| Nov 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
The gnarled zinfandel grapevines on Rich Czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region.
Over that time, the vines have weathered...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Booze has saved my holidays more times than I can count. Not only has it livened up family gatherings, a bottle of whiskey or wine has been my go-to gift for friends, relatives and any last-minute folks on my Christmas checklist. Check out some highlights...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 10:00 AM
For even the most reclusive, the holiday season can involve a fearsome round of dinner parties and festivities. And whenever appropriate, you may want to show up with a bottle of wine in hand. Champagne is easy -- and always welcome. But if you want to...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 11:28 AM
Luckily, there are a few ways to help you host the ultimate party with family and friends this season without breaking the bank. A menu consisting of mulled wine and beautifully presented appetizers can make your holiday gatherings truly special. Here are...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 8:46 AM
Calendar not yet completely full for the next couple of weeks? Good. To fill in those blanks, here are some possibilities tailored for food and wine lovers.
Champagne & Alsace tasting
On Thursday Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., the luxe Beverly Hills wine...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Sky-high hotel and restaurant tabs are commonplace in the Napa Valley wine country, but with a little advance planning you can still eat and sleep on the cheap. We scoured Napa and Sonoma counties — from Calistoga in the north to Napa in the south...
| Nov 4, 2014
A two-part look at the Rhone Valley: Part two, the north.
The Rhone is the second largest wine-producing region of France (after the Languedoc, its neighbor to the west). Eighty percent of its wine is red; 14 percent, pink; and 6, white.
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:56 PM
'Tis the season to power through wine tastings and festivals and to savor special dinners that pair a menu with the wines of a single producer. Here's a small collection of events coming up soon that might be fun -- and worth your attention.
| Nov 6, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Music mogul Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, like expensive French bubbly. So much so that Jay Z decided to buy the Armand de Brignac champagne brand, which sells its bottles of champagne for $300 a pop.
Remember the Ace of Spades champagne Jay Z...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Bringing flowers or wine to a dinner party is a major "don't" — while coming to a bash with a pasta colander can be welcomed with open arms. Learn the "do's" and "don'ts" of host-gifting from the pros before the holiday entertaining season is in...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 11:08 AM
Here are some of the best wines from Graham Tatomer. The Rieslings can be found at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, www.wallywine.com; and the Wine House in...