The Tasting Panel magazine

December 2012

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IN THE BIZ Certi���ed Northern Italian PHOTO: ERICA BARTEL WINE AND COCKTAILS GO HAND-IN-HAND AT LOVELY LOCANDA DEL LAGO Locanda del Lago owner West Hooker-Poletti (left) is proud to bring in Jonathan Mitchell as the restaurant���s new General Manager. I n Santa Monica, CA, Locanda del Lago is a SoCal seaside favorite���with a serious Italian twist. There, the Northern Italian cuisine is so authentic that the restaurant has been awarded a rare certiication from Ospitalit�� Italiana, a sanctioning body for the Italian hotel and restaurant industry, making it one of the West Coast���s favorites for over 20 years. With a motto of not only ���farm to table��� but also ���farm to cocktail,��� newly-appointed General Manager Jonathan Mitchell also oversees a wine program that���s bursting with options: From 300 full bottles to 40 half-bottles and 20 wines by the glass, there���s something for everyone. While Mitchell recommends the Nino Negri 2002 Sfursat 5 Stelle for wine lovers, cocktail favorites focus on what���s fresh and in-season. ���We buy all of our produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market,��� says Mitchell. ���Organic and sustainable whenever possible, because fresh ingredients mean no hangovers!��� When THE TASTING PANEL stopped by, we were wowed by the seasonal favorite Orange Blossom Honey Skinny Margarita and the Italian Caprese-Tini. ���Lauren Cohen DRY FLY ANNOUNCES ITS NEWEST LINEUP OF SPECIALTY WHISKIES. Call (509) 489-2112 for details D R Y F L Y DISTILLING december 2012 / the tasting panel / 79

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