Being seduced by A Sicilian… Recently, I have been having this great adventure exploring Sicilian wines - again, I must emphasize. As a child, I grew up drinking only Italian wines. If you are Italian, this is not uncommon to have a small glass of wine poured for you at lunch or dinner. My family drank predominantly northern varietals because my maternal grandfather was a winemaker from that region. My father, on he other hand, was a Sicilian, and made no excuses for it. When I was with him, we ate and drank, the foods and wines from or most similar, to his region. As one of my Sicilian friends says about his countrymen, unapologetically “we are different.” D’accordo, amico mio. You are very much so a breed of your own.
And if there is one thing I've learned in life, it is to defer to the experts, therefore, when in Las Vegas, for the best in food and wine, make sure to check with the Cuisinest, Elaine and Scott Harris!
Chef Celestino Drago becomes “Cavaliere Celestino” an honor bestowed for his contributions to Italian culture. Read the entire article on the L.A. Times by S. Irene Virbilia at http://ow.ly/xWmok .
After a Saturday of enjoying the much-coveted Sea Smoke Pinot Noir “allocation” left in the cabin of my friend, he offered me a consolation — a glass of 2009 Kynsi Pinot Noir Edna Valley. To say I was humbled is not enough. No, I was as smitten at my first taste by this Kynsi and ...
Another beautiful Wine Noir Dinner will be held in Los Angeles at Westside Tavern. This Chef’s Table Event welcomes Visions Cellars and will be hosted By Winemaker Mac McDonald. The inspired four-fourse wine dinner, on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 7:00 p.m. will include:
The Avocado Cocktail is a fresh take on modern mixology inspired by spring produce by Colin Tharp. With spring in full swing and beach weather well under way here on the Central Coast we find ourselves inundated not only with fresh, local produce but more than enough excuses to turn those treasures into cocktails and raise a toast to the season. Here at Lido our culinary offerings regularly change to celebrate these seasons, centered around the bounty of new ingredients that each brings with it, and our cocktails are no exception to this annual cycle with each new harvest bringing our mixologists another opportunity to do a little “R&D”.
On Thursday, May 29th from 6 to 9 pm at the Central Coast Wines in Downtown San Luis Obispo, meet legendary Central Coast Winemaker Chuck Carlson who will be pouring Curtis Winery and Carlson Wines. Central Coast Wines is located at 712 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401; 805 784 9463.
Los Angeles Mission College Foundation will hold its 12th Annual Springfest Cuisines Around the World, a Food & Wine Festival Fundraiser, this Saturday, May 31 2014, from 2pm-6pm at their Culinary Arts Building. Led by Chef Jesse Sanchez, Culinary Instructor and Certified Executive Chef, the award winning Culinary Arts Institute will prepare internationally inspired dishes, and a decadent Pastry Pavilion filled with sumptuous confections.
On Monday, May 19, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles held the inaugural promotion for EXPO MILANO 2O15: Feeding the Planet-Energy for Life. Hosted by the magical city of Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31 2015, the universal exhibition will focus on sustainable solutions for how the world population will feed future generations.
The City of Pismo Beach hosts the 9th Annual Amgen Tour of California Stage 5 Start presented by Breakaway from Cancer on Thursday, May 15, 2014. The teams arrive to the Pismo Beach Pier at 10:15 and the race begins promptly at 11:45 am. Spectators need to arrive early to enjoy the festivities, and to find a spot to watch the participating cyclists embark on their 107-mile trek to Santa Barbara.