Lifestyle Stories from February 14, 2020
Pick a Valentine's Day wine that's as romantic as your moodFeb 14, 2020 6:00 AM - Don't judge a book by its cover or a wine by its label. Except when it makes perfect sense to do just that -- such as on Valentine's Day. The wine itself must be good, of course, or the value of the label will be lost. But the right wine name can help brighten the mood even before the first sip. Bubbles set the stage for any celebration, of course. Why not toast your loved one with a Spanish cava called Biutiful? The brut bottling is delicious, and features 20% chardonnay in the blend, giving the wine more richness than the traditional Spanish grapes usually do. This wine has excellent distribution and availability, and at $14, it won't stretch your budget. Biutiful also makes a nice rosé. If you're celebrating a long-lasting relationship, try a pink bubbly called Tradition, from South Africa's Villiera winery. This one is harder to find, but at $26 it's worth seeking out for its champagne-like complexity. And rosé, because, well, roses.
Appliances that will make you love laundry dayFeb 14, 2020 7:00 AM - Homeowners can be passionate about their washers and dryers. Which ones are the best? We talked to a designer, a tester for Consumer Reports and the owner of a gadget-testing website, as well as two appliance-repair service owners.
This exceptional Italian red wine can be yours for under $20 a bottleFeb 14, 2020 6:00 AM - As it's Valentine's Day, here are some lovely reds and whites to consider serving with a romantic dinner.
Kangaroos, koalas thrive on Australia's plants, climateFeb 14, 2020 6:00 AM - Henry, 10, of Hoffman Estates, concerned about how kangaroos and koalas have been affected by wildfires, turned to books at the Hoffman Estates Branch Library to learn more about these animals.
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