We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.
-Ellen Goodman

Cocktail Corner: Passport Weekend at the Urban Wine Trail

by lesliedinaberg on May 29, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Have you been wanting to check out what’s new on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail? If so, then the upcoming passport weekend (June 5-7) is your perfect opportunity. The annual festivities feature a Passport to the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail for the weekend, and a […]

Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on May 23, 2015

The Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower program, like all of its programs, delivers kindness and compassion to those in need—but this particular act of kindness comes in the form of fresh bouquets, made and delivered with love to show people that the community cares about them, and that they’re not alone. This simple yet power message was […]

Cocktail Corner: The California Directory of Fine Wineries

by lesliedinaberg on May 22, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The newest volume of The California Directory of Fine Wineries: Central Coast Edition (Wine House Press) takes a good thing and improves upon it, which isn’t always that easy to do. Editor Tom Silberkleit has the tough job of navigating through hundreds of Central Coast wineries and tasting rooms […]

Noozhawk Talks: Santa Barbara Writers Blend Talents, Wine Experiences

by lesliedinaberg on May 21, 2015

 Cheryl Crabtree and Reka Badger write the book about wine tasting on the Central Coast Few things in life are better than a fine glass of wine paired with good conversation. Leslie Dinaberg gets a double dose of both when she sits down with K. Reka Badger and Cheryl Crabtree, authors of the new book, […]

La Primavera Fiesta Kick Off

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2015

Last weekend was the official kick off for the 2015 Fiesta season, La Primavera, where El Presidente Cas Stimson unveiled the official Fiesta theme, poster design, and pin. The theme, Fiesta Romántica, states Stimson, “recalls the time in the early 19th century when people met at parties filled with music and dance… that lasted for days! During this charming […]

Cocktail Corner: Carr Winery’s New CrossHatch Label

by lesliedinaberg on May 18, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Creativity can often come from shaking things up a bit, which is exactly what winemaker Ryan Carr has done with his new label, CrossHatch, a project focusing on co-fermented blends from Santa Barbara County vineyards. After making only single varietal wines for 11 years, Ryan wanted to try something different. […]

Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball

by lesliedinaberg on May 15, 2015

Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) hosted its Fourth Annual Royal Ball fundraiser last month at the Bacara Resort & Spa. The sold out event attracted 500 guests and a host of local Hollywood celebrities. Among the stars out that night: Jane Lynch of Glee fame was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep) presented Pacific Pride Foundation’s […]

Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Grants $460,000 to Seven Local Nonprofits

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2015

Seven local nonprofits received a total of $460,000 in grants from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon at the Montecito Country Club, bringing the organization’s total contributions to the community, since it began in 2004, to more than $5.1 million. “The Women’s Fund is an all-volunteer organization based on a simple, creative […]

Cocktail Corner: Lights, Camera, Cocktails

by lesliedinaberg on May 2, 2015

Wining and Dining With Eat, This Shoot That! A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Combining food and wine with photography is a great way to tour Santa Barbara, even for locals. We recently went on the new Eat This, Shoot That! trek through the Presidio neighborhood and the new Wine Collection of […]