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Dining, SFoodie The (Ice) Bucket List: Great Sparkling Wines and Where to Buy Them

The (Ice) Bucket List: Great Sparkling Wines and Where to Buy Them

Gatherings and celebrations provide ample excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbly, but here's the secret: You can have sparkling wine year round and it can be enjoyed with an entire meal, not just to start one off.…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: From Rubble to Bubbles at J Vineyards

Bay Area Bubbles: From Rubble to Bubbles at J Vineyards

Sometimes the most seemingly obtuse bits of knowledge lead to bigger, better, and in some cases, bubblier things. When Judy Jordan got her degree in Earth Sciences/Geology from Stanford and returned home to work at her father's winery, Jordan,…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: Scharffenberger Cellars

Bay Area Bubbles: Scharffenberger Cellars

It doesn't take long as you drive through the very winding* Highway 128 into Mendocino County to realize your tasting room experiences here are going to be a little different. Tall oak and pine trees line the two-lane road in…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: Mumm's Tour and Oak Terrace Make It Worth a Visit

Bay Area Bubbles: Mumm's Tour and Oak Terrace Make It Worth a Visit

Like many things in life, I tend to believe that wine quality and price don't always correlate. You can have a terrible sparkling wine and pay a lot (though usually with other intangible benefits like prestige or exclusivity), but that…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: A Visit to Schramsberg's Candlelit Tasting Cave

Bay Area Bubbles: A Visit to Schramsberg's Candlelit Tasting Cave

When I imagine what the Champagne wineries in France look like, my brain inevitably pictures old caves where the bottles and barrels of wine sit and age. It's a romantic image that is most likely divorced from the economic…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: Domaine Carneros

Bay Area Bubbles: Domaine Carneros

Just in time for the holidays, our series explores handful of wineries in the Bay Area making great sparkling wines. We stop by for a tour and tasting, dive in for a little history, and hopefully introduce you to…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Bubbles: Iron Horse Vineyards

Bay Area Bubbles: Iron Horse Vineyards

Just in time for the holidays, our series explores handful of wineries in the Bay Area making great sparkling wines. We stop by for a tour and tasting, dive in for a little history, and hopefully introduce you to some…
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Dining, SFoodie Scharffenberger Makes Great Bubbly Affordable

Scharffenberger Makes Great Bubbly Affordable

The world would be a happier place if we all drank more bubbly. Wars would end, reality TV would show people being nice to their families, and it would never rain again, except when we want to frolic in it.…
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Dining, SFoodie Is Your Champagne Unworthy of a Toast? Turn It into Cocktails

Is Your Champagne Unworthy of a Toast? Turn It into Cocktails

If the idea of dropping a Benjamin on a couple of nice bottles of Champagne isn't something you're ready to do yet, or if you find yourself with a supply of sparkling wine you don't want to spend the evening…
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