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Aussie Wine Fest With Adam Dromi

Aussie Wine Fest With Adam Dromi

February 12th marked the first annual Australia Wine Fest.  Adam Dromi our host and my dear friend, took us on a journey through Australia event through Tazmania!  I had the chance to sit down with Adam to ask him what inspired him to be a wine advocate and create this beautiful event. LK: What got you started in the wine industry? AD: Wow that was a long time ago.  To be honest, it started as...
Secrets of Sommeliers: Wine Appreciation, No Pretention

Secrets of Sommeliers: Wine Appreciation, No Pretention

Joey Kleinhans is the creator and producer of the LA Wine Elite: Focused wine appreciation dinners. I had the pleasure of attending his latest dinner this past Saturday which was held in the private dining room at the Park Grill at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. Upon entering the dining area, I was struck not only by how small and intimate the group was but how boisterous, warm and inviting th...
Bar Covell: A Los Feliz Gem

Bar Covell: A Los Feliz Gem

Dustin Lancaster had been at Café Stella for 4 ½ years and was ready to make a move.  Having lived in the trendy Los Feliz neighborhood for years, he knew that the area was in need of something more sophisticated.  The concept for the understatedly hip Bar Covell was created by Dustin from the idea that every customer be treated like a regular.  His customers at Stella would let him chose the...
Colcanyon Winery:  Circumstantial vintners

Colcanyon Winery: Circumstantial vintners

Last month I went to “A Taste of the Bu” at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.  Now as most of you know my favorite wines are cabs and one of the stand outs for me on that day was a Cabernet by Colcanyon Winery.  Established in 2001, Colcanyon Estate Wines were one of the first established vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.  The pictures at the tasting were so picturesque, I decided I had t...
Krupp Brothers Winery:  A Hidden Napa Gem

Krupp Brothers Winery: A Hidden Napa Gem

In 1991 Dr. Krupp, owner of Krupp Brothers Stagecoach Vineyards was saving people during the week and cooking and make wine on the weekends.  At that time he had a few acres to play with but wanted to do more.  That year he bought 41 acres of unplanted ground and started hiring the smartest farmers he could find and started planting.  Four years later he bought the additional 750 acres that are...
Chef Helene An of Crustacean & Tiato:  Survivor and Food Visionary

Chef Helene An of Crustacean & Tiato: Survivor and Food Visionary

Born into a Vietnamese family in 1944, Chef Helene An was born into a life of privilege.  Her family was always entertaining guests as her parents were advisers to the king.  Each day they would entertain at least  10-12 guests.  Since she was the youngest of 12, she didn’t have the responsibility of her other siblings, but her mother told her that she must learn to supervise a kitchen.  So...
Interview with Meridith May: Tasting Panel Magazine

Interview with Meridith May: Tasting Panel Magazine

Since its inception in 2007 by Anthony Dias Blue and Meridith May, The Tasting Panel Magazine has become one of the most prestigious and sought after publications in the American wine and spirits industry.  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Publisher and Executive Editor Meridith May, to hear more about her history and how she helped build the magazine to what it is today. Meridith surprisi...
City Sip:  Wine for the People

City Sip: Wine for the People

Did you know you can tell the age of the wine by looking at its meniscus? Do you even know what a meniscus is? Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just starting to sip and swirl, proprietor and sommelier Nicole Daddio will make you feel at ease and has the answers to all of your wine questions. I had the pleasure of being invited to one of her “wine virgin” classes and, although I have bee...
Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Hatfield’s: I won’t be hanging my hat here again

Tonight’s culinary adventures took me to Hatfields.  I have to say unfortunately the food much like the décor was beige.  While the presentation was lovely, the flavors just missed for me as well as for my dinning partner.  In addition, the service, aside from our waiter Dave who was quite amusing, was also mediocre.  Plates left empty a little too long, empty wine glasses left on the tab...
Primitivo Wine Bistro – Too Primitive for My Palate

Primitivo Wine Bistro – Too Primitive for My Palate

Last night my culinary adventures took me to the Primitivo Wine Bistro in Venice.  As a self proclaimed tapas bar and wine haven, I had high expectations of the meal.  The evening started out a little rough, when the hostess could not find our reservation.  We were told to wait at the bar where it was impossible in the 10 minutes we were standing there to flag the bartender for a drink.  We fi...
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