| Oct 3, 2014
| 3:14 PM
The world makes most of its wine from grapes grown in a band of vineyards that necklace the globe, in either hemisphere, between the 50th and 30th degrees latitude. Fruit crops cannot grow reliably above or below those marks. Not much reason to build a...
| Jun 2, 2010
Psst! I've got a secret and, boy, am I eager to share it with you. It's one word, six letters.
Yep, sherry. And I'm not just talking about that cream stuff your grandmother sips daintily out of a wee glass cup. I'm talking sherry in all its...
| Apr 25, 2011
I visited Next looking for greatness, and I found it.
Next, the sequel restaurant from Grant Achatz of Alinea, is all of 19 days old, but it hums with the grace and confidence of a veteran. Which isn't completely surprising; Achatz, partner Nick Kokonas,...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 3:09 PM
A major new venue will arrive on the Chicago concert scene this summer, and it’ll be booked by one of the local music community’s most respected figures.
City Winery Chicago, which is scheduled to open a 300-seat concert hall in the West Loop...
| Nov 26, 2011
A freak for fitness, I decided the other day to concentrate on what trainers call the "core muscle groups," the very struts of the human body. In my case, the core muscles are the tongue and the schnitzel. The schnitzel is unfamiliar to many folks, but...
| Jun 25, 2013
What's your favorite vegan entree with cabernet sauvignon? Sorry, it's a question always needing an answer here in California.
— Terry Hall, Calistoga, Calif.
What a great question, Terry. Given your gastronomic background — you were a...
| Jun 13, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
We’re all so busy, says master sommelier candidate Ian Cauble, “How often do you [stop] and smell something?”
Um, there’s a reason Ferris Bueller emphasized looking around, not smelling. Who wants more free...
| Jan 16, 2013
Mario Batali is the award-winning chef behind 24 restaurants including Eataly, Del Posto and his flagship Greenwich Village enoteca, Babbo. In the coming year, Mario will use this twice-monthly column to answer questions submitted via social media and...
| 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...
| Jan 1, 2013
Q: I have a 2008 German Eiswein, and I haven't had it stored in a refrigeration unit since I got it. I was wondering if it is still good to drink. I have had the bottle stored upright in a dark cabinet that stays room temperature. Does it only need...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 2:38 PM
Into a live music scene already stuffed with clubs, City Winery promises something different: Music and food in a wine-country atmosphere.
But will it be enough to draw traffic from already well-trafficked clubs and restaurants within miles, if not a...