| 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...
| Apr 9, 2011
| 4:30 PM
In my public discussions about our nation's failed and hopeless policy of marijuana prohibition, I often say that Proposition 19 actually won the election last November, but we will simply be delaying implementation for two years.
I say that for two...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Apr 22, 2011
Jess Jackson, a man who knew how to pick winners, whether they were thoroughbred racehorses or vineyards, died of cancer Thursday at his wine country estate in Geyserville, Calif. He was 81.
Jackson was a wine industry visionary who developed the...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 10:32 AM
Jess Jackson, who founded Kendall-Jackson Winery in 1982, died last week at the age of 81, leaving an almost incalculable legacy on the California wine industry. He transformed it at least twice, first in establishing a style of wine that would come to be...
| May 18, 2011
Jim Freedman and his partners have been here before.
"We call this Act Three," he told me one day recently from the Westside high-rise office of Intrepid Investment Bankers, his new firm devoted to mergers and acquisitions in the regional middle market...
| 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...