| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
On a warm January night in Los Angeles, one of those evenings when we have trouble visualizing what the phrase "wind-chill factor" might even mean, the patio outside Maccheroni Republic is one of the most pleasant places downtown, a long, alley-narrow...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 4:08 PM
The name, pronounced FAY-la, is Sicilian, specifically that of Anne-Marie Failla, who co-owns this small winery with her husband, winemaker Ehren Jordan. This is a Chardonnay to drink young. It's lithe and elegant with lovely aromas of pear and lemon....
| Dec 31, 2013
| 3:47 PM
This gorgeous red from Spain was made by Mariano Garcia, former cellar master at the legendary Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero. Though the winery has had a cult following since it was founded in the late '70s, because the vineyards and winery are just...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 1:09 PM
2013 was the best year for craft beer that Los Angeles has yet seen, and there were more brewery openings, more new beers, and more excitement among beer drinkers than ever before. Everyone has their favorite new brewed-in-L.A. beer, but these are three...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Mary Michaels keeps a bucket of treats under the counter for people who come in with dogs. She greets customers by first name. A woman walks in the front door just to tell Michaels that she's having a second baby.
Michaels owns Almor Wine & Spirits on...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 10:00 AM
If you've ever sat at the pub after work sipping your favorite Cabernet or craft brew, then you've probably wondered: When is it safe to drive home? If your blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%, that means someone else should take the keys.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:55 AM
Wanted: a restaurant perfect for dinner for two. It could be a first date, blind even. Or a night out without the kids. Or an evening spent taking a friendship or love affair to another level over a marquee chef's tasting menu. We've all been in that...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Forget about all the butter we Americans are supposed to be consuming, I’m deep into olive oil practically every meal, lavishing a slab of grilled country bread with the intensely fruity Tuscan oil and sopping up every bit of the remains on my...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Maybe Kenneth York should invite his neighbors over and pop open a few $200 bottles of his Cabernet Sauvignon to chill them out.
Homeowners who live near the Hollywood sign are livid over York's plan to build a two-story, 8,000-square-foot mansion, a 1,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 2:01 PM
There's nothing worse than realizing you've forgotten to bring a corkscrew to a picnic. The remainder of the meal is spent contemplating how long it will take to drive to the nearest store while you stare longingly at your bottles of wine.
| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:36 AM
If you’ve ever been to a fine dining restaurant, and especially one that focuses on wine, you’ve probably encountered a Riedel glass. The Austrian glass company is practically synonymous with wine glasses, having designed and produced...