Our 40's--when we have the confidence, the connections and the tolerance for risk--are fertile ground for new growth.
-Mary Lou Quinlan

Cocktail Corner: Wine & Art Come Together to Support SlingShot Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on October 20, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Wine and art are both close to my heart, so when the two of them come together to support a local nonprofit, it’s sure to be a magical evening! In this case, Wine & Art, a fundraiser for SlingShot Art Forum, an Alpha Resource of Santa […]

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: 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 […]

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: SB Premiere of Somm Into the Bottle

by lesliedinaberg on January 4, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Wine and movies pair together exceptionally well—especially at the beautiful private screening room at the Bacara Resort & Spa, featuring blu-ray technology and a surround-sound audio system—so it’s fitting that this is the spot for the Santa Barbara movie premiere of SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE, […]

Cocktail Corner: Why Wine is Good for You!

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg In honor of the holiday season, here are some reasons why wine is good for you! A glass of wine a day may keep depression away! A group of researchers from Spain found that “those who drank moderate amounts of alcohol (5 to 15 g […]

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, […]

Cocktail Corner: Good Wines, Good Causes

by lesliedinaberg on April 10, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Santa Barbara winemakers are a generous bunch. They constantly get hit up to donate wine to charitable events, and do so with stunning regularity, often pouring the wine themselves, and always with affable smiles on their faces. A few causes that are particularly near and dear […]

Editor’s Pick: World of Pinot Noir

by lesliedinaberg on March 5, 2015

World of Pinot Noir Indulge in the pleasures of Pinot Noir at the beautiful Bacara this spring, when the 15th Annual World of Pinot Noir unites producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education. Last year’s event set a high bar […]