December 7, 2013 |
On a visit earlier this year to California's Central Coast wine country, I fell in love not just with some excellent pinots, but also with a set of lawn furniture handmade from the staves of old wine barrels. And, yes, I did buy a couple of chairs and a table for a not-particularly-reasonable price, with no regrets. The chairs are oversized and comfy with staves that extend from the sides of the seat to hold a wineglass stem wedged between. Better yet every time I sit on my suburbs-of-L.A.
November 30, 2013 |
Whether the cook on your holiday gift list is interested in reading about family and food in Soviet Russia or the preparation of classic French dishes such as jambon au foin ("ham in hay"), baking pies or making authentic pasta carbonara, this fall has been an excellent season for food and wine books. Los Angeles cooks and authors are heavily represented: Valerie Gordon's "Sweet: Inspired Ingredients, Unforgettable Desserts," Kevin West's "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving," the long-awaited "The A.O.C.
November 12, 2013 |
Jon Bonné's new book, “ The New California Wine: A guide to the producers and wines behind a revolution in taste ,” is a wonderful, engaging read with an actual narrative and a cast of characters who think outside the box, care about sustainability, and have a strong curiosity and work ethic. I loved meeting vintners such as Ted Lemon ( Littorai Wines ), Steve Matthiasson ( Matthiasson Wines ), Abe Schoener ( the Scholium Project ) and Morgan Twain-Peterson ( Bedrock Wine Co. )
November 6, 2013 |
It's that time of year. The third Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles will be held this weekend at Windfall Farms. If you've never attended one, this is the place to discover wines from Paso's artisan winemakers. To bring you up to speed, the term garagistes is French for small-lot winemakers, often working in their garages and likely not to follow the rules. Or at least, that's the way the Garagiste Festival tells it. I'll go with its synonyms: rule-breakers, pioneers, renegades, mavericks.
November 2, 2013 |
The roving tasting event Wine Riot is coming back, for the third year - on Saturday, Nov. 9. Founded by Tyler Balliet and Morgan First of Second Glass , Wine Riot is pitched to the younger and just-getting-into-it wine consumer. Lavish use of the words “hip” and "tech savvy" abounds in coverage of previous events. If that speaks to you, then by all means sign up. There will be more than three dozen booths pouring wines from around the world. Newbies should keep an eye out for the Wine 101 booth, which will get down with the basics of tasting, so you can discern, for example, the difference between oaked and unoaked wines or dry and sweet.
November 1, 2013 |
Temecula is just 86 miles from downtown L.A. That's about an hour and a half drive when the traffic gods are with you. And yet the fun-loving, party-happy wine region is hardly ever at the top of avid wine buffs' bucket list. But now, with the opening of Farm House Kitchen, it can boast a serious wine restaurant to sweeten the wine region's appeal. Part of the golf resort Temecula Creek Inn , the new restaurant cost about $2.5 million to renovate. That's a serious investment and Farm House Kitchen will be doing the heavy lifting, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus everyone's favorite, weekend brunch.