We are not exactly situated in the heart of winedom here in north Alabama, so it’s a good wine day when word comes that “a wine rep will be in town dragging a bag with a ride along.” This means a wine salesperson is coming to pour samples accompanied by a winery owner, vintner or someone clo…

Ironically, America’s two most maligned wine varietals — chardonnay and merlot — remain among America’s most popular. Despite overwhelming negativity in some wine circles to chardonnay especially, it remains America’s No. 1 bestselling varietal wine.

When this column first appeared in the Star 17 years ago, I was a neophyte to varietal specific glassware. I, like a lot of my contemporaries, bought wholeheartedly into the Riedel Glassworks Company’s philosophy that cabernet should be poured only into glasses specifically designed for cabe…

In the new book “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table,” Rick Bragg tells stories of the generations of women in his Alabama family, centered around 75 recipes for everything from biscuits and gravy to blackberry cobbler to fried just-about-everything.

One of the most ubiquitous condiments, if indeed it can be classified as a condiment, is Angostura aromatic bitters. For those who may have noticed this small, unassuming bottle in the cocktail mixers section of your grocery, perhaps we should first tackle its pronunciation: ang-go-store-ah.