Puzzling through wine for Thanksgiving table

My dad was a children's dentist, floss in hand for just shy of 50 years. He often would take me to his office on Saturdays, his down time, when he could tidy up after the week's work but also practice new techniques -- on me.

One time, while he ...

Wines to make the season jolly

Now the fun begins. It's time to put on that silly pilgrim hat, polish the menorah, try to fit into last season's Santa suit and practice opening the champagne without putting somebody's eye out.

And it's time to talk about wine's role in all of ...

Tuscany's red wines provide a bounty of flavor

Americans have a love affair with Tuscany, the beautiful Italian region of hearty wines and gourmet dining, of grass-covered meadows, castle-studded hilltops and cypress trees on the Mediterranean Sea.

Long, rows of sangiovese grapevines snake ...

Fall is time for robust, full-bodied wines

The frost is on the pumpkin (in regions where they have frost. And pumpkins). Farther south, shivering socialites, alarmed at 60-degree temperatures, scurry to take fur coats (faux, one hopes) out of cold storage for the opera opening.

It's fall....