August 26, 2011 |
The most popular beverage in the Temecula Valley, the picturesque wine region not far from the urban sprawl of Orange and San Diego counties, is something called "almond champagne. " It is a more or less naturally sparkling wine (the bubbles induced in pressurized tanks) with almond flavoring added. Smelling sweetly of cream soda and marzipan, the wine's thick, cloying flavor wouldn't seem out of place in an ice cream parlor if not for a modest alcohol kick and its bitter finish.
May 16, 2011 |
Ready for a wine quiz? Look at a label and define these terms: Barrel fermented. Bottle aged. Old vine. Vineyard. Reserve. Surprise: There's no correct answer. That might change. Evocative but ill-defined terms have proliferated on labels as wineries seek to distinguish themselves from the competition. Now regulators' proposals to sharpen wine label definitions have incited industry debate and gone global. "It's already time-consuming to get labels approved, so the more restrictions they put on, that's an issue," said Laurie Kelsey of the Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards in San Luis Obispo.
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May 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Healdsburg, Calif. -- Billionaire vintner Jess Jackson's move to change the century-old name of Black Mountain to Alexander Mountain was the last straw for Gary Wilson, whose family has owned a significant chunk of the peak in redwood country north of San Francisco for generations. Jackson, developer of the Kendall-Jackson brand, was growing grapes on 5,400 acres on the mountain's east slope, which his company bought from Chevron in 1995. He labeled that vineyard Alexander Mountain Estate.
April 17, 2011
LEHI, UTAH Tulip Festival When, where: Through April 30, Thanksgiving Point Gardens Highlights: More than 250,000 bulbs are abloom during this celebration. Also art, food, live music, vendors and demonstrations. Cost: $10; $8 for children Info: (801) 768-2300, http://www.utahvalleyfestivals.com OJAI, CALIF. Ojai Storytelling Festival When, where: May 5-8, Ojai Art Center and Chaparral High School Highlights: Some of America's best storytellers weave tales of comedy, myth, suspense and adventure.
March 3, 2011 |
Like most outsiders who get into the wine business, Mark Tarlov, the guiding force behind Evening Land Vineyards, had much to learn about the ins and outs of running a winery. So he surrounded himself with smart people, learned the lessons he needed to learn and then, almost immediately, seemed to forget them. Instead of one winery, for example, Tarlov now has three, in two states (Oregon and California) and on two continents (the U.S. and France). He makes mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ?
October 17, 2010 |
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival When, where: Oct. 23, Wilder Ranch State Park Highlights: The classic harvest celebration promises square dancing, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, games and live music. Cost: $10 a vehicle Info: (831) 426-0505, http://www.parks.ca.gov SANTA FE, N.M. Día de Los Muertos When, where: Oct. 31, Museum of International Folk Art Highlights: Mexican and Catholic themes predominate this lively celebration, which will include food, musical performances and hands-on crafts projects.