The California Wine Country Diet

Dinner is Served!

  • Grilled Rosemary-Skewered Scallops
  • English Pea and Toasted Cumin Salad
  • Mushroom Herbed Risotto
  • Paired with Chilled Sauvignon Blanc
  • Dessert: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Raise your glasses as you and your companion toast another magnificent meal on the California Wine Country Diet. You might be sitting at Bouchon Santa Barbara where these recipes were created, in the dining area of your own home, or on the deck of a friend’s house. While you may have chosen a different dinner such as Patrona Chef Bridget Harrington’s Mediterranean Chicken with apricots and green olives, this scene illustrates the fundamental principles of the California Wine Country Diet. It is based on the belief that taking the time to enjoy freshly prepared, tasteful food in a pleasing environment and in the company of friends and family nurtures us both physically and emotionally.

You will take a tour of California’s various wine growing regions and discover sumptuous recipes and wine pairing suggestions from many of our finest chefs. You will learn how to enjoy the art of conscious indulgence: combining conscious attention to your nutrition, portions, and physical activity with the pleasures of indulgence in the foods and life experiences you love. Conscious indulgence is the key to preventing the rebellion and discouragement that usually result from dieting. Conscious indulgence creates the balance that is essential for long-term weight management. Read more . . .

Praise for The California Country Wine Diet


“I can really identify with this book and its simple and straightforward philosophy. It’s as much about taking the time to cook and eat seasonally and locally, and toasting with a good glass of wine, as it is about enjoying everything in moderation. This is a guide for everyone no matter where you live. Cheers!”
Joanne Weir, chef, author of Weir Cooking: Recipes from the Wine Country and host of Weir Cooking in the City Read more . . .

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