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Ready for Holiday Wines? We Are!

November 2, 2018 Uncategorized  No comments

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As I prepare a list of Holiday Wines, I am curiously reminded of a quote by the esteemed novelist Eduardo Galeano, “We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine”. Indeed, as our lives evolve by those most noble events, and the desire to endlessly repeat them, there could not be a better time than the holidays to fully indulge our loved ones with what has given us so much joy. Below you will find a list of wines, which are sure to decorate and enhance your holiday festivities. And, the more I think about the quote by Mr. Galeano, I would wager a glass of Napa Cabernet that the “first kiss” of which he has written, was preceded with a glass of one of the fine wines below.

 

 

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Bordeaux for the Fall!

September 27, 2018 Uncategorized  No comments

BordeauxLooking for some great wine ideas - here's one - Bordeaux for the Fall!

I’ll never forget that first great bottle of Bordeaux that a friend brought over. I really hadn’t a clue about the region, or the grapes – in fact, I really hadn’t very many experiences with French wine at all – only French varietals, via California Cabernet or Merlot. Since I already enjoyed those, I was prime for the taking by a spectacular Bordeaux. It only took a few sips of that ’85 Lynch Bages, with the cascading, glorious, and rich layered flavors to have me instantly redefining what I considered to be a fantastic wine – and it got better in the glass as it rested on the table. “Good grief” I thought – how much is THIS hobby going to cost me??? I was a kid fresh out of college who absolutely did not need a

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Rose’ To The Rescue!

August 15, 2018 Uncategorized  No comments

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A tough question for wine lovers  - and I realize we’ve broached this subject before – but what do you drink when it’s hotter outside (and inside too) than a wood burning pizza oven? That’s the situation for most of us living in SoCal every summer. There’s no way I want a big, stout Cabernet or Meritage  - perhaps a light Pinot could suffice,  and I’m not much of a lover of the buttery, oaky Chardonnays. That leaves us with a few refreshing as well as flavorful and complex choices – a sparkling wine, a Rhone white, a white Burgundy? I think I’ve got it – a beautiful Rose’. Chilled with aromas of white flowers, peaches and berries, and perfect with some light Italian fare. Relieved that we’ve got a choice to bring to a favorite restaurant – now what shall we pair it

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Persian Food, Wine, and Anthony Bourdain

June 27, 2018 90+ BargainsDaily DrinkersHigh End ValuesWines under $10  No comments

Anthony BourdainThe entire world of food and adventure suffered a horrible loss from the recent death of Anthony Bourdain. He taught us to be courageous, bold and experimental in all aspects of life, all in spite of his self-professed curmudgeonly attitude, which never stopped him from making new friends, and delving deep into unchartered cultures, by way of cuisine. A big favorite of his was Los Angeles for its melting pot of cultures and food – and we will celebrate what was a neglected area for me, perhaps inspired my Mr. Bourdain. And of course, we will use some wine recommendations from Steve Bialek from LAWC to make our new discovery even better.

If there’s a plus to living in Los Angeles (forgetting the crowds, eternally-gridlocked-traffic to get anywhere, occasional earthquakes, Autumn fires

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Three Favorite Wines (and Wardrobes) for Summer

May 18, 2018 90+ BargainsCellar WorthyDaily DrinkersUncategorized  No comments

33546732 - group of young people enjoying outdoor summer mealThree favorite wines (and wardrobes) for Summer

Do you drink different wines during each season? I guess that depends on where you’re living or traveling each few months – kind of similar to a wardrobe. If you’re in a cold climate in winter, you might be wearing those dramatic dark, long coats (which seem so exotic and romantic for those of us living in Southern California), and you might be drinking a heavier wine, too, to go with a more robust food which would help you keep warm while getting into and out of an Uber. And, that’s exactly what a few friends of mine do that live back east – they drink Cabernet blends and eat heavier dishes in winter, and in Summer they travel to warmer climates and enjoy Rose’ and white wines with seafood – perhaps to Southern California to search for

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Who Doesn’t Love Indian Food?

