Winery primer

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:25am

At last count, there were more than 450 wineries in Napa Valley. Some favorites, both for the quality of wine and the experience of visiting the tasting room and grounds, include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Rutherford: founded in 1900 and set in a stately building offering full tours and tastings. Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga: the owner of [...]

Wine country safari

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:20am

Napa Valley is a foodie paradise, but there’s more to it than gastronomy ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer Northern California’s Napa Valley is by no means solely about winery tourism — though admittedly, that’s a huge draw. But in addition you’ll find soothing hot springs spas and smartly furnished B&Bs, scenic opportunities for hiking and [...]

Billy Masters • 02-27-15

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:07am

Billy recaps the Oscars, good & bad How can I start an Oscars column without talking about Lady Gaga, pictured. I knew she was classically trained, but was taken aback by her singing of the medley from The Sound of Music on Sunday night. If you thought you were knocked out of your seat at [...]

Cassie Nova • 02-20-15

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:35am

Invisible queen? Meet ninja Cassie! I have a confession to make: I was a teenage ninja. Maybe a little explanation is in order. It was the late 1980s and my best friend/ brother-from-another-mother, Mike, was obsessed with movies like American Ninja, Enter the Ninja and Revenge of the Ninja. So I, wanting to be “like [...]

Auto save

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:30am

Your car could be your wallet’s best friend … or its worst enemy   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer Cars are like children or pets — they need constant attention, and when they are taken care of, they will take care of you. But if neglected, then expect to drop even more cash on maintenance. [...]


Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:20am

  The Gay Super Bowl, aka the Oscars, air Sunday, and this is one of the tightest races in many years. Here’s my rundown of who you’ll likely see on the podium … and who deserves to be. Picture: Who will/should win: Birdman, pictured … though Boyhood is giving it a run for its money. [...]

Billy Masters 02-13-15

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 7:25am

Everything’s coming up Rosies Once again, Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View. Did I doze off and it’s 2007 again? If so, why can’t I fit into my old jeans? It’s all just a little bit of history repeating. This time around, Rosie is ostensibly leaving the show for personal reasons. In a statement, her [...]

Body 2015: Heart body & soul

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 at 7:20am

At 40, fitness junkie Robert Elorduy followed his dream to help people in a new way J. DENTON BRICKER | Contributing Writer For many years, Robert Elorduy has been preoccupied with fitness. He worked part-time as a personal trainer while also studying massage therapy. He wanted to combine two symbiotic services in his own private [...]

A space oddity

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:25am

Deeply flawed, but passably entertaining, ‘Jupiter’ hides its spoofish heart ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Sometimes, despite your better instincts to be wary, you give a movie a shot. External factors — a delayed opening date, a hurried February dump of a film that looks like it should be a summer tentpole — warn [...]

STAGE BRIEFS: ‘Sexy Laundry,’ ‘Stagger Lee’

Posted on 06 Feb 2015 at 7:20am

In the African-American community, the folk song “Stagger Lee” sits alongside “Frankie & Johnny” or “Bonnie and Clyde” as an iconic murder ballad: The story of a brutish thug (Stagger) who kills a man named Billy for stealing his Stetson. It’s been around more than a century, and everyone from Ma Rainey to Lloyd Price [...]