| Oct 3, 2007
It's such a beauty, this Rosso di Montalcino from the old and respected Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona estate, which holds some of the best vineyards in the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. A baby Brunello, 100% Sangiovese Grosso, it's a gorgeous ruby...
| 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,...
| Jun 17, 2010
Here's where to find some of the wines mentioned in this story.
2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dr. Loosen Riesling "Eroica" (Columbia Valley) is available at Manhattan Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454, http://www.manhattanfinewines.com, and Wine...
| 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...
| May 27, 2009
2008 Domaine de l'Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé is available at Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, www.thewinecountry.com; Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse....
| Jul 1, 2009
Everything you want in a Central Coast Syrah -- ripe, beautiful fruit, wonderful balance and structure, flavors of dark, juicy berries, wild herbs and a touch of smoke. Adam Tolmach's 2006 Santa Barbara County Syrah is a stunner. One of the original Rhone...
| Aug 26, 2009
Headed to LACMA to catch the "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" exhibit before it closes Oct. 4? Before you go, put a bottle of this crisp, minerally white from Italy's Campania region (that's Naples/Pompeii and environs) in the fridge to break open when you...
| Oct 7, 2009
Some favorite harvest whites
2006 Albert Mann Alsace Pinot Auxerrois is available at Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com, and the Colorado Wine Co., (323) 478-1985, www.cowineco.com, about $18.
2007 Albert Boxler...
| Dec 23, 2009
For years, Champagne houses have done a brilliant job convincing us that Champagne is synonymous with celebration. Either I'm entirely brainwashed or it's really true: Bubbles are festive. The sound of that cork popping or, if the bottle is opened...
| Mar 18, 2010
Jolly Pumpkin Brewing La Roja Artisan Amber Ale
It took about 10 years for Americans to get used to the bitterness of India Pale Ale. How long will it take for us to get used to Flemish brown ale, which is sour, actually sour?
Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja is...
| Jul 8, 2009
Beaujolais -- the real stuff, not Beaujolais Nouveau, which is an entirely different animal -- makes perfect warm-weather drinking. And this Cote de Brouilly from Nicole Chanrion's Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes is a fabulous summer wine. Old-fashioned...
| 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,...