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,p>German-born and French-trained Joachim Splichal rose to fame as the chef of Patina, a Los Angeles cornerstone of fine dining. But when it comes to entertaining at his sprawling compound in San Marino, Calif., he knew exactly what he didn't want when he came up with the design: A formal dining room. Wine Spectator's Jennifer Fiedler explains.
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