Linda Milks

Member Since:
Dec 2014

Linda Milks, a former English teacher, is a food, wine and travel writer living in Southern California. Linda has been involved in the culinary arts throughout the years. She publishes on a variety of sites including and and has a passion for sharing her experiences with her readers. She counts her food and wine experiences in Spain and the Tuscan region of Italy as a first-hand lesson in all that these areas have to offer, and she has proof of her enthusiasm by the wines she acquired during her travels. Another memorable food and wine experience was a trip to Tulum, Mexico, where she had the experience of dining at a private wine cellar while sampling some of Mexico's finest wines. The more rugged terrain of the Guadalupe Valle has a special pull at her heart where amazing wines and local cuisine inspire her on each trip. Linda is an active member in the Wine Review Council which meets regularly to taste and pair wines from all over the world. She is a Director on the IFWTWA Board of Directors and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She looks forward to growing professionally as well as providing professional growth opportunites to IFWTWA colleagues. 

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Published Articles (59)

A Creative New Grill and Wine Cellar Graces Old Town Murrieta, CA

Le Grange Grill and Cellars is a nod to the French word “grange” that means “the barn,” a creative new winery and restaurant,

Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels, the Perfect Girls’ Getaway

Pack your bags for a Girls’ Getaway to Palm Springs, a city of luxurious, boutique hotels designed to pamper and emanate old world charm.

Summertime in a Glass—Picnic Wine Picks

Summertime is fast approaching and the Wine Review Council, a group of wine aficionados that occasionally meets to taste wines with food pairings, decided we should sample what we might […]

The Liquor Store, One Couple’s Delicious Diner Success Story

On a recent trip to Memphis I was inspired by the story of Lisa Toro at The Liquor Store Restaurant in Memphis’ Broad Avenue Arts District.

True Food Kitchen Proves Green Food Tastes Good

Can healthy food taste good? True Food Kitchen in El Segundo, California proves it can.

Groovin’ in Memphis—Insider Hotspots and Traditional Passions

Memphis is a city of both traditional tourist sights and restaurants as well as new hotspots which only a local knows and can share.

Memphis, Tennessee, a Rising Restaurant Mecca

Memphis, we were looking for what was happening in your restaurant scene, and we found it! Good restaurants abound in Memphis.

Livermore, California, A Must for Wine Lovers

One of the oldest wine-growing region in the U.S. (surviving Prohibition)—many special treats awaiting visitors to the Northern California Tri-Valley area including Livermore.

At Pascal’s in California’s Orange County, the Best of French Cuisine

If you’re hankering for the elegantly prepared food of France but don’t have a plane ticket, try Pascal’s in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Thursday Means the Lobster and Seafood Extravaganza at Pechanga

Steaming lobster along with Dungeness crab, fresh oysters, and large shrimp can fill your plate at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on Thursdays.

Birmingham—So Much History and Good Times

Birmingham is often called “the Magic City”, and after spending a few days there the food and history impressed me as unparalleled.


As a food, travel, and wine writer, the food of Birmingham delighted me on a recent trip with so many unique choices.

PS (Petite Sirah) I LOVE YOU

Petite Syrah, Petite Sirah, Durif, and Syrah– all the same varietal? Petite Syrah, Petite Sirah and Durif are all the same varietal. Syrah isn’t.

One Resort Two Worlds Apart at Nickelodeon Punta Cana

All-inclusive resorts provide a unique experience and are wonderful for families with younger children or for adults who just want to “hang out”

The Science of Molecular Gastronomy at Kitchen 23 in Punta Cana

Molecular Gastronomy blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food, and addresses three components of cooking — social, artistic, and technical.

Wisconsin’s Door County Is Fish Boils, Supper Clubs, Creameries, & Cherry Bounce

Door County is intimate lodging; water and boating; cherries; local shops; cheese; great cocktails and wine; fish boils; a traditional fish fry; and artwork.


We asked native Milwaukeeans what were their favorite places in the city and then explored them.

Delightful Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee

“Hip” is the best word to describe The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. But this hotel also provides lots of luxury.

Getting the Inside Scoop on Milwaukee

In order to learn about the city of Milwaukee and savor unique sites, we contacted Milwaukee Food and City Tours.

Puerto Vallarta—Raicilla, Beaches, Tropical Gardens, and Catamarans

As I unpacked at my hotel ,my eyes wandered towards the lush landscape and rolling waves with thoughts of adventures to come.

California’s Santa Maria Valley is BBQ and Wine

We were off to explore the Santa Maria Valley. It was Sunday afternoon, a time when wineries often have music for their guests.

Far Western Tavern, Home of Graciousness and Tri-Tip Santa Maria BBQ

What is Tri-Tip? The Far Western Tavern has mastered the art of the Santa Maria BBQ with the Tri-Tip.


San Diego was the setting for a tasting of a group of Kosher wines imported from Galilee and Jerusalem along with paired food.

The Pairing of Friends with Gifts of Wine and Food

What wine does a wine connoisseur buy for a friend as a special gift and what food pairs with that wine?

Tasting Washington States Wines at California’s Rancho Valencia Resort

Rancho Valencia Resort, a beautiful resort in Rancho Santa Fe, and information about Washington State wines, a region of varied appellations.

Washington State Wines – A Journey Along the Columbia River

Hosted by the wonderful wines of Washington State, the second largest wine producing region in the U.S., as well as the beautiful Coasterra Restaurant.

