At Scopa, Antonia Lofaso delivers zesty Italian American food

It's pleasant, Saturday brunch at Scopa Italian Roots, a bit of calm compared with the roar of nearby Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The filtered sunlight in the double-height dining room feels like late afternoon, although it is just after noon. Big tables of neighborhood regulars, so loud late in...

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Wine review: 2013 Alheit Vineyards Bush Vines 'Cartology'
Wine review: 2013 Alheit Vineyards Bush Vines 'Cartology'

This is a very unusual wine from South Africa. Mostly old-vine Chenin Blanc with just 12% Sémillon in the blend, the 2013 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" is elegant and refined, with an opulent scent of apricot, lemon and flowers. The taste is ripe and lush, but there's a tautness and...

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