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February 24, 2011
  2007 Mayacamas Chardonnay 'Mt. Veeder' Mayacamas is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, established in 1899 on the slopes of Mt. Veeder, but it sometimes gets lost in the constant search for the new. I've always loved its Chardonnays, and the 2007 is quite simply stunning. It is rare to find a Chardonnay of such quality at this price. It's had enough time in bottle to evolve into a thrilling expression of the varietal ? complex, scented with lemon rind and melon, ripe and full in the mouth while still retaining a lilting acidity.
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NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
What wines are selling best on Amazon.com ? You might be surprised. There's more than just the expected popular brands of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Curious about what the top-selling wines on Amazon.com are at the moment, I approached the Seattle-based mega-company to see if anyone could tell me. After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected  - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2011 | Chris Erskine
I fancy myself the Mickey Mantle of mid-level fundraising banquets, but I am really more the Rip Repulski. You'll remember Repulski from his stint with the Dodgers, no doubt, from 1959-60. With a career .269 batting average, few players ever embodied athletic mediocrity the way Eldon John "Rip" Repulski did. And few people can lull a banquet crowd to sleep quite like I can. I am the Rip Repulski of hosting charity events, and I'm proud to carry that mantle, even if it has nothing to do with the Mick.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Andrew Riiska's aptly named Construction Coasters are notched so that creative types can build a little tabletop sculpture when they aren't sipping Chardonnay. Fit the pieces in just the right way and you've got a wine bottle holder. The coasters are made of reclaimed oak and sold in sets of eight. Price: $60 through Riiska's new website . The artist crafts furniture and has completed large installations, but for those looking for a more affordable bit of handmade goodness, may we suggests these with a nice red?
TRAVEL
July 18, 2010 | By Sarah Staples, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There had already been three years of failed harvests. Three straight years of weeding, planting, pruning, every day, into every night, on every weekend, with only the prospect of more work and an uncertain future, by the time Véronique Hupin and Mike Marler made the decision never to quit, no matter the cost. The tally was $200,000 and rising — far more than their life savings, which they dropped in the summer of 1999 on a tiny vineyard called Les Pervenches, near Farnham in Quebec's Eastern Townships.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
David Rosoff has held the position of general manager at Osteria Mozza since the Los Angeles restaurant opened seven years ago. It doesn't seem like it could possibly be that long, does it? I'm sure it feels like it to Rosoff. But he isn't your garden variety general manager. He has a deep and abiding knowledge of wine, honed at Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica and other venues where his wine lists were a big draw for anyone who cares about wine. “I've spent some time trying to think of something cutting edge and intriguing but at my advanced age, I've come to term with the facts that 1)
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
After a Sunday morning hike in Solstice Canyon, a small group of friends and I ended up at a fellow hiker's Malibu house for lunch. While we nibbled on bruschetta topped with ricotta and roasted red peppers, Michalene got busy in the kitchen, steaming clams with garlic and white wine and boiling the pasta. The wonderful aromas swirled over the entire house. Normally, you might drink a crisp, dry Italian white with pasta with clams, but we tried opening a Mâcon-Villages  from Henri Perrusset in Burgundy (imported by Kermit Lynch)
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Andrew Riiska's aptly named Construction Coasters are notched so that creative types can build a little tabletop sculpture when they aren't sipping Chardonnay. Fit the pieces in just the right way and you've got a wine bottle holder. The coasters are made of reclaimed oak and sold in sets of eight. Price: $60 through Riiska's new website . The artist crafts furniture and has completed large installations, but for those looking for a more affordable bit of handmade goodness, may we suggests these with a nice red?
