| Aug 28, 2014
| 1:04 PM
It took cheese to teach me how good white wine is.
When you travel, you notice that more people drink white wine rather than red with their cheese, unlike Americans. There's nothing wrong with drinking red wine with cheese; it's just, to be blunt,...
| Aug 2, 2014
When I consider the world's various chardonnays, especially as they express themselves in hugely different styles given their place of origin, I think of the keyboard of a piano.
Low-profile unoaked chardonnays, from very cool climates such as...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 2:29 PM
You've been using vinegar to dress salads, put up pickles and, yes, even clean a few things around the kitchen.
Keep it up. But also consider that vinegar — cider, wine, sherry, balsamic, distilled — can be as important to a cook as salt and...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 1:52 PM
We know Champagne as a singular wine, in at least two meanings of that word.
It's exceptional, isn't it? Nothing quite like it, this wine that smiles.
But it also presents itself as complete and finished, a wine as a singularity, from the...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Authentic haggis is not for the squeamish. Under "Ingredients" on the label of packaged versions, you'll typically find oatmeal, onion, suet, seasonings — so far so good, eh? — and lamb offal.
Offal. Sometimes called pluck. It's the innards:...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Two Hawaii residents have been charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava that is threatening a nearby village, police said.
Hawaii County police responding to a...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Many of the world's enduringly favored wines are blends of grape varieties. Red Rioja, Cotes du Rhone, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Chateauneuf du Pape, port, the GSM (grenache, syrah, mourvedre) blends of Australia — the list is long.
| Sep 13, 2014
Veneto, land of the V's.
This region in Italy's northeast — of the 20 regions that make up the country, its most prolific winemaker — has a lock on the 22nd letter of the alphabet, beginning with the beginning of its own name.
A third of...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 9:27 PM
A suspect in an armed robbery of a Subway sandwich restaurant in Alabama told investigators he acted out of anger because of his failed "Subway Diet," police said on Friday.
Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was arrested at a Walmart store late on...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:59 AM
Scene: Monday afternoon, Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. A girl at a kiosk sells smartphone cases to no one in particular. A man sells plush dolls at a free-standing cart to no one in particular. Two teens walk out of Spencer Gifts, giggling. The food...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Nearly each month, Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie, 773-904-8558) has held a Ramen Battle, in which local chefs battle show off their creations. For the restaurant's seventh competition, chefs Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q and Lee Wolen of Boka will go head...