I'm sorry to report that Chris Rubin, longtime food, wine and travel writer for publications including Travel & Leisure, the L.A. Times, Variety and the Los Feliz Ledger, died Friday in Los Angeles of complications of cancer at just 49 years old. Here's the Variety obit for Chris. Most recently he was L.A. editor for Gayot Publications. Chris had a wicked sense of humor and a way with words. His love of food, wine and fine spirits was matched only by his intolerance of smokers...no patio dining at Cafe Stella for Chris! A world traveller and bon vivant, he left us at far too young an age, and with who else could I have discussed obscure bands of the 1970s and 80?
Here's an article Chris wrote on Kopi Luwak, the coffee harvested from civet droppings. And here's a Variety article on how to deal with sommeliers, and an L.A. Times piece on Tom Leykis and his wine collection.