Washington wineries have fun with Recommendeuer iPhone/iPad app

Washington wineries have fun with Recommendeuer iPhone/iPad app

Some wine apps are deadly serious. Just the facts, ma'am. Or just the ratings.

11 red wines to go with lamb -- for Easter or any other time

11 red wines to go with lamb -- for Easter or any other time

One of the revelatory taste experiences of my life was eating baby lamb grilled over vine cuttings at the wine estate Tinto Pesquera in...

For that Easter feast, think of Belgian brews

For that Easter feast, think of Belgian brews

The Easter feast usually gets second billing to Thanksgiving in America’s pantheon of food holidays, but the spread of ham, lamb,...

Cult favorite Alpine Brewing now shipping to Los Angeles

Cult favorite Alpine Brewing now shipping to Los Angeles

Whenever a keg of one of Alpine Brewing’s hoppy IPAs made it to Los Angeles from San Diego, or when bottles landed at a restaurant...

Eat and learn: Two tastings and dinners focused on mezcal, tequila

Eat and learn: Two tastings and dinners focused on mezcal, tequila

Want to learn more about mezcal and tequila? There are two events coming up that will help you get started.

Explore the sour side of beer at Little Bear's Sourfest

Explore the sour side of beer at Little Bear's Sourfest

Sour beer, wild ales and funky wood-aged brews -- once the purview of the most dedicated of beer geeks -- have crossed over to mainstream...

Kosher wines and spirits for the holiday and beyond

Kosher wines and spirits for the holiday and beyond

Searching for a bottle to take to a Seder? Here are a few suggestions either to accompany dinner or to take as a gift to your hosts. The...

Looking for a wine to go with oysters? Keep it clean, crisp and cold

Looking for a wine to go with oysters? Keep it clean, crisp and cold

When it comes to a bottle of wine, an oyster’s demands are fairly simple. It should be cold, crisp and clean. Anything more is...

Heritage pork, Tablas Creek wines, this is no ordinary wine dinner

Heritage pork, Tablas Creek wines, this is no ordinary wine dinner

Wine dinners come and go. Some are fabulous. Some are lame. But here’s one that seems destined for the fabulous category, a...

Three myths about skunky beer

Three myths about skunky beer

There is a whole spectrum of “off flavors” that can plague beer, but there is one flaw that is so common many people feel that...

Wine & Spirits compiles the 25th annual list of top selling restaurant wines

Wine & Spirits compiles the 25th annual list of top selling restaurant wines

What do you think are the top-selling wines in restaurants?

Good news for farmers and brewers -- the great circle of grain is safe

Good news for farmers and brewers -- the great circle of grain is safe

Farmer John and Brewer Bill can breathe a sighs of relief as the FDA announced plans to reevaluate newly proposed regulations to the age-old...

Solvang's Garagiste Festival features some hidden treasures, but you'd better act quick

Solvang's Garagiste Festival features some hidden treasures, but you'd better act quick

The annual Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure is one of the most relaxing...

Angel City brews Mexican cola beer -- no fooling

Angel City brews Mexican cola beer -- no fooling

The downtown arts district brewery Angel City held a contest last November that asked fans to submit ideas for the dream beer that they&...

Make that Cosmopolitan gluten-free, with gluten-free vodkas

Make that Cosmopolitan gluten-free, with gluten-free vodkas

With an estimated one in three people trying to cut gluten from their diets, awareness of products that can contain it has risen. And...

Baseball and beer -- three brews to get you through all 9 innings

Baseball and beer -- three brews to get you through all 9 innings

While nobody was really paying any attention when Dodgers officially opened the 2014 baseball season last week in an antipodean exhibition...

 Wine review: 2001 Faustino I Tinto Rioja 'Gran Reserva'

Wine review: 2001 Faustino I Tinto Rioja 'Gran Reserva'

This is why Rioja is one of the best values in red wine right now. Where else could you find such a distinguished red from the 2001...

Mezcal, the 'moonshine of Mexico,' grows in appreciation, availability

Mezcal, the 'moonshine of Mexico,' grows in appreciation, availability

Terroir. Wild yeasts. Elevation. Who knew these terms could apply to mezcal as easily as to wine. In fact, "the vocabulary of...

 Mezcal tip No. 1: 'Sip it. Don't shoot it'

Mezcal tip No. 1: 'Sip it. Don't shoot it'

What's the best way to taste mezcal? Del Maguey's Ron Cooper has this advice: "Take the tiniest sip you can possibly take and squeeze your...

 Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves

Dozens of Mezcal labels now line the shelves

Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to find more than a few brands of mezcal around town. Now most wine shops that also sell...

New collaboration beer puts the 'creamy' in milk stout

New collaboration beer puts the 'creamy' in milk stout

One of San Diego’s best breweries has joined forces with one of L.A.’s oldest breweries on a collaboration beer that...

Wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr.  to launch a lifestyle magazine for the mega-rich

Wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. to launch a lifestyle magazine for the mega-rich

When I saw the first tweet about this, I truly thought it was a hoax. But no, it seems wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. is launching a...

