| Oct 29, 2014
| 12:16 PM
A two-part look at the Rhone Valley: This week, the south.
Rhone wines, 80 percent of which are red, have long been known for their strength and color. Their dramatic power is little equaled in French red wine.
Winemakers and vineyards have been in...
| Jul 15, 2014
I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries. It brims with the good life and a special appreciation for culture, music, art, food, and wine.
But Americans can feel pretty dowdy when confronted with the casual...
| 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.
| Sep 26, 2014
| 10:45 AM
My favorite part of any wine talk that I might give is when I'm done — not because the talk is over but because, before it's over, I get to answer people's questions. I loves me my Q&A. Here are some recent questions about wine that I've been asked,...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Erin Youngs, vice president for Epcot, acknowledges that she's a foodie.
But that's not the reason the theme park added 12 food kiosks to the mix at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Fest this year, she says.
Those marketplaces with edibles...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Veneto, in northeast Italy, is one of 20 regions that make up the country. It is its most prolific winemaker, and boasts the greatest percentage of top-classed wine. But a key technique for much of that cutting-edge winemaking is far up the blade....
| Jan 20, 2010
Randall Grahm is the legendary founder of California's Bonny Doon Vineyard, noted for creating delicious Rhone-style wines. He is an innovator not only in the vineyard, where he fearlessly experiments with different grape varieties, but also in the...
| 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...