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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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Dining, SFoodie Bluxome Street Winery Ventures North to Ghirardelli Square

Bluxome Street Winery Ventures North to Ghirardelli Square

Finally, locals may have a reason to venture into that wild, tourist-infested block of real estate known as Ghirardelli Square: good wine. San Francisco-based winery, Bluxome Street Winery, will open an outpost in one of the city's prime tourist…
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Dining, SFoodie Russian Hill's Union Larder Is No Ordinary Wine Bar

Russian Hill's Union Larder Is No Ordinary Wine Bar

Union Larder is exactly what wine bar proprietors mean when they come back from Paris or Rome and wax poetic about how they just fell in love with the wine bars there. They always seek to bring back that…
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Dining, SFoodie Wine So Fine: Pinot in the City Brings Oregon Wines to S.F. Aug. 26

Wine So Fine: Pinot in the City Brings Oregon Wines to S.F. Aug. 26

Some lazy afternoons revolve around chilled sips of rosé. On the other 300-plus days of the year, when Karl the Fog is in full effect, it’s more comfy to wear long sleeves and opt for exploratory, medium-bodied sips that…
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Dining, SFoodie Cheers to San Francisco's Emerging Wine Bar Trend & Tofino Wines

Cheers to San Francisco's Emerging Wine Bar Trend & Tofino Wines

A rosé can be tremendously swell with domestic and international expressions every bit as riveting as exalted whites and reds. It can also be, well, the summertime shandy of wine. Beaujolais, by contrast, needs more explanation. A tremendously accomplished…
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Dining, SFoodie Quirky, Casual, Elegant: Resolute!

Quirky, Casual, Elegant: Resolute!

For some folks, drinking a glass of wine is just drinking a glass of wine. Sadly, there are people who treat beer the same way. It's a beverage. It has alcohol. What else do you need? But for others,…
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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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Dining, SFoodie Block Party at Bluxome Street Winery

Block Party at Bluxome Street Winery

Everybody loves a good street party, and seeing as they’ve got an event space inside their urban winery, the vintners at Bluxome Street Winery are no exception. Because their little corner of Soma is a less-than-heavily trafficked alley, it…
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Dining, SFoodie A Kosher Winery Opens in Berkeley, With a Cookbook Debut, Too

A Kosher Winery Opens in Berkeley, With a Cookbook Debut, Too

That a new winery opened in Berkeley isn’t so newsworthy these days; many winemakers are discovering they can make just as good wine in an urban setting, even if they have no views of vineyards to wake up to every…
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Dining, SFoodie Another Day, Another Seemingly Ridiculous Brewery Squabble

Another Day, Another Seemingly Ridiculous Brewery Squabble

Earlier this week, you may recall that Lagunitas filed a lawsuit against Sierra-Nevada ostensibly for copyright infringement on the kerned letters "IPA" on a label. A day later, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee announced that the brewery was dropping the suit. …
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Dining, SFoodie Sip Wines Until You Find What You Love at Vintners Market

Sip Wines Until You Find What You Love at Vintners Market

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…
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Dining, SFoodie A Wine Bar Grows in the Tenderloin

A Wine Bar Grows in the Tenderloin

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.…
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Dining, SFoodie Single Vineyard Night Hits Fort Mason On Wednesday

Single Vineyard Night Hits Fort Mason On Wednesday

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…
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Dining, SFoodie Why Visit Now? Two Reasons Why Wine Country is Better in the Fall

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

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…
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Dining, SFoodie Hot Tomato! 150 Varieties at Kendall-Jackson

Hot Tomato! 150 Varieties at Kendall-Jackson

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…
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Dining, SFoodie The Most Laid-Back Spots For Outdoor Drinking in San Francisco's Summer

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

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…
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Dining, SFoodie Drink Wine, Help Those Affected by the Napa Quake

Drink Wine, Help Those Affected by the Napa Quake

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

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

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.…
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Dining, SFoodie One of the Earliest Harvests Ever for J Vineyards

One of the Earliest Harvests Ever for J Vineyards

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…
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