| Dec 16, 2010
Submited by Kate Wheeler of Pasadena
"Something about the flavor of liquor in desserts just screams "holiday" to me. Maybe it's a nod to fruitcake and plum pudding, or maybe it's just a way to get through all the family gatherings of the...
| Apr 7, 2011
Brian Loring has a self-proclaimed obsession with Pinot Noir. From a workaday facility in Lompoc on the Central Coast, he makes half a dozen single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is a mixture of several vineyard lots and is a great argument...
| Nov 17, 2010
| 6:00 PM
Ammo: "Hyper-seasonal" menu includes wild mushrooms and heirloom turkeys from Diestel ranch. Dishes are ordered a la carte. Orders must be placed by phone or e-mail by noon on Nov. 22, ready for pickup on Nov. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m. Prices range...
| Jan 13, 2011
2008 Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia
In search of a wine to bring to a special dinner? How about the latest vintage of Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia, the second wine of the famous Super Tuscan estate Tenuta di Ornellaia in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast?...
| Apr 12, 2011
| 10:41 AM
2009 Domaine de Coussergues Chardonnay-Viognier
How about a Chardonnay-Viognier blend from an estate founded in 1495 by a land grant from Charles VIII — and one that sells for $10 or less? I don't propose to know how Baron Arnould de Bertier...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Dear SOS: We love to order the "Famous White Sangria" at the LGO Café in Pasadena at La Grande Orange Café. Perfect on a summer evening — can you please help us get the recipe?
Dear Alex: LGO Café was happy to share its...
| Nov 26, 2010
Purple variants of common vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and potatoes have been increasingly popular at farmers markets in recent years, but none is as intriguing as the red Brussels sprouts just now showing up at the Santa Monica...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 3:27 PM
Professional baseball player Adrian Beltre and his wife, Sandra, have listed a more than 4-acre estate in Bradbury for $19.8 million.
The newly built Mediterranean was custom designed for both formal entertaining and casual indoor-outdoor living. A 2,...
| Nov 25, 2010
In a tight red sweater, curvy jacket and a loop of pearls, Xiomara Ardolina looks too young to have started her first restaurant in La Canada way back in 1979. She later parlayed the money she made with that first venture into a French bistro in Old...
| Apr 21, 2011
2008 Cogno Barbera d'Alba 'Bricco dei Merli'
When Barbera is good, it is very, very good. And the 2008 Barbera d'Alba "Bricco dei Merli" is one of those bottles. A deep ruby red, it's soft and velvety on the palate, conjuring up flavors of cassis,...
| Dec 30, 2010
H. Goutorbe Brut Premier Cru 'Cuvée Prestige,' Champagne Laherte Frères Rosé de Saignée 'Les Beaudiers,' Champagne Paul Bara Brut Grand Cru 'Grand Rosé,' Champagne Philipponnat Non Dosé 'Royale Réserve'
Dry and delicately yeasty, Goutorbe "Cuvée...