February 27, 2013 |
At a trade tasting at the Wine House on Saturday for Dalla Terra , an importer of Italian wines, there was less emphasis on high-end Barolo or Barbaresco (though I did taste a stunning 2008 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco "Martinenga") and more on some really delicious wines that represent good value. I loved two wines from Masseria Li Veli estate in Puglia, a lively Salice Salentino at $18.99 retail and an Askos Susumaniello made from an ancient Apulian grape at $19.99, both reds.
March 13, 2013 |
L.A. girl Khristianne Uy was announced the winner of the first season of ABC's "The Taste" on Tuesday night's finale. Uy, who is also Charlie Sheen's personal chef, stood out the entire competition and definitely deserved the win. Here's a look at last night's finale. Jose Andres acted as guest judge, then mentor. Each of the four finalists, Khristianne Uy, Sarah Schiear, Diane "Cruella" DiMeo and Gregg Drusinsky prepared three spoons of tapas using mozzerella, Iberico ham and spot prawns.
September 22, 2012 |
Piedmontese winemakers aren't drinking Barolo and Barbaresco every day; they're drinking Barbera. And this Barbera d'Alba from the Barolo house Oddero (founded in 1878) is a beauty. It's everything it should be: ruby red, lush and velvety, with soft tannins and the bright taste of cherries and dark berries. Drink it with salumi , with grilled sausages and chops, with lusty pasta dishes. And make sure you have a spare bottle. It's hard to drink just one. Region: Piedmont Price: About $19 Style: Easygoing What it goes with: Salumi , grilled sausages, chops, pasta dishes.
February 28, 2013 |
A new story in the March 8 issue of the Hollywood Reporter floats the idea that News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch may be interested in buying Moraga Vineyards, the 13-acre Bel-Air estate now for sale at close to $30 million. The key attraction for the media mogul is “the fully functioning and staffed namesake winery, developed beginning in the late 1970s by current owner Tom Jones, the former CEO of aerospace giant...
February 12, 2013 |
View Jessica Koslow's Paris in a larger map. In a new occasional series, chefs reveal the places they love in their favorite cities and neighborhoods. Jessica Koslow, proprietor of Sqirl jams and its namesake cafe, recently flew to Paris for 3½ days to celebrate her mother's birthday. "I completely overate!" she says. Here's her Paris address book: Bl é Sucr é , 7 rue Antoine Vollon, Paris 75012, 01 43 40 77 73 . "It's the Paris version of Proof Bakery [in Atwater Village]
February 28, 2013 |
Finally. "SOMM," the documentary about four contenders studying like crazy for the master sommelier exam , is slated for summer release after Samuel Goldwyn Films grabbed the North American rights. Until now, Jason Wise 's documentary has been shown at film festivals mostly. It had its world premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November and was just shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival . I'm really curious to see it, and also to find out what the four somms featured in the film are doing now. If, like me, you'd rather not wait till summer to see the film, "SOMM" will be shown March 8 as part of the Paso Robles Wine Crawl . Get there early enough to visit tasting rooms around town.