Tag: Wine

Journeying Through Portugal’s Douro Region

Here is my Food Republic on Portugal’s dreamy Duoro wine region, published on December 2, 2016. I explore the region from the fantastic home base of the one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly Monverde Wine Experience Hotel set in the middle of Vinho Verde vineyards. Then I talk about a few key and diverse wineries of the region (well beyond alvarinho!), the fine dining… Read more →

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The New Wine Bar… With Food

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Whether a wine shop serving food with areas to hang out and linger or a wine bar with food menus, these 4 spots, most of them brand new, have informed staff, serve quality wines and sometimes even good food. Wine Down, SoMa Gracious founders/co-owners Sarah Garand & Jaime… Read more →

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The New Fine Dining: 3 Destination-Worthy Restaurants

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. California pioneered the ethos of “come as you are”, though the trend has taken over the country in recent years. Especially in SF, LA and Napa, fine dining has leaned towards the casual for decades, even at its most refined. Whether movie stars or Silicon Valley moguls,… Read more →

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RN74 Revived With A New Chef & Menus

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Hidden Gems: Here we highlight some of the best under-the-radar restaurants we find often get missed by the press or restaurants with notable changes (like new chef, menu or concept) that warrant a revisit. Since opening in 2009, RN74 has been a stellar wine destination with a… Read more →

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10 Wine Picks on Menus Now: Rarities to Value Pours

Almost daily, I’m tasting a wide range of spirits, wines and beers, whether at restaurants, bars, distilleries, wineries, breweries or as samples crossing my desk. This Summer, here are 10 memorable wines I tasted on menus around the Bay Area, best for different purposes from value to uniqueness. 2013 Terlan Quarz Sauvignon Blanc at Michael Mina The wine list at… Read more →

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Tofino Wines: Wine Shop, Bar & Hangout in Laurel Heights

Partners Mark Nevin and April Sack opened Tofino Wines this March, which made our 10 Hottest Bars Now list for its unique setting, strong wine selection and notable emphasis as wine hangout/bar as much as it is a retail wine merchant. Alongside an ever-changing, stellar by-the-glass wine list and bottle selection, sherry lovers will delight in the growing sherry section… Read more →

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Talking Drink at Aspen Food & Wine Classic

With high altitude (around 8000 feet) and an onslaught of activity, Aspen Food & Wine is a dizzying, long weekend of tastings, seminars, parties and events held in the idyllic mountain town of Aspen every June. This summer I went with a drink focus in mind, even as I ate my way through the weekend. In fact, drink — namely… Read more →

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Top 10 Spring Wines

Almost daily, I’m tasting a wide range of spirits, wines and beers, whether at restaurants, bars, distilleries, wineries, breweries or as samples crossing my desk. This Spring, here are my top 10 wines tasted. 1. O. Lemasson Pineau D’Aunis “Poivre et Sel” at Tofino Wines O. Lemasson Pineau D’Aunis Poivre et Sel — translating to “pepper and salt” ($14 by… Read more →

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Weekending in Sebastopol

Sebastopol is a laid-back town famed for Gravenstein apples and wineries. Over the years, many of the apple orchards have been replanted with vineyards, but there are a few left, with a growing number of artisanal hard cider producers preserving and showcasing the area’s apple wealth (see our recent feature on Devoto Cider), with an annual Apple Blossom Festival in… Read more →

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Top 5 February Wines

Almost daily, I’m tasting a wide range of spirits, wines and beers, whether at restaurants and bars, distilleries, wineries or breweries or as samples crossing my desk. In the month of February, here are my top 5 wines tasted — February beer highlights are here and spirits here. 1. 2010 Vigneto Saetti Rosato dell’Emilia The hands-on, family production of 2010 Vigneto… Read more →

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