Karsten Boone

Member Since:
Feb 2014

Karsten Boone is a freelance travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California. His articles focus on the personal impact of each destination, dining, and wine tasting experience. Karsten’s former career as a criminal defense attorney took him from rough and tumble Watts, Compton, and East Los Angeles to Beverly Hills and La Jolla. Communicating with people from every walk of life taught him that everyone and everyplace has their own backstory creating their current personalities and what they can bring to the table. Whether it’s the young Cordon Bleu chef making his mark in his community, the world class vintner bringing varied and subtle tastes and aromas from their grapes, or the history that shapes a city and its unique communities, Karsten finds a characteristic personal to each experience for his readers. 

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Published Articles (17)

Sizzling Summer Wines: Wente, Moniker, Estate d’ Iacobellis

Its hot, we are BBQing, whatever shall we drink?  Beer is easy (and quite tasty).  Wine is refined, and some pair great with summer BBQ fare.  What should we turn […]

Pizzeria Mozza in Police Chief’s Office: Italian Dining DeLuxe at the Headquarters, San Diego

Where can you get a varied, perfectly seasoned, five course rustic Italian meal with great wines and original cocktails in San Diego?  Pizzeria Mozza fits that bill.     Pizzeria Mozza, […]

Butternut Squash Soup with Citrus-Mint-Chili Pesto


Opus Overture, Thrifty Malbec, and take-out peanut sauce Win

      Opus’ Overture wowed the Wine Council, paused our tasting, took our conversation off topic, and was, by a long shot, the star of this and other evenings.  […]

Bordeaux Wines $6 to $15


After Millennia, Greek Wine Comes of Age

When I was 20, Jimmy Carter was President and I summered in Greece, sleeping on the beaches, drinking Retsina wine, gobbling Moussaka.  Retsina has been around for 2000 years, evolving from the […]

Upscale Wines for Upscale Tastes

    Price does matter—for nuance.  I have found many wines under $20 a bottle that I enjoy, but, when it comes to that WOW bottle, price, within reason, can […]

Enchanting Wines from the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico

  When you think New Mexico, do you think skiing?  Georgia O’Keefe?  Hatch chilies?  Sunsets over red rock? John Wayne in the Rio Grande?  Or, perhaps, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and […]

Greek Wines: Ancient & Intoxicating to Body & Mind

This year I have fallen, head over heels, for nuanced seducers and seductresses, earthily robust, sometimes slightly bubbly, always true to their origins, offering sensations of mountain and sea. Bracingly […]

Yuma History

Yuma arrived on western maps in 1540 when native Indians led Spanish explorers coming up from the Gulf of California to its narrow, and relatively safe, crossing of the wild Colorado […]

Touriffic Escapes: Discover Chocolate in Los Angeles

There is a hot chocolate sipper that is pure decadence, an ahhhhhhh moment, a pound the table scene from When Harry Met Sally moment, savor pure chocolate at its best […]

Yuma’s Urban Trail

East Wetlands Yuma has invested in its history and ecology: when Arizona began to run out of money, Yuma took over park operations for the Prison and the Quartermaster depot. […]

Yuma: Historic Crossing, Destination Vacation

  After years of bypassing, I spent a week in Yuma—and discovered it is more than a crossing point, more than a refuge for snow birds, more than the America’s […]

Snyergistic Julian: Wine, Dine, Sleep, Wander


California’s Josh Cellars a Delicious Value


Tasty Snake River Wine #SipIdaho.​


Cooking in My PJ’s

On a rare, warm, spring-like winter night in a farmhouse in La Marche, Italy, it was also a bright sunny Sunday morning in California.  I was cutting up a chicken […]