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The Baller’s Guide to Napa Valley: Most Expensive Tasting Menu to VIP Wine Tasting

View from Poetry Inn by Caroline on Crack

OK, yes, Napa is an expensive place to visit. Even staying at a Best Western in downtown Napa can be a $300-a-night affair! But that’s not too surprising considering Napa is touted as the premier wine region of California. Our entire state has over 700 miles of wine country and 107 AVAs, but everyone the…

Bubbly by the Glass: Where To Drink Expensive Champagne Solo in L.A.

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Usually expensive champagne like Krug or Dom Pérignon can only be had by the bottle. But what if you just want a simple sipper to celebrate solo? (Say that three times fast.) Or you do not want to break the bank on a whole bottle? Fortunately there are a ton of places in Los Angeles —…

Where To Drink in Hollywood: Power House, Lost Property, Sassafras Saloon

Sassafras Saloon's Talking Bird by Caroline on Crack

Oh lawdy, Hollywood has gotten a whole bunch of new drinking options! This week for Los Angeles Magazine’s Liquid LA alone I covered three new cocktail programs created by high-caliber bartenders. And the best part is that all three bars are within walking distance of each other! OK, maybe it’ll be a long walk in…

What To Make With Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee Cynar

Matthew Biancaniello by Caroline on Crack

For my Los Angeles Magazine Liquid LA post today, I shared mixmaster Matthew Biancaniello’s recipe for his coffee Cynar. A recipe so simple, mixing two things that naturally seem perfect together! I had had it again recently and knew I had to learn how to finally make it myself so I’d have a never-ending supply….

Halloween 2014: Spooky Punches, Neon Parties, Haunted Bars

Halloween punch: The Wellesbourne Jeepers Creepers Punch

Halloween is the BEST holiday of the entire year. Costumes, candy, scary movie marathons! Come on! And this year there are a ton of fun opportunities to show off the costume you worked on all year…or, if you’re like me, the one that you patched together with things from our closet. Here are my picks…

Tonight: Cana Rum Bar Fall Cocktail Menu Debuts

Cana Rum Bar's New Fall Cocktails by Caroline on Crack

Tonight Cana Rum Bar debuts its brand-new fall cocktail menu (see below) which will not only bring back crowd favorite, the Pumpkin Colada, but will also feature a new ice cream cocktail which uses a Manhattan ice cream! This takes the place of my summertime favorite, Schoolyard Crush, which was made with a housemade Angostura…

Rodney Strong Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet for an Easy Wine Party

Wine party guests by Caroline on Crack

As much as I love wine now, I’ve never hosted a wine-paired dinner before because apart from the fact that I still don’t really feel comfortable with my wine pairing abilities 1) I don’t cook and 2) I don’t even own a dining room table. So when Rodney Strong Vineyards invited me to be one…

Coravin Is Changing Wine Lists in Los Angeles

Greg Lambrecht demos Coravin by Caroline on Crack

When I first heard about wine accessing device Coravin, which first hit the wine world last year and already won an award, I thought my prayers were answered. A tool that allows you to access wine without removing the cork? Magic! As a newbie wino it was just the invention I needed to break me…

Wino Deal: Fundamental LA’s Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

Fundamental LA carrot risotto by Caroline on Crack

During lunch hours, Fundamental LA — a Westwood restaurant that’s been around since 2011 and has got all those buzzwords foodies seem to love like “farmers market fresh,” “artisanal,” and “small plates — is a sandwich shop. But at night it turns into a hopping small plates eatery with food by executive chef Philip Pretty (Sona,…

Get Your Cocktail Fix at LA Times The Taste’s Pop-Up Bars

LA Times The Taste by Caroline on Crack

Food events usually have lots to drink for oenophiles, leaving avid cocktail lovers, well, thirsty. Unfair! But fortunately at this weekend’s LA Times’ The Taste, in addition to a “secret cocktail lab,” there will be “pop-up bars” featuring some of your favorite L.A. bartenders and their specialty drinks. Each bar will spotlight a sponsored spirit with the…