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Cocktail Corner: A Taste of Italy with DoctorWine

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg As far as I’m concerned, one of the only things more fun than enjoying a great wine and food pairing is enjoying it with smart people who are willing to share their knowledge and make the experience even more delicious. When DoctorWine himself, Daniele Cernilli—a highly […]

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: 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 […]

Local Dish: Les Marchands Expands Food Offerings

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2016

Best known for having an impressive variety of wines and exceptional wine education classes and special events, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant has expanded its menu options to include an everyday lunch menu created by Chef Weston Richards.  The lunch menu includes snacks like Pastrami Fries and Cheddar-Herb Fries with Dill Crème Fraiche. Also available is a Couscous and Tomato Salad with feta, olives, avocado and […]

Happy Anniversary to Les Marchands

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 26 is your night to hit the town and join the team at Les Marchands to celebrate their doors being open for one year! From 5:30–7 p.m. Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant toasts its one year anniversary with an exceptional lineup of Santa Barbara, French and Austrian rosé wines, including Vallin and Lieu Dit, the stunning […]

Cocktail Corner: Wine and Film Pair Perfectly With Santa Barbara Film Feast

by lesliedinaberg on January 24, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  Santa Barbara’s Film Feast, coinciding with the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) January 30th – February 9th, has something for everyone, including a slew of great wine specials and award-worthy prix fixe tasting flights. Nominees include “The Graduate Wine Flight” at Au Bon […]

Les Marchands Presents New Year’s Eve With Pierre Péters Champagne & Raw Bar Extravaganza

by lesliedinaberg on December 27, 2013

Looking for something elegant to do this New Year’s Eve? As the ball drops, the bubbles rise. when Master Sommelier Brian McClintic and Sommelier Eric Railsback, managing partners of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant (131 Anacapa St. in the Funk Zone), showcase the best in Champagne and include a Santa Barbara seafood feast to ring in 2014. The stars of the 2013 […]

Cocktail Corner: Grandma Tommie’s Apple Pie Liqueur

by lesliedinaberg on November 11, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure some super-organized hosts already have their menus color coded and the ink is dry on their calligraphy place cards. To those people I say, “thanks for making the rest of us look bad” … and to the […]