A restaurant for all seasons

Next time you’re at or near the shopping center for the world — that’s South Coast Plaza in Orange County — you must stop by Seasons 52, next to Bloomingdale’s for a fresh dining experience.
Seasons 52 is a remarkable name easily chosen to fit the format of the seasons-inspired menu that changes with spring, summer, fall and winter.
Seasons 52 represents fresh weekly special menu/wine offerings from Chef Tim Kast and Master Sommelier George Miliotes. A look around reveals a casually sophisticated ambiance that celebrates all that is good with life. 
I spoke with manager Harry Lucho who told me that Seasons 52 is focused on the fresh dining experience. 
“We are right for the times.  All of our entrees are under 475 calories,” he said. 
There are over 60 wines by the glass and 100-plus bottles — some that are not as well known — but can make for excellent discoveries at stellar values.  Miliotes is a Master Sommelier and supervises Beverage and Hospitality.  He also makes wine in South Africa. 
The 2006 Napa Valley Tom Eddy Elodian was specially selected for me to review as it fits in with the profile of the wines of Seasons 52.  It consists of four of the most admired vineyards in Napa Valley and emits soft tannins, a bright cherry flavor, touched by French Oak, with traces of plum and blackberry ($74).
It was a perfect pairing with my Oak Grilled Filet Mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted mushrooms ($26.75).
Earlier, for openers, I had the ripe plum tomato flatbread with fresh basil and garlic; it was served in a fun presentation and was Seasons 52 delicious answer to dull bread and butter.
Following the flatbread, I sampled the stuffed artichoke leaves with arugula, balsamic and Parmesan cheese paired with a Casillero del Diablo Viognier, a favorite white wine of mine ($8.50 per glass).
As a fresh food grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 matches service with the food it offers.  The wait help is smart, quick and helpful in making this dining room a special place.  And if you’re thinking that parking may be a problem at this super-busy center, Seasons 52 offers its guests complimentary valet parking.
See more at seasons52.com, or call for a reservation at (714) 437-5252.
The wine scene in
the Cedros District
It might be a little early to describe the Cedros District in Solana Beach as a “wine scene” where groups gather to meet and greet, taste new wines and compare notes on other wines, but Curruth Cellars is off to a sweet start.
Adam Curruth offers some 13 selections from a Sauvignon Blanc to an oh-so-sweet and elegant Cabernet Port.  Located on the east side of Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, just south of the legendary Belly Up Tavern, he and winemaker Cameron Parsons source out the best grapes they can find from “wine countries” all over the state.
Curruth cut his teeth in the wine business as a wholesaler, representing other labels before opening the Cedros retail operation.  He has been making wine professionally since 2006.
Tasting Room hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Wine tasting events where customers can participate in the process are indeed special. Carruth is planning an all-day mobile bottling party July 31.  Check with the winery for details at (858) 847-9463; and see more about this urban winery at wineryoncedros.com.
Wine Bytes
— The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival is now offering hotel and ticket packages for the 8th annual classic in the city Nov. 16 to Nov. 20.  Early season discount prices are in effect.  Call (619) 342-7337, or visit worldofwineevents.com.
— Wines from Northern Italy are featured at Bacchus Wine Market in the Gaslamp San Diego June 24 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and June 25 from 2 to 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $20 per person.  Call (619) 236-0005.
— San Clemente Wine Co. on Avenida Del Mar has a Tic Tok Australian Winery event with the winemaker June 24 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Tasting fee is $15, and includes cheese, crackers and chocolate.  For more, call (949) 429-7067.
— June 25 begins Monte De Oro Winery’s Summer Event Series with Movie Night and a showing of Animal House. Time is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. outside on the patio in Temecula Wine Country.  Food and wine will be available. For details, call (951) 491-6551.
— Orfila Winery in Escondido has a Summer Social June 26 from 1 to 5 p.m.  Free Admission.  Live music.  Pizza, Italian ice, photos are optional.  Call (760) 738-6500, ext. 20.
— RELM in downtown Carlsbad is offering a cheese and wine pairing event June 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 each.  Six luscious classic cheeses are matched up with perfect reds and whites for your pleasure.  Contact RELM at (760) 434-9463.

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