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Krupp Brothers came and conquered at Dolce

In a spirit of constant discovery, the full house at Dolce Pane E Vino in Rancho Santa Fe sipped, laughed and buzzed about the collection of wines from the revered hills of Napa Valley, from Krupp Brothers. Krupp Brothers actually are brothers, Jan and Bart, and 1,800 feet above the valley floor, they harvest some of […]

Discover Tesoro in Temecula

You might call them the new kids on the block but Buzz and Kimberly Olson grew up fast and now they are among the innovators of Temecula Valley winery owners. Their Tesoro Winery is really three attractions: the Old Town Tasting Room with new release treats and gifts for the holiday; the Club House & Urban Barrel […]

Go ‘West’ for harvest of fresh food, fine wines

It was billed as Oktober West and the celebration was on to toast the harvest of the West Steak and Seafood Carlsbad Organic Farm. I was greeted at the tented entrance by a smiling group. No, actually a happy-to-see-you family: owners, management, an executive chef, kitchen and wait help, all with a big contribution to this […]

Wining and dining: the latest from Temecula Wine Country

A short time ago, I was cruising my way through a lifestyle expo in Del Mar when I noticed a strikingly attractive hardcover book at a booth, “Temecula Wine Country — Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Wineries in Temecula.” It contained vivid pictures and text of the appellation, its estates, maps, wines and annual events. […]

San Diego Bay warms up to the wine and food festival

The Thanksgiving holiday is nearly here, an opportune time to gather friends for food, wine and good times. The same can be said for another tradition in San Diego that takes place a week earlier.  From Nov. 17 through Nov. 21, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival consumes the hearts and minds of all […]

The two sides of Catalina Island

The Catalina Express speedboat from San Pedro to Two Harbors, Catalina Island, drew up to the dock. I gazed around at the surroundings on this first-time visit for the next few days and couldn’t help think I was in a virtually undiscovered paradise, just 12 miles from Avalon, the bustling, tourist-driven Catalina hot spot, which is like […]

Say cheese pairing with your wine

The press release read: “Join the Cheese Impresario Barrie Linn, bringing together the finest wine and cheese to create a magic relationship  that will sing and dance on your palate.”  This invitation was circulated by Dorian Linkogle, the co-owner of Briar Rose Winery in Temecula. OK, I knew about the wines she and her husband Les produced, […]

It might not be ‘native,’ but California wine packs a punch

Zinfandel is California’s muscle wine. 2007s are in abundance with some wineries introducing their 2008s. Both vintages deliver big time. According to Wine Spectator’s Vintage Ratings, both years are up there with the best in a decade. “Zin” as the varietal is affectionately known, almost became California’s official “native” grape recently until someone pointed out that genetically it […]

Wine, Valentine’s Day make hearty pair

The romance of wine has been well-documented in story and song. Couples are falling in love and having weddings at vineyards in increasing numbers. Elegant and extraordinary experiences have been the highest priority for the area wineries and restaurants that feature fine wine in their menus, as they plan for Valentine’s Day dinners on Feb. […]

Local establishments team up for ‘Restaurant Week’

More than 150 San Diego County fine dining eateries banded together in a sweeping effort to stimulate the joy and benefits of “eating out.” A well thought-out plan, with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders as spokesman, offered three-course “prix fixe” meals at more than 150 participating restaurants for $20, $30 or $40 per person. This […]