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Wine

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lou Amdur, with wine - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Lou Amdur, with wine
Last year Lou Amdur opened Lou Provision & Wines, a small, smartly curated wine shop next to Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl which had a look so sparely decorated that it required a stroll amongst the few bottle-filled tables to realize that it was a go-to place for great, affordably priced wine from around the world, musky ciders, and an almost whimsical selection of canned sardines.

Now, Lou Provisions & Wine has closed. But roughly a mile and a half away, in the crook of a L-shaped strip mall in Los Feliz, Amdur has established a spanking new 1,600-square-foot incarnation of his brand — Lou Wine & Tastings. Recently, we caught up with Amdur to chat about what we'll find at Lou 3.0.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wine

Wine And Cheese Pairing Tips (Don't Mix Bubbles and Goat Cheese!)

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Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Breakfast in the Galilee - FIICKR/ISRAELTOURISM
Whenever you have people over, you find yourself buying wine, and since you want to be a good host, you’re buying cheese to put out as well, right? So, what kind of cheese should you buy? Or if you’ve already bought the cheese, what kind of wine should go with it?

The pairing question is probably the most common of them all but, by following a few simple rules, you’ll never have to ask again.

Let’s start with cheese: In terms of texture, all cheeses fall into one of three categories: hard, semi-soft and creamy. Within those categories, a cheese can span an entire spectrum of flavors and aromas, ranging from mild to funky, and from bland to salty. They can be sweet, savory, earthy and bold — just like wine — but not all wines go with all cheeses, although there are some pretty neutral bottles you can always have around. 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wine

Answers to Some Common Questions About Storing, Aging and Collecting Wine

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Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Wine Cellar (Moet & Chandon) - REN KUO
  • Ren Kuo
  • Wine Cellar (Moet & Chandon)
While standing in the wine department of a Whole Foods recently, I witnessed something that I see most everywhere wine is sold. Two seemingly well-established couples walking in tandem scanned the bottles. One woman said: “What do you think of this one?” The reply came from one of the men in the group, the one who “knows wine.”  Right. He inspected the bottle, and then said: “It’s too young.”

Translation? I don’t know, but I want to sound like I do.

Real translation? 90% of wines produced today are made to be consumed within one year of release, and aren’t intended to be held for more than five years from the year they were made. While that isn’t the case for all wines produced, it’s a pretty solid rule of thumb for the ones you might buy at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Here are answers to some other basic questions about aging and collecting wines. Because you never know when you'll be trapped in the wine aisle at a Whole Foods, do you?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Travel

San Luis Obispo County: Wine Country's Best-Kept Secret

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 7:15 AM
Chardonnay tasting - MATT MILLER
  • Matt Miller
  • Chardonnay tasting
Only a half a tank of gas away from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo (SLO) wine country is what Napa might have been like in the 1970s, and how Santa Barbara was before the boom of Sideways.

About 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara’s famed Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley lies the lower part of San Luis Obispo County. Most people know this coastal stretch of the 101 as the Pismo Beach area — or if you’re a traveler who enjoys wine, as the place you stop to get gas while driving up to Paso Robles.

While there, you might take a moment to absorb the cool ocean air blowing in from the west, or observe the green hills to the east. But if you were to follow that cool breeze over those hills, you’d discover a stretch of wine country that you probably didn’t know existed.

So I ask you: If you’ve never heard of SLO wine country, why do you think that is?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wine

Rule Change Could Spell Disaster for Malibu's Burgeoning Wine Region

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Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM
Malibu vineyard - MALIBU FAMILY WINES/FLICKR
In recent months, there's been a lot of excitement around the burgeoning wine scene in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Coast has just been approved for its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) by the U.S. government’s Tobacco and Tax Bureau — meaning that the wines coming out of the region are unique enough to deserve their own designation, and can use “Malibu Coast” on their labels.

But the hope that Malibu could become a serious wine region could be squashed by a change in the California Coastal Commission's Land Use Plan for the Santa Monica Mountains. The changes, which were introduced in April by L.A. County Board of Supervisors Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, would ban all new vineyard plantings in the Malibu AVA zone and even require that many existing vineyards be ripped out.

The changes are set to go into effect pending a vote August 26.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Grocers

Vintage Wine + Market Now Open in Palms

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Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Phorage's oxtail pho - BESHA RODELL
  • Besha Rodell
  • Phorage's oxtail pho
The Overland Market, a family-owned liquor store in Palms, was always the first stop Phorage diners made to pick up a six-pack of beer before ordering a giant bowl of Washugyu beef pho next door. The market's strip mall location was ideal, considering it was just one doorstop away from chef Perry Cheung's Vietnamese restaurant, which just celebrated its one-year-anniversary after taking over the old Chego storefront last July. 

But ever since The Overland Market suddenly shuttered, seemingly overnight, Phorage diners have had to find a new spot to get liquored up before getting pho'd up. That new spot is Vintage Wine + Market, a specialty wine and cheese shop that officially opened Friday, July 25.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wine

How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM
wine bottles - FLICKR/BAYNHAM GOREDEMA
Okay, we’ve all been there. You’re going to a party or a picnic, or maybe you’re going to check out the Twilight concert at Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night, and you don’t want to bring a really nice bottle of wine, but all the inexpensive bottles of wine just taste cheap. Well, here’s how you get your cheap bottle of wine to taste better.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wine

Wine And Food Pairing Questions Answered

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Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM
Wine glasses at Maude - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Wine glasses at Maude
Pair It!, a food and wine-pairing app, recently told me that for $4.99 I could have great pairing suggestions at my fingertips. As a sample, it suggested that a rich, ripe and earthy Italian wine is the perfect pairing for chocolate truffles and blue cheese. As a wine professional, I can tell you that’s not a great pairing. As someone with functioning taste buds, I can confirm it.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about food and wine pairings. You don’t have to be a sommelier to pair food and wine, and you certainly don’t need an app. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wine

The Six Bottles You Need For Your Next Pinot Party

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Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM
2010 Cassiopeia pinot noir clone 115 by Sean Thackrey - MATT MILLER
  • Matt Miller
  • 2010 Cassiopeia pinot noir clone 115 by Sean Thackrey
Cassiopeia (about $40 a bottle) by winemaker Sean Thackrey, is a six bottle collection designed for a wine tasting party that includes four single clones of pinot noir and two bottles of what those clones taste like when blended together.

What’s a clone? In the world of wine, a clone isn’t a bad thing. It has nothing to do with genes being spliced, or stem cells, or GMOs. In fact, there’s really no mad scientist stuff going on at all.

Unlike in modern science, a clone in the wine world is made through a cutting. Imagine grape vines are like movie stars that are hard to tell apart. One vine might be a Nick Nolte, and the one next to it might be a Gary Busey. If you decide you like Nick Nolte better, you take a cutting. You snip off his fingers and stick them half way into the ground and next season you’ve got ten Nick Nolte vines growing. And like movie stars, there are lots of different grape vines. Some are smooth, some are abrasive; some are rich, while others are there for texture. And naturally the most popular vines are grown and used because of their particular star quality. 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wine

Don't Chew Gum, and Other Basic Wine Tasting Rules

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM
wine tasting - FLICKR/JESSICA SPENGLER
There are all kinds great places around Los Angeles to visit to taste wine. A couple of hours up the 101 and you'll find yourself in Santa Barbara wine country, while an hour and a half down the 15 will land you in Temecula. And if you don't want to drive out of town then there's no shortage of places to taste wine right here in the city, but there are some things you should know before you go tasting because, while wine tasting is a social event, it's not quite the same as happy hour.

Here are eight simple rules to follow when attending a wine tasting event. 

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