| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:50 AM
Disregard, for now, the popular pre-election question of which candidate you’d rather have a beer with. The real sudsy issue at hand is whether the alcoholic brew is healthful.
That’s the claim being made by Alexis Nasard, chief commercial...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 9:48 AM
As if shopping on Amazon.com needed to get any more dangerous: The online retailer will now start selling wine in a dedicated section on its site, just in time for the holidays.
Visitors to Amazon Wine will have access to more than 1,000 wines from...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 8:05 AM
Boxed wines are nothing new. But how well would boxed beer go down in a land long used to drinking brew from cans and glass bottles?
French industrial designer Petit Romain has dreamed up a square glass container he dubs the Heineken Cube. The...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 11:00 AM
There are so many luxurious things $50,000 will buy – a Porsche Boxster! A dozen quilted Chanel purses! A glamorous European getaway!
But if you’re a certain brandy lover, the money goes to two bottles of aged cognac.
| Jun 2, 2012
First of all, Black Hogg, the name of the new Silver Lake gastropub, doesn't refer to a heritage pig or even a plain old hog or wild boar. According to the staff, it takes its name from the alternative definition of hogg, which the Oxford English...
| Jun 30, 2012
From his perch at Bonny Doon Vineyard in the Santa Cruz mountains, the indefatigable Randall Grahm turns out a huge variety of wines. I was an early fan of his Le Cigare Volant (the flying cigar), a tribute to the southern Rhone's Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 9:42 AM
It is toward midnight at the Pikey, the lights are fairly low and the Kinks are playing so loudly that you swear you can hear Ray Davies scratching his ears. You are seated beneath one of Ben Watts' photographs of aging Teddy Boys — tattooed...
| Jul 14, 2012
This Pinot Noir from cool climate Sonoma Coast is a marvel of fruit and finesse. Winemaker Bill Hunter is old school: No fining or filtering for his Chasseur Pinot. The 2007 unfolds like a flower in the glass, scented with cherries and raspberries with...
| Sep 29, 2012
With the economy still not entirely recovered, restaurants — and very good ones at that — are betting on happy hour deals to get customers in the door. I like to call it tapas hour, when you can get small bites and cocktails at attractive...
| Aug 4, 2012
I've been drinking Qupé Syrah for years but never knew until now that (1) Qupé is pronounced "kyoo-PAY" (I'd thought it was koo-PAY all this time) and (2) it's the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. Turns out winemaker Bob Lindquist has a poetic...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 11:33 AM
Jay Gatsby would have been astounded by today’s beer market, especially the spectacular growth in craft brews.
Beer from small and independent makers is performing far better than more mainstream labels in the U.S. Through the first half of 2012,...