A Charming, Elegant Inn— Right In The Heart of Palm Springs!

Tucked behind a beautiful green, garden hedge and a wooden black door, was a refuge awaiting my discovery. THIS is La Maison—-one of the charming boutique Inns found right here in Palm Springs.

(Caveat: I was here as part of a media press trip, and was hosted by this fine Inn. However all of the writings, experiences and thoughts shared here are my own.)

This 13 room French-inspired Inn is a gem, with engaging and attentive management, lovely rooms, a garden courtyard with...

Discovering OC’s Ultimate Private Event Venue!

{This was a hosted event.}
Tucked away in a quiet business park in Lake Forest, on Bake Parkway, is a fabulously elegant setting for all kinds of events and social happenings! From corporate meetings, to team-building, private parties, showers and testing of secret recipes--- this is a special spot indeed. The Wine Artist is also the perfect address for personalized cooking classes, private wine seminars & pairings, custom wine labeling events, iconic birthday...

Guest Writer: Summertime in a Glass—Picnic Wine Picks

Meet Guest Writer Linda Milks- I am so pleased to have Linda contribute this great article about her recent wine tasting experience. The timing is perfect for readers to make some on-point summer selections. Linda is a writer and is a board member of the International Food Wine & Travel Association. She is also an active member in the Wine Review Council, which meets regularly to taste wines from all over the world and pair them with creative...

Elegant Dining at Pascal’s Restaurant

(The lunch described in this article was kindly hosted by restaurant owner Pascal Olhats. Thank you Pascal!)

My friend and Chef, Pascal Olhats is the Owner of Pascal’s a lovely restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. By day it is a charming café with dine in, or to go offerings---from quiche to sandwiches and salads, to complete meals. Pastries are made on-site each morning. Then in the evening, there is wine by the glass or bottle, a complete dinner menu for dine in or to go...

Discovering Two Unique Wine Bars in La Jolla… You Just Gotta Try Them!

Our International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) gathered a small group in the charming seaside town of La Jolla to make an introduction to two wonderful wine bars. Both are doing things is a new and different way. These are NOT your parent’s wine bars. We first stopped at We Olive & Wine Bar along Prospect Street in the bustling, upscale downtown area of La Jolla Village. Parking can be a challenge, so good luck with that. You might have to hoof it a few blocks,...

Exploring Petite Wines With Big, Robust Flavors

On a recent summer Sunday afternoon, I found myself transported to a lush, tropical garden. The shimmering pool and greenery welcomed us with open arms. I was in for a big treat as a newbie guest---- joining the Wine Council for their summertime gathering. Exploring fine wines, paired with delicious cuisine and of course, wonderful company---what's not to like about that line up!

Robin and Marc Simpson were our incredible hosts. And we all know how much work that is to have company and be...

A Perfect 3-Day Getaway To Central Coast & Carmel

Here We Come Fun! We have not found a better way to relax than to just “press pause” for a few days. We find three days is the perfect number. We can easily book Riley at the dog-sitter for a short stay, we don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or reservations and our refrigerator does not need to be emptied. We just lock up the house and go! And best of all, this seems to get us out of our routine. We do not have all the distractions, errands and projects that...

Temecula… There’s More Than Just Wine In The Valley!

It was a lovely sunny morning as a group of So Cal writers recently visited Temecula. The Mount Palomar Winery was established in 1969. This winery has deep roots in this valley, and responding to their kind invitation, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) set up camp right there. Perched high atop the valley below, we marveled at the premier views from their restaurant Annata Bistro & Bar. The name Annata translates to "vintage"...

The World Is At Your Fingertips at Melissa’s Produce

Melissa’s World Variety Produce company does it all in the world of fresh produce. They sources the items from 40 different countries, purchase the items, distribute them, and sell them wholesale and retail.  This includes a staggering number of fruits and vegetables from all over the world.  They are the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. But as we learned on a recent visit to the warehouse in Vernon, CA, it is so much more.  Melissa’s really celebrates...

Wine Exchange Offers Premium Wines & Mega-Selection

Sometimes we have a media event which unexpectedly coincides with a major announcement. On this fine March Saturday, it was just such a day. We were meeting with Best Wines partners Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, to hear all about their vino business. Our group included members of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), and the day was planned by our esteemed President Linda Kissam. Little did we know they had just announced they were “on the move”!  Best...