” and added that it takes more effort than other trucks. The Ram isn’t as fast as the competition, and it can’t stop as well, either. Initially, the brake pedal in our Laramie Longhorn crew cab felt soft until we completed a couple of stops. This sensation was uncommon during our time with the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Test results confirmed that the Ram was worse than expected, with the V-8 needing a concerning 213 feet to stop. .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty By the numbers, the Ram 1500 has the least spacious front and rear seats. While we admit that even the tiniest crew-cab pickup can feel cavernous, when it comes to interior design, the Ram is getting long in the tooth and is less spectacular than some of the finer alternatives. The Ram’s interior space is smaller than the competition’s. The most spacious crew cabs of its rivals have two to three more inches of legroom in their rear seats, but the Ram’s still doesn’t feel cramped. In reality, it’s pretty amazing how much room for activities there is in all of the fully extended pickups, particularly the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra. The Ram’s interior is practical and boasts premium materials in its higher trim levels. Our Laramie Longhorn featured attractive leather trimmings and genuine ash wood. Unfortunately, some of the styling looked tacky—for example, its belt-buckle seat pockets and dash design details that look like they'd be tattooed around a bicep. Still, the first-row bucket seats are comfortable, providing lots of support. A rotary shifter located on the center stack saves valuable storage space, and its metal casing feels upscale. The rear seats in the crew cab are pleasant but could use more lateral support. Getting in and out of the Ram is made easier with the air suspension, as it can be lowered two inches. The step-in height is still high, but thankfully all the doors open about 90 degrees to ease entry and exit. The Ram has the highest seating height of every full-size pickup we’ve tested, but it’s barely above the Ford F-150. To accurately measure seating height—the distance from the road to the driver’s hip—we use an H-Point Machine (HPM), a precisely engineered device marketed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This versatile tool, along with some lasers and simple trigonometry, also reveals the width and location of roof-pillar visibility obstructions. Our H-Point Machine and laser measurement tools determine the length of road ahead obscured by the hood as well as rearview-mirror blind spots. Although the degrees of visibility are very similar in all full-size pickups we’ve tested, the Ram 1500 has the greatest amount of frontal visibility and the lowest amount rearward. Small A-pillars and a hood that’s angled steeper than its rivals give the driver the shortest distance of obscured roadway ahead of the Ram. Roof pillars protect occupants in a rollover crash, but they also create blind spots. We determine visibility by measuring the location and width of each pillar using an H-Point Machine and a laser beam (surrogates for a driver and eyeball, respectively). .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Ram features the Uconnect infotainment system, which is one of our favorite setups. Not only is it one of the easiest to use, it’s one of the most responsive on the market. The available 8.4-inch touchscreen is the largest among full-size pickups and is standard on the Lone Star and up. Interacting with its functions and identifying information is a breeze. Navigation is helpful, and turn-by-turn directions also appear in a 7.0-inch color display in the gauge cluster. Touch commands work well, and many controls, such as the heated-and-cooled seats, can be activated through the touchscreen. We’d prefer more ways to interact with the screen other than a single “Back” button—the systems of other pickups have multiple button controls. In addition, the Ram’s infotainment isn’t compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Otherwise, Bluetooth connects without issue and provides clear phone-call quality. Incoming calls using the hands-free connection don’t reduce the climate control’s fan speed to quiet the cabin during the phone call. Calls do continue to use the infotainment system even after the truck is shut off and don’t transfer to the handset or get dropped. Apart from the standard USB, auxiliary, and 12-volt ports, there is an optional 115-volt outlet on the center stack. An SD card slot is located in the top of the center console bin. The Uconnect system is lightning fast, according to our tests and user experience, and it’s one of the few systems to earn an “Excellent” rating from us. By filming the infotainment screen while switching between various menus and then analyzing the high-speed video frame by frame, we are able to accurately measure the system’s response time. We rate infotainment response, or latency, on the following scale: .indepthnav { overflow: auto; padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 20px; margin-bottom: 32px; border-top: 4px solid #E0E4E7; border-bottom: 4px solid #E0E4E7; } .indepthnav img{ width: 100% !important; } .indepthnav div{ font-size: 16px; padding:12px 32px 12px 0; line-height: 21px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } .indepthnav