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Dining, SFoodie Cakebread Cellars' Winemaker Julianne Laks Celebrates 30th Harvest

Cakebread Cellars' Winemaker Julianne Laks Celebrates 30th Harvest

Thirty years is a long time. More than a third of a lifetime. Thirty years ago, you could purchase any number of sizable properties in the SoMa for well under six figures. It was around that same time that…
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Music, All Shook Down BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

BottleRock Napa Valley Reveals Their 2016 Lineup

It's a new year, which means there's a new round of music festivals for you to pencil into your calendar (although does anyone use a non-digital calendar anymore, let alone pencils?). BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day festival of…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine Country Report: Buying Olive Oil from Local Wineries

Wine Country Report: Buying Olive Oil from Local Wineries

Harvested from local spots, olive oil on salmon, bread, veggies, and cheese rocks the farm-to-table vibe we know so well (to say nothing of its use on human skin to ensure youth and vitality). With the recent March passing of…
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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, SFoodie Wine Country Report: Hall Wines, Exciting Sweets from Matthew Tinder

Wine Country Report: Hall Wines, Exciting Sweets from Matthew Tinder

It's always a kick to hit the road and see and of course taste what's happening up north. We're guilty of saving Wine Country outings for "special occasions" ranging from big birthday celebrations to visits from childhood pals and family.…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle How do you run an orchestra with no conductor? That's the aim of One Found Sound, a new chamber group founded by S.F. Conservatory grads where the old rules about classical music performance and listening don't apply. "If you…
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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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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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News, The Snitch Kevin Michael Hagan Accused of Burglarizing Nancy Pelosi's Home

Kevin Michael Hagan Accused of Burglarizing Nancy Pelosi's Home

Napa County cops have busted the man who they say is responsible for a slew of residential burglaries, including one at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's wine country house Monday night. According to news reports, police on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Kevin Michael…
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News, The Snitch Nancy Pelosi's Napa Valley Home Burglarized

Nancy Pelosi's Napa Valley Home Burglarized

Napa police are investigating a break-in at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Napa Valley home that happened long before voters started heading to the polls on Tuesday. Thieves reportedly broke into the House Minority Leader's Napa Valley house on Monday afternoon, the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: There's Much More to Napa than Wine

Recent Acquisitions: There's Much More to Napa than Wine

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. George Yount didn't seek out adventure, but he certainly didn't resist…
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Dining, SFoodie A Field Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Dry-Farmed Wines

A Field Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Dry-Farmed Wines

Irrigation is plainly a function of the modern world. Though the ancient Romans built spectacular gravity-driven aqueducts, drip irrigation for agriculture was not invented until the late 1960s in Israel, and only in the 1970s did water-bearing pipes and…
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Dining, SFoodie Jon's Street Eats Wraps It Up This Week

Jon's Street Eats Wraps It Up This Week

A pioneer of the Emeryville food cart scene is heading for the exit. Jon Kosorek says Saturday is the last night for Jon's Street Eats, a cart that since August 2009 has served up Kosorek's brand of New American street…
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News, Feature Discount Dynasty

Discount Dynasty

In 2002, Fred Franzia began marketing a new line of wines. They looked like vintage wines -- they were sold in 750-milliliter bottles with corks, and sported classy labels -- but the price was just $1.99 a bottle. Sold at…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Wine Seller

Here's one of those little things that makes living in San Francisco worth all the hassle: One of the most notable wine merchants in the nation is headquartered here. While our friends in other parts of the country are left…
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Chow, Baby

Union Street is festive at holiday time, with shops and trees swathed in strings of white lights. But the sidewalks seem rather empty. The resurgence of three competing shopping streets -- neighboring Fillmore, nearby Chestnut in the Marina, and Grant…
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