Show 26, April 27, 2013: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Wines in Sebastopol, CA

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam is very familiar to Southern Californians because Wahoo’s Fish Taco (which started in Costa Mesa) is currently celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2013. Wing is also recognizable as the star of his own, long-running Ford Motor Co. van commercial.

In recent years Wing has developed a fondness for fine wines and knows many prominent winemakers.

Kosta Browne Winery (recognized for outstanding Pinot Noir) just opened a showcase winery in Sebastopol in a new commercial development called the Barlow. It’s the site of a former Gravenstein apple pressing facility well-known to the locals. Incredible boutique food businesses, including one of the most prominent farm-to-table restaurants in the area, will be a part of the appealing complex as it’s completed. It will be a destination for foodies!

The majority of the limited production of Kosta Browne Wines is sold to their highly coveted member list. There is a two to three year wait to secure a place on the list. Twice a year members on The List are invited to The Winery to pick-up their allocation of the wines they are qualified to buy.

The rest of their production (and it’s a small part) is available at fine restaurants. Their website has a restaurant locator feature where you can find the fine establishment in your area that have Kosta Browne Wines in their cellar. It’s a great way to taste these premium California vintages.

Dan Kosta and Michael Browne (self-taught winemakers) met as employees at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa. They saved their tips to fund the start of the winery.

As a gesture of appreciation to the winemakers Wing and his crew were at Kosta Browne on April 20th for the release festivities from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. preparing fresh fish tacos and quesadillas for the invited guests of Kosta Browne.

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Show 26, April 27, 2013: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Cho, esq. of Palmieri, Tyler, Weiner, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP.

Michael Cho of Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLPWing’s colleague and long-time friend, Michael C. Cho, esq.  joined the discussion. Michael is an attorney with a busy practice in the hospitality industry in Southern California and is an expert in liquor license issues. He’s also a wine aficionado and was part of the festivities at Kosta Browne Wines. He was serving Wahoo’s fish tacos alongside Wing to the hungry and appreciative guests.

Mike shared the story of the founding of Wahoo’s by Wing and his brothers Ed and Mingo. Their father owned the iconic Shanghai Pine Garden Chinese Restaurant on Balboa Island where they worked when they were in high school. John Wayne was a regular.

When Wing rejoined the discussion he talked about the upcoming OC Wahoo’s 5K this Sunday, May 5th at the OC Fair & Events Center. It’s part of the OC Marathon and Half Marathon Day Experience. Wing will sound off the gun at the race’s start.

The first 800 finishes will get a free Wahoo’s Fish taco and everyone 21 and over gets a free beer!

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