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..)

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 Avignonesi wines are shaped by our soils, by our grapes and by our vineyards. In other words, our ‘terroir’ permeates everything we do. As such, our goal is to be the best custodians of th(more..)

ElectionsVote Rhone Rangers, one of the first annual events I was turned onto when I “dedicated myself to wine” in 2007, is still one of my favorites. Not only for its focus on Rhone varietals* like Gre(more..)

ElectionsVote Oh dear, the ladies stepped it up a notch this year! The ladies, those being the hardworking ladies for the Assistance League Santa Clarita, not only gathered a unique group of non-commercial Santa Cl(more..)

ElectionsVote It took a few weeks to find the time to dedicate myself to read and focus on the messages in Brent Boso’s 74-page book on leadership for restaurant managers. However, once I did, I didn’t (more..)

ElectionsVote This Wine Affair promised to wow us with new wine and food vendors, and they didn’t fail in that endeavor. People were dancing, sipping and sampling for four fun-filled hours as Towne Center Dri(more..)