| May 10, 2006
PULL up a stool at Lou's, a wine bar that opened six weeks ago, sandwiched between a fluff-and-fold laundromat and a pawn shop near the corner of Melrose and Vine, and Lou Amdur can tell you all about Spanish wines. Rich Garnachas from Priorato and...
| May 10, 2006
The Times tasting panel met recently for a blind tasting of Spanish wines widely available at Los Angeles area retailers for $13 and less. Joining me on the panel were Food editor Leslie Brenner, Food columnist Russ Parsons and Randy Kemner, owner of...
| Aug 11, 2012
So now that he's gotten used to drinking down, what is Kyle Meyer drinking at home?
Spanish wines. The best values, he says, are in smaller, less-known regions — Jumilla and Campo de Borja, Calatayud or Montsant. "You dig out these little satellite...
| Nov 24, 2011
As this country's wine tastes shift away from bombast toward more balanced efforts, let's imagine we could reduce that trend to a single wine from a single place. This wouldn't be a wine made to floor you, overpower you or incite some rapturous state....
| Nov 17, 2004
It's the eternal question: What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner?
Every year, the pundits of wine-and-turkey-matching put forth their picks: Zinfandel, they suggest perkily; after all, it's a native American grape. Or Riesling: A safe bet, since it's...
| Jan 26, 2014
THE BEST WAY TO BILBAO, SPAIN
From LAX, Air France, Lufthansa and British offer connecting service (change of plane) to Bilbao. Restricted round-trip fares range from $1109 to $1,480, including fees and taxes. Haro is about an hour's drive south of...
| Dec 1, 2006
Dressed in scruffy jeans, a tight, gray T-shirt and cowboy boots, Rudy Kurniawan slid into a front-row seat at a Christie's Beverly Hills auction room. He didn't blend with the cashmere and Cole Haan crowd hoping to pick up a few bottles of rare and old...
| Jun 16, 2013
Many Napa Valley wineries are beginning to welcome visits from families, and they're making a serious effort to keep the kids engaged. Lest we forget, wineries are farms, and in many cases they have farm animals, game birds, fish ponds, picnic grounds and...
| May 5, 2013
Fifty miles north of San Francisco, straddling U.S. Highway 101, sits Santa Rosa, former home of Charles M. Schulz and the gang from "Peanuts." From the highway, as you boom past at 70 mph, Santa Rosa appears to be just another somewhere on the way to...
| Oct 30, 2013
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Coming up this weekend, SLO Wine Country’s Rockin’ Harvest Celebration. SLO, of course, stands for San Luis Obispo. That’s just up the coast and could be a day trip if you’re up for some driving (and bring along a designated...
| Aug 12, 2013
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Santa Rita Hills Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration
Coming up soon — this Friday through Sunday — Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. Go up for a day or the weekend. It kicks off...