| Apr 22, 2010
A remembrance of things past: a beautifully balanced Chianti Classico from the Fontodi estate in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. Tasting of black cherries, a little tobacco and cloves, this is an elegant, understated Chianti as it used to be made, a wine...
| Dec 16, 2009
Whether you're shopping for that once-a-year splurge for someone special, or a case of affordable gifts for your office mates, here are some suggestions.
2008 Domaine de la Pepiere "Clos des Briords" (Muscadet) is available at Silverlake Wine in Los...
| Dec 30, 2009
On the off chance that more revelers than previously announced show up on your doorstep New Year's Eve, now is the time to lay in some inexpensive sparkling wine. And if you don't use it all, there will be plenty of occasions later in the year.
| May 20, 2009
Classic Mosel Riesling from renowned German vintner Willi Schaefer. This, the most basic of his Rieslings, makes perfect summer drinking. The 2007 is scented with apricot and lime blossom. On the palate, it's soft, lush, flowery, the sweetness balanced by...
| May 20, 2009
Atwater Village, Sunday: 3250 Glendale Blvd., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burbank, Saturday: Orange Grove Avenue and 3rd Street, behind City Hall, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Calabasas, Saturday: Calabasas (Old Town): 23504 Calabasas Road at...
| Apr 8, 2009
2007 Pollerhof Grüner Veltliner (1 liter) is available at Larchmont Village Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699, and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com; about $10.
2007 Huber Grüner Veltliner is available at...
| Aug 5, 2009
Though Brunello di Montalcino has the big name, savvy wine buyers search out Rosso di Montalcino from top producers. Generally made from younger vines and aged less, Rosso is also much less expensive -- and often more pleasurable to drink than Brunello,...
| Dec 3, 2008
Sometimes you just get a hankering for a big, bold red, but that doesn't necessarily mean a wine that obliterates everything else on the table. Bold can also be elegant, which is exactly why I fell for the 2006 Bishop from Australia's Barossa Valley....
| May 14, 2008
Hard to believe that with the dollar having sunk so low against the euro, it's still possible to find a truly entrancing bottle of white burgundy for less than $30. Pierre-Yves Colin is producing an impressively polished Mercurey called "Les Vérissées."...
| Jan 9, 2008
Galicia, the Celtic region in the northwest corner of Spain, produces beguiling whites from the native Godello grape, which had almost disappeared until it was rediscovered in the 1970s. One of the best is Val de Sil from Bodegas Valdesil made from 100%...