Monday, June 26, 2017

06/26 SOMMELIER ROXANNE LANGER, MORAGA VINEYARDS, NGUYEN TRAN, STARRY KITCHEN

ROXANNE LANGER - SALES & MARKETING MANAGER, MORAGA VINEYARDS

MORAGA IS A PREMIER WINERY FOUNDED IN 1989, BEL AIR CALIFORNIA.

Moraga Vineyards is a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles community of Bel Air. From the care of each individual vine, to the selection and blending processes, to the hand labeling of each bottle, every effort is taken to produce wine of distinctive style and quality.

OUR STORY
Grapes are not foreign to this canyon land. The overland expedition of Don Caspar de Portola, which established the route of the California missions (El Camino Real), passed by Moraga Canyon in August of 1769. In his diary, expedition member Father Juan Crespi mentions a “profusion of wild grapes and Castilian roses in full bloom” in the canyon. Wild roses still exist on the property and are represented on the four corners of the Moraga wine label.

OUR WINES
Our focus is to create the highest quality wine while preserving the essence of place. With the experience of each vintage, we have been able to improve our understanding of the ripening patterns of the vineyards. We selectively pick from vines that have come to full maturity on the basis of taste. Ultimately, it is all about flavor and tannin development.

WWW.MORAGAVINEYARDS.COM


NGUYEN TRAN - AUTHOR,  ADVENTURES IN STARRY KITCHEN: 88 ASIAN‐INSPIRED RECIPES FROM AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS UNDERGROUND RESTAURANT

ADVENTURES IN STARRY KITCHEN: 88 Asian‐Inspired Recipes from America’s Most Famous Underground Restaurant by Nguyen Tran chronicles this remarkable DIY story in full—from the restaurant’s unlikely origin to its shiny new brick‐and‐mortar restaurant in Echo Park, including all the misdemeanors, milestones, mishaps and amazing meals that contributed to the restaurant’s success. Fully illustrated with color throughout, the behind‐the‐scenes tales are paired with 88 (a lucky number in Chinese culture) recipes for Pan‐Asian comfort food, mouthwatering and easy‐to‐make dishes like Singaporean Chili Crab w/ Buttermilk Beer Beignets, Pandan Churros, and Starry Kitchen’s trademark Crispy Tofu Balls.

ADVENTURES IN STARRY KITCHEN is a hilarious retelling, and gorgeously rendered guide for accomplished and aspiring at‐home chefs alike that demonstrates you don’t have to be a desperately hip (or even trained) chef to master modern food that will amaze and delight, whether cooking for two, four, or even your own underground operation.

STARRYKITCHEN.COM

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