Bill Ward

Features reporter | Lifestyle | Entertainment | Wine
Phone: 612-673-7643
Bill looks for stories off the well-trod path, covers baby boomer issues, and writes about wine in his Liquid Assets column.

Recent content from Bill Ward

Adults suffer a summer brain drain just like kids

There’s strong evidence that children suffer from summer brain drain. Turns out we adults suffer our own, more abbreviated version of brain drain. Call it cognition attrition or, for “Star Trek” fans, a mind melt.

Updated: July 16, 2013, - 09:58 AM

On occasion, some unusual seasonal wine choices

Light and lively rules the wine roost in our all-too-brief respite from winter. But there also are certain seasonal gatherings where the options might expand.

Updated: July 10, 2013, - 02:21 PM

Social media can put local restaurateurs on defensive

Serving great food is only half the battle. Now local restaurants have to win over DIY reviewers on social media sites.

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 02:11 PM

The reign in Spain: an array of white wines

Ten years ago, there was no such thing as a Spanish white wine section at local retail outlets. What a difference a decade makes.

Updated: July 02, 2013, - 08:16 AM

Price is right with discount-store wines -- but taste?

How much did you pay for your wine? Here’s a look at how the bargain-focused national chains stack up.

Updated: June 19, 2013, - 07:00 PM

Amphibious cars find a following in Minnesota

Amphibious cars, whether they’re on land or sea, rarely fail to evoke ear-to-ear grins. The once-popular Amphicars have found a following in Minnesota.

Updated: June 18, 2013, - 08:32 AM

The father-son dynamic often is fraught with uncomfortable silence

Rifts in a father-son relationship can be hard to heal, in part because talking often is the last resort.

Updated: June 15, 2013, - 10:32 PM

The state of the flag: Facts and go-figures

Even as the Flag Day holiday fades, the U.S. and Minnesota banners bear an interesting past and present.

Updated: June 10, 2013, - 02:21 PM

Pinot noir: It's a matter of style — or not

Pinot noir represents so much of what is great about today’s wine world. And, alas, one of the few not-so-great things.

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 02:08 PM

Wine of the week

Wine of the WeekAu Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot NoirThe experience: A great introduction to the region that the...

Updated: May 22, 2013, - 12:44 PM

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