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Los Angeles-based writer/journalist Mira Advani Honeycutt is the author of "California’s Central Coast, The Ultimate Winery Guide: From Santa Barbara to Paso Robles," (Chronicle Books, 2007). The book was the first of its kind to straddle the wine regions of Santa Barbara and Paso Robles and placed the then-emerging wine region of Paso Robles securely in a prominent position on the California wine map.

A freelance journalist since 1995, Honeycutt has covered the wine regions of California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. In addition to chronicling the wine world, she has written on international cinema and traveled to major film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto. Her articles and blogs on food, wine, travel and film have been published in media outlets such as Harper's Bazaar (India), The Asian Wall Street Journal, KCRW, Good Food, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, South China Morning Post and The Asian Tatler group.

As a wine and cuisine consultant, Honeycutt made her mark in California as the producer of Asia Pacific Fusion Food & Wine Festival -- a first-of-its-kind event pairing Asian flavors with wines from California, Oregon, Washington, Australia and New Zealand. The festival brought together top Los Angeles restaurants at the 20th Century Fox Studio lot from 1998 to 2003.

Hailey Trefethen works in Katie's Garden at the Trefethen Family Vineyards. The garden was started by Hailey's grandmother and she has become the caretaker. Credit: Copyright 2016 Mira Honeycutt

In the midst of Napa Valley’s palatial wineries, Katie’s Garden, at Trefethen Family Vineyards, is a sanctuary. Among the maze of shrubs, trees and

Bottles of Campofiorin from Masi Agricola. Credit: Copyright 2016 courtesy of Masi Agricola Archives

Amarone, with its dense Port-like body that drapes the palate like a rich, velvety robe, ranks high on my list of favorite Italian wines Produced

At Alta Colina, a tasting on the vineyard tour is under an old oak tree. Credit: Copyright 2016 Mira Honeycutt

Vineyard tours were once reserved for people in the industry along with members of the media and wine clubs. Now, though, a handful of

Chef Ryan Swarthout's Braised Short Ribs With Mushroom Pappardelle. Credit: Copyright 2015 courtesy of Ryan Swarthout

Paso Robles, California, is gaining as much recognition of late for its cuisine as for the region's celebrated wines, with chefs drawn to the

Grace Vineyard's Chairman's Reserve. Credit: Copyright 2015 courtesy of Grace Vineyard

Winemaker Judy Chan can still recall the initial challenges when her father, C.K. Chan, handed her the reins of Grace Vineyard. [aside] A former human-resources analyst,

Sheep grazing in Adelaida Cellars' Bobcat Crossing vineyard. Credit: Copyright 2015 Courtesy of Deborah Sowerby

Start a sheep farm to lower your taxable income? That's what Deborah Sowerby did when she launched Olive Ewe Ranch in 2005 in Bradley,

One of the wines from Trader Joe's Reserve series, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley's Rutherford appellation. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

As the holiday party season winds its way toward New Year's Eve, sparkling wine or Champagne is on many shopping lists. Personally, I feel

A sign decorating Industrial Eats in Buellton, California. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

A life-sized sculpture of a cow and a sign reading "Dine on our Swine" should have stopped me in my tracks, because I don't