Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98 I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man...

The Seduction of Dom Perignon

Wine Rating: 96 “You can put the still water in the cabinet… there.” Kneeling tying her tennis shoe, she pointed to a white oak cupboard, next to a stainless-steel Viking refrigerator. I looked at her...

Frantoio Grove, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

“You gotta have good olive oil. You should have a cooking olive oil, and you should have a finishing olive oil, like an extra-virgin olive oil.” – Emeril Lagasse Growing up, there were always two things...

Category - Champagne & More

Champagne, and other unique liquids and places

Cristal Champagne

Louis Roederer Cristal, Champagne, 2005

Wine Rating: 95 Every night with dinner, I drink an average of two glasses of red wine. This is done for a variety of reasons, but the two primary reasons are these: First, red wine is healthy for the body (I read that...

Fonseca Port 1977

Fonesca, Vintage Porto, 1977

Wine Rating: 99 The English writer Evelyn Waugh said it best regarding this month’s wine selection: “Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and...

Chateau D'Yquem, 2003

Château d’Yquem, 2003

Wine Rating: 97 Well, another December has found us and the merry feeling that grabs me during this month is nothing short of nostalgic. Even though the chill that we get living in Southern California is modest, I find...

Napa Rose, Disneyland

Napa Rose Restaurant, Disneyland

So, let’s mix things up a bit this month; shall we. Instead of my usual wine column, I thought I would instead review one of my favorite California restaurants. I know what you’re thinking, how could some obscure eatery...