Show 360, February 15, 2020: Winemaker Dave Powell, Powell & Son, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Dave Powell of Powell and Son winesPowell & Son wines are sourced from various vineyard sites throughout Australia’s the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Dave and Callum Powell (father and son) employ traditional, minimalist winemaking techniques to produce a wine that speaks of the place that it was grown. Their inspiration for winemaking having its roots in France’s Rhone Valley, Powell & Son red wines are made from the classic Rhone varietals: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro and its whites: Roussanne, Marsanne as well as Eden Valley Riesling.

Dave was instrumental in preserving from replanting acres of irreplaceable old vine plantings in the Barossa Valley dating from the mid-1800’s. He actually cleaned up some of this vineyard property himself in exchange for the highly-desirable grapes.

“The Powell philosophy is that a great wine is made in the vineyard and so Callum and Dave work the vineyards they use on their own in the Winter and Spring seasons, then in Autumn pick the fruit and vinify using old concrete ferment vats and basket pressing – producing unique and expressive wines from their most prized vineyards throughout the Barossa.”

Dave Powell joins us to pull the cork on Powell & Son.

Show 353, December 28, 2019: Brewmaster Victor Novak and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres, Golden Road Brewing Part One

Steven Torres and Victor Novak at the KLAA StudiosTime for another effervescent installment of “Ask the Brewers” where we answer listeners’ intriguing questions about craft beer. Joining us is Golden Road’s uber-accomplished Brewmaster, Victor Novak, and Anaheim Head Brewer Steven Torres.

Golden Road Brewing and Australia’s 4 Pines Brewing have collaborated on Dingo Pup Trans-Pacific Hazy Pale Ale to be released in January in California and Australia. We’ll hear about it as well as the cute story of the benefiting Wandi the Dingo (pure Dingo pup) and the Australian Dingo Foundation.

Show 344, October 12, 2019: Powell & Son, Barossa, South Australia with Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeKyle Meyer, Managing Partner of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, our resident wine authority, joins us for another informative wine commentary responding to listeners’ questions. One of the most acclaimed winemakers in Australia is David Powell of Powell & Son in the Barossa in South Australia.

The remarkable vineyards they source fruit from contain probably the highest quality old vine Shiraz and Grenache in Australia. Very special…

Kyle has been there, sampled the available vintages and now gives us a genuine insider’s overview.

Show 327, June 8, 2019: West Coast Prime Meat’s Meathead, Jay Henderson, with Summer Grilling Tips

Jay HendersonWith Father’s Day on the horizon Summer grilling is on our mind and representing the West Coast Prime MeatsMeatheads is Jay Henderson (half of the team.) Jay has been creating in the kitchen since he was nine and looks forward to the Weekends where he cooks with his Family.

Jay is sharing his best Summer grilling tips. Also Jay talks about Cape Grim pure beef from Tasmania in Australia.

Show 303, December 22, 2018: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, The 411 on screw caps on wine bottles

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur esteemed wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange joins us for two commentaries. You’ve been seeing them on the wines from Australia and New Zealand for awhile and now screw caps on premium wine are becoming more common on domestic wines for very sound reasons.

Wines sealed with screw caps can actually age with grace. A cork is perhaps more romantic but it proven not to be the best closure for wine.

It’s not sustainable, either.

There is also a shortage of premium natural cork worldwide.


Show 190, September 24, 2016: Darrell Corti, Chair, L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Darrell CortiNoted gourmand Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers gourmet grocery and spirit purveyors in Sacramento is the Chairman of the globally respected L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. We’ll chat about the Southern Hemisphere tasting and lots more and how the public can sample some of the winning oils during the final Weekend of the L.A. County Fair. has dubbed him one of the coolest people in food and drink in America.

For the Southern Hemisphere competition 101 oils were evaluated from 45 producers in Australia, New Zealand and South America. The judging yielded 82 awards.

Now in its 17th year, the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition is the top ranking EVOO competition in the United States and fifth worldwide. The goal is to bring together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe.

Show 182, July 30, 2016: Anita Lau, Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman blogger

Anita Lau of Mad Hungry WomanOur Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman blogger, Anita Lau, has just returned from a visit to Melbourne and Victoria state in Australia. Among her finds is Bass & Flinders, a boutique gin distillery in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Anita joins us with her spirited report.

“Founded in 2009 by Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing, Bass & Flinders is an artisanal distillery, producing grape spirit using a traditional Alembic Pot Still to create a range of world‐class distillations including award winning gins, Australia’s first grape based Vodka, Limoncello, Grappa and an outstanding five-year aged spirit, Ochre.”

All the reporting on Anita’s recent trek to Melbourne (Victoria) and Brisbane (Queensland) is available on her Web site. Included is the full commentary on her comprehensive tasting at Bass & Flinders distillery.

Show 176, June 18, 2016: Kyle Meyer, Wine Exchange, Tasting in Australia’s Top Three Wine Regions

Kyle Meyer of Wine ExchangeOur resident wine authority, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, is just back from a visit (and many tastings) to a couple of Australia’s premier wine producing areas. We’ll get the delightfully quaffable highlights…

On Kyle’s ambitious down under trek were the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in South Australia and Margaret River in Western Australia. The Barossa is known for Shiraz, some coming from old vines dating back to the 1850s. McLaren Vale is famous for full-bodied reds. Margaret River is a newer wine producing region of distinction as it wasn’t reestablished until the late 60s.

Kyle notes there are excellent values in wines from these regions of Australia in the $15 to $30 price range.

Show 150, December 12, 2015: Anita Lau, Mad Hungry Woman Blogger

Anita Lau of Mad Hungry WomanAnita Lau is better known to regular listeners of the “SoCal Restaurant Show” as the Mad Hungry Woman blogger. She was living in Hong Kong in the 90s before the turnover by the British to China. Anita was just back to Hong Kong for a 3-week visit. We’ll get a insider’s view of the dining scene there during the glory days of the British and now under Chinese authority.

Anita will fill us in on the impact of Michelin Stars in Hong Kong and also the best street food. Michelin in now even rating “Street Food” which seems a bit odd.

Anita notes that the big deal celebrity chefs are opening high-profile restaurants in Hong Kong. Gordon Ramsay is already there and Anita crossed paths with Chris Cosentino of “Top Chef Masters” fame there, too.

We’ll also get the morsel-by-morsel details of her favorite dining experience of the trip. It’s French and elegant…Go to her blog to read her full review of EPURE. Beautiful food photography of the meal, too.

Born in Hong Kong and now living in Orange County, California, Anita Lau is an international author and writer who has lived in Malaysia, Australia, Nebraska, Oregon, San Francisco and also, Hawaii. Her obsession with food began at an early age but it wasn’t until her early 20s when her experimentation with cooking led her to start a small catering business which she would run in her spare time while at college in Australia.