| Dec 18, 2012
Q: I have a co-worker and dear friend who seems to have met Mr. Might-Be-Right. The parents have all met and are completely copacetic. This is their first Christmas together and she wants to get him a few impressive things. He's a member of a wine-tasting...
| Aug 3, 2010
Verdejo just may be the Cinderella grape of the wine world. Long made into a sherrylike wine, verdejo got a new lease on life beginning in the 1970s when Spanish winemakers in the Rueda region began making fresh, lively white wines out of it.
| Mar 20, 2014
If the culinary world had a "Three Tenors"-like tour, it couldn't do much better than chefs Ferran Adria, Andoni Luis Aduriz and Grant Achatz — and the music likely would make your head spin.
Adria was the chef of Spain's El Bulli, which topped...
| 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...
| May 6, 2014
My guide, Roberto, met me at Madrid's airport, we rented a car and minutes later we were southbound on the freeway, immersed in the vastness of La Mancha. It's a tough terrain. A windmill -- weathered into a rough little useless nub -- still capped its...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
In honor of my youngest son, Leo, traveling to Spain with his school last week, I was inspired to look through old pictures from when I lived there during my own high school years. Though I was born in Seattle and my family is Italian-American (with...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Jaume Plensa visited his giant heads the other day. He arrived at a corner of Madison Street and Michigan Avenue, found a park bench and reflected. His giant heads appeared to be doing fine, he said. The older heads hadn't aged very much, and the newer...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:38 PM
EAST HARTFORD — From Sao Paulo to Fenway Park, empirical analytics is everything in sports these days. So we don't need an opinion from Alex Morgan, we need a metric.
Alex, on the scale of one to 10 — one being football is played only on...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
On my last visit to Toledo, it seemed holier than ever: Dark El Greco clouds threatened overhead, stark against bright, clear horizons. Hail pelted the masses of people clogging the streets as they awaited the Good Friday procession.
A look back at my...
| Jun 14, 2012
Milan, Italy — From the American side of the Atlantic, the debate over Europe's economic future often sounds like a bloodless, mind-numbing discussion of currency zones, bank recapitalization and interest rates. But in countries with fragile...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:30 PM
PARIS -- At a time when many of us have become fixated on U.S. intelligence agencies' "big data" programs, authorities are becoming aware of a much more insidious kind of threat -- one that could successfully exploit the growing blind spot created by...