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DON SCHLIFF’S DECADES OF VINTAGE PORT TASTING 1834 — 2017

By Christine Graham Don Schliff, renowned Port collector and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse, the famous wholesalers headquartered in Los Angeles, organized another historic Port tasting in February 2020, featuring Decades of Port 1834 to 2017. The wines for this spectacular tasting came directly from Don Schliff’s underground refrigerated cellar. Most of the […]

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

  For my wife Laurie and me our birthday, celebrations always revolve around wine and food. We bought our property here in Montecito, CA in 1993. It was vacant land when we purchased it, and we began building the guest house several years later. Next was building the main house which incorporated the guest quarters […]

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2019 THANKSGIVING PAST

Well another Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was wonderful as usual, but different in that dating back to the 1950’s it was the first Thanksgiving I can remember that was not a warm sunny day. But the rains we are having now are most welcomed to offset our recent droughts. As it turns out […]

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THANKSGIVING 2019

Yes, again it is hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And, we have already been shopping for our Thanksgiving provisions including small organic free range turkeys which we will roast on the rotisserie.   The turkey we will slice and serve with our usual array of side dishes accompanied by a […]

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100 YEARS OF TAYLOR FLADGATE VINTAGE PORT TASTING

Don Schliff, renowned Port collector and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse, the famous wholesalers headquartered in Los Angeles, organized another historic Port tasting in February 2019, featuring 100 years of Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port. The wines for this spectacular tasting came directly from Don Schliff’s underground refrigerated cellar. Most of the wines were […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018!

  It has been quite a year. And, it is especially so for many of us here in California. It is very sad that so many lives were lost and so much property destroyed. But we feel blessed. Life goes on, and there are many reasons to be especially thankful this year. Now, as always, […]

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A VERY SPECIAL WINE AND FOOD DINNER

  HILLSIDE HOUSE DINNER @ BACCHUS SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 At this year’s annual Hillside House Sunset Soirée fundraising dinner (to read about the event click here ) my wife Laurie and I donated two wine and food dinners at our house, which is named Bacchus after the Roman god of wine. The first of those […]

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DON SCHLIFF’S RARE VINTAGE PORT TASTING: 1935 AND 1945

  Event organizer Don Schliff heating Port tongs before applying to neck of bottles Don Schliff, renowned collector of Vintage Ports and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse in Los Angeles, organized another historic Port tasting in February this year, featuring twelve Ports from the great 1945 vintage, accompanied by four top Ports from […]

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BONNY DOON VINEYARD WINE AND FOOD DINNERS

  Two years in the planning, two dinners featuring a wide variety of Bonny Doon Vineyard wines back to 1985 (the winery was founded in 1983) were held in September of last year. The first dinner was at our home and the second dinner was at the home of my friend Richard Banks. The wines […]

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VISIT TO AU BON CLIMAT & QUPÉ AND A GREAT UPCOMING WINE & FOOD EVENT

   Mind Behind Recently I visited Jim Clendenen, the founder and owner of Au Bon Climat aka “Mind Behind,” and his crew at Au Bon Climat & Qupé winery which is also affectionately referred to as “The Shed.” Accompanying me was Craig Olson, the President and CEO of Hillside House. Founded in 1945, Hillside House is a […]

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