Author Archive for Frank Mangio

Dishing out the Wine Spectator Awards

Dishing out the Wine Spectator Awards

3,793 restaurants from around the world recently earned awards for their wine lists from the leading wine publication in the world, Wine Spectator.

Art meets music meets wine & food at Amaya La Jolla

Art meets music meets wine & food at Amaya La Jolla

Prospect Street in La Jolla is squeezed with many restaurants vying for prominence.

Taste of Wine: Wine & music are taking center stage in Temecula

Taste of Wine: Wine & music are taking center stage in Temecula

This year is shaping up to be a landmark one for Temecula Wine Country in its quest to not only be a recognized destination for excellent wines, but for big time music venues.

The big bold wines of Sonoma

The big bold wines of Sonoma

Touring in Sonoma Wine Country

Touring in Sonoma Wine Country

Big, stately and beautiful are the first descriptors that come to mind when recalling my trip to Sonoma Wine Country recently.

TOP 10 TASTES: The best of the first half of 2013

TOP 10 TASTES: The best of the first half of 2013

Well that was fast!

Rock Star Makes Wine in Italy

Rock Star Makes Wine in Italy

In 1999, after a decade long frustrating search, Gordon Sumner and his wife found a 650-acre estate on a hill in Tuscany, Il Palagio.

Farm fresh steak and seafood & 1st class at West

Farm fresh steak and seafood & 1st class at West

There’s something remarkable going on at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad.

Wine diva masters the Zen of Zin

Wine diva masters the Zen of Zin

Carol Shelton of Carol Shelton Wines in Sonoma appears more a cherubic schoolteacher than a wine diva, making and romancing that zesty Zinfandel that is the third most-planted wine grape in California.

Temecula’s in-demand winemaker is Tim Kramer

Temecula’s in-demand winemaker is Tim Kramer

I first met Tim Kramer back in 2005 not knowing a lot about Temecula Wine Country or much about other California Wine countries for that matter.