| Jan 11, 2011
Roman Catholic Bishop John J. Ward of Los Angeles, who had been one of three surviving American bishops who participated in the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s, died Sunday in Culver City. He was 90.
Ward died of complications...
| Nov 25, 2010
The name that Jose H. Rodriguez chose for his Boyle Heights restaurant was steeped in tradition, much like the Mexican seafood he had served to acclaim since 1985, the year he opened La Serenata de Garibaldi.
Inspired by a mariachi plaza in the...
| Sep 27, 2010
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Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film — has...
| Jan 6, 2011
2009 Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves
A friend brought this bottle of crisp, minerally Graves over for dinner and I immediately fell for it. Like most whites from Bordeaux, Chateau Graville-Lacoste's 2009 is a seamless blend of Semillon and Sauvignon...
| Jun 2, 2011
This basic Barolo is a great buy. It's not a blockbuster, but it's a Barolo in a more feminine style from Cordero di Montezemolo in La Morra. It has pretty fruit with notes of cherries, rose petals and sweet spices. Tannins are soft and rounded, but it...
| Mar 6, 2011
"It's just sad."
That's what East Los Angeles College student George Escobar had to say as we looked in the direction of a new clock tower that was built crooked and had to be fixed at an additional cost of $157,000.
Sad, outrageous, scandalous,...
| Nov 4, 2010
Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut
In the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is an incredibly versatile grape, producing dry whites and a whole range of semi-sweet to luscious sweet wines. Producers there also use it to make a sparkling wine. The...
| Oct 28, 2010
2004 Terre de' Trinci Sagrantino di Montefalco "Ugolino"
Montefalco is a vertiginous hill town in Umbria famous for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a full-bodied red made from the Sagrantino grape. The 2004 Ugolino from Terre de' Trinci is stupendous, a...
| Oct 1, 2010
Aromatic matsutakes, a seasonal delicacy prized by the Japanese, rank among the elite of true wild mushrooms — along with porcini, morels and chanterelles — but are generally less available and less well known at farmers markets. Part of the...
| Jul 22, 2010
2009 Momo Sauvignon Blanc
I don't know about you, but right now I'm looking for something crisp and cold to beat the heat. And this aromatic Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is just the bottle to do it. Made from grapes grown on three different...
| Aug 5, 2010
2009 Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais Brouilly "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"
Here's another early entry from the 2009 Beaujolais vintage, a beautiful Brouilly from Jean-Claude Lapalu, a young vintner who is a proponent of natural wines. All Gamay, his 2009...
| Jul 29, 2010
2004 R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja 'Crianza Viña Cubillo'
Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta winery, founded in the late 19th century in Rioja, Spain, is still one of best in the region, famous for its gorgeous top-of-the-line Viña Tondonia. But the...