| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Dustin Hughes screens two short documentary films on Nov. 9 featuring baker Mark Stambler and distiller Mo Heck, who create distinctly different goods from one common ingredient: grain. "Bread" explores the craft of Los Angeles breadmaker Stambler, who...
| Nov 2, 2013
Everybody knows that Barolo and Barbaresco from the Piedmont area of Italy are ground zero for the finicky yet fascinating grape Nebbiolo. But what about Gattinara? That's a small appellation, still within Piedmont but northeast of Turin. Once famous...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:28 PM
It’s officially a trend. Following the debut of single-serve Zipz wines in this country and Winestar’s French wine in a can, now comes Stack Wines — and just in time for tailgating season.
Instead of toting actual bottles of wines...
| Oct 26, 2013
If you think you don't like off-dry Riesling, open up a bottle of this lovely floral Riesling from a Mösel estate that goes back to 1177 and has been owned by the same family since 1804. The 2011 Mönchhof Riesling's honeyed sweetness is balanced by a racy...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:21 AM
It’s that time of year. The third Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles will be held this weekend at Windfall Farms. If you’ve never attended one, this is the place to discover wines from Paso’s artisan winemakers.
To bring you up to...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Culture Monster popped into the opening of Kim Dingle’s show at Coagula Curatorial’s new gallery space in Chinatown on Saturday night. The installation -- "Kim Dingle’s Wine Bar for Children at Mister Ling’s Market,” was...
| Nov 9, 2013
It's very unusual to find white Burgundy this lovely at $32 or less. It almost never happens, but this Bourgogne Blanc from Dominique Lafon has both depth and balance. Finely textured, the Chardonnay has a floral scent and a bracing minerality.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:42 PM
With the Nov. 14 opening in Venice of Scopa Italian Roots, bar and spirits masterminds Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni will be heading a unique cocktail-driven program that pays homage to vintage Los Angeles.
During a Wednesday night cocktail party-esque...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 4:25 PM
On Wednesday, chef Alain Giraud of Maison Giraud in Pacific Palisades will be cooking a five-course menu paired with wines from the Ojai Vineyard.
He’s chosen a crab salad with green apple and fines herbes for the Viognier Roll Ranch, while pan-...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Margrit Biever Mondavi stopped in at downtown’s Rivera restaurant Monday night for a dinner promoting Robert Mondavi Winery, founded by her late husband. She was just back from a trip to do the same in Brazil and, after a brief trip back home to...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 10:50 AM
[Updated: 7:12 p.m.: Charlie Trotter's family issued a statement earlier expressing sorrow at the shocking death of the 54-year-old acclaimed chef and asking for privacy "as we work through this difficult time."
Many chefs, including notable L.A. chefs,...