ElectionsVote I used to do a roundup of upcoming events, ones that I’ve been to and some that were new to me, nearly every year. Not sure why I stopped but, honestly, my wine world has grown so much - with mo(more..)


ElectionsVote Clearly, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to have wine and cheese, like most of you. But I can’t recall the last time I had a guided pairing that would explain how, when you’re payin(more..)


ElectionsVote The Beverly Hills Hotel was a perfect backdrop for a tasting of the latest Bordeaux, the release of the 2015 vintage. The chandelier that hung over the center of the room was dimmed only by the stella(more..)


ElectionsVote Had an interesting chat a few weeks ago with one Eamon McDonald, the Founder and CEO of Joya Sangria. I had some experience with both house bar made and commercially produced bottle made Sangrias, how(more..)


ElectionsVote Thanks to a nephew that pays attention, and shares my love of spirits, I was recently gifted a new gin to try. My nephew told me that the Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin was his favorite of the many he(more..)


ElectionsVote I was at one of my regular Happy Hour haunts, The Social in Newhall, when I noticed that the bar was completely packed at 5pm, much like it is at Olive Terrace Bar and Grill and Salt Creek Grille when(more..)


ElectionsVote Cruising a foodie group on Facebook one member’s query kind of stuck out in my mind. It was something like, “Does anyone do dinner parties anymore?” About half of the comments, if no(more..)


ElectionsVote Not exactly sure when my taste for a vodka Martini - with Domaine De Canton Ginger liqueur instead of vermouth - switched to a gin Martini…but it did. Only problem was that every bar always mad(more..)


ElectionsVote I met a consulting client of mine at 9am in the morning this past month, he had something milky looking in his large coffee mug and proceeded to goad me into trying it. Hot Eggnog and cognac. My how t(more..)


ElectionsVote Last week I began my synopsis of the BBC documentary, The Truth About Alcohol, on YouTube with Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim. This is not a review of the film, just the things I learned and thought would be i(more..)