Craft distillers to gather at Spirits Expo downtown in May

Craft distillers to gather at Spirits Expo downtown in May

The first ever Los Angeles Spirits Expo will celebrate craft spirits by bringing together distillers, bartenders, bottlers, label makers and...

Two wine events to hit before March ends: GourmetFest 2014 and Garagiste Festival

Two wine events to hit before March ends: GourmetFest 2014 and Garagiste Festival

Tis the season when the wine events start to fill the calendar. For those who plan ahead (and you’ll need to if you’re...

Join the wine club: 'Red, White & Weird' and 'Le Metro - Wine. Underground.'

Join the wine club: 'Red, White & Weird' and 'Le Metro - Wine. Underground.'

I had no idea that the wonderfully eclectic wine and spirits shop Bar & Garden in Culver City had a...

Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Manhattan Beach wine fest, Vintners Spring Weekend

Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Manhattan Beach wine fest, Vintners Spring Weekend

Vines are leafing out, a sure sign that wine festivals are in full swing. Here are a trio of wine events happening early April, two on the...

Wine review: 2012 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Shea Vineyard'

Wine review: 2012 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Shea Vineyard'

This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Oregon in an outstanding vintage. The grapes come from the famous Shea Vineyard...

Craft beer boom continues to brew, sales up 20%

Craft beer boom continues to brew, sales up 20%

It doesn't take industry experts to tell you that craft beer is growing in America (and Los Angeles especially) -- a trip to any beer bar or...

Are craft brewers using irresponsible labels to compete with the big boys?

Are craft brewers using irresponsible labels to compete with the big boys?

In the war for your beer money, craft breweries have learned to leverage what some are calling an unfair advantage over the big industrial...

Wine review: 2011 Caprili Rosso di Montalcino

Wine review: 2011 Caprili Rosso di Montalcino

What a beauty. Caprili's 2011 Rosso di Montalcino, 100% Sangiovese grosso, is the perfect food wine, bright and chiseled, with flavors of...

New book details the growing Southern California craft beer scene

New book details the growing Southern California craft beer scene

San Diego has long been a nexus of innovation and excitement in the craft beer industry, and with the explosion of popularity in L.A. and...

Wine review: 2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 'Dolomiti'

Wine review: 2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 'Dolomiti'

This Pinot Bianco is from South Tyrol's brilliant, almost 200-year-old wine estate Alois Lageder. With the fifth generation in...

Are $1,000 Napa Valley Cabs on the way?

Are $1,000 Napa Valley Cabs on the way?

I can remember when $100 for a California Cabernet seemed excessive. This year, though, if you’re on the list for Screaming Eagle, the...

Chianti, in the same league with the world's top red wines, gets a new designation

Chianti, in the same league with the world's top red wines, gets a new designation

As anybody who follows Italian wine knows, the quality strides made in Tuscany's Chianti Classico region in the last few decades have been...

10 wines to drink with sushi

10 wines to drink with sushi

Not everybody loves sake, so the burning question is what else to drink with your sashimi or nigiri-zushi?

The classic tulip glass is the only beer glass you need. Here's why

The classic tulip glass is the only beer glass you need. Here's why

There’s more to the beer glasses than the ubiquitous American shaker pint glass. From the tall and flared German hefeweizen glasses to...

Wine review: 2012 Stolpman Vineyards 'La Cuadrilla' red wine

Wine review: 2012 Stolpman Vineyards 'La Cuadrilla' red wine

For the last few years, Stolpman Vineyards in the new Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area in Santa...

Shocking: The French are drinking flavored wines (red lollipop! peach!) and loving them

Shocking: The French are drinking flavored wines (red lollipop! peach!) and loving them

The French have gotten into fruit-flavored wines in a big way. As if news of declining consumption of wine overall wasn't enough, drinkers...

Celebrate the comeback of cask ales at Anaheim's FirkFest

Celebrate the comeback of cask ales at Anaheim's FirkFest

Cask ale is an old-fashioned type of beer that’s making a big comeback thanks to creative craft brewers, and a festival is being...

Robert Parker goes toe-to-toe with his critics

Robert Parker goes toe-to-toe with his critics

Nobody threw rotten tomatoes -- until after Robert Parker’s speech at the 10th annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in...

It's Pliny time again — here are your best shots at getting a taste

It's Pliny time again — here are your best shots at getting a taste

Pliny the Younger is here. Kegs of the once-a-year treat have begun to be tapped around Los Angeles, and on Saturday three of L.A.’s...

Italians' thirst for wine diminishes as younger generation turns to beer

Italians' thirst for wine diminishes as younger generation turns to beer

Italy, a country that has produced wine for centuries, is seeing dramatic drops in wine consumption as a younger generation reaches...

Wine review: 2012 Quintarelli Bianco Secco 'Ca' del Merlo'

Wine review: 2012 Quintarelli Bianco Secco 'Ca' del Merlo'

From the legendary Quintarelli estate in Valpolicella, here's a lovely and surprising white wine scented with white peaches and lime. With...

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Easy dinner recipes: 3 quick ideas using leftover hard-boiled eggs

Easy dinner recipes: 3 quick ideas using leftover hard-boiled eggs

Wondering what to do with all those leftover hard-boiled eggs from Easter? Here are some tasty ideas that come together in minutes:

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