ElectionsVote Oh boy. This is our all-time favorite whisky experience ever! And it’s back this April 4 – 7 at the Encore in Las Vegas. The classes! The grand tastings! The whisky brand ambassadors and a(more..)

ElectionsVote One rare not-so-sunny day I traveled to the Mondrian Los Angeles in West Hollywood for a wine class and tasting on the Alentejo region of Portugal. My education on Portugal had been, up to this point,(more..)

ElectionsVote On January 31, I joined about 50 local wine friends - now calling ourselves the #WineInfluencers - to taste through some of the new wines added to the Newhall Refinery wine list. They had recently exp(more..)

ElectionsVote I recently shared a press release from Graham’s regarding their 20-year-old tawny port, and lo and behold, a week later I received one for review. From Graham’s: “…Graham&rsq(more..)

ElectionsVote I used to do a roundup of upcoming events, ones that I’ve been to and some that were new to me, nearly every year. Not sure why I stopped but, honestly, my wine world has grown so much - with mo(more..)

ElectionsVote Clearly, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to have wine and cheese, like most of you. But I can’t recall the last time I had a guided pairing that would explain how, when you’re payin(more..)

ElectionsVote The Beverly Hills Hotel was a perfect backdrop for a tasting of the latest Bordeaux, the release of the 2015 vintage. The chandelier that hung over the center of the room was dimmed only by the stella(more..)

ElectionsVote Had an interesting chat a few weeks ago with one Eamon McDonald, the Founder and CEO of Joya Sangria. I had some experience with both house bar made and commercially produced bottle made Sangrias, how(more..)

ElectionsVote Thanks to a nephew that pays attention, and shares my love of spirits, I was recently gifted a new gin to try. My nephew told me that the Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin was his favorite of the many he(more..)

ElectionsVote I was at one of my regular Happy Hour haunts, The Social in Newhall, when I noticed that the bar was completely packed at 5pm, much like it is at Olive Terrace Bar and Grill and Salt Creek Grille when(more..)