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Category Archives: wine

Cocktail Corner: Local Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator’s Top Honors

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As if there were any doubt that Santa Barbara County is Wine Country, Wine Spectator recently honored 20 local restaurants with their highest honors for excellence. “Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to […]

Cocktail Corner: Sip & Swirl on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg You know that summer is finally here when Finch & Fork and the Canary Hotel start up their popular wine tasting series, Sip & Swirl. This monthly series features local wines, cheese and entertainment set to stunning views from downtown’s only rooftop terrace.  Quite frankly, the scenery alone is enough to make […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History‘s beloved wine festival, and they are commemorating the event with a new name—the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival—which more accurately reflects the bounty of sips and bites found at this signature fundraiser. […]

Local Dish: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn is the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who has owned the property with his wife Chris Kazali since 2004. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant and decor offers a much more fun, casual and inviting experience. Rather than a […]

Cocktail Corner: Rose Soiree at Angel Oak

by lesliedinaberg on May 24, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Everything’s coming up roses at the Bacara on the long Memorial Day weekend when they kick off the summer with a Rosé Soiree, taking place on Monday, May 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the lovely Angel Oak restaurant.  Held outdoors on Angel Oak’s stunning oceanfront patio, this […]

Cocktail Corner: Pairing Wine and Sushi

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Wine and sushi were a match made in Happy Canyon heaven—I’m still dreaming about a once-in-a-lifetime amazing meal I shared recently at Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards. The Dierberg family-owned wineries teamed up with Japan’s sushi master Chef Kiminari Togawa of  Sushi Karaku of Ginza Tokyo, winemaker Tyler Thomas and two impressive […]

Cocktail Corner: Test Your Taste Buds

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Are you curious to learn all about the secrets behind recognizing a wine from just a glance and a taste? Next week, on Thursday, May 18, you can try your skills at blind tasting. Starting at 6 p.m. at Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant (131 Anacapa […]

Cocktail Corner: Bottlest Winery Bar & Bistro

by lesliedinaberg on April 22, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   I pride myself on being a bit of a cocktail connoisseur, but last week I saw one of the cleverest cocktail embellishments I’ve seen: a little rubber ducky floating in the Bathtub Martini at the new Bottlest Winery Bar & Bistro in Buellton. Made with […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   If your ideal weekend involves food, wine and philanthropy in a beautiful setting, then the 4th Annual Santa Barbara Food and Wine Weekend April 7-9 at the Bacara Resort & Spa is the spring event for you. Sponsored by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the […]

Cocktail Corner: Garagiste Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on March 25, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   April Fools’ Day is coming soon, and what better way to celebrate the lighter side of life than one of my favorite wine festivals: the 2017 Garagiste Wine Festival: Southern Exposure. The unique thing about this event is that it showcases micro-production wines made made by garagiste […]