| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:00 AM
A last-minute gift that's always welcome is a bottle of wine. But hold it right there, don't reach for the Charles Shaw or a generic California Cabernet. Put some thought into which bottle to give which person with the help of this guide, or your...
| Dec 28, 2013
Here are some favorite grower Champagnes to try. These are not widely distributed. You'll have to ferret them out at fine wine retailers. Remember, the clue is the RM on the bottle, which stands for récoltant-manipulant. If you don't see them, just ask....
| Dec 28, 2013
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 11:06 AM
While it’s Miller High Life that claims the title of "the Champagne of beers," there is a style of craft beer that aims to fill the flutes of revelers with a refined malt beverage that can hold its own against sparkling wine.
Known as bière brut...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 5:09 PM
If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property.
Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs, botox stations and wine "cellars" that somehow made...
| 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 7, 2014
| 11:43 AM
It’s a new year, why not drink like it and try something new and unfamiliar. My wish is that in 2014, wine lovers will take a chance and say goodbye, at least every once in a while, to their tried and true, and branch out. This is such a great...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 1:19 PM
We all know the power of store-bought rotisserie chicken. When you're short on time but want to make a substantial meal, that chicken you pick up can be your best friend. Buy one, shred it up and make something impressive.
It's easy to use the...