| 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,...
| Aug 9, 2007
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2007-08-09 13:02:22.0 Russ Parsons: Hi everybody! What's new? What are you seeing at Farmers Markets? Cooked anything good lately?
2007-08-09 13:02:37.0 william kraal: do you have a easy recipe for leek soup please??
2007-08-09 13:04:09.0 Russ Parsons:...
| Jun 27, 2007
Cupertino, Calif. — RIDGE VINEYARDS, you might not be surprised to learn, is set on a ridge. On a recent overcast day, its chief executive and winemaker Paul Draper leaned his tall frame against a railing at the western edge of the winery's...
| Jun 27, 2007
Ridge Vineyards has a fairly substantial production — about 75,000 cases. Much of this is sold through an active direct-selling operation at the winery, which it calls the Advance Tasting Program, or ATP. Membership gives you access to some of the...
| May 17, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashed Armageddon last week. No, not the sequel to the movie where the giant asteroid threatens Earth, but rather his proposed budget, which seemed to menace California.
There were two budgets, actually. One, which assumed voters...
| Aug 17, 2007
The buzzards led Nick Bursio to his prized calf. He found the body just over a rise in the field, with a bullet hole in its left shoulder, near the heart.
Bursio had heard of animals killed by rustlers for their meat. But not until that May morning had...
| Jul 22, 2007
Tofino, Canada — For man is born for trouble, and sparks fly upward. — Job 5:7
This goes back 35 years. Yet what happened on Radar Beach that summer reverberates even today — kept alive by detectives who came up empty, by living...
| Jul 3, 2008
Two years ago, Sid Waterman gazed up with satisfaction at this town's first Independence Day fireworks. He knew how hard he and a few other citizens had worked to bring such a display of civic pride to this isolated Mendocino County coastal community....
| Aug 6, 2008
"Bottle Shock," a new independent film based, very loosely, on the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris in which two California wines came out on top, much to the chagrin of the expert -- and very French -- wine tasters, opens today at theaters across the...
| Jun 1, 2009
As the sun rose over a wind-swept stretch of desert just east of Palm Springs, Cameron Barrows tramped over a series of dunes, identifying animal tracks in the sand -- kangaroo rat, shovel-nosed snake, cottontail, pocket mouse, sidewinder rattlesnake....
| Nov 17, 2009
At Vintners Own in Northwest Harris County, a team of 'wine pros' will help you custom make your own barrel of vino.
The owner Silvano Payne is a winemaker, he has been in the wine industry for 13 years.
Payne is a vineyard owner in Sonoma, California....