Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure, nor this thing nor that, but simply growth.
-W.B. Yeats

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: Easter Dining and a Toast to Spring!

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   Spring is in the air, so what better time to sample some of the lovely new libations at our local watering holes. Hop on over and give these spring cocktails and dining options a taste: Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has […]

Cocktail Corner: Walt Wines

by lesliedinaberg on March 11, 2017

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg   “Wines of a Place” was the theme for a recent media event put on by Walt Wines, and this place was certainly a beauty! We started the day boarding a shuttle at the Bacara Resort & Spa, which was all abuzz with World of Pinot Noir […]

Cocktail Corner: S.Y. Kitchen’s Refreshing Spring Cocktails

by lesliedinaberg on May 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Inspired by our warm, spring days, S.Y. Kitchen Mixologist Alberto Battaglini has added five creative new cocktails to the menu, all inspired by local market produce, herbs and botanicals. Battaglini is the General Manager and resident Mixologist at S. Y. Kitchen where he creates his own infusions of spirits […]

Cocktail Corner: Sip and Savor Valentine’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love, or a true friend, our local watering holes and restaurants are working overtime to make the holiday a memorable one. Here are a few ideas: A Classic Valentine Weekend at Finch & Fork Finch & Fork […]

Cocktail Corner: Fall Flavors

by lesliedinaberg on October 18, 2015

A Bounty of Autumnal Cocktail Flavors at S.Y. Kitchen, Finch & Fork and Intermezzo A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Had enough of  the pumpkin spice hoopla from your local barista?  Here’s an abundance of fun fall finds from your friendly neighborhood bartenders. Alberto Battaglini, the acclaimed mixologist at S.Y. Kitchen (1110 Farday St., Santa Ynez), has new […]

Cocktail Corner: A Toast to Love and Valentines

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Nothing says romance quite like a great bottle of wine or a sexy cocktail. Here are some ways to toast your beloved this Valentine’s Day. The Santa Barbara Wine Collective has a special Valentine’s Day library flight of Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon paired with local chocolate truffles created […]