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  • 2006 Ataraxia Sauvignon Blanc

    Before you get into exotics such as Grüner Veltliner or Vinho Verde, your wine cellar (or closet or shelf) needs some basics. In terms of whites, you can't go wrong with this South African Sauvignon Blanc, especially since it's less than $20. With the...
  • 2005 Domaine Philippe Delesvaux 'La Montée de l'Epine' Anjou

    Loire Valley producer Philippe Delesvaux is known for his Chenin Blancs, but this Cabernet Sauvignon is one gorgeous wine. You'd expect Cabernet Franc for a rouge from this region. Instead his "La Montée de l'Epine" is pure Cabernet Sauvignon, supple...
  • Good buys in quality Champagne

    Good buys in quality Champagne
    For years, Champagne houses have done a brilliant job convincing us that Champagne is synonymous with celebration. Either I'm entirely brainwashed or it's really true: Bubbles are festive. The sound of that cork popping or, if the bottle is opened...
  • 2007 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat Quick swirl

    2007 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat Quick swirl
    Few of us can afford Spanish wine star Alvaro Palacios' big dog, L'Ermita. But we can all afford an occasional bottle of his Camins del Priorat. Think of it as an introductory wine from northern Spain's rugged Priorat region. A blend of Carignan and...
  • 2007 Maculan Brentino

    2007 Maculan Brentino
    Taste Fausto Maculan's beautifully crafted blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and you'll be forgiven for guessing it's a $50 wine. Not. Astonishingly, this suave Bordeaux-style blend is less than $20. This 2007 from the Veneto is intense and...
  • In case Cupid didn't call early for a reservation ...

    IS your Valentine's date worth $225, or $135? Extra black truffles and osetra caviar? Having dinner the night of Valentine's Day, or the night after, or the night after that? All questions to consider when faced with making a Valentine's dinner...
  • Wine of the week: 2005 Atalayas de Golban Ribera del Duero

    I opened a bottle of Atalayas de Golban the other night to have with a rack of lamb. The combination of Tinto Fino (the local Tempranillo) and lamb is classic and sublime. And this Ribera del Duero from Madrid wine merchant Miguel Sanchez and winemaker...
  • 2005 Catena Alta Malbec

    Hey, it's rained a few drops, ushering in the season for reds, ready or not. For fans of lush red wines, the 2005 Catena Alta Malbec, from a wine family that's been in the business for four generations, has everything going for it. Rich and ripe, with...
  • 2005 Château Montus Madiran

    2005 Château Montus Madiran
    Every year about this time I break out my well-worn copy of Paula Wolfert's magnificent "The Cooking of Southwest France," and start thinking duck -- braised duck legs, confit, cassoulet, bowls of garbure -- a thick soup of salt pork, cabbage and beans...
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the Editor
    LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT After reading Annie Gilbar’s editor’s letter, I want to thank you for your “positive emotional contagion” (a quote from Daniel Goleman’s Social Intelligence). You are right about the universal fear cloud and the fact that we...
  • Burgess Meets with Family of Victim, Donna Jou

    Burgess Meets with Family of Victim, Donna Jou
    A convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the disappearance of a Southern California college student met with the victim's parents today. John Steven Burgess, 36, met for two hours at a downtown jail with Reza and Nili...