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Cocktail Corner: Oh Hanukkah!

by lesliedinaberg on December 11, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg The first night of Hanukkah is December 12, and that night also kicks off an awesome edible Hanukkah collaboration between two Santa Ynez Valley Chefs—PICO’s Drew Terp and Brooke Stockwell of K’Syrah Catering & Events—on an eight-day foodie fest building up to a final eight-course, seated dinner […]

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 […]

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: In the Mood for Love

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2017

  A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Love is in the air this month, with Valentine’s Day cocktail specials from some of our favorite mixologists. Want to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day?  Try Inconceivable! from Joe Dohany of Finch & Fork (31 W. Carrillo St. in the Canary Hotel). “A beautiful […]

Cocktail Corner: World of Pinot Noir Makes a Delicious Gift

by lesliedinaberg on December 17, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  If you’re looking to splurge on a gift for that special someone, who happens to be a wine lover, why not plan your Pinot Noir adventure together and take them to the World of Pinot! I get to go to a LOT of wine festivals […]

Cocktail Corner: Tasty Tidbits

by lesliedinaberg on September 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I can’t believe that summer is almost over. There’s been a lot of news on the bar beat the last few months. Here are some highlights:                 One of Santa’s Barbara’s favorite dining destinations, The Lark (131 Anacapa St.), was recognized by […]

Summer Editor’s Pick: Central Coast Wine Classic

by lesliedinaberg on July 18, 2016

The Central Coast Wine Classic (Aug. 10–14) celebrates 31 years of excellent wine tastings, tours, symposiums, rare wine dinners and more, including a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium and another highlighting Champagne Louis Roederer and Black River Caviar ( —Leslie Dinaberg This story originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

Meet El Lugar and Clairborne & Churchill Winemaker Coby Parker Garcia

by lesliedinaberg on July 15, 2016

Inside Wine Santa Barbara—a fun and educational Meetup group which is open to the public—features winemaker Coby Parker Garcia at a special gathering on July 23, at 5:30 p.m., in the charming courtyard of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, 2559 Puesta Del Sol. Under the El Lugar label, Garcia creates small lot, vineyard designate Pinot Noir, defined […]

Cocktail Corner: Fess Parker’s New Spot to Sip by the Sea

by lesliedinaberg on June 25, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg There’s a great new addition to Santa Barbara’s waterfront area: Fess Parker Properties now has a tasting room right inside of the beachfront hotel, The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. Opening its doors last night, the new venue features a a rotating selection of 16 […]

Cocktail Corner: Potek Winery Launches in The Mill

by lesliedinaberg on August 14, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg It seems rather fitting that Dave Potter‘s new wine venture, Potek Winery, is the first of several farm-to-table ventures launching in The Mill. If you haven’t heard about Darrell and Kirsten Becker‘s cool new project, trust me, you will! Located at the corner of Laguna […]