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"Identity": A Talk With Ingrid Thoft

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Ingrid Thoft's just-released novel, Identity, involves thorny legal and psychological issues raised by a single mother, Renata Sanchez, who was impregnated by artificial insemination.

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Lion in Winter: Robert M. Parker Jr. Addresses Wine Writers

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.29.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Robert M. Parker Jr. has been the world's preeminent wine critic and tastemaker for decades. Parker had a huge impact on wine criticism and wine...

A Father Fights Back Tears

AP | BRIDGET MURPHY | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Fighting back tears and struggling to catch his breath, the father of a 6-year-old gunned down in the school shooting in Connecticut...

How to Love Wine: Eric Asimov Says "Pull Corks"

Mary Orlin | Posted 12.14.2012 | Home
Mary Orlin

Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic, is still learning about wine. He also admits to being wrong sometimes on blind tastings. Part memoir and part manifesto, Asimov writes about his journey along the wine road in his new book, How to Love Wine.

Taking the Mask Off of Wine: How Wine Follows the Lead of Cuisine

Brad Haskel | Posted 01.09.2013 | Home
Brad Haskel

Ask any winemaker what they need to make good wine and they will tell you there are three answers; good grapes, good grapes, and good grapes. When you have a unique wine, from a unique place it would seem intuitive to show off the great grapes; with very little camouflage.

The History of Wine and the Future of Tomatoes

Dan Allen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Dan Allen

We sacrifice a lot of flavor in our quest for cheap, easily shipped food. But the industry is headed in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before tomatoes will have their Paris Wine Tasting moment.

Father's Day Reflections From a Son and Father

Robert M. Parker Jr. | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Robert M. Parker Jr.

I don't recall any serious father-son discussions we had on what might be considered usual topics between parents and children, such as relationships with young women, finding a job or life path. However, I do recall my father often talking about the elusive search for happiness.

Silver Oak: Reappraising a California Cabernet Icon

Richard Jennings | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Why does the Silver Oak brand, whose origins date back to the early 1970s, so sharply split casual wine lovers from ardent wine geeks?

Who Will Be the Next Robert Parker?

David Stevens | Posted 10.05.2011 | San Francisco
David Stevens

For the past couple of years, long before the news of him stepping away from reviewing California wines, people have been asking, "Who will be the next Robert Parker?" To which I would summarily answer, "Who will be the next Beatles?"

Four Factors That Have Changed -- and Are Changing -- the Wine World

Brad Haskel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brad Haskel

One of the most exciting developments in wine making is a return to traditional indigenous grapes, traditional grape growing practices and traditional winemaking techniques.

Why We Don't Need Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Or Anyone's 100-Point Scale

David J. Duman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David J. Duman

Its limited worth is now gone and the process behind it is so transparently -- however unintentionally -- corrupt as to be laughable.

How Bad Times Might Help Us Find a Real Wine Culture

Brad Haskel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brad Haskel

Before the economic meltdown of 2008, there seemed to be a barrier between wine as a part of our eating culture, and wine as a central prop for having the right "label" to show off.

Wine Basics: Drinking, Serving, and Tasting Wines

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

A general understanding of the art of drinking, serving, and tasting will add greatly to your enjoyment of this alcoholic beverage. Like most things, the more you learn about wine, the more fascinating the subject becomes.

Trust Your Tongue: The Only Wine And Spirits Critic Who Matters

Tony Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Greenberg

All the "Booze Crit Lit" resources measure the preferences and idiosyncrasies of a bunch of people who don't necessarily share your preferences and idiosyncrasies. Their palate is not your palate.

Robert B. Parker Dead: Beloved Novelist Dies At 77

Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind | Sarah Weinmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At the age of 77, "just sitting at his desk" at his home in Cambridge, Mass., according to an email sent out by a representative of his U.K. publisher...

Books About Drinking For The Holiday Season

The San Francisco Chronicle | Jon Bonne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books about drinking are in a curious place this season. Familiar names, familiar concepts. That's not a bad thing. It's a good year to provide solid ...