Last month we delved into a few things B&B's do to provide innovative local experiences. Now we're headed into part two because there's so much more in store!
Wine entered the picture unexpectedly when I was invited to apply to be artist-in-residence for a large Napa Valley winery. For my interview I photographed my first wine; the winemaker told me that the photo looked like his wine tasted.
Whether you're planning an al fresco dinner party, backyard barbecue or pique-nique pour deux, warm weather gatherings beg for vibrant sparklers, crisp whites and vivid reds with supple tannins.
The United States is a beverage-crazed nation. A while back, I wrote an essay about Americans' infatuation with coffee. I'm not a big fan of coffee because it's too darn hot. I'm not a big fan of wine because it gives me a headache. And I'm not a big fan of beer because it tastes like dirty toilet water.
L'Épicure is now a place where a wide variety of people are clearly having a very good time without pomp or ceremony.
This wine has been made for many years at the estates and is its most available, with 400,000 bottles produced annually.
It's time to clear up a major myth about the bodies of beer drinkers: The "beer belly" is bunk! Ironically, as much as the terms 'beer' and 'fat' are ...
This October, my wine, beer and spirits retail business turns 10, which has me thinking about the entrepreneurial lessons I've learned over the years. Some are what you might call "happy mistakes;" others definitely presented themselves the hard way.
There is a risotto special each night, and our table lapped up the version with woodsy funghi porcini.
Ketchup clogged? Cork floating in your wine? Need a quick and painless way to put cherries? All these problems can be solved with the simplest of culinary instruments: the drinking straw.
Sangria is a total party in a pitcher. We've never met anyone who didn't swoon over this fruity, festive punch. But despite its awesome reputation, most variations are over-sweetened with extra sugar and calorie-laden liqueurs. No thanks!
I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly.
The Piedmont of Virginia, which starts about an hour outside of Washington, D.C., is defined by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, which in the right light, actually do cast blue and even purple.
If Hollywood wants to make another "Home Alone" movie, this time with the Macaulay Culkin character all grown up but no more mature than he was as an 8-year-old in the 1990 original, I would be happy to take the role.
"Smooth" is not, and never will be, a real tasting note. It is, however, a type of criminal.
This town in northern Israel has everything but circus barkers touting its main product. Storefronts are alive with oversize signs all telling the same story: This is the spot where Jesus Christ performed the first of some three dozen miracles.
Houston long ago belied its food media image as a place just for great barbecue, mediocre Tex-Mex, and steakhouses. My preferences are for restaurants that show off Houston's finest -- not its most gimmicky -- places that speak of the city's more sophisticated dining scene.