December 30, 2009
On the off chance that more revelers than previously announced show up on your doorstep New Year's Eve, now is the time to lay in some inexpensive sparkling wine. And if you don't use it all, there will be plenty of occasions later in the year. Barcelona loves its Cava, the sparkling wine made in Sant' Sadurni south of the city. Though you could drink wonderful, sophisticated Cavas at Barcelona wine bars, until recently, much of those imported to this country were the cheaper, very rustic bubblies -- serviceable in a pinch, but nothing you'd go out of your way to drink.
December 30, 2009 |
Sherry cocktails have come a long way from hot sack posset. A custardy Middle Ages concoction of sherry, milk and eggs, popular first in Britain and then the New World, sack posset eventually gave way to the likes of the 19th century Bamboo, a combination of sherry, dry vermouth and orange bitters invented by a German bartender in Yokohama, Japan, and introduced to the U.S. by William Boothby's book "World's Drinks." Then something (Prohibition, bad marketing, corporate consolidation, you name it)
December 23, 2009
Where to find them Allagash Fluxus 2009 (U.S.) is available at Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985; and K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines.com. About $17.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle. Anchor Steam Seasonal Ale (U.S.) is widely available, including at area Bristol Farms Markets, bristolfarms.com; and area Beverages & More stores, bevmo.com. About $10.99 a six-pack or in large format. Baird Beer Jubilation Ale (Japan) is available at Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310)
December 16, 2009
Whether you're shopping for that once-a-year splurge for someone special, or a case of affordable gifts for your office mates, here are some suggestions. 2008 Domaine de la Pepiere "Clos des Briords" (Muscadet) is available at Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlakewine.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com. About $15. 2007 Lapierre Morgon "Côte du Py" (Beaujolais) is available at Du Vin Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
December 9, 2009
Take a sip of this fresh, zippy Grüner Veltliner and you won't be able to stop. It's got the classic scent of white pepper and green apple, a bright acidity and a bracing citrusy finish. The 2008 vintage from Austrian winemaker Berhard Ott drinks beautifully with grilled lobster, but it's just as good a match with oysters or clams on the half shell, bay scallops and peel 'n' eat shrimp. Serve it as an aperitif, too, with smoked trout or soft, ripened cheeses. -- S. Irene Virbila Region: Wagram, Austria Price: About $23 Style: Fresh and zippy What it goes with: Chilled seafood, smoked trout, cheeses Where to find it: Elvino Wines in Venice, (310)
December 2, 2009
This Tavel from Provence, the color of pink rose petals, is an uncommon rosé. It tastes like dried cherries and has the presence and body of a red wine. It's dry. The tannins are muted. A pretty wine, this blend of Grenache with Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette is perfect to drink with sandwiches or pot pie made from leftover turkey. It's good with omelets and cheese too, or roasted root vegetables and soups. It's a wine for any season, anytime. -- S. Irene Virbila Region: Provence, France Price: About $22. Style: Dry and robust.