ElectionsVote Ian Blackburn of WineLA (formerly Learn About Wine) has done it again - rallied a stellar list of wineries to offer samples of their latest vintages at this year’s Stars of Santa Barbara event, (more..)

ElectionsVote Sitting in the surgical waiting room at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (long story, but all is well now) I had finally moved from scrolling through Facebook to leafing through magazines when a d(more..)

ElectionsVote Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything. Yes, that’s right, so not like me. But when my brother couldn’t keep up with his daily dram intake – from the Master of Malts Drinks by th(more..)

ElectionsVote About a month ago I attended an all Rose sparkling and Champagne tasting courtesy of the Tasting Panel Magazine, an annual event held just before the new year. This past year’s event was held at(more..)

ElectionsVote Whoa, what a fun event! Saturday night in downtown LA, The Reef on Broadway to be exact, surrounded by foodies and cocktail aficionados all getting the best of the best offered in LA. I can’t s(more..)

ElectionsVote My only opportunity in the past to taste Hearthstone Estate Wines from Paso Robles was during a very brief visit at the LA Epicurean Fest 2012. But their lineup had made an impression, so I was thrill(more..)

ElectionsVote Love top ten lists but I have to admit that this one was daunting.  Do we even have ten restaurants in Santa Clarita Valley with noteworthy wine lists?  Yep, as soon as I added in wine bars (more..)

ElectionsVote In only about 150 pages author Adam Centamore covers “The Basics” of tasting and pairing cheese (and condiments) with every wine imaginable – sparkling, white, red and dessert - in h(more..)

ElectionsVote In looking over the Vino Noceto website to prepare my brain’s palate, so to speak, I learned that other than running a recent press release about the winery adopting a new 3 liter refillable bot(more..)

ElectionsVote When I was offered a sample of Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey to try I thought: I like real infusions like Deep Eddy vodkas over flavored ones, and Marlee’s had “Chinese gunpowder gre(more..)