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.
October 31, 2013 |
Wine lovers received some alarming news recently: Morgan Stanley issued a report this week projecting a global wine shortage. As my colleague David Pierson reported Wednesday , poor weather ravaged European vineyards, causing global production to dip to its lowest level in more than 40 years. “After adjusting for non-wine uses, demand for wine exceeded supply by 300 [million] cases in 2012, the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records,” the report said. Prices are expected to rise in the future, and oenophiles might start hoarding.
October 30, 2013 |
Coming up this weekend, SLO Wine Country's Rockin' Harvest Celebration . SLO, of course, stands for San Luis Obispo. That's just up the coast and could be a day trip if you're up for some driving (and bring along a designated driver). Didn't know about it before? No worries, this Central Coast harvest celebration is perfect for those who do not plan ahead. The event kicks off on Friday, with a backstage look at three San Luis Obispo wineries. For $50, “Rockin' Road Trip” takes you through the winemaking protocols at Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Talley Vineyards and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard & Winery.
October 30, 2013 |
It may not be as painful to the global economy as a shock to oil supplies, but it sure will feel that way to many: The world is facing a shortage of wine. Global production has dipped to its lowest level in over 40 years, largely after poor weather ravaged European vineyards, according to a report by Morgan Stanley released this week. “After adjusting for non-wine uses, demand for wine exceeded supply by 300 [million] cases in 2012, the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records,” the report said.
October 30, 2013 |
Better start stocking your cellar of the future now. As harvest reports are coming in for 2013 (it looks to be a good year here on the West Coast but not so good in Europe, due to poor weather), a report released by Morgan Stanley Research this week indicates that global wine supplies are falling short. And by that the researchers are not talking by a few thousand cases. In 2012, the shortfall was some 300 million cases. That's largely due to wine consumption growing in the United States -- and in China, which has quadrupled its consumption in the last five years.
October 28, 2013 |
Cyclists searching for a more sybaritic approach to bike touring might want to check out this offering from Trek Tours. Its five-night, six-day California Wine Luxury tour will have you pedaling through the Napa and Sonoma valleys, with stops at noteworthy vineyards, fine restaurants and luxe accommodations. The average daily distance is 40 miles, but there are options for shorter and longer rides. Day one begins at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis, where your biking group will assemble and then be shuttled to the Benzinger Family Winery for a gourmet picnic lunch, tour and tasting.
October 27, 2013 |
Culture Monster popped into the opening of Kim Dingle's show at Coagula Curatorial's new gallery space in Chinatown on Saturday night. The installation -- "Kim Dingle's Wine Bar for Children at Mister Ling's Market,” was Dingle's first solo installation in Los Angeles in almost 16 years. The installation, which took over the entire gallery, was an ode of sorts to Dingle's years in the restaurant business. She and her partner, Aude Charles, recently closed their Eagle Rock restaurant, Fatty's; for the Coagula show, they turned Mat Gleason's gallery into a real b outique wine and craft beer shop, where paintings and 36 hand-painted bottles of Verdicchio were for sale, among other libations.
October 27, 2013 |
Zac Efron , who seems to be in every other movie these days, still found time to pick up a home in Hollywood Hills recently for $3.995 million. The former teen idol, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city-to-ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry.
October 26, 2013 |
If you think you don't like off-dry Riesling, open up a bottle of this lovely floral Riesling from a Mösel estate that goes back to 1177 and has been owned by the same family since 1804. The 2011 Mönchhof Riesling's honeyed sweetness is balanced by a racy acidity and an earthy minerality. A touch of bitterness pulls it all into focus. The more you keep drinking, the more you'll find in the glass: white peaches, honeysuckle. And this Mösel Riesling is a great value. Open a bottle to accompany a fiery chicken or beef larb . It goes with Thai or any spicy Asian cuisine too. I'd try it with lobster or grilled prawns, and with Chinese noodle dishes.
October 23, 2013 |
On Thursday, Rivera restaurant sommelier Mark Mendoza will be pouring wines from Patagonia for a special four-course dinner chef/owner John Sedlar has designed around the wines. Owned by Tuscan Piero Incisa della Rochetta (Sassacaia), Bodega Chacra makes Pinot Noir and Merlot in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, and Sedlar and Mendoza will be pairing the night's special menu with four of their wines. The cost for the dinner and wines is $95 per person, not including tax and tip. To reserve, call the restaurant at ( 213)