March 8, 2013 |
With the surging interest in natural wines, a budding vintner in London is jumping into the fray at Forty Hall community vineyard in the borough of Enfield. The Guardian newspaper reports that the only commercial vineyard inside the M25 motorway that encircles London is hoping to produce London's first organic wine since the Middle Ages. In this climate of bone-chilling cold, it's a challenge. This month, the Guardian's Patrick Barkham reports, 50 volunteers will prune 7,000 vines by hand.
February 14, 2013 |
My husband never remembers Valentine's Day. He's just not sentimental that way. Lucky guy, because neither, as it happens, am I. But if you're with someone who does care, deeply, about celebrating Feb. 14 and, gulp, you've waited too late to get a reservation at her favorite restaurant, don't let panic send you out to buy some questionable red underthings at Trashy Lingerie. Head to the nearest wine shop, pick up a couple of Champagne flutes and a bottle of rosé Champagne. Bring said bottle over, already chilled, along with the makings of a simple but elegant supper -- you can manage a pasta dish or a steak, right?
January 9, 2013 |
Plans to serve California bubbly (listed on the menu as "Champagne"), rather than real French Champagne, at President Obama's inauguration banquet later this month are putting a crimp in Franco-American relations, says Money & Co. blog. On the menu is "Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvee Champagne, California," which will accompany an apple tart for dessert, according to a news release from the inauguration committee. But a Washington, D.C. , lobby for France's Champagne industry says Champagne comes only from the region of Champagne, France, and bubbly from elsewhere should be referred to as "sparkling wine.
June 14, 2012
Re "Would rail project foul the air?," June 11 Where did America go? Where is the drive to build much needed infrastructure that creates jobs? It worked after the Great Depression. Regarding California's bullet train, you can continue to look for reasons not to build it, but that's not what made this country great. Once upon a time, California would not have thought twice about moving this project forward. Now you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone who is trying to stall it. Yes, the environment will be affected slightly while the system is built.
December 29, 2011 |
Alex Day is standing behind the custom bar at the headquarters of Proprietors, the drinks consulting company he and his partner David Kaplan recently set up in downtown Los Angeles -- an office cum cocktail lab that they've dubbed Chapter & Verse. "Champagne is always a good idea," Day says as he carefully pours sparkling wine along the spiraled handle of a bar spoon that leads into a flute partly filled with Armagnac, Royal Combier and a couple of dashes each of Angostura and Peychaud's bitters.
December 29, 2011
Champagne for less than $40. Or Crémant de Bourgogne, Spanish cava, Portuguese espumante , California sparkling wine and Italian Prosecco for less than $20. It sounds like a party to me. Here are several bartender- and sommelier-recommended bubbles for New Year's Eve cocktails (or to drink straight from the bottle). Pol Roger Champagne Brut Reserve, about $38 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut, about $29 Taittinger Champagne "La Francaise," about $35 Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, about $18 Maison Ambroise Crémant de Bourgogne, about $18 Vilarnau Cava Brut, about $19 Cava Barcino Brut, about $15 Pere Ventura Brut Nature Cava, about $15 Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava, about $13 Tarantas Brut Cava, about $12 German Gilabert Brut Nature Cava Reserva, about $15 Graham Beck Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Western Cape, about $15 Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine Western Cape, about $15 Luis Pato Espumante, about $15 Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, about $17 - Betty Hallock