What are you drinking this holiday weekend?
Restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila suggests this 2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc "Ronco delle Mele." She says: "At the holiday table, it makes a great alternative to Chardonnay, and it's a wonderful foil for chilled shellfish, lobster or spicy Thai or Szechuan dishes." Read the rest of her review here. Want more? Check out this photo gallery of 94 of her wine picks.
And Betty Hallock interviewed L.A.'s top mixologists and got them to share 12 recipes that revolve around market-fresh fruits and seasonal spices such as persimmons and ginger. Here's one of them, at left, Santa's Sidecar.
-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times