| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:55 AM
During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, trillions of oysters as cute as a button — and about that size — called exogyra virgula gave of their lives and shells and, compacted atop each other and other marine fossils, became one of the...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Despite a drought and a 6.0 earthquake, the 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is going to be "another early and excellent quality year." That's the word from the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade group of some 500 wineries. According to their...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Many of the world's enduringly favored wines are blends of grape varieties. Red Rioja, Cotes du Rhone, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Chateauneuf du Pape, port, the GSM (grenache, syrah, mourvedre) blends of Australia — the list is long.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 6:58 AM
Josie Letourneau worked in an office for many years but always dreamed of owning a restaurant.
Getting sick finally made it happen.
"For years I talked to my husband about wanting to own an Italian restaurant," said Letourneau, who with her husband...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Wine Social: The American Fine Wine Competition’s wine-out takes up Mizner Park’s tony Tanzy restaurant (301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) inside iPic Theaters for an evening of samples and hearty eating on Tuesday night. The Palm Beach-based AFWC,...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Michael’s on Naples Ristorante in Long Beach is hosting a special five-course prix fixe dinner honoring the wines of Tuscan producer Cantine Olivi on Wednesday. Owner Riccardo Olivi will be on hand to present the wines.
Michael's chef David...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 1:15 PM
Looking for something to drink with those oysters? Keep it simple. Sure, Champagne is always festive, and if you're in a classic mood you could go with Muscadet, Sancerre or Chablis. But you can't really do better than a clean, solidly made West Coast...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 9:10 AM
Year in and year out, the Geoffray family of Château Thivin produces a reliably delicious Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais. It's a deep wine with some weight to it, made from Gamay vines on Mont Brouilly that are more than 50 years old. Tasting of sun-...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 3:12 PM
On Saturday afternoon, Mattei’s Tavern on the outskirts of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley will host a Harvest Celebration in collaboration with Terroir, a collection of wineries owned by Charles and Ali Banks.
The historic tavern’s...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Dean Schmiedt, a 64-year-old pharmaceutical consultant from Fort Ripley, Minn., was all set to fly to Chicago Friday with his psychologist wife, Karleen, for their third straight Chicago Gourmet when they arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:00 AM
One of the leading discount wine websites is moving into the bricks-and-mortar world. And you're invited.
On Saturday, Bestwinesonline is celebrating the opening of its retail shop in Santa Ana from noon to 5 p.m.
Co-owners Tristen Beamon and Kyle...