FOOD
February 20, 2002
Located in Languedoc, just west of Montpellier, Mas de Daumas Gassac is best known for a Cabernet that can hold its own against some of the top Bordeaux. Ownes Aime and Veronique Guibert also make this remarkable white, a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. It's the Viognier that's responsible for its lacy texture and delicate scent of violets, orange blossom and honey. What I love best about it is the long, lovely finish.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
After back-to-back lean years in 2010 and 2011, the California grape harvest rebounded in 2012 to a record high of more than 4 million tons (that's up from 3.8 million in 2011 and 3.9 million in 2012). Over at the San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop SF , wine editor Jon Bonné has an astute analysis of what that means for California wine. He writes, “Aside from a flush feeling in the vineyard, what did 2012 bring? In many ways, more of the same: another record delivery of Chardonnay (up more than 30%)
FOOD
November 23, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
This is an elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena, very much still in the style that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 and launched California Chardonnay onto the world wine scene. Silky on the palate, the 2011 has aromas of pear, citrus and honeysuckle. A bright acidity and a discrete touch of oak give the ripe fruit flavors a lift. A wine to savor. This would be a great bottle to take to a holiday dinner with people who would appreciate its finesse. It shows best with shellfish or fish in sauce -- coquilles St. Jacques, lobster with drawn butter or Dungeness crab, but also a simple roast chicken.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Summer is upon us: Time to start planning for some wine country fun. One event not to miss, especially if Chardonnay is the first thing that leaps to mind when you think wine: the Chardonnay Symposium in the Santa Maria Valley. In its fourth year, the symposium is set to take place July 19-21.  The event is scheduled to kick off with a dinner in honor of Central Coast pioneer Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat at the historic Bien Nacido Adobe. He's to be toasted and/or roasted by Bob Linquist of Qupé, Frank Ostini of the Hitching Post, sommelier Raj Parr and winemaker Gavin Chanin.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2013 | By Marc Stirdivant
Fifty miles north of San Francisco, straddling U.S. Highway 101, sits Santa Rosa, former home of Charles M. Schulz and the gang from "Peanuts. " From the highway, as you boom past at 70 mph, Santa Rosa appears to be just another somewhere on the way to somewhere else. But a short detour east into downtown or west into the wine country quickly proves otherwise. The tab: We spent $163 for a night at the Hotel La Rose, dinner for two at Willi's Wine Bar was $84, including wine, and a lavish picnic from Whole Foods Market came to $43. Gas and incidentals added $100 to the tab. Wine at Bella and Iron Horse vineyards, of course, was extra.
TRAVEL
April 14, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Pleasanton, Calif., is - no surprise here - a pleasant small city east of San Francisco Bay that was off the beaten track for much of the 20th century and avoided the redevelopment that destroyed the cores of many older cities. Its downtown - filled with tree-lined streets, vintage architecture, restaurants and boutiques - evokes a small town in New England. My good friend Laura, who used to live there, was my guide on our trip. The tab: We spent about $450, including $220 for two nights at the Sheraton and $230 for food and drinks.
FOOD
April 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  For anyone who loves a leaner, more elegant style of Chardonnay, this is the one. Liquid Farm proprietors Nikki and Jeff Nelson are going for Chardonnay with less oak influence and lower alcohol. Bingo. That's a recipe for a food-friendly wine, and with the help of winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars, they're making this terrific Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills grapes. I love its minerality, the sharp, fresh scent of citrus and, well, grape that comes through loud and clear.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
David Rosoff has held the position of general manager at Osteria Mozza since the Los Angeles restaurant opened seven years ago. It doesn't seem like it could possibly be that long, does it? I'm sure it feels like it to Rosoff. But he isn't your garden variety general manager. He has a deep and abiding knowledge of wine, honed at Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica and other venues where his wine lists were a big draw for anyone who cares about wine. “I've spent some time trying to think of something cutting edge and intriguing but at my advanced age, I've come to term with the facts that 1)
FOOD
April 2, 1987 | NATHAN CHROMAN, Chroman is a free-lance wine writer and author who also practices law in Beverly Hills
It's always fascinating to taste new and youthful wines in the continuing search for the best--the key is to acquire bottles that will surely become expensive or extinct. At a benefit for the Make a Wish Foundation, the organization that fulfills the dreams of terminally ill children, the Palm Springs Desert Princess Resort and Hotel recently presented a "What's New in California Wine" tasting featuring current and soon-to-be released wines from more than 40 California wineries.
FOOD
March 3, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila
For the last decade, Chappellet has been making a marvelous Chenin Blanc from vines planted in 1962 on the steeply terraced slopes of Pritchard Hill. Aged in small oak barrels, it has the heft and weight of a Chardonnay but a character all its own. Extravagantly perfumed with citrus, its taste is complex and alluring, with a tart minerally finish. Serve it chilled, with seared scallops, fried shrimp or trout sauteed in butter. It has enough verve to stand up to lobster or crab too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
James L. Barrett, a pioneering Napa Valley vintner who stepped onto the world stage in a big way in 1976 when his Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won a prestigious Paris tasting, has died. He was 86. Barrett died Thursday in San Francisco, according to family spokeswoman Kristen Reitzell. The cause was not given. An attorney and senior partner at a Torrance law firm, Barrett decided to leave his practice, move to Napa Valley and devote himself full time to Chateau Montelena, the historic estate he and a group of investors had bought in 1972.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
I can remember the first time I had herring and potato salad, a summer night in Paris, sitting at a sidewalk table. The cool vinegary tang of the pickled herring against the waxy yellow potato with the crunch of carrot and sweet onion was perfect with a sip of Chablis. Recently I picked up some pickled herring at a Russian deli in West Hollywood (can't remember which) and made "Herring and Potatoes" from former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis' first book "H eart of the Artichoke and Other Culinary Journeys ” (Artisan Books, New York, 2010, $35)
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