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Sniffing Out Wine Bargains? Modern-day California Négociant Wines Can Deliver Big Tastes at Small Prices

Sniffing Out Wine Bargains? Modern-day California Négociant Wines Can Deliver Big Tastes at Small Prices

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A growing number of wine lovers are discovering delicious wines at pleasing prices made by a new generation of passionate winemakers who don’t own vineyards or even their own winery. These “négociants” have found a way around the frightful startup costs of a California winery while still aiming high regarding what’s in the bottle.

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Café Underwood: North Oakland’s New Work-At-Home Café

Café Underwood: North Oakland’s New Work-At-Home Café

| September 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Café Underwood fills a community need for affordable public workspace, and serves up delicious food and drinks, too.

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California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.

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Event: An Evening with Martin Yan and Jacques Pépin

Event: An Evening with Martin Yan and Jacques Pépin

| August 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Join KQED, in partnership with M.Y. China and La Boulange, for “An Evening with Martin Yan and Jacques Pépin” — a celebration of two legendary chefs and public television cooking show pioneers. The evening will include food, wine and a noodle-pulling demonstration.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol’s effect on the body.

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From Bacon to Bounce: Twerking and Pigging out at Outside Lands

From Bacon to Bounce: Twerking and Pigging out at Outside Lands

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Outside Lands’ vendors offer an endless parade of imaginative pork creations, while the Queen of Bounce gets people twerking for beignets on the GastroMagic stage.

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Townie: Berkeley’s New Neighborhood Hangout

Townie: Berkeley’s New Neighborhood Hangout

| August 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Is it a bar or is it a restaurant? Townie, Berkeley’s newest neighborhood drink-and-dine, is off to a stellar start on both counts.

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Smoke, Fat, and Fermented Grape Juice: Wines $20 and Under to Pair With Barbecue

Smoke, Fat, and Fermented Grape Juice: Wines $20 and Under to Pair With Barbecue

| August 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

While beer is the go-to beverage at most American backyard barbecues, mix it up with these 10 affordable wines that pair well with a range of flavors, from Mediterranean to Asian.

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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Luka’s Taproom, King of Falafel, La Costanera

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Luka’s Taproom, King of Falafel, La Costanera

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed: Oakland Creole pub food in Uptown Oakland, Mediterranean cuisine in San Francisco, Contemporary Peruvian cuisine in Montara.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review: Lanna Thai, 20 Spot, Chalet Ticino

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review: Lanna Thai, 20 Spot, Chalet Ticino

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed: Thai cuisine in Livermore, French-influenced California small plates in San Francisco, and Swiss-Italian cuisine in Foster City

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The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

This summer is bringing a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines like Vinho Verde, Riesling and Txakoli. While lower in alcohol, these wines are also winning fans for their low cost.

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How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery

How Atomic Particles Helped Solve A Wine Fraud Mystery

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

By testing for radiation, detectives showed that wine bottles purportedly from Thomas Jefferson’s collection were fake. And with wine fraud rising, authentication is getting even more sophisticated.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area Review Capo’s, Bistro Liaison, La Mar

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area Review Capo’s, Bistro Liaison, La Mar

| May 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Reviewed: An Italian American restaurant in San Francisco, a Country French Bistro in Berkeley, a Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco

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