Author: Rich Manning

To Kalon Vineyard and the Mighty Mondavi

Got a new story to share with you today. This one comes from SOMM Journal‘s August/September issue, who graciously asked me to cover a wine tasting event focused on the world-famous To Kalon Vineyard and its association with the even more famous Robert Mondavi Winery. Now, I know some of you may think that Mondavi

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Easy as One, Two, Tre

Every March, the Italian media group Gambero Rosso rolls into Los Angeles as part of its Tre Biccheri tour, a groovy wine trade event that celebrates Italian wine excellence through its “three glasses” award. It’s the one trade shindig I never miss because it’s always ripe for a unique educational experience, one that somehow makes

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Two For the Price of One

Life’s been busy. It’s common refrain around these parts, but it’s true. In a way, this post supports a lack of time. You see, I’m dropping by to share a couple of new-ish articles I wrote for the fine folks at Tasting Panel Magazine. One problem: the articles were from the publication’s January/February edition, hence

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Podcast 2: Electric Boogaloo

Thank you to every single one of you that took the time to listen to The Lazy Hunter Podcast’s debut episode. Greg Nagel and I are happily overwhelmed with the positive feedback we’ve received over the last few days. Just as important: Nobody’s come out and told us that we suck outright. I suppose I

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It’s Come to This: The Lazy Hunter Podcast

Late last year, I was hanging out with Greg Nagel, OC Weekly‘s resident beer, food, and cocktail writer. This is a normal occurrence. We’re professional colleagues now, but we’re also old college friends that have known each other for nearly 30 years. I’m sure our teenage selves would have laughed at the sheer implausibility of

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Robe and Wizard Hat Time: 2019 Food and Drink Predictions

The other day, a question that usually arrives around this time of year met my ears. “So, do you have any predictions for 2019?” What I’m supposed to predict doesn’t need verbalization. I know it’s about food and drink. It’s a fair question to ask. After all, it’s what I do, so I should have

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New Year, New Post, New Publication

The first post of the new year is always tough. Do you look back at the previous twelve months? Do you don your robe and wizard hat and make a bunch of predictions for 2019? Do you scour the web to look for something to complain about? Those are all worthy options, particularly since the

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Let’s Talk About Purple Gnocchi

We all know what gnocchi looks like. At least, we think we do. It exists in our mind as it typically manifests on the plate: plump with potato filling, tightly packed, and semi-translucent white in hue. Yet this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it can be purple. Trust me on that last bit. I made

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I Finally Hopped Over to The Blind Rabbit

Yep. I’ve been super busy again, hence the lack of activity on the website. I assure you, I’ve been working on some cool stuff. I’m coming up for air to share a slice of that coolness with you today. Before we get to that, please indulge me in a mini-rant. I hate writing headlines for

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