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August 12, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
For a one-horse town, Los Alamos, Calif. (population 1,890), has an impressive assortment of art galleries, antiques shops and tasty restaurants. The picturesque community, near the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, also has two fun wine-tasting rooms that offer a breezy respite from those in nearby tourist-clogged wine towns. The bed The 1880 Union Hotel (362 Bell St.; [805] 344-2744, http://www.1880unionhotel.com ; rooms for two, from $105) was built in 1880 as a stagecoach stop — and it looks as if it hasn't changed much since.
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April 19, 2014
Southern Italy is full of undiscovered gems with tremendous quality for the price. This Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (not to be confused with the much pricier Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) from the Masciarelli estate is one such wine. The vineyards are worked organically, the way the family has always done it. Made from the indigenous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, the 2009 Masciarelli "Marina Cveti" is rich and full-bodied, tasting of crushed blackberries and cherries, with a touch of tobacco and earth.
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June 3, 2010 | By Jacqueline Friedrich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Paris — At L'Ebauchoir, an upscale bistro in Paris' 12th arrondissement, a quickly gentrifying neighborhood east of Bastille, a swarm of wine professionals — journalists, bar owners and sommeliers — is diligently tasting a range of Chenin Blancs from the Montlouis area of France's Loire Valley. At the stroke of 7 p.m., two vignerons, Bertrand Jousset and Damien Delecheneau, interrupt the tasting with an ear-splitting call to attention. They are standing at the front of the restaurant, beside an oak wine barrel attached to a small bottling machine, and are about to demonstrate a crucial step in the making of a new kind of Montlouis: a thoroughly dry, gently sparkling wine officially named Pétillant Originel but often called by its makers Pétillant Naturel, or more affectionately, Pet'Nat.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wine dinners come and go. Some are fabulous. Some are lame. But here's one that seems destined for the fabulous category, a collaboration between the Culver City gastropub Waterloo & City and the French-accented Central Coast winery Tablas Creek Vineyard this Wednesday. Just look at the menu, which involves a Gloucester Old Spot pig raised on the Tablas Creek estate near Templeton. For those who don't follow pigs obsessively, Old Spot is a much-coveted heritage breed. And big -- sows can weigh up to 500 pounds, the boars a good 100 pounds more.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2010
'Blood Into Wine' MPAA rating: Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes Playing: At the Laemmle Sunset 5, West Hollywood
FOOD
May 20, 2010
  Broken jellied wine Total time: 15 minutes, plus setting time Servings: 6 Note: Adapted from Deborah Madison's "Seasonal Fruit Desserts. " This works best with a wine that is naturally slightly sweet and fruity, such as Muscat or even sparkling Moscato d'Asti. 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin 2 1/4 cups sweet or sparkling wine, divided 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 to 1 1/2 cups fruit, cut or sliced into small pieces and lightly sugared 1. Sprinkle the gelatin over one-fourth cup wine and set aside to soften.
FOOD
July 2, 2003
  Raspberry wine pie Total time: 30 minutes, plus 4 to 6 hours (or overnight) chilling time Servings: 8 2 cups raspberries, divided 3/4 cup port, divided 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin 2 tablespoons cold water 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup whipping cream, whipped 9-inch almond biscotti pie crust, chilled (see below) 1. In a small bowl, combine half a cup of the raspberries and one-fourth cup of the port.
FOOD
May 6, 2009 | W. Blake Gray
Air is one of the most talked about but most misunderstood elements in wine. We say a wine needs to "breathe" as if it just needs a few minutes to freshen itself up, releasing its seductive perfume. In fact, most wines have been waiting years just to cast off a little gas. In the end, the result is the same: To be appreciated, a wine needs to smell its best. To do that, it needs more air, faster, than you might think -- but not for the reasons you might have heard.
