| Jul 15, 2009
Sangiovese is one of the most popular and most planted grapes in Italy. The grapes make wines that offer fresh, cherry flavors and an earthy quality, often aromatic like cedar. Yet sangiovese (san-joh-VAY-zeh) isn't over the top. As the many sangiovese...
| Aug 12, 2009
Before it was Beach Boulevard, the Orange County road that leads straight to Huntington Beach was known as Highway 39.
That was back when Clifford Ronnenberg's parents owned a dairy and roadside diner, which is now the site of the citified ParkAve...
| Sep 2, 2009
I thought vacations were for relaxing. Lie flat on the beach, let the sound of the waves lull you into stupidity. Feel the sun bake the tension away. Stare at the clouds. Find shapes in them. Eat shrimp. Drink wine. Drink more wine. I'm a...
| Sep 13, 2009
Should you awake to discover that a holiday has been convened, fear not. You can still achieve brisket.
The self-satisfied set will chide: You should be marinating already. The Southern sort will drawl: You should be smoking already. The fancy cook...
| Sep 16, 2009
There are many foods that can take a punch out of wine, especially a bottle ill-chosen. But there are four real wine killers out there: artichokes, asparagus, chilies and vinegar. No need to switch to water. You've got some of the nation's savviest wine-...
| Sep 22, 2009
At least the burial was proper.
Anheuser-Busch InBev could have terminated the LPGA Tour's seven-year run at Kingsmill with a faceless press release — in Dutch even — or an awkward teleconference.
Instead, brewery officials summoned...
| Sep 23, 2009
Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's Mozza restaurants have been a huge hit in Los Angeles, and now the duo hopes the concept will have the same success overseas -- and possibly in Orange County.
In a recent interview, Batali said he and Silverton, with...
| Oct 13, 2009
Slocum & Sons, a wine and liquor distributor based in North Haven, has thrived by adapting to changes in what people are drinking.
In the 1970s, the company sold mostly spirits, or hard liquor, but as America's drinking tastes began to shift from...
| Mar 2, 2009
| 12:35 PM
It was during my first year in L.A., toward the bottom of my third glass of wine, as my office clock passed 10:30 a.m. and the writer leaned forward, blouse largely unbuttoned, to pour me a fourth while continuing to propose her TV series about the wine...
| Nov 19, 2009
| 2:31 PM