a{ color: #1383B3; display: inline-block; position: relative; width: 100%; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; transition: all .2s ease; } .indepthnav a:hover { color: #222222; vertical-align: top; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; } Overview Engine and Transmission Fuel Economy Performance and Driving Impressions Interior Infotainment Cargo Space and Storage Exterior Safety and Driver Assistance Warranty The Ram 1500 has the smallest available cargo beds as well as the least amount of interior storage space. While the disparity isn’t large enough to condemn the Ram, it may give some buyers pause. In almost every crew-cab pickup that we tested, including the Ram, we were able to fit 18 carry-on suitcases in the rear seat. The Toyota Tundra stood out from the crowd for holding a total of 21 carry-on suitcases in its rear seat.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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What It Is: Although the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 only dates back to the 2014 model year, the bow-tie brand’s half-ton pickup rides on an older architecture and is showing its age. Case in (minor) point: Not a single Silverado 1500 trim is available with a push-button ignition system. The 2019 model year, though, will bring a new Silverado 1500 with modern technology and possibly even a handful of aluminum body panels atop its steel frame. Why It Matters: The Ford F-series may be the best-selling truck (and vehicle) in America, but the Chevrolet Silverado, along with its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra, also sells in huge numbers and is a veritable cash cow for General Motors. However, the GM truck’s somewhat outdated technology and aging overall feel has taken some toll on sales, with 2016 sales down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876. Compare that with the F-series, which saw sales rise by 5.2 percent, to 820,799. Besides providing a thorough update to a cornerstone GM product, the new Silverado is expected to shed weight in the name of efficiency. While the current all-steel Silverado is already one of the lighter vehicles in its class, the new truck will utilize a variety of materials and manufacturing technologies to trim the truck’s small bits of fat. Nevertheless, we have no reason to believe these features will make their way to the new Silverado’s bed, which will remain composed of good ol’ steel, and we fully expect Chevy to keep taking advertising potshots at the F-150’s aluminum bed for years to come. Platform: The Silverado will ride on an all-new frame, but the truck’s basic setup—separate body and frame and a live rear axle located by leaf springs—isn’t going to change, nor will the usual choice of standard rear-wheel-drive and optional four- or all-wheel-drive. Powertrain: We expect the new Silverado to come with a pair of base engines: an updated variant of the truck’s tried-and-true 4.3-liter V-6 in the current truck and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the latter designed to help boost the truck’s overall fuel efficiency. Both engines are expected to utilize General Motors’ eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, GM’s small-block V-8 will once again serve as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be two available displacements of the burly bent-eight, while gear changing duties will fall to eight- or 10-speed automatics (the latter co-developed with Ford) depending on the size of the engine. Estimated Arrival and Price: Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show in January with sales kicking off by summer. Pricing shouldn’t change dramatically from today, where stickers start at $28,880 but can skyrocket to well-over $60,000 for a generously optioned, top-of-the-line High Country.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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Silverado today is pleased to announce that it has entered into a management agreement with Cambridge Healthcare to open and operate a state-of-the-art memory care community in Alexandria, Virginia. The new community is expected to open its doors in the first quarter of 2018 on a site just outside of Old Town. The three-story community with underground parking – located on King Street –will serve 66 people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions. The property will feature indoor space specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the memory impaired, as well as outside space purposefully built to give residents freedom to enjoy the outdoors. The overall design serves to bring the Silverado experience to residents and their families, providing individuals with dignity, respect and the best quality of life possible. “For years we have been asked when a Silverado community will open on the East Coast, specifically in the Washington D.C. greater metropolitan area. Our new Alexandria community marks a milestone in that Silverado will become a coast-to-coast company,” says Silverado President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Loren Shook. “Our entire team is energized by the opportunity to bring the Silverado environment to life in Alexandria, a care model that has resulted in the best clinical