FOOD
November 25, 2009
Noir Food & Wine . LOCATION 40 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena; (323) 634-0700; (626) 795-7199; www.noirfoodandwine.com. PRICE Cheese and charcuterie, $9 to $16; soups and salads, $8 to $15; main courses, $13 to $19; snacks and sides, $4 to $11; desserts, $8. Corkage fee, $15, or one bottle free corkage per bottle purchased. DETAILS Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Wine and beer.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Every few years, I pick up my copy of “A Compass Error” by Sybille Bedford (first published in 1968)  and read it again for the writer's evocation of life between the two great wars in the small fishing port St.-Jean-le- Saveur (a fictional version of Sanary near Bandol) on the Côte d'Azur in Provence. Born in Germany , she had an aristocratic father, a wandering German-Jewish mother and an unconventional education. She grew up, essentially in France where she knew Aldous Huxley (and later wrote a fine biography)
FOOD
April 12, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine estate in southeast France is a spectacular rosé from an unspectacular year. Made by the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, the 2013 Château Miraval rosé is elegant and fresh, with a scent of wild strawberries. I could drink this very serious rosé all summer long. Quantities are limited, though, and this one may be gone even before summer gets here. Have it with radishes and butter, with toasts spread with tapenade, crudités, grilled salmon or a simple roast chicken.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Now you can try cruise-ship cuisine as well as fine wine without ever setting sail at a Celebrity event in Irvine. Celebrity Cruises  is a driving force behind the Great Wine Festival May 31 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The cruise line will provide landlubbers with tastes of the fare usually served at sea. Executive chef John Suley and sommelier Chanelle Duarte will welcome guests.  Ten of Celebrity's floating restaurants have won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
What wines are selling best on Amazon.com ? You might be surprised. There's more than just the expected popular brands of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Curious about what the top-selling wines on Amazon.com are at the moment, I approached the Seattle-based mega-company to see if anyone could tell me. After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected  - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The gig: Gabriel Weiss is a winemaker with a distinct specialty, kosher wine. He owns the Shirah Wine Co. in Santa Barbara County with brother Shimon Weiss, who handles the business side. Kosher wine can't contain ingredients from animals that aren't kosher - that is, not killed according to Jewish law. In addition, the making and handling of the wine has to be conducted by Jews who observe the Sabbath, the kosher dietary laws and follow other Jewish observances. Cracking the biz: Gabriel Weiss wanted to move from New Jersey to Southern California to use previous training in industrial design to crack into the entertainment business.
FOOD
March 29, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is why Rioja is one of the best values in red wine right now. Where else could you find such a distinguished red from the 2001 vintage for less than $35? This isn't something a shrewd wine merchant put away for a few years but the estate's current release. And what a mature beauty it is - aromas of dried cherry and rose petals, flavors of dark berries and tobacco, ripe tannins and a long, inviting finish. A seamless package. It will go well with just about anything, but I'm thinking lamb - a roast or chops.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
When I saw the first tweet about this, I truly thought it was a hoax. But no, it seems wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. is launching a lifestyle magazine. Wine-searcher.com has the story and describes the mag as aimed at "high net-worth individuals and corporate leaders. " In other words, Robb Report territory. And what will his new magazine be called? It's not hard to guess: “100 Points by Robert Parker.” Oh, no. Oh, yes. John Stimpfig reports that The Wine Advocate has signed a deal with publishers Hubert Burda Media to publish the new international lifestyle magazine quarterly.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Join photographer Joanne Heaviland for the “Ultimate Italian Experience.” This 11-day, 10-night excursion starts in Rome and continues on to the picturesque Amalfi Coast and the Mediterranean-chic towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Included are a photo workshop, an Italian cooking class, a tour of a mozzarella di bufala organic cheese farm, wine tasting and a tour of the island of Capri. Participants also learn photography techniques, including lighting, composition, landscape and portrait photography.
FOOD
December 9, 2009
Bumuelos in red wine sauce Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Red wine sauce 2 cups regular or turbinado sugar 2/3 cup dry red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the sugar, red wine, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the liquid thickens to a honey-like consistency, about 5 minutes.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steppingstones cross a reflecting pool at the entrance to this contemporary home, which evokes a travertine-encased museum. Designed with expanses of walls for art display and an open floor plan for entertaining, the house centers on a 34-foot-high window-topped gallery that runs the length of the roof and brings in natural light. Location: 2251 Linda Flora Drive, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 2013 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 9,372 square feet including guesthouse, breezeways and patios Lot size: 3.2 acres Features: Fourteen-foot-tall ceilings, glass walls, glass-floor library looks down on wine room, upstairs office, deck, guesthouse with kitchen, swimming pool, loggia with fireplace, gated driveway, motor court, three-car garage, canyon views About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A Vacaville man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $400,000 worth of wine from a Napa County storage facility in a bid to make a tidy profit on the black market, police said. The Valley Wine Warehouse declined to comment Thursday, but American Canyon police told FOX40 that the man, Jose Piña, 31, worked at the facility and had unlimited access. Because the case is still under investigation, American Canyon Police Chief Tracy Stuart told the station she could not provide the names of several store owners who may have purchased the stolen wine.
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