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January 25, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila
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.
August 23, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila
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 | S. Irene Virbila
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.
February 26, 2002
"'Limitless' Copyright Case Faces High Court Review" (Feb. 20) reported that the plaintiffs in the case of Eldred vs. Ashcroft hope to roll back the current, lengthy copyright protections. Despite what producers and distributors might claim, the end goal of the copyright act was the enrichment of the public domain. Each generation should have access to our cultural heritage, and creators should have the right to further enrich our culture by producing derivative and interpretive works based upon the works of those who preceded them.
AT&T has made a dramatic shift by focusing on cable lines as its entree to customers' homes, but No. 2 long-distance carrier MCI WorldCom need not respond with a dramatic strategic shift of its own. In fact, AT&T's $57.2-billion deal to buy MediaOne Group may actually be a response to aggressive deal-making on the part of MCI WorldCom. Those deals have made the Jackson, Miss.-based company a formidable competitor in the business, data and Internet markets.
June 1, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer, which manages more than 2.5 million bare-bones websites, plans to acquire a company that specializes in buying Web domain names the second they become available. Los Angeles-based Oversee expects the deal for Portland, Ore.-based SnapNames to close later this month, Oversee Chief Executive Lawrence Ng said. He declined to disclose the price. Many domain-name speculators use SnapNames' service to bid for expiring Web addresses.
March 22, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
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.
June 17, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
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 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer and
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 6, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
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.
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