| Nov 11, 2009
'Banjo Fred" Starner, an economics professor and banjo-playing folk singer who documented hobo music and culture, has died. He was 72.
Starner, of Winnetka, died Oct. 25 at a West Hills rehabilitation facility of complications from pneumonia and the...
| Dec 3, 2008
A sweet taste of fall
Here's where to find our favorite artisanal ciders (all bottles are 750 milliliters unless noted):
Eric Bordelet 2006 Sidre Doux (about $12), 2007 Poiré Authentique (about $15) and 2006 Poiré Granit (about $21), available at Wine...
| Oct 15, 2008
Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. Their 2007 Chardonnay from Middleridge Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino is a cool customer...
| Aug 22, 2007
There aren't many bargains left in Piedmont, particularly when it comes to Barolo. But this village wine from Luca Currado at Vietti in Castiglione, one of the region's greatest Barolo estates, is one, especially the terrific 1991 vintage. Austerely...
| Mar 4, 2009
What a little beauty of a Syrah from Jonathan and Susan Pey of Spicerack Vineyards. Their "Punchdown" Syrah comes from two cool-climate sites on the Sonoma Coast. Rich and spicy with scents of cassis, black pepper and wild herbs, this is an elegant,...
| Nov 11, 2009
Barbara Fairchild joined Bon Appétit in 1978 as an editorial assistant typing (yes, on a typewriter) recipes. Today, she runs the magazine, and with the closure of Gourmet last month, has become one of the most watched women in food publishing. After all,...
| Jul 11, 2007
Tastes of Spain
Aalto, Mauro and Maurodos wines made by Mariano García are available at selected Southern California fine wine shops including K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com; Vendome Liquor & Wine in Studio City, (818)...
| Jul 11, 2007
Who's making them
Pugs Leap Farm. Pascal Destandau's and Eric Smith's goat cheese dairy in Healdsburg produces bûches — creamy, mellow, slightly sweet logs; pavés — pyramid-shaped, a little mushroomy, with a slightly spicy finish; and Petit...
| Oct 10, 2008
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These days, when just about any topic can provoke a debate, you can add bread pudding to the list.
How is that possible, you might wonder, with something so homey and comforting and, well, inert? Blame it on the chefs. They've taken this beloved...
| May 27, 2009
2008 Domaine de l'Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé is available at Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse....
| Sep 2, 2009
A project of Oregon's Owen Roe Winery and offshoot Corvidae winery, Mirth Chardonnay is a rare commodity -- a moderately priced Chardonnay that drinks beautifully. The 2008 vintage, from Washington grapes, is clean and crisp and not over-oaked. Notes of...