February 3, 2018 Uncategorized  No comments

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Certainly not me. From the first time I ever tried Indian food, I was amazed at the distinct and wonderfully explosive flavors - which were totally now to this kid living in Los Angeles. A friend knew a gentleman who was the chef/owner of a small restaurant on the Sunset Strip, and often we'd show up and get treated like royalty. He'd let me watch him roast fresh garlic over flame for his outrageously flavorful tamarind sauce for the crispy Somosas, and sear freshly ground spices for curries. Mesmerizing. Yes, I became rather hooked. Chinese or Japanese food, the previous "wild side" of my tastes in cuisine, took seats at the back burner.  And, fortunately for me, with an abundance of Indian restaurants covering all price points, Los Angeles can be a

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The Yearly Holiday Overdose

December 16, 2017 Uncategorized  No comments

Nook SalmonIt happens every year - obligations around the holiday season - work, professional organizations, family, extended family, not to mention old friends and acquaintances coming into town and wanting to get together. Question is - since this is blog centered around food and wine - do you get to choose where and what you will be eating? And is it what you want? If the answers to those questions are "no", and if you have particular tastes (I would imagine that that is a "yes" since you are reading this), what do you do to sneak around in-between responsibilities and get something that you really want to try? Well, it can be a challenge - and it can entail some "sweet little lies" as well as some creative planning. But here's what I did one night with a few friends.

There's a fantastic

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The New and Improved Monday Through Thrusday Routine

October 12, 2017 Uncategorized  No comments

pasta 2We all know how fun it is to pick out a wine and take it to a fine restaurant - especially if we're meeting a group of fun friends who's presence inspires us. Let's face it - being the one who brings the wine allows up to bathe in the accolades of authority and influence (as long as the wines have been well-chosen), and otherwise be the king of ceremonies for the evening (I hope that means we don't have to pick up the tab, as well).

But the more common scenario would be bringing home an excellent bottle while we cook (or bring home) a nice meal on the more mundane nights of Monday through Thursday. And last night, I did just that - in fact, I do this a few nights a week.  And here's last night's cooking play-by-play.

Wanting to enjoy a nice bottle of red wine, I opted for the 2014

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Wine with Mexican Food? Es mejor que lo creas! (you better believe it!)

September 28, 2017 Uncategorized  No comments

scallops!There used to be a Mexican Restaurant in East Los Angeles that was legendary - La Seranata de Garibaldi - which was to me, and many others, a revolutionary discovery of what we deemed Mexican food. They featured fresh grilled fish and seafood, and a number of unbelievably flavorful sauces that equaled the depth of flavors that one could experience at any restaurant in the city. For those who defined Mexican food as a Number 2 Combination at El Coyote, this would forever change their perception, as it did mine.

The restaurant later opened 2 locations on the Westside - one on Pico Blvd., near the Westside Pavillion, and one on 4th Street in Santa Monica near Santa Monica Place, that were so welcomed that they were booked up for weeks in advance.  Sure - it was initially somewhat of a

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A Few of Our Favorite Fall Wines

September 16, 2017 News and OpinionUncategorized  No comments

ridge_geyservilleWith the change of seasons, we often find that our appetite will adapt in tandem. We attempt to phase out the lighter wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay (well, not completely - this IS California, after all, and we drink those year round - and especially with Thanksgiving!), and we start to incorporate deeper, more full-bodied  reds to suit the heartier dishes that we begin to crave with the colder weather.  Do you have any yearly favorites? We've certainly got a few, listed below - and we'll be featuring more in upcoming blogs as well.

2015 Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville 50th Vintage

One varietal we love during the holidays is Zinfandel - especially with anything we can throw on the outdoor grill with a nice spicy rub (Tri-tip, Chicken, Turkey, and anything else you can

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