| Jun 23, 2011
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Director Michel Leclerc and his co-writer Baya Kasmi illuminate the ethnic, racial and religious issues that have beset France from World War II to the present -- through, surprisingly, the unfolding of a classic romantic comedy plot. "Le Nom des Gens"...
| 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...
| Sep 2, 2010
2008 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto "Grecante"
Arnaldo Caprai is better known for his intense Montefalco rosso than for his whites, so this lyrical wine comes as a surprise. Made from 100% Grechetto, an indigenous grape, it is crisp and refreshing, all...
| Sep 2, 2010
Where to buy
Here are some places where you can find wines from the northern Spain region of Rueda:
2009 Jose Pariente Rueda Verdejo: About $19 at the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Wally's Wine & Spirits...
| Sep 9, 2010
Here are some of the places you can buy the wines mentioned in the story.
2009 Bebame "Sierra Foothills Red Blend": Domaine LA, Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280, domaine547.com; and at the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www....
| Sep 23, 2010
In Los Angeles, 25 years entitles a restaurant to, if not a medal, then at the very least the title of institution. And this year (how time flies) marks the 25th anniversary for La Serenata de Garibaldi in Boyle Heights. Way back in 1985, Jose Rodriguez...
| Oct 7, 2010
2009 Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Tuscany isn't exactly known for its white wines. But San Gimignano, the medieval hilltown bristling with towers, is ground zero for Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The appellation is tiny, just the commune actually,...
| Nov 11, 2010
2008 Centonze Frappato
Made from 100% Frappato, a grape that is often blended with Nero d'Avola, this light red from Sicily is a delight. Fresh and lively with a lovely floral fragrance, it sees no oak before being bottled. A great warm-weather wine,...
| Oct 14, 2010
In the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc produces some fantastically alluring wines, among them Savennières from a small appellation in the Anjou region. I've always loved Château d'Epiré's crisp, minerally Savennières, but the 2009 "Cuvée Speciale" is...
| 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,...