| Oct 24, 2007
| 9:54 AM
At least a dozen Orange County homes had burned by this morning and thousands more were in danger as flames as high as 75 feet devastated rural canyon communities, fire officials said.
The Santiago fire continued to push east today, fueled by brittle...
| Oct 25, 2007
| 11:09 AM
The Santiago fire in Orange County expanded overnight, with firefighters reporting this morning that they had lost ground and that containment of the blaze had fallen to 30% from 50%.
Firefighters are now above Silverado and Trabuco Oaks canyons,...
| Feb 23, 2008
With tears streaming down her cheeks, Sheila Marie Sikat turned to search the sea of faces in a crowded Santa Ana courtroom Friday.
"I'm sorry," she whispered to a sister, locking eyes as they both wept.
Sikat's soft-spoken apology set the tone for a...
| Oct 25, 2007
Wildfire evacuations and road closures have disrupted mail delivery and shut down post offices throughout Southern California. The U.S. Postal Service is providing masks for carriers, but in areas where air quality is deemed a health threat, mail...
| Oct 15, 2008
THE "Worth It? Not Worth It?"(Oct. 8) article by Russ Parsons and Amy Scattergood about the kitchen equipment they consider a good value prompted more than 100 responses at latimes.com/food and in e-mail. Many readers took issue about whether toasters and...
| Nov 12, 2008
Before you get into exotics such as Grüner Veltliner or Vinho Verde, your wine cellar (or closet or shelf) needs some basics. In terms of whites, you can't go wrong with this South African Sauvignon Blanc, especially since it's less than $20. With the...
| Dec 19, 2007
Loire Valley producer Philippe Delesvaux is known for his Chenin Blancs, but this Cabernet Sauvignon is one gorgeous wine. You'd expect Cabernet Franc for a rouge from this region. Instead his "La Montée de l'Epine" is pure Cabernet Sauvignon, supple...
| 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...
| Jan 13, 2010
Few of us can afford Spanish wine star Alvaro Palacios' big dog, L'Ermita. But we can all afford an occasional bottle of his Camins del Priorat. Think of it as an introductory wine from northern Spain's rugged Priorat region. A blend of Carignan and...
| Feb 18, 2010
Taste Fausto Maculan's beautifully crafted blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and you'll be forgiven for guessing it's a $50 wine. Not. Astonishingly, this suave Bordeaux-style blend is less than $20. This 2007 from the Veneto is intense and...
| Feb 13, 2008
IS your Valentine's date worth $225, or $135? Extra black truffles and osetra caviar? Having dinner the night of Valentine's Day, or the night after, or the night after that?
All questions to consider when faced with making a Valentine's dinner...
| Aug 27, 2008
I opened a bottle of Atalayas de Golban the other night to have with a rack of lamb. The combination of Tinto Fino (the local Tempranillo) and lamb is classic and sublime. And this Ribera del Duero from Madrid wine merchant Miguel Sanchez and winemaker...