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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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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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A Favorite Pinot Value – 2013 Talbott Kali Hart ($14.95)

January 15, 2016 Uncategorized  No comments

Talbott Kali Hart 2013 Pinot Noir LabelDuring a recent trip to the Monterey peninsula, I made it a point to stop by Talbott's Carmel Valley tasting room.  I've always admired their wines, especially their Kali Hart bottling which represents one of the very finest values in both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

We tasted through all of Talbott's bottlings, and though their higher-end pinot and chardonnay is excellent, the clear value is the Kali Hart.  This wine is 100% estate fruit from Talbott's highly regarded Sleepy Hollow Vineyard.  It's up-front and juicy yet has the depth to age for several years.

Talbott was recently sold to Gallo winery.  Hopefully they allow Talbott to continue the roll they've been on for the last decade.
Buy Here: 2013 Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir $14.95

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A Top Notch Tempranillo Blend from… California ($14.95)

October 6, 2015 Uncategorized  No comments

firefall_red_blend_LRGUntil a few years ago, I had only experienced good Tempranillo, make that any Tempranillo, from one place: Spain.  That was until I had Epoch's Tempranillo from Paso Robles.  That is a mind blowing wine that will make you wonder why more California growers aren't experimenting with this grape.

Luckily for those of us "in the know" (the readers of this blog), another winery is doing just that.  As the Sierra Foothills region of California is starting to make a name for itself with Rhone varietals, Firefall, from a single 2400 ft elevation vineyard called "Little Rattlesnake", blends Rhone grapes with 27% Tempranillo to create a delicious red wine.

This is a polished wine with big fruit and great length.  It's a true crowd pleaser and would make a fun wine to throw into a blind

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The Best Chardonnay Values Right Now (from $12.95)

July 22, 2015 Uncategorized  No comments

Summer is white wine season and the best Chardonnay values are coming from France - you know, the people who put Chardonnay on the map!  The Burgundy region of France produces some of the most collectible whites in the world, but if you know where to look, there are great values as well. Burgundy's Mâcon region and neighboring  Pouilly Fuissé are where I look for values and there are none better than two wines from Marie-Pierre Manciat.


The 2012 Les Morizottes is from a 25 year old vineyard and is one heck of a $13 wine.  It already has going on three years of age on it and has a crisp mouthfeel and great length.  It received 89 points from the Wine Advocate with the following rating:


"The 2012 Macon Morizottes is a little delight. The bouquet is very

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