| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:17 PM
It was a chilly, rainy afternoon when my husband and I boarded the Viking Freya in Budapest, Hungary, for an eight-day cruise along the Danube River to Nuremberg, Germany. After arriving from the U.S. a few days earlier to tour the city, we finally had...
| Jul 3, 2014
Laurent Brazier has found his bliss — surrounded by wine bottles, baguettes and an upgraded kitchen at his new cooking school, La Cuisine Culinary Arts in South Coast Plaza.
"Here we are," the executive chef announced during a break last...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The Fourth of July is coming up, and along with the soda and the beer, you'll want to lay in some easy-drinking picnic wines for the crowd. We've been collecting suitable wines for the occasion for weeks. For the Fourth, we've gone with an all-American...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:07 PM
To the money managers at Silversage Advisors in Irvine, it seemed like a no-brainer to store backup computer drives far from the main office to ensure seamless operations in case of a calamity.
Then professional burglars hit the home where the drives...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Thousands of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets of northern Pamplona on Sunday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival — a potent mix of adrenaline and alcohol-fueled celebrations that...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 3:18 PM
There's nothing like a Chablis. In this northern reach of Burgundy, Chardonnay takes on an entirely different character. A good example, such as this premier cru "Forêts" from Domaine Louis Michel, is characteristically lean and chiseled yet has a...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Great minds sure do think alike.
When I recently wrote up Terravant’s new Scratchpad line of wines featuring what they’re calling the world’s first interactive wine label, it wasn’t long before I got a message from Linda...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:52 PM
My wife, Laurel, and I had laid out an idiosyncratic European itinerary for our trip last fall: to London for theater, to Paris to scout Ernest Hemingway's long-ago haunts, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the Zeppelin Museum, and finally to Hamburg to...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 11:03 AM
Fans of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" know that needing a strong beverage after watching an episode can be a common sentiment. Everyone's favorite characters keep dying!
A company in Australia called Common Ventures has found a proper way to drown...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:20 AM
"Where are you headed today?" the front desk manager asks as I check out of my hotel in London.
"We're headed to Florence tonight for a steak, and then we're off to Southern Italy first thing tomorrow morning," I say.
"What an extravagant life you lead,...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:09 PM
From: Venezie, Italy
Price: $20/3 liter
Serve with: Crabs, lobster, salmon
This is a superb addition to American consumers' selection of boxed wines — a format that increasingly deserves respect. This dry white wine is a surprisingly full-...