Tag Archive: wine

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…

What Not To Pair With Your Fancy Cabernet Sauvignon

Sequoia Grove Winery wine pairing by Caroline on Crack

Since taking that Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam earlier this year, a whole new world has open up to me. All this time I thought cocktails were a fine thing to pair with food because you can create one to complement the flavors of a dish. But wine… Ah wine. Wine is naturally perfect…

How To Do Santa Barbara Wine Tasting in a Few Hours

Santa Barbara Wine and Eric Railsback by Caroline on Crack

Sommelier Eric Railsback loves wine so much that even before he was of legal drinking age he was trying to stock up on Burgundy. Cut to now when he’s 29, and he’s made a name for himself not just in the wine world as a protege of Rajat Parr and one of Food & Wine‘s…

My Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2013 Drinking Itinerary

Pebble Beach Food & Wine by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Flickr)

I felt like I was movin’ on up when I got the invite to the four-day 6th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine food festival (April 4-7). I mean, that’s fancy pants, right? Pebble Beach, a picturesque seaside enclave, is known for events like the high-falutin car show, Concours d’Elegance, for chrissakes. The affluent residents’…

New York Times’ Eric Asimov on How To Love Wine on a Budget

Eric Asimov's wine picks at Domaine LA by Caroline on Crack

I’m not big on wine. Frankly, it usually knocks me out, especially red. But also because I could never really connect with it like foodies and oenophiles do. Tasting notes bewilder me. I mean, what if I DON’T taste the wood, blackberry, leather or whatever they say I should? So when I first heard about…

This Weekend: Drunken Singles Mixer, Hatchi Truck Stop, Street Beer Art

On this weekend’s itinerary: Drinking, and lots of it. Thursday, April 28 Fred Segal Santa Monica + Daily Candy Party This is a party that no fashionista on a budget will want to miss. We’re talking mini makeovers by Stila, an OPI manicure bar and blowouts by Fred Segal Salon, including styling tips from Fred…

The Mutha of LA Food Fests: 28th Annual American Wine & Food Festival

Now usually I shy away from posting events with high-priced tickets on my blog because first and foremost, I’m a cheapskate. But next week’s Wolfgang Puck’s 28th Annual American Wine & Food Festival is really THE food festival you (and I) should have been saving up your (my) money for. It’s the mutha of LA…

Giveaway: Bored to Death Wine Detective Challenge Blind Tasting at Pourtal

Yes, yet another giveaway. Well, what better way to show that I love you crackheads than by giving you the chance to win stuff? This giveaway will win you entry to an exclusive event at Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar in Santa Monica. It’s so exclusive that only 70 lucky people get to go. Ten of…

This Weekend: $1 Cocktails, Beer Class, Poketo Party

SO many fun things to do this weekend. I hope it doesn’t rain! Friday, April 23 $1 Cocktails at Bigfoot Lodge West One of my fave Westside bars is debuting two new cocktails on its happy hour menu and we all benefit. From 8 to 10pm, the new drinks — Moscow Mule and the Honeycomb…