outcomes across our industry and truly changes lives.” Graham Adelman, Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge, states, “From 2012, when Cambridge conceived the community now under construction on King Street, until late last year, our intention was to manage its operation ourselves. After visiting Silverado communities in California, evaluating their model of care, and watching Silverado’s staff interact with residents and their families, we changed our mind. Silverado’s accomplishments in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are remarkable, recognized by academicians and physicians internationally, and well documented. We feel the basis for this is Loren’s heartfelt commitment to enriching the lives of all persons experiencing cognitive decline and his profound belief that respect for them should not diminish with the loss of their memories. Cambridge is pleased and excited that Silverado chose Alexandria for the location of its first community on the East Coast. We look forward to working with Silverado to increase awareness in Northern Virginia of what is truly possible for those with decline in cognition.” Shook adds, “We are excited to be working with Graham and his team at Cambridge Healthcare in the completion of the design and construction of this community – an effort that supports our founding vision to change the way the world cares for and perceives people with cognitive decline.” Cambridge will remain the operator of Alexandria’s Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare, whose renovation will be completed in August 2017, and will be the licensed operator of the memory care community which Silverado will be managing. Development of the new property is already contributing to the local economy with the creation of dozens of construction jobs as well as local spending. Once open, the community will support more than 65 new healthcare jobs. Ongoing project updates are available at silveradocare.com/Alexandria, and a time-lapse of the project site can be found at app.oxblue.com/open/WT/Alexandria. About Silverado Silverado was founded in 1996 with the goal of enriching the lives of those with memory loss by changing how the world cares for people with cognitive decline. Establishing this mindset as the foundation allows Silverado – and its associates – to leave behind previous misconceptions and operate in a way that provides clients, residents and patients with utmost dignity, freedom, respect and quality of life. Silverado has grown to become a nationally recognized provider of home care, memory care assisted living and hospice services. With 52 locations across Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Washington, Utah and Wisconsin – the company strives to deliver world-class care and unmatched service. To learn more, visit silveradocare.com or call (866) 522-8125.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwired - February 21, 2017) - EchoMaster, global manufacturer of driver assistance technology for consumer and commercial drivers, today, introduced PCAM-CHMSL-SIL, a series of center high-mount stop light cameras (CHMSL) for 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. Designed to fit perfectly and securely underneath the third brake light mounted on top of the truck cab, allowing a bird's-eye-view of your truck bed and fifth wheel. In an instant, you can get a complete idea of the condition of the materials that you are transporting in your truck. The CHMSL can also aid when hooking up a gooseneck trailer, as it allows for a great perspective on the location of your fifth wheel. The EchoMaster Pro series of CHMSL cameras are an invaluable tool for any truck operator who needs "at-a-glance" information about the loads and trailers that they are transporting, and easy rear bed viewing of their cargo while in reverse. Key Features Built with a ¼" CMOS sensor, and a precise, 75° viewing angle to allow for perfect views of your truck bed and its surroundings. The system can operate at light levels as low as 0.1 LUX, and is rated IP67 for waterproofing and debris resistance, allowing all-weather operation. Choose From 3 Applications: PCAM-CHMSL-SIL14: For 2014-2015 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks with OE connector at the tailgate at a suggested retail price of $199.99 PCAM-CHMSL-SIL16: For 2016-2017 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks with OE connector at the tailgate at a suggested retail price of $199.99 PCAM-CHMSL-SIL: A universal option for 2014-2017 Chevy Silverado And GMC Sierra Trucks at a suggested retail price of $159.99 All EchoMaster Pro series CHMSL cameras are available from authorized EchoMaster dealers. ABOUT AAMP GLOBAL Established in 1987, owned by Audax Private Equity, and headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, AAMP Global restlessly pursues innovative ways to enhance what moves you. Global manufacturer of mobile aftermarket technology for consumer and commercial vehicles; developing safety solutions under EchoMaster, smartphone connectivity under iSimple, rear and front seat infotainment under Rosen, high power audio enhancement under Stinger and Phoenix Gold, and OEM integration solutions under Autoleads and PAC. AAMP enables you to define your drive, one vehicle at a time, anywhere in the world.


ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a list of 252 senior living professionals who have earned its Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. The SLCC’s CDAL program was developed by practicing subject matter experts in senior living, and is based on the unique knowledge and skills required by the executive director, as identified through an extensive job analysis. Utilizing standards for best practice in the certification field, this voluntary certification program takes existing state licensing requirements to the next level. Certification demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role. The CDAL examination provides a mechanism to measure judgment, application of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities. It is comprised of questions in the following knowledge domains: Principles and Philosophy of Assisted Living; Resident Care and Services; Customer Experience; Leadership; Operations Management; Regulatory Compliance; Sales and Marketing; and Financial Management. “I congratulate each of our professionals that have earned the Certified Director of Assisted Living credential,” said SLCC Chairman and Legend Senior Living CEO Tim Buchanan. “I also want to encourage other qualified professionals to apply for the opportunity to earn this credential. The commitment to sit for certification demonstrates not only a personal drive for growth, but also a desire to elevate the standards of the industry.” Applications for the CDAL certification and registration for the spring testing period for the certification examination are now open. Successful completion of the exam is one of the requirements for attaining certification through the SLCC. April 15 marks the registration deadline for the testing period taking place this spring from March 1 – May 31. “The new Certified Director of Assisted Living program gives leaders access to a high-standard credential which recognizes their experience, competency and professionalism, strengthening our industry’s dedication to providing quality of life to those we serve,” said Argentum Board of Directors Chairman and Silverado CEO Loren Shook. “It demonstrates to consumers and state regulators that the senior living industry is committed to rigorous, professional development and self-regulation in an effort to deliver the best of quality of life to our consumers.” The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to establishing credentialing programs for professionals working in senior living. To learn more about the SLCC, visit www.slcccertification.org. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Argentum’s programs promote business and operational excellence designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. To learn more about Argentum, visit www.argentum.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Silverado today announces an innovative program specifically designed to provide quality of life to people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Available in Houston and Chicago, the specialized program was designed based on the latest Parkinson’s research combined with Silverado’s 20 years of experience serving people with movement disorders, which historically has affected about 15 percent of its residents. “Silverado’s ability to tailor programming for people with movement disorders will make a dramatic impact on lives as conditions such as Parkinson’s disease continue to affect a growing number of individuals,” shares Silverado President, CEO and Chairman Loren Shook. “Our communities combine world-class clinical care with social programs and a focus on brain health, resulting in the best clinical outcomes in our industry. This has created an optimal environment for serving people with movement disorders.” The new program builds on Silverado’s Nexus program for people with early-stage memory impairment based on six areas of research showing that there may be ways to slow the progression of cognitive decline. In addition, the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Program includes physical, speech, and occupational therapies; support from a dedicated restorative aide and specially trained staff who have completed curriculum from the National Parkinson’s Foundation; medication management to ensure medication on time, which is critical to prevent motor fluctuations; Silverado’s award-winning fall reduction program; resident support groups led by masters-level social workers; and the concept of “dignity with risk”, a commitment to respecting each individual’s freedom of choice and autonomy. The program is focused on the needs of those with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, such as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Silverado’s clinical team led development of the evidence-based program. In addition, they leveraged the company’s long-term research affiliations with top universities, including Baylor College of Medicine and Rush University, resulting in the opportunity to collaborate in this new specialization. Furthermore, Silverado intends to expand the program into additional markets later this year. Families and professionals interested in learning more about the program can call Silverado Orchard Park at 847-583-9800 in Chicago or Silverado Cypresswood at 281-955-0880 in Houston. More information is also available at silverado.com/movementdisorders. About Silverado Silverado was founded in 1996 with the goal of enriching the lives of those with memory loss by changing how the world cares for people with cognitive decline. Establishing this mindset as the foundation allows Silverado to operate in a way that provides clients, residents and patients with utmost dignity, respect and quality of life. Silverado has grown to become a nationally recognized provider of home care, memory care assisted living and hospice services. With 52 locations, the company delivers world-class care across Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Learn more at silveradocare.com or call (866) 522-8125.


News Article | February 25, 2017
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Lamplight Gardens at Silverado Rancho Homeowners' Association selects FirstService Residential as its community management services provider

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