Food and Wine

New releases expand the boundaries of traditional California-style chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape varietal in the United States…

 

Port is no longer just an after-dinner drink

We talked to Adrian Bridge, CEO of the Fladgate Partnership in Portugal, about the newer apertivo-style ports.

 

Healdsburg’s Passalacqua Winery takes a minimalist approach

Jason Passalacqua is a fourth generation winemaker in the Dry Creek Valley.

 

Copenhagen’s Noma alums create spirits with flavors—and names — like no other

“Lars and Mark were looking for a new way of expressing flavor and all the work they’d done in that (Noma) space for so many years.”

Holding onto summer with an Italian drink that got a little dirty

It’s a malleable recipe that invites improvisation, which leads us today to the Dirty Bicicletta.

California’s Long Meadow Ranch Live Fire Chef series showcases local food, wines

It is a location that reaps the benefits of the Long Meadow Ranch business model to source the finest organic wine and foods.

Merlot month helps restore respect to a legend

Not all problems with merlot were caused by the “Sideways Effect.”

Bricoleur Vineyards opens a new retreat in California

They are either following an aggressive business plan to turn their 40-acre estate into a hospitality retreat or willingly flying by the seat of their pants.

The Iconic Bordeaux wine region is coping with climate change

Although still the premier Bordeaux red varietal, merlot is being scrutinized as a potential future victim of rising temperatures.

Whiskey with a Texas flair

Their homegrown Fort Worth brand known as TX is now on its way with August’s sale to Paris-based Pernod Ricard.

Beer politics and random brew questions

In the current campaign cycle, Big Beer backs Republicans while smaller breweries tilt Democratic.

Sipping through California’s Sta. Rita region

I tend to fall back on some traditional favorites and am never disappointed.

On the Vine: What to pair with crocodile and other African cuisine

Pinotage is a signature grape in South Africa, created in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University.

Canned sour beers that explode with flavor

Over the past decade, both sour beer and canned craft beer have grown mainstream.

Eight of the best California sauvignon blanc wines

With so many good sauvignon blanc releases across the state, it’s difficult and subjective to select a few.

The country’s hottest book on cocktails

The book was named Book of the Year from the James Beard Media Awards.

Peju Province Winery: A story of stability and sustainability

In 1983, Tony and Herta left a florist business in Los Angeles and purchased the 30-acre Rutherford site.

Getting creative with watermelon

Watermelon is 92 percent water, making it almost as thirst-quenching as an…

Frank Family Winery: A vineyard rich in Hollywood history

Stories have been told of Marilyn Monroe making annual visits to Kornell to stock up on the bubbly.

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant: A place of friendship

“It’s a beautiful country but I don’t think I’m going to stay here forever,” Tommy Bermejo wrote in a letter from the United States to his wife.