July 19, 2006 |
If you're intent on winning over your rose-phobic friends, better make it the best: a Bandol from Domaine Tempier. Chez Panisse in Berkeley has been pouring the Bandol rose by the glass for practically forever, with good reason. Tempier rose is tremendously food friendly. The color is a lovely coppery rose. It's scented with rose petals and wild strawberries, and yet when you take a sip, it's bone dry and perfectly gorgeous.
January 25, 2006 |
For fans of the Alsace estate Zind Humbrecht's grand cru Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, it seems like a dream: a trio of wines from the 2004 vintage for under $20. Because of the abundant crop that year, Olivier Humbrecht produced the equivalent of village wine with grapes from some of his grand cru vineyards. The Riesling, which was made mostly with grapes from the famed Herrenweg site, has a delicate floral perfume. It's crisp and minerally, with a beautiful balance and grace.
October 24, 2007 |
Zesty citrus, slate, minerals -- this is a Chardonnay that has everything going for it. Although it comes from a humbler appellation, in the hands of one of Burgundy's premier winemakers (who is also one of the region's leading proponents of biodynamic farming) this Macon is a graceful beauty. It's also better than many Chardonnays that are twice the price. This bottle would be a beautiful match for sashimi, especially hamachi, or with some simple seared scallops.
August 23, 2006 |
During the heat wave, I kept pulling the cork on this Quincy from the Loire Valley. Made from Sauvignon Blanc grown on sandier soils than those of Sancerre or Pouilly, this Quincy from the young grower Adele Rouze is a vibrant summer-weight white. Soft and ripe, it has just enough grassiness and minerality, along with some zesty lime, to make it an inspired match with chilled shellfish. Bring on the oysters, clams, shrimp and crab.
August 15, 2007 |
In the southwest of France, the cuisine is so inextricably linked to the wine that it's hard to think about drinking anything but local reds with the region's duck and foie gras, slow-simmered daubes and braised meats. It's a shame that Madiran, made from the area's Tannat grape, which normally carries a full load of tannin, is still relatively little known in the U.S. This example from tiny Domaine Laffont should remedy that situation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 |
The Agency for Community Development next week will consider legal action to take possession of property needed for a redevelopment project. The City Council, acting as the redevelopment agency, will vote Monday on whether to begin eminent domain proceedings on two of seven Garden Grove Boulevard parcels needed for a 70-home development. The parcels are within a 5-acre site on the south side of Garden Grove Boulevard between Rockinghorse Road and Harbor Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1991 |
The City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss taking over property through the eminent domain process for expansion of a water plant. The city has been trying unsuccessfully to buy the property, a quarter-acre, rectangular parcel on Prospect Avenue between Main and 3rd streets. The city wants to use the property to expand the water plant on Main, but the property owner has not accepted the city's offer.
July 21, 1986 |
For 50 years, steam locomotives pulling flatcars stacked with timber snaked through the woods along the banks of the fast-flowing Susan River. Now, there are no trains, but joggers, hikers, equestrians and cyclists on fat-tired bikes wind their way along the 25-mile, single-track railbed called the Bizz Johnson Trail. One of the first of its kind in the West, this "rails-to-trails" park between Westwood and Susanville in Northern California's Lassen County was dedicated last month.
March 8, 1990
The article "Old Neighborhood Feeling the Weight of Eminent Domain" (Times, Feb. 22) was really frightening. Since when do five members of the (Arcadia) City Council have the right to condemn homes where people live? One woman they are evicting is 85 years old. "Some property owners are upset because the agency doesn't have specific plans for the site." And rightly so! Margaret Torres said: "It'd be different if there were a real reason, like an important road." I couldn't agree with her more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997 |
The City Council has decided to begin legal steps to acquire property that residents of Oasis Mobile Home Park do not want to sell. Council members voted 4 to 1 to move ahead with eminent domain proceedings, the legal process that governments may use to buy land for civic projects. The mobile-home park is on property the city wants for its so-called E-Street District, an 18-acre entertainment and restaurant project planned for the area around Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue.