All tagged California

Set the Table For Dia De los Muertos

The smell of incense fills the air and golden marigolds brighten drab tombstones in a cemetery full of the living dead. Faces are decorated like skulls with flowers lining their crowns, and a kaleidoscope of color transforms the monochrome Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, where some of our greatest stars are buried—think Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, and Jayne Mansfield. A Day of the Dead festival has taken over the cemetery to observe the ancient Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who’ve passed on. I’m so overwhelmed by these intricately adorned altars that I click-click my camera at every turn.

California Winegrowers Turn To Tech To Save At the Tap

It’s a hot October day in Northern California, and I’m roving a sea of endless green vineyards, which I’m sure haven’t felt much rain this summer. That’s when I notice the irrigation lines for the first time, then begin to see them everywhere. I imagine the wine industry to be a serious drain on California water resources, and wonder how they are navigating the drought.

It turns out they use less water than you might think. In fact, vines actually thrive in a water-stressed environment, and winemakers have been turning to technology to help them determine the perfect wine climate.

Beginner's Guide to Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

It's Indian summer in wine country now. Sometimes the skies challenge that idea with gray morning cover, but we trust by midday we'll be roaming sleeveless in the sunshine. The harvest came early this year because of the drought, but this is not a bad thing for many wine makers, as less water leads to more concentrated fruit. You'll learn about this and more firsthand on your visit to California wine country. The wine region of the Northwest stretches far beyond the confines of Napa and Sonoma County, but let's focus on these counties—which comprise California's most-visited destination.

The Spice Route

Californians love their wine. That’s a given. Californians also love their ethnic foods. Obvious, as well. Why then, is it so difficult to get a great glass of wine with your Pad Thai, Korean barbeque, or Tikka Masala? When it comes to our favorite Asian restaurants, an inspiring wine and cocktail menu doesn’t often come with the territory. 

5 Places in California To Go a Little Batty

Whether it's winged vampires, flying rodents or Bruce Wayne's alter ego, misrepresentations of these shy, intelligent creatures are plenty. Bats aren't blind, and only three species - none of which live in California - feed on blood. What's best: Bats make up one-quarter of the Earth's mammal species, playing a crucial role in our ecosystem for pest control and pollination.