S. Irene Virbila
S. Irene Virbila is a former restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She left in 2015.
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There are many things you could drink with your New Year’s Eve supper, but if you’re making an Italian feast, you would do well to ring out the last day of the year with Lambrusco.
In Bologna where Steve Samson’s mother, Anna, grew up, tortellini is the dish of celebration, part of the meal at every special occasion — birthdays, weddings, even New Year’s Eve.
If you’ve ever tried to buy wine through a smartphone app, you’ll know how sluggish and frustrating the experience can be.