| Dec 31, 2009
Before we dive into 2010, I thought we could take a few minutes to look back at some of the best — and worst — topics we covered in "Taking Names" during 2009.
We witnessed some spectacular flubs, exposed some major hypocrites and covered all...
| Nov 12, 2008
NEWBERG, Ore.--No one back in the 1960s, especially the experts down in sunny California, thought wine grapes could grow this far north in the Willamette Valley's cool climate. It took a loose band of young viticultural pioneers to prove them wrong....
| Jul 2, 2008
Second in an occasional series
Would you buy a rosé wine from a guy whose rugby team nickname was "Cricket"? Winemaker Pierre Seillan is betting you will, especially after taking a gander at the bottle's silvery label adorned with a pink cricket--hence...
| Sep 17, 2008
For more than a century, vineyards that blanket rolling uplands here in Russia's prime winemaking region have been afflicted by a Soviet maxim long ago branded into the minds of local vintners.
More is better.The Soviet Union was the world's fourth...
| 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...
| Apr 8, 2010
Sugar has been blamed for a laundry list of health problems, including obesity and diabetes. But how do you know when you've had too much?
For the first time, Americans now have a benchmark: No more than 25 grams of added sugar a day for women and 37.5...
| Jan 30, 2008
Food isn't what it once was. Actually, much of what we eat today may not be food at all. That is the main lesson drawn from Michael Pollan's new book, "In Defense of Food" (Penguin, 256 pages, $21.95), a meticulously researched, self-described "Eater's...
| Mar 9, 2010
Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol don't gain as much weight in midlife as those who abstain, a study has found. However, drinking should not be heralded as a new diet, said the authors and alcohol abuse experts.
The study, published Tuesday...
| Mar 7, 2010
It's hard to quibble with the coolest nickname in the world — "The Indiana Jones of Beer." But a more fitting moniker for Patrick McGovern might be "The Lazarus of Libations."
See, this bimolecular archaeologist brings drinks back from the dead....
| Mar 17, 2010
The St. Joseph's Day dinner is traditionally meatless because the day falls during Lent and often features Sicilian cuisine.
What better wine to raise in tribute to St. Joseph than a Sicilian white?
I'll admit Sicily is not the first place in Italy that...