March 29, 1987
Jeane Kirkpatrick's article on Provence in Traveling in Style warmed my homesick heart. I once went to Provence for a holiday and stayed 10 years. Kirkpatrick has more pleasant surprises coming from Provence. She is obviously familiar with some of the regional wines but unaware that certain Provencal wines do indeed qualify for their own Appelation Controlee, the highest category of the French classification system. The best-known, and one that is available in the United States, comes from the Domaines Ott, which produces an excellent Cru Classe blanc de blanc.
February 13, 2011 |
If you've seen a beer commercial in the last two years ? and how can you avoid them? ? you know the type. He's a twenty- or thirtysomething, sort of a slacker, with a beautiful and adoring girlfriend who just can't seem to pry his attention away from his suds. She expresses ardor, he looks ardently at his mug or can of beer. She wants to talk romance, he wants to talk anything but. She gets exasperated, he snuggles obliviously with his beer as she departs in a huff. Most modern takes on manhood say that guys will do anything to bed a woman, but this is a new kind of man, and he seems to be everywhere these days, not just on beer commercials but in movies, on TV, on hundreds of morning radio shows and in bestselling books, to the point where he is generating a culture of new masculinity.
January 10, 2013 |
Old Soul , the previously announced Jeremy Fox dinner series hosted by This Is Not a Pop-Up, has been canceled, but in its place is a roster of weeklong residencies from various chefs throughout January and beyond. The dinners take place every Thursday to Sunday at Square One Dining, starting Jan. 17 to 20 with James Trees' restaurant concept Treehouse. He's followed by a dinner series from Adam Gertler (Jan. 24 to 27), Bruce Kalman of the Churchill (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), Tyler Wells of Handsome Coffee (Feb.
August 13, 1987 |
In some parts of the wine world, when a talented wine maker forsakes the vineyard region of his birth for another, it is likely to be regarded as a veritable act of treason. That is the risk Franco Giacosa took when he left his native Alba, in the heart of Barolo Piedmont country, to become the chief wine maker at Duca di Salaparuta Winery in Sicily, a region better known for Marsala.
April 8, 2010 |
The other night at Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica there was a wine dinner of sorts. Which is to say a number of tables were pushed together to form a single surface, and a dozen strangers gathered to share heaping plates of cured salame and Idiazábal cheese, razor clams drenched in lemon and parsley, braised lamb and spicy chorizo stew. By the end of the evening strangers were friends, and a chilly spring evening seemed much warmer. I couldn't help thinking how different a meal like this was from one in a French restaurant: no tablecloths, no gleaming silver, no froufrou service.
July 15, 2013 |
Lovers of Piedmontese wines have a rare chance Wednesday to taste through the Vietti estate's wines with winemaker Luca Currado at Michael's on Naples in Long Beach. Currado is not only one of the best winemakers in Piedmont, he's a talker, passionate about Barolo and his family's estate in Castiglione Falletto. He's also incredibly down-to-earth and approachable. Guests for the six-course dinner prepared by Michael's executive chef David Coleman will taste seven of Vietti's wines, including two 2009 single-vineyard Barberas, the 2007 Barbaresco “Masseria” and the 2008 Barolo “Brunate.” Coleman's menu starts off with butter-poached prawn with summer squash puree for the Arneis, then moves on to Devil's Gulch Farm rabbit sausage with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes and corn salad with the two Barberas.
January 13, 2002
For weeks I've rushed to the Sunday Calendar listings, to "Moulin Rouge," to read again "a film that can't escape the defects of its virtues." What a marvelous phrase. I'm using it daily to describe restaurants, wines, books, autos, politicians. My wife threatens to leave me if I don't stop. I will try. But first I must know what the phrase means. I rented the movie for guidance. No luck. Please, Kenneth Turan, or someone, explain before she literally escapes the defects of my virtues.
July 14, 2011
Enjoy a dinner inspired by ancient Roman recipes and learn about culinary pleasures in the time of Caesar during At the Roman Table: A Culinary Adventure. Food historian Andrew Dalby speaks about the nature of power dining in ancient Rome, identifying great wines, local produce and luxuries that made up a fashionable dinner 2,000 years ago. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 7-10 p.m. Thu. and Fri. $75 includes lecture, four-course dinner served family style and wine.
June 13, 2010 |
Outfitters offer plenty of options, with trips that focus archaeology, wildlife photography, yoga and bluegrass music. After riding the rapids of more than a dozen major streams on three continents, Bruce Legernes was looking for something a little different for his next trip. It wasn't that he was bored. Whitewater outings are never a snooze. Blasting through big waves, pinballing down boulder gardens and paddling as though your life depends on missing a giant obstacle (in some cases, this could be true)
November 10, 2012 |
Large format bottles make an impressive entrance at the holiday table. What could be more festive than popping the cork on a magnum (the equivalent of two bottles) or a double magnum (four bottles) and pouring for the entire extended table? Usually, magnums and their bigger brothers are reserved for important wines that age a good while. The best Riojas are released with some age on them as a matter of principle, but large format bottles are still a relative rarity. That's why it's so exciting that the Rare Wine Co. , an online wine importer and retailer based in Sonoma County, has bought up a stash of 2001 CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España)