| Oct 9, 2013
| 10:41 AM
From: Toscana, Italy
Serve with: Pasta with tomato sauce, grilled burgers
This medium-bodied Italian red shows plenty of the fine character of the sangiovese grape even though it doesn't carry the name of an exalted wine region. It's a...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Phew! They did it! They survived week one of "Top Chef," Season 11. Chef Patty was crying over the experience, which didn’t win her any points in chef Stephanie’s book -- she insisted she’ll only cry when she is kicked off. Hmm,...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:21 AM
We begin with a flashback from five years ago. Olivia’s getting off the "Metro" (that train looks nothing like any WMATA train I have ever ridden) and spots Huck. She’s on her way to an incredibly awkward dinner with Daddy Pope (she promises...
| Oct 13, 2013
As warm afternoons give way to cool, crisp evenings, cities awaken from their summer nap, abuzz with new openings, performances and cultural events. Vibrantly hued country roads become stamping grounds for food festivals, wine tours and leaf peepers....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Talk about perfect timing. Just when Roy and Linda Albin are ready to introduce wines from their new vineyard in Parkton to folks in the Hereford Zone, the organizers of the Hereford Fall Festival are looking for new attractions for their annual event....
| Oct 15, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The idea that beer has just as much right as wine to be on a fancy dinner table is not a novelty. And during the annual Baltimore Beer Week celebration, which begins Friday, it's a matter of principle.
The beer dinner, a multicourse meal built around...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:05 AM
Halloween is coming to the historic district in a big way this year. Festivities start this weekend, and it seems like the whole town is prepared to be scared.
They are busing people in for the start of the "HallowRead" book convention on Friday, Oct....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 12:25 PM
In The Baltimore Sun's my ongoing devotion to any and everything "Downton Abbey," I present to you the new Downton Abbey Wine Collection.
Carson, start pouring.
According to a press release (memo to all people: please continue sending me all...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
Carving a dining room and patio out of bedrock wasn’t the easiest construction project for Pure Wine Cafe owner P.J. Strain.
The expansion of the wine bar and restaurant on Ellicott City’s Main Street took twice as long and cost twice as...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Earlier this month, the team behind the Harbor East wine bar and restaurant Vino Rosina announced that the restaurant would be closing on July 20. At the time, they said that they were already working on a follow-up concept for the same space in the Bagby...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:10 AM
Howard County's rich agricultural heritage dates back to the earliest settlers in our town. You may recognize the names of a few of these important farmers such as the Ellicott brothers — John, Andrew and Joseph — and Charles Carroll, a signer...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Dinner in a suburban Italian restaurant is rarely worth a one-hour wait. But it is when it comes to Facci, the first restaurant in Ellicott City's new Turf Valley shopping center.
The restaurant, which opened in September, is named after owner...