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Santa Anita Uncorked!

Santa Anita Uncorked – Another Wonderful Adventure in Wine and Food This year, we held Santa Anita Uncorked on 6/11, and it was a great success.  With food vendors from all across San Gabriel Valley, and Wines like no tomorrow, this was one of the best events to date.  Those who attended indulged in unlimited… read more »

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Import Selection: Orvieto Classico, 1987, Bigi

Orvieto is a white wine from Italy that is named after a town. (Southeast of Florence and north of Rome). All wine called Orvieto must originate from grapes grown in a zone of vineyards of sixteen communes around the town, by specific area limitation according to the DOC regulations. (Denominaz­ione di Origine Controllata). Orvie­to wine… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Petite Sirah Nouveau, 1988, Cilurzo

In 1968, Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first premium varietal wine grapes in Temecula. Ca. Then, in 1978, they started their winery. They were among the pioneers for this appellation that is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the better wine grape regions in the world. (with all due respect to the high priests… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Judith’s Cheese Sticks

Having been raised in Los Angeles, go­ing to Pasadena was always a “trip”. I nev­er realized that Pasadena was a part of the San Gabriel Mission in the San Gabriel Valley established by the Spanish priests in 1771. In 1873, the land was purchased by the California Colony of Indiana. This or­ganization was headed by… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Joan’s 1987 Bowl Dinner

It all began in 1919, when a hollow named Daisy Dell was purchased for religious plays. The owners lost faith and Daisy Dell was deeded to Los Angeles in 1924. Daisy Dell was revamped, given a thorough face lift, and a seating capacity of 17,619 people. Starlit concerts were started, and the Holly­wood Bowl emerged…. read more »

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Domestic Selection: Sonoma Vintage White, 1985, Geyser Peak

There is redeeming value in table wines, at times… and only in certain ones. This California white is one of them. To enable me to feature the glorious mature Chianti Classico Ri­serva described on the opposite page, my search for a California white led me to the “table” category of wines. Now I did not… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Beef Fiesta Casserole

She was a bit of a tomboy with her dark hair, cut short in a dutch-boy bob, and with a smile and gaze that was bewitching. Slen­der as a young girl, she is now a grand­mother, beautiful, and still slender and be­witching. This is my cousin, Melina. We grew up living next door to each… read more »

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Import Selection: Fonset-Lacour, 1985, Barton and Gustier

The firm of Barton & Gustier has been blending and shipping fine French wines since 1725. They are “negociants-éleveurs”, as well as growers themselves. (their flagship is Chateau Magnol in Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France.) Even though they are based in Bordeaux, they offer an extensive variety of wines from different re­gions of France. Michel Fouchaux… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Almendrado

Here I am on the 33rd floor, in a suite, at the San Moritz Hotel in New York City. Daughter, baby Sammy, and I were treated to this stay by my son-in-law’s grandmother. Our patio overlooks Cen­tral Park. The majestic horses, as their hooves pound the pavement, pulling the hansom cabs, seem to type the… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1987, Chateau Julien

In the short span of 6 years that this winery has been in exis­tence, it has made a name for itself internationally. The awards and medals list is impressive from competitions in San Francisco to London. But, that is not why I se­lect a wine. It has to win our award!… by its taste and… read more »

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