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Jim Clendenen’s Au Bon Climat Tasting Room & Wine Library, Downtown Santa Barbara

By G. Stassi.  Santa Barbara is a stimulating environment that somehow manages to keep a cool, calm demeanor but there’s no denying that it is truly a cultural gem. It’s rich in art of every genre from culinary to viticulture; the visual and performing arts; education both classical and alternative.  For wine lovers, a number...
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The Avila Beach Wine Tasting Walk

By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. For Labor Day, pack your corkscrew, some sun screen and head to Avila Beach, a picturesque getaway with a special draw for wine lovers. Sheltered in a cove between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific, it makes an ideal seaside hub for exploring nearby Edna Valley and...
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South Bay for Lunch at Mama Terano in Rolling Hills

“We should look for someone to eat and dink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.”  Epicurus (Greek philosopher, BC 341-270) By G. Stassi. This quote is on the menu of Mama Terano in Rolling Hills. It’s very true and I...
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The winos were snuggled all warm in their beds, while visions of Coravin…

  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  There’s still time to impress the oenophiles on your holiday gift list with 2013’s most coveted wine toy: the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System. The latest in technology, it allows you to enjoy as much, or as little wine from a bottle as you like, without...
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Elegant Esoteric Italian Sparkling Wines

  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  It’s time for this year‘s last and most important task, picking the bubbly for New Year’s Eve. While Champagne’s appeal is undeniable, there are some luscious, quirky, little Italian sparklers well worth sipping when the clock strikes twelve. After all, Italians were the first to deliberately...
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Calabrian Wines of Vino California

  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. Vino California began its weeklong paean to Italian wine Tuesday with the trade seminar: Call to Calabria: Discovering Wines From the Toe of Italy’s Peninsula. Attendees were guided through a tasting by a trio of LA wine personalities: Anthony Dias Blue (Blue Lifestyle), Jonathan Mitchell (Locanda del...
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Coldspring Tavern, a Romantic Adventurous Lunch Date

By G. Stassi. So every time this friend and I go on a road trip we end up somewhere very unusual but always seem to order and share a split of Qupe Syrah. Her itineraries are excellenct and adventurous and she’s obsessesd with dive bars — that’s what happens when you grow up too well...
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Passport to the SLO Vintners Roll Out the Barrels Weekend

  By G. Stassi. The charm of the Central Coast never ceases to amaze me. I love it when it’s fogged in; when its sun drenched; when it’s hopping at the Fourth of July; and when it’s raining down on the tents of a fall wine festival. Mostly, I prefer when it’s quiet and there’s...
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MIXING IT UP WITH SAKE IN MALIBU

Bartending has progressed far beyond just creating popular drinks. It has evolved into a craft of mixing and reinventing old and new exotic cocktails. Today’s modern Mixologists push the overall limits of creativity of yesterday’s bartenders.
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