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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

  • Napa Valley begins one of the earliest harvests in recent memory

    Napa Valley begins one of the earliest harvests in recent memory

    The harvest is on in the Napa Valley. And it’s one of the earliest in recent memory. How early? About a week ahead of last year, when picking started on July 30. The year before, it began on Aug. 1; and in 2012, when picking didn’t begin until mid-August, according to Patsy McGaughy of the Napa...

  • Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt

    Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt

    To talk about the wine list at Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, you have to know that the same space was Café Pierre for 37 years and that Guy Gabriele, the UCLA student who started that place way back in 1977 as a creperie, is also the owner of this popular new restaurant.

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