Ladies who Lunch, at Litro.

I know sometimes it's easy to dismiss social media as too impersonal, too detached, too sanitized even, to add up to any meaningful human connection. In my experience, especially where the world of wine and foo...

Amaro Exotico

Italian Amaro.  Theis bitter-sweet liquid that seems to propagate in every town all over the country, based on what curative and aromatic herbs and spices are available locally.  The tradition of Amaro is both ...

Franciacorta Love.

I have a passion for Champagne, thanks especially to Samantha Dugan in Southern California, who keeps my fridge stocked with new small producers, but my heart truly belongs to Franciacorta.  Where else in Italy...

Lunch with the Bertani Boys

Bertani Amarone, 1986 One of my favorite local wine guys, Michael Young, is also one of my favorite chefs.  In a past life he was one of the founders of Italian cuisine in Los Angeles (in addition to opening ...