| Jun 24, 2011
| 4:33 PM
It's no secret that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and curvy road courses don't mix well, but the popular NASCAR driver wants to change that. Amid a resurgence in Earnhardt's performance this season -- he's third in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship......
| Jun 3, 2011
| 8:05 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Local boutique winery owner Gus DeFalco's low-cost wines have something in common with the big-dollar bottles produced in California's established wine-making regions: the same grapes.
DeFalco owns Orange Coast Winery, which...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 12:03 AM
PETALUMA, Calif. (KTLA) -- The 2011 'World's Ugliest Dog' has died.
Yoda, a 15-year-old Chinese-crested and Chihuahua mix died in her sleep Saturday.
The 1.8-pound mix won $1,000 after beating 29 other canine contestants at the competition in Petaluma,...
| May 17, 2011
| 8:22 AM
SAN DIEGO -- News that Palomar Mountain State Park is on a list of 70 locations around California slated for closure because of budget cuts has local businesses preparing for the worst.
The park could be shut down in July 2012, according to state parks...
| Feb 28, 2010
Even if I don't eat Velveeta, you couldn't call me a dedicated foodie; I just like eating good food. So, every so often, I treat myself to a little culinary tour to sample special treats .
"Food makes sense to everyone," says "epicurean concierge" Lisa...
| Jul 5, 2010
In the not-too-distant past, the best dinner spot in Healdsburg was a red-sauce Italian joint next to the highway, and the only option for picnic goodies was the Salami Tree Deli. But then Napa got crowded, Sonoma wine developed street cred and a slew...
| Jul 4, 2010
I'm lying naked facedown on a table while a masseuse anoints my feet with a balm of freshly crushed organic Meyer lemon, sage and olive oil. Part of me finds the sensation "rejuvenating" and "invigorating," as the spa description promised. The other...
| Aug 15, 2010
I had been reluctant to try in-flight Wi-Fi because of the cost, but when I found a discount that cut the fee to $7.46 on a recent American Airlines flight, I tried the service and liked it. And the connection seemed faster than my DSL at home.
| Sep 22, 2010
Jean-Charles Boisset is the wine world equivalent of a star chef. Handsome, successful, globe-trotting and visionary — and wed last year to another wine star, Gina Gallo — he is intent on making distinctive wine at all price points. The French...
| Jun 17, 2010
| 3:10 PM
Syrah is a noble grape, grown for thousands of years. It powers many of the reds made in the Rhone region of France, and winemakers around the world praise it. Yet the poor grape seems to get no respect these days.
"Shame about syrah, really," I was...
| Jun 30, 2010
July Fourth: Rockets will scream through the darkening sky, sparklers will sputter and cherry bombs will pop in backyards all across the United States. Why not also celebrate Independence Day with a firecracker of a wine, a zinfandel from California's...