| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:31 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- A coalition of San Francisco supervisors will move today to place a tax of two cents per ounce on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot, triggering what is expected to be a costly fight with opponents who aim to...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 3:00 PM
Nailing down the latest superfruit in vogue can be an elusive goal, a quest largely driven by modern marketing and, quite possibly, producers of television's "The Dr. Oz Show." Origins in advertising, not science, complicate the matter: The term...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
ARTOIS, Calif. — Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon.
This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations.
With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has...
| May 6, 2014
| 4:57 PM
Each summer, thousands of visitors flock to the Connecticut Wine Trail, spending their afternoons tasting samples from the state's sprawling vineyards. But in many cases the wine they sip was produced from grapes grown far from the nearby vines.
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:33 PM
MAIPU, Argentina - Ten minutes in the orchard and already my hands felt raw. How do they do this all day without gloves, I wondered, shuffling my feet for a better foothold in Argentina's sandy clay.
It was Thursday, the day we'd expected to be tasting...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 5:24 PM
Despite a wine making tradition that pre-dates California's by hundreds of years, Virginia has only recently earned itself a seat at the big table of international vintners.
For many years, Virginia's winemaking reputation elicited little excitement...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 5:06 PM
COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Wine, kayaking, Arizona. The initial concept seemed to be something of an oxymoron.
The parched landscape surrounding the Phoenix airport added to the impression that this was far from the usual wine-growing area. And the...
| Dec 7, 2011
It was the last school day before Thanksgiving, and Traughber Junior High's lunchroom crackled with adolescent energy and anticipation of a holiday break starting in just a few hours.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Oswego school were busy...
| Dec 9, 2011
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died....
| Jan 3, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Beyond what we eat, what we're born with and what we do, our environment contributes in major — and mostly unnoticed — ways to our health and our weight.
All have conspired to make two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of American...