Profile of Le Chene Owner Juan Alonso and the Le Chene Wine CellarsAs Featured in LA Eater Magazine
A New Piece in LA Eater about
Le Chene and its extensive Wine Collection
In a recent profile in the esteemed publication, LA Eater, Senior Editor, Farley Elliott wrote a magnificent piece on Le Chene’s owner, Juan Alonso, and the extensive wine collection at Le Chene, which he describes as “what is likely the most affordable and deep wine cellar anywhere in Southern California”.
And that’s just a tidbit of what he wrote.
Mr. Elliott goes on to regale readers about Juan’s personal history as well as Le Chene’s history, its wine, its food, its vineyards and so much more.
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About Alonso Family Vineyard
Juan Alonso, owner and head chef of the renowned French Restaurant, Le Chene for almost 40 years, began operating Alonso Family Vineyard in 1995.
Against the advice of many who thought the region was unsuitable for a high quality vineyard, Juan has persevered and continued to grow the fine reputation of Alonso Family Vineyard and gone on to produce award winning wine ever since.
Through a partnership with Jasper Dickson, of Angeleno Wine Company, Alonso Family Vineyard has broadened its reach and is bringing ever more award winning wines to a wider audience.
As Jasper says, “There are no words to articulate the stunning beauty of the vineyard in the early morning during harvest. It is still cold enough to see your breath and you need to wear gloves, even though it’s summer. Juan is the heart and soul of Angeleno. We consider him Angeleno’s real winemaker, as the character of his vineyard is what shines through in our wines.”
Juan Alonso, the owner of this gem of a restaurant welcomed me with open arms, showing me old still photos from the restaurant scenes to the original locations from the counter to the pool table
My wife and I will be dining at LeChene in a couple of weeks. I’ll show her part of the road trip I took and hoping to stay at the small motel a stones throw from the restaurant.
Cannot wait to introduce Kris to Juan and, of course an amazing meal. 2112% recommendation to dine at this “bucket lister” restaurant.
Love Juan and his beautiful wife.