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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.

A spice tray with, clockwise from lower left, turmeric, mustard seeds, green cardamom and star anise, cinnamon and bay leaf, cloves, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. In the center are dry red chilis and fresh curry leaves. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite American holiday, though it's not a tradition I was brought up with when I was growing up in

Grapes from the morning pick at Flowers’ Vineyards. Credit: Courtesy of Flowers’ Vineyards

Sonoma County conjures up pastoral images of California's bucolic wine region -- vineyards and creameries tucked along back-country roads dotted with farm stands and

A selection of Malibu wines sold at the Cornell wine shop and tasting room. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

Say the word Malibu, and visions of  bikini-clad women, surfer dudes and movie stars'  homes typically come to mind. Now you can add vineyards with

A selection of Robert Biale Vineyards wines. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

The 2014 Auction Napa Valley-The American Wine Classic shattered last year's record and raised a staggering $18.7 million over one weekend in June. The auction

Picking Grenache at Grover Zampa Vineyards. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

India is trending toward wine. The favorite beverage of Dionysus is fast becoming the gateway drink for the nation's younger generation. The tradition of

A lunch plate consisting of rice, green bean poriyal and chapati; in the bowls are sambhar and two types of vegetable curries. To drink, lassi and cumin water. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

The Ayurvedic lifestyle works for me. The practice combines a vegetarian diet and herbal tonics with massages, meditation and yoga. On my recent trip to

Winemaker Rosemary Cakebread in her vineyard. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

Sometimes, when you taste a wine, it's so sublime it's evocative of liquid poetry in a bottle. I came across such an experience on

Peter Mondavi Sr. blows out the candles on his birthday cake at a party celebrating his 99th birthday. Credit: Mira Honeycutt

Peter Mondavi Sr., the patriarch of Charles Krug Winery, turned 99 on Nov. 8. Over the years, I've attended many outstanding events in Napa