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Summer Tequila Tasting at The San Antonio Winery

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Los Angeles' only working winery, with its mediterranean/mission architecture was the perfect setting for a tasting of Super Premium Tequilas matched with 6 courses de Nueva Cucina on June 19.

San Antonio Winery was founded in 1917 by Santo Cambianica. It is still owned and run by his nephew Stephano Riboli, wife Maddalena and children Santo, Cathy and Steve as well as Santo's son, Anthony.

The historic restaurant at the San Antonio Winery still lovingly serves Mama Maddalena's traditional recipes straight from her home kitchen. With the first course of corn and pasilla custard with corn shoots and grilled cactus, it was clear that this was not their everyday ravioli (which is not to knock the ravioli; it is hand-rolled after all).

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The first taste was 7 Leguas Blanco. Many thought that was 7 lenguas, meaning 7 tongues and maybe had to do with the complex flavors. It actually means 7 Leagues and was named after Pancho Villa's Horse. Casa 7 Leguas has been making full bodied spirits using traditional processes since 1952.