Puerto Vallarta: Old and New Adventures (Part Two)

No trip to Puerto Vallarta would be complete without experiencing its amazing cuisine. Puerto Vallarta is truly a food lover’s paradise.

Wine and the Good Life

We could say “la buena vida” or “to the good life,” as our Occasional Wine Council the year tasting wines from destinations around the world.


February 10 and 11, 2017, marks two glorious days for lovers of delectable chocolates, eye- and palate- pleasing gourmet dishes, and wines at Pechanga Resort

Puerto Vallarta: Old and New Adventures (Part One)

Travel sites not to be missed while enjoying beautiful Puerto Vallarta, including El Malecon, Rancho El Verano, and Jardin Botanico de Vallarta

The Lady by the Sea: San Diego’s Hotel Coronado

The Lady by the Sea, Haunted Rooms, and Contemporary Amenities, and one of the best SoCal Pizzeria all describe Hotel Del Coronado.

Blueprint for planning an exceptional conference

Reflections of how the 2016 International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association’s 2016 annual conference planning . What will a person gain by attending a conference?


The Marine Room Is One Of San Diego’s Most Renown Restaurants– fresh seafood, spectacular view, amazing wines.

The Future Is Bright at Europa Village

Under the fabric canopies on the Europa Village Winery patio, we heard what was in store for Europa Village and saw progress on their plans

Fall Cocktails at Annata Bistro/Bar at Mount Palomar Winery

Cooler temperatures bring about thoughts of cocktails made with more spice and seasonal fruit such as the deep red color of pomegranate.

Life at Historic Holman Guest Ranch in Carmel Valley, California

A long, curving driveway through the middle of ranch country led us to the natural beauty at Holman Ranch.


Nice accommodations, great food, a spa visit, chocolate, maybe some pastries, a couple of cocktails, and good wine make a Girls’ Getaway Trip.

Annatas Bar/Bistro The Perfect Place To Chill

A new phenomenon in Temecula wine country are wineries offering, in addition to wine, a variety of beers and cocktails made with spirits.

Claremont CA, City of Trees and Ph.Ds, at a Bargain

A unique town with houses varying in architectural style, lots of trees, bike trails, colleges, art and music, unique, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants

Solare Ristorante–Buon Appetito!

Walking into Solare Ristorante in San Diego whisks you away to a plush wine cellar that you might find in some small Southern Italian village.

Bordeaux by River—Ooh La La! A Uniworld Cruise

Grand Cru, Medoc and St Emilion regions, Left and Right banks of Bordeaux–an eight-day UniWorld boutique wine river cruise along the Garonne River

Bordeaux River Cruise–Cest Magnifique

Uniworld River Cruise through the Bordeaux wine region of France along the Garonne River and tastings of some of the world’s most renowned wines.

A Taste of Spain at The Wine Artist

Everything Spanish–Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage information and Spanish Culinary Delights at The Wine Artist from making Paella and Empanadas to a tasty Sangria

Union Market at The District: A Dining and Shopping Mecca

Union Market offers an artisanal marketplace of unique, chef-driven restaurants as well as shops of fashion and lifestyle in an industrial-designed building.

Tis the Season of Fine Wines

‘Tis the season where our thoughts turn to holiday meals and holiday gifting–of what to buy our friends and co-workers from Wine Exchange


What could be better than Mexican food and great red wine? Not much. However, I learned there was much more to enjoy in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja.

SoCal Restaurant Show at Home at Angel Stadium

Angel Stadium is the home of another great, Andy Harris, who runs his own successful radio show called SoCal Restaurant Show on 830 am KLAA radio.


Claremont’s Restaurant Week brought IFWTWA to this beautiful city of large, established trees and the small village atmosphere welcome visitors.


A warm summer evening as I was sitting outside among the flowers and palms near the pool with special wines served with delectable food pairings

Meet Pechanga’s New Executive Pastry Chef

Pechanga Resort and Casino has a new and quite accomplished pastry chef, Jean Jacques Granet. His delicious works of art are showcased throughout the resort.

Pechanga’s Piece de Resistance Pastry Chef

Pechanga Resort and Casino has added a sparkling gem when on March 2015, Jean Jacques Granet joined the team as Executive Pastry Chef.

Palate Pleasing San Benito and Mendocino Wines

A comparison and food pairing of eight wines from the San Benito and Mendocino region, both regions rich in minerality from the San Andreas fault.

Melissa’s, A Celebration of Spring

Have you ever wondered where all those new vegetables and fruits come from that you see in your grocery store such as Dragon Frui

Cultivating Good: Food for Body and Soul

Life-Uncorked!published this article. Don Webber at the Cultivating Good center hosted the event. I found this restaurant and food delivery just the kind of place we should all be supporting.


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” | Henry Miller “ Please be a traveler, not a tourist.


“Come quickly! I’m tasting stars!” Dom Pierre Perignon, when he first tasted his newly created Champagne. …it gives you the impression that every day is Sunday

Martinis 101 in Palm Desert

Where did gin originate and how was it first used? Who made the first martini? What does it mean to “bruise the alcohol”?

Savoring the Flavors of a Wine Country Autumn

Thoughts of the autumn harvest conjure up images of butternut squash, sage, maple flavoring, beets, Applewood smoked pork, and root vegetables. The perfect wine pairings

Cooking and Working Together at The Wine Artist

“Let the battle begin!” These were the words we heard from MJ Hong, owner of the Orange County venue, The Wine Artist