Columnists

The Grape Vine

Mind blown

My trip beyond wine mixology

By Elizabeth Niezer

Columnist Elizabeth Niezer gets her mind blown by new flavors not involving wine.

Along the Heritage Trail

Breath of fresh air

Breathalyzer invented here

By Tom Castaldi

Fort Wayne is home to the Breathalyzer, Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

The Grape Vine

Crazy for Chianti

Start with the basics

By Elizabeth Niezer

Thinking Italian for dinner? Columnist Elizabeth Niezer shares her strategy for choosing just the right Italian wine for your table.

Along the Heritage Trail

The Fort's peacemaker

Her courage, eloquence helped save lives

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Angeline Chapeteau Peltier Griswold.

The Grape Vine

Bubbles beat the blues

Champagne brings brightness

By Elizabeth Niezer

The dark days of January are a challenge for us all, Columnist Elizabeth Niezer knows. And her recommendation sparkles. Literally.

Along the Heritage Trail

What do you know?

Time for another local history quiz

By Tom Castaldi

It's time for another challenging local history quiz from the files of Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi. Don't peek at the answers until you've really tried your best!

The Long View

Where home is

Change is at its heart

By Jim Sparrow

Columnist Jim Sparrow says goodbye to Fort Wayne in his final column.

The Grape Vine

Merry Wine-mas

A gift of recommendations

By Elizabeth Niezer

Columnist Elizabeth Niezer presents the gift of her wine recommendations for the holidays.

Along the Heritage Trail

House of holidays

Fleming threw many a party

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi describes how William Fleming's grand house on West Berry defined how Christmas came to be celebrated in Fort Wayne 150 years ago.

The Long View

Lessons from Oz

Working with what we have

By Jim Sparrow

Columnist Jim Sparrow believes Fort Wayne can benefit from lessons taught by "The Wizard of Oz."

The Grape Vine

Turkey-day cheer

Start a new tradition with these wine options

By Elizabeth Niezer

Start some new traditions with these Thanksgiving Day wine recommendations from Columnist Elizabeth Niezer.

Along the Heritage Trail

The bird and the Boss

The Boss Roaster cooked many a holiday meal

By Tom Castaldi

Not all that long ago, Fort Wayne cooks would have been proud to trust the Thanksgiving turkey to their Boss Roaster, Historian Tom Castaldi says.

The Long View

Leverage resources

Watch the big-picture changes

By Jim Sparrow

Not simply leveraging resources is important, columnist Jim Sparrow says, because we need to focus firmly on big-picture changes.

The Grape Vine

Besieged by flavor

and a few laughing ravens

By Elizabeth Niezer

Columnist Elizabeth Niezer gets besieged.

Along the Heritage Trail

Counties' Sleepy Hollow

Sentries kept their heads

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of how three Revolutionary War heroes came to be memorialized in Ohio.