| Jun 15, 2010
| 1:39 PM
"Shame about syrah, really," I was thinking the other day while washing down a cheeseburger with a glass of 2003 Ojai Thompson Vineyard Syrah from California's Santa Barbara County. The wine was big, meaty even. Yet, it was balanced, in proportion,...
| Jun 22, 2010
Pork famously became "the other white meat" when the National Pork Board launched the slogan back in the 1980s. It's a term that's stuck — more than 90 percent of Americans recognize it today, according to Pamela Johnson of the board's Pork...
| Jun 30, 2010
July Fourth: Rockets will scream through the darkening sky, sparklers will sputter and cherry bombs will pop in backyards all across the United States. Why not also celebrate Independence Day with a firecracker of a wine, a zinfandel from California's...
| Jul 4, 2010
I'm lying naked facedown on a table while a masseuse anoints my feet with a balm of freshly crushed organic Meyer lemon, sage and olive oil. Part of me finds the sensation "rejuvenating" and "invigorating," as the spa description promised. The other...
| Jan 13, 2010
| 6:42 PM
Oregonians famously don't want you to move there, but they don't mind a visit — unless you're Californian. Then don't bother, please, and thank you. Regional dislikes are nothing new: Connecticut people loathe New Yorkers (especially those behind...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 3:08 PM
It's January. It's dark and cold and icy and icky. Holiday bills are coming due. The kids have the flu.
Comfort yourself, a little, with a good bottle of cheap wine.Truly, there's nothing more delicious than a bargain.
Consumers feeling the pinch are...
| Jan 31, 2010
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, Calif.; (800) 889-7188, www.hotelhealdsburg.com. A sleek, modern hotel on the town square. The perfect antidote to all those frilly wine country B&Bs. Rates begin at $275.
WHERE TO EAT...
| Jan 31, 2010
More wedding bells could ring at Napa Valley wineries after a tough economic year that has some saying yes to a proposal to revise rules banning most vineyard vows.
Proponents say the plan would bring in some cash for struggling vintners and provide an...
| Feb 28, 2010
Even if I don't eat Velveeta, you couldn't call me a dedicated foodie; I just like eating good food. So, every so often, I treat myself to a little culinary tour to sample special treats .
"Food makes sense to everyone," says "epicurean concierge" Lisa...
| Apr 20, 2010
Forget Hippie Hill. For thoroughly modern marijuana smokers in the San Francisco Bay area, the hip place to celebrate their movement's high holiday this year was the inside of a stretch Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore where...
| Apr 26, 2010
You've just started treatment with a new psychiatrist, whom you like very much. Should you "friend" her on Facebook?
If she says yes, what if she finds those pictures of you dancing drunkenly with the lampshade on your head — after you told her you...
| Sep 30, 2009
| 12:24 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The man accused of stalking Audrina Patridge has been ordered to stay away from "The Hills" star.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham granted Audrina, and her brother Mark Patridge, a 3-year restraining order against 24-...