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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRich, creamy root beers, spicy-hot ginger ales, pithy citrus drinks with real tang, complex, herb-scented colas -- they're all out there, along with surprising one-of-a-kind fizzies in flavors as diverse as spruce, Key lime and espresso. This is the new...
Tags: Restaurants, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Chico, Water
Times Restaurant Critic"Bottle Shock," a new independent film based, very loosely, on the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris in which two California wines came out on top, much to the chagrin of the expert -- and very French -- wine tasters, opens today at theaters across the...
Special to The TimesFew phrases are more magical than "English garden." The words conjure visions at once settled and unconstrained: cool emerald vistas, buxom clumps of lilies and larkspurs, rose petals spilling from a tree-hugging vine. Caught in their spell, desert...
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Times Restaurant CriticFor more than 25 years, Wine Cask has been a fixture on the Santa Barbara -- and Central Coast -- wine scene. Founded in 1981 by Doug Margerum and family, the restaurant and a wine shop in recent years has been more notable for its fat, comprehensive wine...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBEAULIEU VINEYARD, Inglenook, Chateau Montelena, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Heitz Wine Cellars: The online auction catalog reads like a who's who of Napa Valley pioneers, vintners who made the first world-class wines in California. The list includes...
Starwood is launching a "green hotel brand" called Element, with the first property opening in July in Lexington, Mass., and 20 more hotels scheduled to open in the next year. The hotels are built with technology that saves water and cuts electric use,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN a small, windowless laboratory -- far removed from romantic vineyard vistas -- scientists at the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) are attempting what most wine lovers would say is impossible. They are developing a test for terroir,...
Special to The TimesSOMETIMES the gallery of Bordeaux varieties resembles a dynamic trio of comic-book heroes: Cabernet Sauvignon is the beefy, muscle-bound brute -- Lord of the Medoc, as well as of Napa Valley and points beyond. Merlot is rather willowy by comparison but...
Special to The TimesRobert Mondavi, the pioneering Napa Valley vintner whose drive and salesmanship revolutionized the way the world thought about California wine, died peacefully Friday at his Yountville, Calif., home, a spokeswoman for the Robert Mondavi Winery said. He...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterCALLUSED palms and bandaged fingers; broken fingernails stained black with dirt -- Hollywood actor and director Emilio Estevez proudly shows off his vineyard worker hands as he walks the vine rows. Four years ago, Estevez planted this half-acre Pinot...
Special to The TimesAs sure as there are flowers in April, a new crop of white wines from every corner of the world makes it to your dining room table each spring. This year, more than ever, they'll arrive with an almost palpable pulsing energy, limpid and clean, having been...
Tags: Restaurants, California, Marlborough, Portugal, Limes
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe man did not seem to be a serious student of wine. Disheveled, unshaven and reeking of booze, he demanded a glass, rested his head on the tasting-room counter and loudly moaned. Knocking over a "wet floor" sign and lurching into displays, he stumbled...
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