| Apr 20, 2015
| 11:12 AM
Grape grower, vineyard consultant and winemaker Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson in Napa Valley is a bona fide member of the new wave of California winemakers. But he still has a soft spot for Burgundy.
Recently, he had a premier cru Volnay from...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the "veni, vidi, vici" of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.)
| Apr 29, 2015
| 7:42 AM
For a St. John, I love Passover each year. I go back to my hometown of Denver and attend a couple of Seder meals at homes of Jewish friends.
But the kicker is that they ask me to conduct a tasting of kosher wines during the Haggada, the hours-long...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 8:00 AM
This recipe is what the Poles would call bigos or kapusta (the former thicker than the latter's soupier texture), or what those who live in Alsace, France, would name their famed choucroute garnie — or close enough. (Many more pork cuts in a...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Q: Does wine in screw top bottles age as well as wine in bottles with a cork?
—Andrew Maselli, Chicago
A: Knowing there's rarely a simple answer when it comes to wine, I reached out to an expert at the University of California at Davis and asked...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 3:27 PM
The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 10:06 AM
The nicest thing about recommending wine to Gen Xers and Gen Yers is that they don't have ear lids. Tell them that riesling is the world's greatest white wine grape and they say, "OK, cool; so show me."
You hand them a glass of well-made Mosel; they...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 10:20 AM
Just three Malibu wineries have tastings rooms open on a regular basis right now. Bring a sweater or jacket (even in summer, the breeze can be chilly in the late afternoon) and, if you can, a designated driver. The charge for a flight of small pours of...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 10:25 AM
Not everyone can own a swell ranch on Point Dume with views of the Pacific or call a double-wide in one of those sun-drenched Malibu trailer parks home. For surfers and hikers, Malibu is paradise. And if you don't like the beach and aren't into shopping...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 7:00 AM
When bacon freaks and Santa Monica’s Wine Expo get together for a tasting, it can be as wacky as this: five different bacons paired with the same number of Champagnes -- and we’re not talking cheap bubbly, but the real thing.
| Apr 8, 2015
| 9:00 AM
Out of time and can’t get to your local wine shop to pick up a few bottles for dinner? If you're already at Costco — buying shrimp or a skirt steak or even a storage shed — you could head to the wine section for one of these bottles,...