A True Library Wine

Barney's Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard
Barney’s Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard


by Barnaby Hughes


The term “library wine” typically refers to a bottle that has been cellared, but I recently discovered a whole new kind of library wine. St. Helena Public Library (SHPL) in the Napa Valley has a small collection of 91 vines on its property. Planted in 2000, it is known as Barney’s Backyard, in honor of Bernard Rhodes, first President of the Wine Library Association. Barney’s Backyard complements the adjacent Library Vineyard, planted between 1880 and 1920. Turley Wine Cellars, which leases Library Vineyard, harvests and vinifies together the grapes from both vineyard plots. 

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Twelfth GAYOT Dinner Series

Bella Lantsman - Barbara Lazaroff - Sophie Gayot
Bella Lantsman, general manager Chinois on Main, Barbara Lazaroff, Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

 

For this dinner, we have joined forces with Barbara Lazaroff and Sherry Lansing, the founders of California Spirit. Since 1984, this organization has been raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Over time, fifteen million dollars have been distributed for research, education, advocacy and patient services in Los Angeles County and beyond.

 

For California Spirit XXIX, some of the best chefs in Southern California will be cooking and offering dishes that you will enjoy on the plaza of the Pacific Design Center, on Sunday, July 28th, starting at 4 p.m. Participating restaurants include:

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Assembling Around the Pool for Charity

Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot
Actor David Arquette with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


We can all thank actor David Arquette for welcoming us to his beautiful Beverly Hills house for the 2013 Vintage Hollywood 12th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event.


Some Los Angeles chefs offered delicious tasting bites like the scallop ceviche by littlefork, an array of grilled cheese sandwiches by chef Eric Greenspan, tuna tartare tacos by soon-to-open Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica, and burgers by probably the best burger chain The Counter. Let’s not forget the oysters by Christophe Happillon‘s The Oyster Gourmet, and the savory finale of cheeses from the celebrated Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

 

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Where to Dine Out for Christmas

Rene  Baez - Javier Lopez - Vincent Cachot - Benjamin Bailly - Sophie Gayot
Pastry chef Rene Baez, sous-chef Javier Lopez, executive chef Vincent Cachot, chef de cuisine Benjamin Bailly, LAPD officer with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel has dressed up its historic lobby with holiday decorations that will be on view until December 30th. Last week, for the first time, it held a ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree. And since we were in glitzy Hollywood, snow fell on us from the ceiling (watch the video). The evening was dedicated to the LAPD’s Police Activities League (PAL), a youth crime prevention program, so guests deposited presents for the children underneath the tree.


Newly appointed chef Benjamin Bailly at Public Kitchen & Bar was busy with his team making sure that the guests’ appetites were satisfied. (I will leave chef Bailly some time to implement his own menu before reviewing the restaurant.)

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2012 Toys for Tots at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Mehdi Eftekari - Marines - Sophie Gayot
Marines with general manager Mehdi Eftekari & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


It is that time of the year when Mehdi Eftekari, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, organizes an evening to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. Last week, I joined hundreds of other guests bearing unwrapped toys to enter the worthwhile event.


“This fund-raiser and charity are very personal to me, and I am committed to putting smiles on children’s faces as long as I can. I appreciate all of the support that friends and clients have given to me in order to achieve my goal,” said Eftekari.

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