Wine Service

A very important part of enjoying your wine fully and understanding the etiquette, is how to serve it well.  The first step is to make sure your

A trip across centuries in Sicily

* Movies: War for the Planet of the Apes * Books:  My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir * Music: Bedouine

A thrilling epic in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Apparently all the new Planet of the Apes films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans out of the equation. It’s what this

Amy Silverstein explores friendship in ‘My Glory’ memoir 

Amy Silverstein received a new heart when was 25 years old, and for the next 26 years she beat the odds, surpassing all expectations for a transplant

Bedouine’s debut is hushed, haunted, delicate wonder

Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian’s alias and the title of her debut. It’s a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful

Travelog | A road trip through Sicily is a trip across centuries

Sicily sits at the toe of Italy’s boot, just 3.2 kilometers from the mainland, at its closest point, and a short ferry ride from the town of Messina. But

The Standard-Bearers of Württemberg II

(Continued from “The Standard- Bearers of Württemberg” on June 9 2017) Affectionately referred to by locals as the Ländle (literally: Little Land), Swabia (Schwaben) is a historic,

Food & Beverage | US schools rethink meal-debt policies that humiliate kids

Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.

Hong Kong 2017 | The City That Never Eases

  * Movies: Cars 3 * Books:  the Accomplished Guest by Ann Beattie * Music: so you wannabe an outlaw by Steve Earle and

‘Cars 3’ steers a welcome if imperfect gender shift

Three films in, it's time to ask some hard questions about the world of "Cars." What are their interiors like? Brains and a heart or plush

Characters get better with age in ‘The Accomplished Guest’

A  woman drinks iced tea on the veranda with her weary parents. A husband and wife select attire for an out-of-town wedding. An uncle drives his niece

Steve Earle revisits his roots in all the best ways

Steve Earle bills his new album as the philosophical heir to "Guitar Town," and the DNA connecting it to that landmark 1986 record can't be missed. Texas-

News of the World | After UK handover, Hong Kong in uneasy transition

With a new "Basic Law" constitution and a framework known as "one country, two systems," Hong Kongers were promised that they could keep their capitalist way of life, including western-style civil

Wine Storage

Allow me to start with what might be breaking news, and which took me several years to convince my dad: a wine that is older does not necessarily

Travelog | Finding comfort, and North Korea, in a tiny restaurant

The little restaurant isn't much to look at. It's across the street from an empty lot in a city where bland high-rise apartment buildings sprawl in every direction.

North Korea | No Land For Touring Americans

* Movies: The Beguiled * Books: Camino Island by John Grisham * Music: witness by Katie Perry * Wine: the southwestern sweetie

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into

John Grisham’s ‘Camino Island’ is fine beach read

The tale opens with a robbery and closes with a reconciliation. In between these bookends, “Camino Island” by John Grisham is populated with ruthless thieves, witty writers