Rethinking Temecula

Rethinking Temecula

In the southwest corner of California’s Riverside County, a scant one-hour drive from San Diego, the Temecula Valley wine country enjoys a surging popularity among day-trippers from densely populated Southern California. The rolling hills of Temecula Valley, east of Old Town Temecula, are home to more than 30 wineries. Many of them have excellent restaurants.…

From Wine to Whiskey

From Wine to Whiskey

Murphy Quint remembers — not so fondly — digging post holes for the trellis system at the family vineyard in Swisher, Iowa. He was 14 years old at the time and pitching in as his mother and father, Jeff and Laurie Quint, were about to launch Cedar Ridge, a small family winery. “Our original business…

Value Wines for Labor Day

Value Wines for Labor Day

Although summer isn’t officially over for a few more weeks, it ends emotionally on Labor Day weekend, when we usually cover the grill one last time in a summer state of mind. To celebrate the passing of summer, many take to the backyard for a final summer feast. They invite friends and family. Pretty soon,…

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Pet peeve No 1: What could be more idyllic than a summer evening on the patio of a Michelin two-star restaurant in Provence, France, spent enjoying the brilliance of a great chef and a bottle of extraordinary wine? That was the setting in my mind’s eye when I booked a reservation at the fabled l’Oustau…