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Leslie Dinaberg’s columns

Cocktail Corner: National Apple Cider Day

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Saturday November 18 is National Apple Cider Day. In honor of this auspicious holiday, we’ve got a tasty recipe for Ginger Whiskey Cider, courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer. I’m a big fan on using this new super spicy ginger beer in Moscow Mules—and they have […]

Cocktail Corner: Cheers to Fall Cocktails at S.Y. Kitchen

by lesliedinaberg on November 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Autumn is such a beautiful time of year in the Santa Ynez Valley. Why not toast the season with one of General Manager and Mixologist Alberto Battaglini‘s delicious and creative new fall cocktails at S.Y. Kitchen! Now available are five new fall cocktails inspired by autumn’s seasonal […]

Cocktail Corner: Sukari Spirits

by lesliedinaberg on October 27, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Vodka is one of the most versatile spirits around, so it always fun to try out a new bottle. Sukari Spirits has created an ultra-premium vodka that’s infused with super fruit flavors of natural dragon fruit, pear, pineapple and blood orange.  The fruit flavors are subtle but […]

Cocktail Corner: SB County Craft Beer Week Toasts Local Brews

by lesliedinaberg on October 24, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg From Monday, October 23 to Sunday, October 29, more than 15 local breweries at over 20 locations will celebrate the inaugural Santa Barbara County Craft Beer Week with a variety of special events featuring pint nights, food pairings, special releases, live entertainment and more. Jump on […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine & Art Come Together to Support SlingShot Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on October 20, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Wine and art are both close to my heart, so when the two of them come together to support a local nonprofit, it’s sure to be a magical evening! In this case, Wine & Art, a fundraiser for SlingShot Art Forum, an Alpha Resource of Santa […]

Cocktail Corner: HEEET-ing It Up!

by lesliedinaberg on October 13, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Fall is officially here, and Pumpkin Spice isn’t the only flavor that’s HOT this season. There’s a new cinnamon vodka out called HEEET, which is terrific for sipping. Think Fireball for grown-ups. Combining all natural ingredients with vodka and cinnamon is kind of brilliant idea, if […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on October 9, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg This weekend brings the first Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Saturday October 7. The festival combines polo, local wine, and music for a unique one-day experience. This unique, full day experience features two polo matches, great […]

Cocktail Corner: Bubblyfest

by lesliedinaberg on October 4, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway, check out this weekend’s Bubblyfest in Avila Beach Oct. 5-8. BUBBLYFEST 2017 is the fourth annual event featuring more than 60 sparkling wine and champagne producers from around the world there to top off glasses and share insights […]

Cocktail Corner: California Brew Festival

by lesliedinaberg on September 22, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As a winemaker friend once told me, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” So I guess that means that bringing the California Brew Festival here to wine country is long overdue.  More than 40 breweries will come together to pour hundreds of craft brews […]

Cocktail Corner: Kings Carey Wines

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg No matter how many times I’m reminded that you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’m still a sucker for an interesting wine label, so I was particularly intrigued by the samples I recently received from Kings Carey Wine, the new label by Liquid Farm […]