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The joy of entertaining

Clean lines
Off-white plaster walls display the McCartys’ contemporary artworks. Architect Doug Rucker designed the home. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Shades of blue
A large pool offers a sweeping view of the Pacific. Says architect Rucker, “The most beautiful things are simple. That’s the area where the McCartys and I get along.” (Stephen Osman / LAT)
The 2002 Pinot Noir is from The Malibu Vineyard, the McCartys’ own. “The beauty of a Pinot Noir is that it can go with both meat and fish,” Michael McCarty says. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Dramatic setting
The 3-acre vineyard rises on the slope behind the 5,500 square-foot post-and-beam house. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Chef at work
McCarty barbecues Maine lobsters as friend Jerry Casale watches. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Orderly ease
Host Michael McCarty, left, prepares plates of melon with strips of Serrano ham, garnished with mint, as guests gather in the kitchen. “Michael gets everybody involved,” says his wife Kim, a painter. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Helping out
Guest Denise Wingate strides into the kitchen to join the prep action at the 16-foot-long counter. Says McCarty, “You gotta keep it simple. It doesn’t matter what the meal is.” (Stephen Osman / LAT)