| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:57 AM
Calle's Cucina is a place with potential.
Chef-owner Carl "Calle" Vahl has the experience to run a show-stopping restaurant, with both formal and on-the-job training in Italy and New York. Philosophically, Vahl is in the right place, too. He uses fresh,...
| May 7, 2012
| 10:34 AM
From: Elqui Valley, Chile
Serve with: Seafood, salads
Find it at: i.m. Wine, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, and other local wine shops
Pedro Ximenez is a white wine grape varietal best known for its role in producing dessert wines in Spain's...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 2:10 PM
Maryland’s 60 wineries produce more than 400 delicious wines – from crisp dry whites to mid- and full-bodied reds, specially-crafted blends and delightful sparkling wines, luxuriously sweet dessert wines and wonderful specialty wines. Get to...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:10 PM
When Baltimore brewpub owners Don Kelly and Justin Dvorkin were looking to expand, Howard County grabbed their attention.
They now plan to open the second location of The Alehouse in Columbia, which will join their Pratt Street location.
"It's a great...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 3:12 PM
John and Cindy Stevenson had the perfect set-up Saturday at the Maryland Wine Festival: topped-off glasses of vino, a cadre of friends and family, blankets and chairs spread out under a shade tree, crusty bread, caprese salad and two kinds of cheese.
| Oct 3, 2012
| 6:09 PM
Tacos make great bar food. And Banditos makes great tacos.
The Tex-Mex-themed bar and eatery, which opened in July in the Federal Hill space that formerly housed Taco Spot, gets a lot of things right — not just the tacos. With an extensive drinks...
| May 7, 2012
| 11:29 AM
Label art and label law are two completely different things, but sometimes there can be a real art to reading the label.
Wine law is meant to clarify and identify what is in the bottle. But sometimes, the law itself confuses and confounds.
| Oct 1, 2012
| 7:13 AM
Truth be told, although we've been making wine for thousands of years, we didn't figure out the mechanics of fermentation until fairly recently.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, known as the Father of Microbiology, lived from 1632 to 1723. He was the first to...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 8:49 PM
Beer for breakfast? Depending on your point of view, that's either the height of indulgence or the depths of depravity.
But if you get to the seventh Maryland Microbrewery Festival at the Union Mills Homestead when the gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday,...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:44 PM
Burgundy lies between a rock and a hard place. It is the only French wine region whose name is different in English and in French. Whereas Bordeaux is Bordeaux in both languages, and the Loire is the Loire, Burgundy is the English translation of...
| May 14, 2012
| 9:18 AM
From: Mendocino County, Calif.
Serve with: Salmon, ham, crabs
Bonterra is one of California's largest and most reliable producers of organic wines. More important, from my point of view, is the fact that they're very good wines that won't...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 3:15 PM
A July 26 beer dinner at Gertrude's will feature an all-star line-up of Baltimore brews -- Loose Cannon, Resurrection, Snake Dog, Existent, and more.
Longtime Baltimore Sun food journalist author Rob Kasper hosts the Locavore Beer Tasting, which...