| Jul 19, 2009
It's National Ice Cream Day, as celebrated on the third Sunday of every July by order of President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Here are 10 scoops of high-calorie facts:
1. Haagen-Dazs is not an exotic Scandinavian recipe. It's a brand name created by a Polish...
| May 26, 2010
Sorry, Evita, if there's any crying going on in Argentina these days, it's likely to be in the vineyards. And they're tears of joy.
Sales of Argentine wine continue to build strongly in the United States, according to The Nielsen Co., a market research...
| Jul 18, 2010
The days when taking home a souvenir from your favorite hotel meant a bad logo T-shirt or golf visor are long gone.
How about a Rebecca Minkoff bag? The W Hotel's stores have one in an exclusive shade of turquoise. A pair of Band of Outsiders pajamas?...
| Feb 4, 2010
Is the Cult Cab dead?
The current economy has created ominous rumblings in the market for Napa Valley wine. Demand for high-end super-premium Cabs, even so-called cult wines, has weakened considerably with the recession. Sales are stagnant, inventories...
| Apr 7, 2009
When gas prices fluttered around $4 a gallon, the grumbling of consumers could be heard far and wide. Now that it's back down below $2 for regular, the volume of complaints has lessened considerably. But gas is far from the only expense involved in...
| Dec 3, 2009
When a highly regarded restaurant loses its chef, we tend to hold our breath. The better the restaurant, the deeper we inhale.It's a reflex. We tend to think of a chef and his restaurant (even when it's not "his" restaurant) as inextricably...
| Feb 17, 2010
Alois Lageder (pronounced "ah-loh-IS lah-GAY-der") is the fourth generation of his family to manage this eponymous winery in the northeastern Italian province of Alto Adige. The region belonged to Austria until after World War I, which explains why...
| Feb 23, 2010
News reports of the horrific flooding on the Portuguese island of Madeira refer to it as a popular tourist destination, and it is -- if you happen to be British or German. It is not so well known here, even among Americans affluent enough to take...
| Oct 20, 2009
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A two-day exploration of the wineries along the lower Missouri River began in the ancient cellars of Stone Hill in Hermann, where wine began aging 150 years ago, and ended on the crowded party deck of Chandler Hill near Defiance, where the first vintage...
| Dec 3, 2010
When customers stop by Jay Ruskey's stand at the Santa Barbara farmers market these days, they may or may not be impressed by the likes of the dragon fruit or finger limes he grows, but virtually everyone stops and gawks at the jars of fresh-roasted...
| Jan 6, 2011
This sounds familiar: a national consumer group is fighting to maintain organic standards against industry people who want to weaken them. But when it comes to "organic wine," the well-meaning consumers may actually be discouraging more organic farming....