| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:05 AM
For two years, Neal Newsom, a well-regarded West Texas grower, stubbornly put off entreaties from a would-be Dallas winemaker in his 20s to gamble on tempranillo.
It was the late 1990s and Newsom had never heard of Dan Gatlin, nor did he like what the...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 9:10 AM
BJ's makes beer, but its happy-hour specials encompass more than the restaurant's band of ales. Aside from ongoing discounts on drafts and cocktails ($1 off), bottled beers ($2 off) and house wines ($3 off), the Brewhouse sells $5 martinis and mojitos, in...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Root beer—A&W, Barq's, Mug, etc.—is really a misnomer. It's soda, made with carbonated water and sweeteners, and, as everyone knows, is totally appropriate to serve at a kid's birthday party.
Not so with two new local brews.
| Mar 27, 2013
The Loire Valley makes more types of wine than any other winemaking region of France. It produces the tricolor of red, white and rose wines; much sparkling wine; and a raft of wines that range in sweetness from as dry as a mouthful of cotton to as...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 2:09 PM
This is a big year for Kevin and Yvonne Ford.
In November 2012, they officially opened their winery, Red Heifer Winery, the first in the Smithsburg area. In April, they'll represent Red Heifer at the Decanter wine festival in Pimlico race track in...
| Mar 9, 2013
Jeff Fischer doesn't have a vineyard or a winery. He has no formal training and zero employees. Yet in a short time he's managed to land his small-batch Habit wines in nearly 50 of L.A.'s top restaurants, including the Chateau Marmont, Spago, AOC, Ink,...
| Mar 13, 2013
During the past 30 years, no winemaking area of France has transformed itself as much as Languedoc, the fertile crescent of vineyards stretching along a third of the country's western Mediterranean coastline.
The winemaking region is properly called...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Found at: Billy O's English Tavern (Southington)
Are there different rules or words of wisdom for those partying on St. Patrick's Day?
Yes, pace yourself. Start out slow so you can last the whole day, classic tortoise-and-the-hare....
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Princess Cruises officials on Tuesday reiterated some key features of the line's new 3,600-passenger Royal Princess Cruise ship during a media briefing at the 29th Cruise Shipping Miami conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center,
| Mar 14, 2013
There is no shortage of decent Mexican restaurants in the western suburbs, but far too many of them play down to their audiences, falling back on the standard Mexican and even Tex-Mex dishes that everybody prepares.
Today we look at two west suburban...
| Apr 10, 2013
My ideas for this column come about as a function of a winemaker interview, a holiday or season, a suggestion from a student or a reader or, often enough, a whim.
Writing them up, I'll of course recommend wines that I've researched and tasted. But my...