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Music, All Shook Down Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the…
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News, The Snitch Massive Valley Wildfire Razes Hundreds of Homes and Burns Infrastructure

Massive Valley Wildfire Razes Hundreds of Homes and Burns Infrastructure

Water distribution facilities and a complex of geothermal power plants called the Geysers…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist We're Getting a New National Monument 100 Miles Away

We're Getting a New National Monument 100 Miles Away

Did you know that California has nine national parks, more than any other state? We were tied at eight with Alaska until 2013, when President Obama elevated Pinnacles National Monument to national park status. The other eight parks, many…
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Dining, SFoodie Isa Chandra Moskowitz: A Vegan Life In Four Courses

Isa Chandra Moskowitz: A Vegan Life In Four Courses

You think you’re busy? Well, you aren’t. Not compared to Isa Chandra Moskowitz, anyway. The (nearly) 42-year-old vegan chef (her birthday is February 3) is in the midst of writing her ninth cookbook (Save Me a Seat), updating recipes…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist John Waters on Christmas, Hit Men, and Who Vomits on Children

John Waters on Christmas, Hit Men, and Who Vomits on Children

He's been called the Prince of Puke and he's been called the Pope of Trash. But for the past few years, John Waters has been working on becoming the Duke of ... Christmas? It may seem strange, but the creative…
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Dining, SFoodie

Damage From Napa Quake Could Top $1 Billion; Wineries Begin to Clean Up the Mess

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa yesterday had more consequences than physical injuries and crumpled buildings: It will certainly have consequences in the region's $50 billion wine industry. Social media streams yesterday were taken up by shot after shot of…
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Dining, SFoodie Great Deal in Wine Country: A Taste of Napa

Great Deal in Wine Country: A Taste of Napa

Next month, Festival del Sole serves up a sweet roster of events: food and wine tastings (something of a driving force for the region), music, dance and even yoga in the vineyards. For star power, Sophia Loren is booked for…
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Music, After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

The Napa community pulled the cork on its first major music festival last year, and learned the hard way that the first vintage doesn't always turn out so well. The big-name musicians showed up as promised. The Black Keys, the…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Exploring San Francisco's Hidden Wineries

Exploring San Francisco's Hidden Wineries

Before the 1906 earthquake leveled parts of the city and Prohibition curbed drinking, San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood (then known as "South of the Slot") was filled with wineries and cellars. The wineries sourced grapes from Napa and Sonoma and the…
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Dining, Eat Hog Island Oyster Co.: Closing Ferry Building Outpost Temporarily to Expand

Hog Island Oyster Co.: Closing Ferry Building Outpost Temporarily to Expand

You'll have to find a new source for your Hog Island Sweetwaters for the next few months. The oyster company has closed its Ferry Building doors briefly while it expands to the area across the hallway, formerly housing Ferry Plaza…
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News, The Snitch Napa Says "No" to Marijuana

Napa Says "No" to Marijuana

It's fair to call Napa County awash in drugs. The area's economy is based on intoxicants. After all, this is wine country, as an oft-perilous afternoon drive on Highway 29 after the tasting rooms close reveals. One drug that's hard…
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Dining, Eat Bay Area Bubbles: Domaine Carneros

Bay Area Bubbles: Domaine Carneros

In the Napa Valley, there is really one American Viticulture Area (AVA) key to the production of Napa sparkling wine: Los Carneros, in the southernmost area of Napa and Sonoma counties. Cool nights and fog from the San Pablo Bay…
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Dining, SFoodie Yeah, There's a Wine for Cats

Yeah, There's a Wine for Cats

Let's face it, your cat probably doesn't like you. Or need you. But maybe that can change. In the likely case that you're drinking that glass of Napa red alone, give your feline a reason to join you. As Kotaku…
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News, Feature Roots of Civilization: Confronting the Wine Snob Within

Roots of Civilization: Confronting the Wine Snob Within

Deep in Amador County, two-and-a-half hours from the Bay Area, there aren't any cities — just tiny old Gold Rush towns. In Plymouth there's a 24-hour mini-mart and gas station, two banks, and, at least on the main road, one…
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Dining, SFoodie Morimoto Grub and More at Festival Del Sole's Taste of Napa Event

Morimoto Grub and More at Festival Del Sole's Taste of Napa Event

Why wait for your East Coast BFF or sweetie pie aunt to fly into SFO as an excuse to visit Napa Valley? Daytripping to the 707 always gives us a rare chance to drive at a mellow pace that is…
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Dining, Eat Culinary Theatrics, Celebrity No Substitute For Good Food

Culinary Theatrics, Celebrity No Substitute For Good Food

Michael Chiarello stands in the middle of his new Embarcadero restaurant, Coqueta, pouring liquid nitrogen into the eager hands of a group of well-dressed women at a round corner table. He's as handsome in person as he is on the…
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Dining, Eat

Mira Winery: Wine Aged In the Sea Yields Surprising Results

Three months ago, Mira Winery in Napa embarked on a grand experiment: It lowered 48 bottles of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into the ocean outside Charleston, S.C. in a custom-built cage to see what aging in the sea would do…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Derrick May proved Detroit techno is still very much alive with a riveting set at Public Works. Putting lots of mileage on the club's EQs, he kept the floor moving past 3 a.m. We thought we might fall…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats. 1601 Bar & Kitchen: After many delays, San Francisco's first Sri Lankan restaurant is now open in SOMA. Expect a cuisine with elements of Thai…
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Music, Rock the Wine Country: Bottle Rock Festival Is an Odd New Addition to the Bay Area

Rock the Wine Country: Bottle Rock Festival Is an Odd New Addition to the Bay Area

To date, the words "music festival" and "Napa Valley" do not go together naturally — unless your idea of a music festival is Craig Chaquico performing outside the tasting room of some picturesque Victorian. Neither do "Napa Valley" and, say,…
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