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September 8, 1991
As always, I read with interest of your beer tasting ("What's Brewing?" by Robert Lawrence Balzer, July 28) and, as always, wondered why Rainier Ale was not among the 70 "leading market contenders" tasted. I've long held the opinion that Rainier is the best domestic brew available. Rainier isn't to everyone's taste. But surely it deserves a place among 70 beers tasted. The century-old Seattle ale must be the Rodney Dangerfield of beers--it don't get no respect! EDWARD PAYNTER San Diego
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December 9, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died. He was 99. Balzer, who had also been a wine merchant, an actor, a Buddhist monk and a restaurateur, died of natural causes Dec. 1 in Orange, said his nephew, Rex Shannon. Known for his erudition and flamboyant personality, Balzer wrote a wine column for the newspaper from 1964 to 1995.
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NEWS
January 17, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
In case you're harboring doubts as to the progress of civilized life and demeanor in these fair United States, consider the following account chronicling Lincoln's second inaugural 120 years ago: "The banquet ordered for the Ball was not on the magnificent scale of four years earlier . . . .
MAGAZINE
September 8, 1991
As always, I read with interest of your beer tasting ("What's Brewing?" by Robert Lawrence Balzer, July 28) and, as always, wondered why Rainier Ale was not among the 70 "leading market contenders" tasted. I've long held the opinion that Rainier is the best domestic brew available. Rainier isn't to everyone's taste. But surely it deserves a place among 70 beers tasted. The century-old Seattle ale must be the Rodney Dangerfield of beers--it don't get no respect! EDWARD PAYNTER San Diego
NEWS
August 24, 1987 | DAVID SHAW, Times Staff Writer
Late in 1985, a customer walked into Wally's Liquor in Westwood and bought a case of Chardonnay made by Chalone Vineyard, a prestigious, Central California winery. A few days later, the customer returned 11 of the 12 bottles in the case. "He said he didn't like it," says Steve Wallace, owner of Wally's. Wallace gave him his money back. Two weeks later, the customer returned and bought a case of the same wine. Surprised--and baffled--Wallace asked him why he'd changed his mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died. He was 99. Balzer, who had also been a wine merchant, an actor, a Buddhist monk and a restaurateur, died of natural causes Dec. 1 in Orange, said his nephew, Rex Shannon. Known for his erudition and flamboyant personality, Balzer wrote a wine column for the newspaper from 1964 to 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1988
Friends of Hospice, a support group for San Pedro Peninsula Hospital's hospice program, raised more than $50,000 at a Rolling Hills wine tasting and auction attended by 150 people. The event also honored Robert Lawrence Balzer, Los Angeles Times Magazine wine critic. The money will benefit the hospice program, which cares for terminally ill patients and their families in their homes. Begun in 1977, the program has served more than 1,000 families, the hospital said.
MAGAZINE
September 4, 1988
I raise my glass to Robert Lawrence Balzer for his colorful cactus-to-bottle account of tequila's creation ("Spirit of the Southwest," July 10). However, he gives the order of the drinking ritual as tequila, followed by salt, followed by the lime. I learned the sequence as salt first, then tequila, then lime. Please correct me, or send Mr. Balzer back to the wine cellar. WILLIAM VIETINGHOFF Thousand Oaks Balzar has observed both sequential practices in Mexico. De gustibus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998
James Andrew Willett, 77, a restaurant manager and wine expert, has died in Orange of cardiac complications connected to Alzheimer's disease. Willett, born in Pennsylvania and reared in a Troy, N.Y., orphanage, attended La Salle Military Institute and served in Normandy during World War II. After working in New York's textile industry, he moved to Southern California in 1960.
MAGAZINE
October 20, 1985
The panel of experts for The Times' 12th annual wine tasting was headed by author and Los Angeles Times Magazine wine columnist Robert Lawrence Balzer.
NEWS
August 24, 1987 | DAVID SHAW, Times Staff Writer
Late in 1985, a customer walked into Wally's Liquor in Westwood and bought a case of Chardonnay made by Chalone Vineyard, a prestigious, Central California winery. A few days later, the customer returned 11 of the 12 bottles in the case. "He said he didn't like it," says Steve Wallace, owner of Wally's. Wallace gave him his money back. Two weeks later, the customer returned and bought a case of the same wine. Surprised--and baffled--Wallace asked him why he'd changed his mind.
NEWS
January 17, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
In case you're harboring doubts as to the progress of civilized life and demeanor in these fair United States, consider the following account chronicling Lincoln's second inaugural 120 years ago: "The banquet ordered for the Ball was not on the magnificent scale of four years earlier . . . .
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