Los Angeles Times

S. Irene Virbila

S. Irene Virbila is a restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Her worldly perspective on the L.A. dining scene has won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1997 and the American Food Journalists Award in 2005. Before joining The Times in 1993, she wrote about food, wine and travel from Europe and Asia, trained as a sommelier in Paris, edited cookbooks and was part of the culinary scene in Berkeley when Chez Panisse changed everything. 

Recent Articles

  • 6 rosés to drink right now, including one in a can

    6 rosés to drink right now, including one in a can

    Once considered a wine for wimps, rosé has become a best-seller -- and not only in warm weather. When in doubt, pick rosé.  Helen’s Wines at the back of Jon & Vinny’s has a whole wall of rosés in every shade, from pale onion skin to salmon, from coral to classic rose petal pink. 

  • The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies

    The 10 best places to drink in L.A., according to Aussies

    Want to take a guess which Los Angeles establishments are on the radar for Australians visiting our fair city? In the latest issue of the Australian publication Gourmet Traveller Wine, writer Matt Skinner picks his top 10 drink experiences in Los Angeles.

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