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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sip Wines Until You Find What You Love at Vintners Market

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Cornelius Geary

If you can’t get to Napa this weekend, the San Francisco Vintners Market might make a good alternative. Created by Cornelius Geary and Jeffrey Playter, founders of the technology and wine networking organization Wine 2.0, the event strives to shorten the distance between wineries and wine-loving San Franciscans.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Wine Bar Grows in the Tenderloin

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

One bit of the mural at Tender. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • One bit of the mural at Tender.

Completely coincidentally, there have been two openings on the same block of Geary Street within a few days of one another. Huxley is a 25-seat restaurant, and two doors down, Tender is a wine bar with about the same capacity. It’s a neighborhood-y spot and most everything is on tap, guaranteeing speedy service even at peak times. Plus the wall-length mural is very happy.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Single Vineyard Night Hits Fort Mason On Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

  • Russian River Valley Winegrowers
  • Uncorking the Magic

It's never a bad time to be an oenophile in our city, but Wednesday evening is a particularly special one for San Francisco wine lovers. From 6:30-9 p.m., the vintners of Russian River Valley will take center stage at the General's Residence Pavilion in Ft. Mason for the 5th annual Single Vineyard Night. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Why Visit Now? Two Reasons Why Wine Country is Better in the Fall

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Northeastern folks may get to jump in piles of pretty leaves and dunk apple cider donuts around this time of year. Locally, we have pretty leaves at Wine Country harvest parties, alongside tasting rooms, gardens, and even barns that may offer Calgon-y “take me away from my mouse-laden Mission apartment” moments.

There is one added bonus to getting to the Wine Country in the fall: The later it gets in the calendar year, the easier it may be to get around on the roads now that punchdown of grapes from the oh-so-recent harvest has already happened. Hotels can also be cheaper, especially for those who can go mid-week. Less traffic and fewer folks probably give a more chillax feel as you taste and learn about the soil, climate, and people who create wine.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Hot Tomato! 150 Varieties at Kendall-Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM


If the sight of fresh goji berries at the Noe Valley Farmers' Market causes you to pant just a little because you hope and wish they are a petite and new (to you) variety of tomato, have faith. An upcoming heirloom tomato festival at Kendall-Jackson in Sonoma wine country on Saturday, Sept. 27 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) has 150 varieties of tomato to taste, see and touch – wine pairing(s) optional.

Every year it is amazing to see how the festival serves up tomatoes in so many shapes, sizes, textures, and, of course, flavors. 150 is definitely a high number of tomato beauties, and there's an educational component that gives guests a chance to learn more about the fruit from tomato expert Tucker Taylor, the culinary gardener for Kendall-Jackson.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Most Laid-Back Spots For Outdoor Drinking in San Francisco's Summer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The shared garden area at Arlequin. - ARLEQUIN CAFE
  • Arlequin Cafe
  • The shared garden area at Arlequin.

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice drink out doors? With indian summer showing signs of life in the Bay Area, and Mission Dolores Park out of commission for the big renovation, it may seem like there’s nowhere to go.

But San Francisco has its share of patio spaces (as illustrated by this exhaustive list of 89 different spots). There are always the popular spots like Pier 23, Americano, Zeitgeist, and the Hi-Dive (especially during home Giants games), or during the day Mission Rock Resort and The Ramp. While you’ll find us there sometimes, we like places that can be a little more intimate. Or have good food. Or are simply as interesting and weird as we are.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Drink Wine, Help Those Affected by the Napa Quake

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Winemakers in Napa take care of each other. The collaborative spirit of the valley extends back to the beginning of its reign as America's leading wine country in the mid-20th century, and was seen in force this past week as less affected wineries banded together with badly damaged ones to clean up and lend equipment, tanks, and storage space for the upcoming harvest.

They're also helping out financially. In addition to the $10 million fund established by nonprofit trade group the Napa Valley Vintners Association, Matthiasson has released a "Quake Cuvée," a red blend to be developed by their winemaker and sold on pre-order until Sept. 15. All after-tax profits will go to Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief fund.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

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 wine storage rooms in chaos, barrels and bottles on the floor, all of it stained red like a particularly grisly crime scene. But the only crime was potentially thousands of gallons of valuable Napa red wine being poured back onto the earth after being shaken off the shelves.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Spend Labor Day Weekend With 60 Chefs and 200 Wineries at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Vintners - SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND
  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Vintners

That Sonoma vs. Napa valley battle may drone on and on with terroir dweebs and those who love them, but don't let that stop you from using your upcoming staycation holiday weekend to do some “research” of your own. Food festivals that often have a charitable component are one way to measure the culinary scene region and definitely a familiar thing around here these days. Eat Drink SF recently took over Fort Mason in San Francisco, and food fests of all sorts are popular and pretty easy to find this time of year; it's more a question of finding a tribe and blocking an entire day or weekend to dedicate oneself fully to the art of eating, drinking, and repeating. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

One of the Earliest Harvests Ever for J Vineyards

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The team at J starts to harvest Pinot Meunier - J VINEYARDS
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  • The team at J starts to harvest Pinot Meunier

Wine buffs will likely have noticed that the harvest season is already upon us. J Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg is no exception and celebrated the start of its 28th harvest this week – one of the earliest harvests in the winery’s history. If you’re not familiar with J, it’s a favorite spot on the Sonoma County wine tasting trail, known for its methode champenoise sparkling whites and rosés,Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinor Noir varietals.

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