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The Wines of Il Feuduccio & Classic Risotto

The leaves have turned, the wind blows a bit harder down the mountainside and by 6 pm the street is getting dark; Autumn is here. And with the turning of the seasons comes the turning of [...]

The California Wine Legacy

Signorello, Stags’ Leap, White Rock… some of the most iconic names in the California/American wine industry. Now these wineries and many more are smoldering ruins, and in the wake of these fires a piece of our [...]

The Yarra Valley: Australia’s Burgundy, Less Than An Hour From Melbourne

I visited Australia’s Yarra Valley in July 2015, and wanted to share a retrospective of my trip to one of Australia’s premier wine regions—a region that was on the rise during my visit, and the wines [...]

Dork out with Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork

In “CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste” writer Bianca Bosker, former executive tech editor of the Huffington Post, brings readers [...]

Eleven Madison Park Named World’s Best Restaurant

The always anticipated World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards were announced in Melbourne, with New York City’s Eleven Madison Park topping the list. [...]

Wild Game Night @ Craftbar, No Chicken Here

My husband and I attended Craftbar’s Winter Wild Game Night Dinner at the end of January on a whim—based on a late afternoon Tweet from owner Tom Colicchio (i.e. his marketing assistant) that there were a [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part III: Wines 2

Concluding our series on Santa Barbara County Wines with Part III: Santa Ynez and Buellton Wines Carr Winery Carr Winery makes its wines in Santa Barbara and has a tasting room at that urban location and [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part II: Wines

We continue with Part II in our series on Santa Barbara County wines. It’s a sign of maturity for a wine region to really carve out its personality based on a diverse spectrum of terroir, rather [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country, Part I: The Overview

“It’s just like in the movie.” You can’t escape the movie (Sideways) anywhere in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It’s everywhere and on every visitor’s mind. The steady stream of tourists from California and far beyond [...]

Valentine’s Day Menu: Spoil the One You Love

There is nothing as powerful as sharing yourself; your time, your energy and your passion with the one you love. To me very little can encapsulate this idea as readily as cooking a meal and, yet, [...]