| Apr 10, 2013
| 6:07 PM
Of all the wines that work well with cold weather at the top of the list must be port. The history of port alone is a winter's tale, a story best told at the fire-lit hearth.
Port is the only wine to have been invented by mistake and political intrigue....
| Apr 3, 2013
I enjoy reading The New Yorker's Alex Ross on music. His words describe sounds so that I can hear them in my mind's ear: "It begins with rapid, swirling patterns, like snow in high wind," for example, or "a cascading theme that has an open-air, Alpine...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 2:09 PM
This is a big year for Kevin and Yvonne Ford.
In November 2012, they officially opened their winery, Red Heifer Winery, the first in the Smithsburg area. In April, they'll represent Red Heifer at the Decanter wine festival in Pimlico race track in...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Montgomery County wants more attention focused on its wineries, and is asking the federal government to expand a special designation, to include one more county vineyard.
The American Viticultural Area or AVA, is a specific label given to wine grapes...
| Mar 23, 2013
How did Jeff Morgan morph from a nice Jewish boy from New York into a sax player and bandleader in sequined tuxedo, then into one of the leading wine journalists in the United States, and finally into a kosher wine maker in the Napa Valley? And one who...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:05 AM
For two years, Neal Newsom, a well-regarded West Texas grower, stubbornly put off entreaties from a would-be Dallas winemaker in his 20s to gamble on tempranillo.
It was the late 1990s and Newsom had never heard of Dan Gatlin, nor did he like what the...
| Mar 20, 2013
Before Johannisberg, before Dom Perignon, before Opus One, there was Falerno.
Falerno was the greatest wine of its era, the two centuries before the birth of Jesus when Rome was in its ascendance. It was the ancients' "first growth," prized by Martial,...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:43 PM
I want to start a compost pile, but I'm worried that kitchen scraps will attract animals from the woods nearby. Any thoughts?
Usually kitchen scraps are a small portion of a pile's ingredients. Most kitchen scraps are small pieces, damaged or bruised....
| Mar 13, 2013
During the past 30 years, no winemaking area of France has transformed itself as much as Languedoc, the fertile crescent of vineyards stretching along a third of the country's western Mediterranean coastline.
The winemaking region is properly called...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:33 PM
MAIPU, Argentina - Ten minutes in the orchard and already my hands felt raw. How do they do this all day without gloves, I wondered, shuffling my feet for a better foothold in Argentina's sandy clay.
It was Thursday, the day we'd expected to be tasting...
| Mar 9, 2013
Jeff Fischer doesn't have a vineyard or a winery. He has no formal training and zero employees. Yet in a short time he's managed to land his small-batch Habit wines in nearly 50 of L.A.'s top restaurants, including the Chateau Marmont, Spago, AOC, Ink,...