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Ovum 2016 Rogue Valley/Illinois Valley Since I Fell For You Gewurztraminer (Wine Review)

Here is a gewurztraminer that feels like a pinnacle for the variety: complex, full of grain and spice and floral scents. And yet it's so ample, so generous, you'll almost miss its complexity—the sunny litchi, apple and orange peel fruit character. The sensuous texture is a reminder of...Read Full Story

Konstantin Frank 2012 Finger Lakes Blanc de Blancs (Wine Review)

Konstantin Frank's Blanc de Blancs is chardonnay with an Alsatian feel. Leading with a fine mousse, it’s lean, tart and mineral, with a lemon-lime scent as well as a hint of smoke. The flavors are mouthwatering and young, with lots of citrusy persistence. Impressive.

Felix (Dining Out)

Felix Trattoria is on the lonely west end of Abbot Kinney, the toniest boulevard in Venice Beach, in the storefront that once housed Venice Beach’s most iconic restaurant, Joe’s. It has preserved the same bustling anteroom bar and two small dining rooms decorated like an...Read Full Story

Robert Mayberry Remembrance (News & Features)

{image_1}Mayberry may not have learned to love wine without having lived across from a wine shop in college. Later, after earning his degree from Cornell, he was hired as a instructor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, in the William James College of Letters. It was...Read Full Story

Kismet (Dining Out)

Kismet brings an end to the peregrinations of two Sara(h)s, Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, Brooklyn chefs who emigrated to Los Angeles in 2015 and have been holding Angelenos in thrall, one falafel sandwich at a time,...Read Full Story

Airfield Estates 2015 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Review)

This lean cabernet shows off the cool side of Yakima in its conifer scents and dark inky color, with an elegant line of blackcurrant fruit supported by a firm spine of tannins. Serve it with a black-and-blue steak. (3,283 cases)

Rain Dance 2016 Chehalem Mountains Estate Nicholas Vineyard Riesling (Wine Review)

From a new winery with multiple estate vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains, this brisk white is sourced from the largest, a 40-acre parcel. It offers some of Oregon riesling's best features: an angular and edgy energy, a hightoned lemon-lime scent and a minerality that snaps the wine’s citrus...Read Full Story

Cristom 2014 Eola-Amity Hills Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Jessie, named for founder Paul Gerrie's grandmother, is not the highest of the five vineyards in the Cristom stable, but it is the steepest, and one of the most densely planted. In 2014 it turned out a wine of quiet aplomb. It starts off with a gentle aromatic profile of...Read Full Story

Seth Kunin Remembrance (News & Features)

Seth Kunin ran not one but two tasting rooms in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara. The first was for his eponymous winery, devoted to his low-key Rhône and Loire-inspired wines. The energetic vintner passed away at the age of 50.{image_1}Seth Kunin ran not one but two...Read Full Story

Passatempo (Dining Out)

Walla Walla’s Passatempo Taverna revives a Main Street mainstay, the Pastime Café. For three generations the Fazzari family ran a classic Italian eatery here, with a menu of ravioli, spaghetti with meatballs, steaks, plus fried...Read Full Story

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