Peking Duck at Joss

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 0 No tags 0

I live for staff holiday parties. Some people might loathe them, but see, I work in wine. No white elephant present swaps, no egg nog, no awkward conversations, no crappy wine or gross cookies. There’s only delicious food, special wine, and awesome people.

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The annual Domaine LA staff dinner was a real winner this year. I mean, it’s always great, but come on just look at that crispy duck skin okay? We headed to Joss in Beverly Hills with several bottles in tow. And then we went to Koreatown and sang karaoke until the wee hours of the morning. We win.

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To see more pics head on over to the Domaine LA blog.

Whitney A. x Club W

Thursday, December 3, 2015 0 No tags 0

I post videos every Tuesday on my channel, but I wanted to let y’all know that I’ll be over on Club W’s channel every (wine) Wednesday with even more videos! I’ll be interviewing some super interesting people in the food and wine world, doing some wine challenges (like “Name That Wine!”), telling you the top 10 things you need to know about a wine style, grape variety, or region…and A LOT more.

I’ve had a lot of fun taking over their studio! I’ve already sabered stuff, made punch, and opened wine gifts on camera (is there any other way?).

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Subscribe to the Club W channel (and the Whitney A. channel too if you haven’t already, you crazy!) so you won’t miss anything. Like my face, weekly. And wine, always wine. And food. And sometimes some other things. I’m a complex person.

La Cocina de Doña Esthela, Valle de Guadalupe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 0 No tags 0

Why it’s taken me nine years of living in Los Angeles to drive a few hours and cross the border into Mexico is a mystery to me. Well, not so mysterious I guess. Maybe I was nervous, things weren’t always so peaceful and safe down there, and the thought of waiting hours in line in my car to cross back into the States wasn’t appealing either. But the food/wine/beer scene in Tijuana, Ensenada, and Valle de Guadalupe was calling my name. So I answered the phone and was like, “Hello. I’M COMING.”

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I went down with my boyfriend for a quick but relaxing four-day getaway. We stayed in Playa La Mision near La Fonda closer to the beach, but right off the main route that takes you straight into Valle de Guadalupe wine country. We ate and drank a lot of great things while we were there, but one of my favorite meals was our lunch at La Cocina de Doña Esthela. The food was homemade, fresh, flavorful, simple, and humble. You know you’re at a legit place when even the free snacks that come to your table upon arrival are top notch. Cool and creamy quesco fresco, spicy tangy salsa roja, and just-fried chips.

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But the real star of the show – in our enchiladas, or a gordita stuffed with cheese and chorizo, or wrapped around slow-roasted beef and dipped into cilantro + onion-flecked jus – were the handmade tortillas. Made by that lovely goddess right next to our table in the picture above. Praise.

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I highly recommend a visit here for lunch when you’re out tasting wine in the valley. I also had great experiences at: Finca AltozanoCorazon de TierraLoncheria La Mision (get the chilaquiles), Magañas (tasty cheap as hell margaritas), and Erizo (tostadas and local craft beer) in Tijuana. I’ll be back up again soon to check out more of the wine (and food) scene, but I really enjoyed my visits to Lechuza and Vena Cava. If you want to dig a little deeper, Life & Food is an amazing resource for all things Baja. And if you want to see more pictures of my trip, make sure to check out and follow my Instagram (@ubriaca) for this and more adventures.

Empties of the Week

Monday, November 2, 2015 2 No tags 1

I haven’t been posting as much lately around these parts but I’m still here! The Whitney A Channel and some freelance projects are just keeping me busy. But I’m not too busy to still drink all the things (duh), and this past week has been filled with many glasses of great wine. Proof…

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While I was taking this picture I was thinking, “The thing I love the most next to the thing I hate the most. What a cruel world we live in where one cannot exist without the other.” Deep Thoughts with Whitney. But seriously, washing and polishing stemware is the bane of my existence. The only thing I hate more is putting the duvet cover on my dang duvet. Can I get an amen?

Wines: 2014 Occhipinti SP68 Rosso, 2014 Luyt Legno Duro, 2014 Foucher La Lunotte La Bulotte, 2014 Folk Machine Valdiguie. Available at Domaine LA