• Hmmm, 2008 Petit Syrah? Notes of plum, berry, and ...smoke. Will the smoke from the recent California wildfires affect this year's wine crop?
• Stating the obvious: the recent salmonella outbreaks have exposed flaws in the US food safety system.
• Trying to conceive? Tell your man to stay away from the tofu, edamame, and soy milk.
• Trans fats now banned in California.
• The world's oldest bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne was discovered hidden in a British castle.
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