The Dining Diva Does Wine

 Oscar mania has overtaken Hollywood and possibly the world. Sunday’s the big day or rather night. Ever wonder what wine they serve at the posh Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governor’s Ball? I thought you might. Well it’s a ver special 2006 Gold Standard Rserve Chardonnary anda 2004 Red Carpet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon blended by Sterling Vineyards especially for the event. Apt accompaniments to Wolfgang puck’s extraordinary dinner–which fyi will be served to about 1500 star-studded, designer draped guests. Actually was able to get a bottle of the Chard but it’s too precious to open at least for now. Now you know. PS: Napa Valley’s  Sterling Vineyards wines are produced by Diageo Chateau  & Estate Wines.

Well your dining diva does enjoy a good wine with her meals. And I recently discovered some nifty new varieties that I need to share. Take a sip of these;

A wonderful 2007 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($21.00) – This standard bearer of Sauvignon Blanc (the winery owns 10% of Napa Valley’s acreage planted to SB) offers a delicious vintage and example with crisp, bright, balanced acidity and a signature grapefruit aromas and flavors. It just leaps out of the glass. CEO Michaela Rodeno says it’s the best Sauvignon Blanc they’ve produced in recent years.   Clos LaChance Winery is about to release some frsiky white wines from their estate vineyard on the Central Coast, including Estate Viognier and Estate Sauvignon. They also offer a popular and delicious un-oaked Chardonnay that is widely distributed. Let me know if you’d like to be added to those samplings.       

 2005 Chalone Estate Chardonnay ($25.00) – Made entirely from fruit grown at the estate vineyard, this Chardonnay is typical of the Chalone region. The acidity is firm and bright and the wine possesses a great deal of minerality from Chalone’s unique limestone site, making this an age-worthy Chardonnay. This wine is what Winemaker Robert Cook calls a white wine for red wine drinkers, with its rich flavors, distinctive minerality and crisp acidity it makes for a versatile white wine which will complement rich, robust dishes as well as light, simple dishes.          2005 Robert Skalli Chardonnay ($20.00) – Three Languedoc terroirs are featured in this wine: south, central and west. Each Languedoc terroir provides this wine with components that make it the fabulous wine it is. This Chardonnay is very well-balanced between the fruit, the crisp acidity and the creamy oak. It has an abundant of apple flavors and aromas and it has astonishing aromatic freshness, which makes it a perfect wine for summer sipping.       2004 Clos Poggiale Vermentino ($24.00) – This wine comes from vineyards on the east coast of Corsica where the sea and mountains come to together to help create a rare and stellar wine. The unique terroir provides this wine with aromas of candied fruit and wild flowers. Flavors of citrus fruit, citron and tangerine give this subtle wine a tang and depth that lead to a stunning finish. Tastes best as an aperitif with salty cheeses and green olives.

I just sampled a wine at a Santa Monica eatery named Violet from Jack Wines —a frivilous 2006  Grenache Rose with tasting notes of rose petals, liquorice, cloves and candied fruit that goes down well and costs only about $14 a bottl. the Napa Valley winery also bottles a fab 2006 100 % Pinot Noir, Merlot and a 2006 Malbec. Join Club Jack and get case discounts and more. www.JackWines.com.

Stay tuned I will be bringing more wonderful wines to taste.

Fridays With Rick Dees & His Dining Diva–Moi

Friday Mornings With Rick Dees at Movin 93.9 FM

 Patti Pietschmann,”The Dining Diva”  Does LA

 Sorry folks your Dining Diva was under the weather and the show didn’t go on last Friday, but here’s what I talked about on Rick Dees in the Morning on Movin 93.9 FM Friday morning on Friday Feb. 8, 2008 …..Romance is in the air, can you feel it?  Celebrate at special spots where Cupid aims his arrow like….Cafe Bizou (translation: ‘little kiss’) –an adorable restaurant set in a French-style country cottage where you can actually bring your own wine for a mere $2 corkage fee and enjoy a romantic repast for just $36.95. 818-788-3536, www.cafebizou.com, 14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.

Tangier–a brooding, romantic spot where guest performers like Billy Ray Cyrus–you know, Miley’s dad, and others perform nighly and celebs like Britney pre-breakdown, and Kiefer Sutherland, hang and hook up. 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, CA, www.tangaierrestaurant.com

Dakota at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA–this chic chophouse is another celeb haunt with great steaks, a sizzling ambiance and lots of mood. Special Valentine’s Day dinner for the big splurger, but worth it. 7000 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 323-769-8888, www.dakota-restaurant.com

Zabars–it may be in New York, but now–with overnight shipping– you can treat your special Valentine to a decadent dessert to die for, the Espresso Chocolate Truffle Chocolate Cake. Throw calories to the wind and go to www.zabars.com And don’t forget previous selections likePaperfish —the perfect Valentine’s Day venue–with its gift wrapped red and white interior and delicious food. There’s a spiffy bar with a special tasting menu, cushy red booths, great wait staff.  345 N. Maple Drive, 310-858-6030,  www.thepatinagroup.com  www.movin939.com; www.rick.com; For more of my stuff go to: http://journals.aol.com/ppietschma/PATTISPRATTLES/

Check out the Dining Diva dishing with Rick Dees Friday Mornings on Movin 93.9 FM

Hey folks talented DJ/personality Rick Dees is back on the air at Movin 93.9 FM – it’s a great way to jump start your mornings from 5 to 10 AM and on Friday’s you can hear me,  Patti Pietschmann, the Dining Diva dishing with Dees about the hottest, trendiest restaurants in Los Angeles. Or you can find more of me at: http://journals.aol.com/ppietschma/PATTISPRATTLES/

Or email me at ppietschma@aol.com