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Nine Things You Didn’t Know About the Fall Grape Harvest

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About the Fall Grape Harvest

| October 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

Culling and stomping grapes may conjure images of the fall harvest but did you know that vintners want fungus-covered fruit or that white wine can be made from red grapes? Lindsey Hoshaw takes a trip to Napa and shares a few little known facts about winemaking including where you can join the crush.

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Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

There’s a whole slew of mind games that label designers use to get us to think better of their wines without ever tasting a sip. Want to add 10 bucks to the price of a bottle? Class it up with some gold stamping on that label. An insider spills the industry’s secrets in a gorgeous photo book.

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New Bayview Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third

New Bayview Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third

What’s the newest neighborhood to find your local food artisans and innovators setting up shop? Sure, there’s action across the bridge in Oakland and Richmond, but in San Francisco, the action has moved south as rents have climbed, and now, Bayview is supporting a fresh crop of small-scale, community-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to deliciousness.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Live Sushi, Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria, Bistro Vis à Vis

| October 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: HRD Smokin’ Grill, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Metro Lafayette

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: HRD Smokin’ Grill (SF), Buddy’s Bites and Brews (Hayward), Metro Lafayette (Lafayette). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Sonoma wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café  Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Naschmarkt, Café Tiramisu, Wood Tavern

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Naschmarkt (Campbell), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco), Wood Tavern (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Oregon wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Little Shin Shin, The Refuge, Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Little Shin Shin, The Refuge, Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Little Shin Shin (Oakland), The Refuge (San Carlos), Canela Bistro and Wine Bar (San Francisco). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Central Coast wines.

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Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews: Aslam’s Rasoi, Poesia, encuentro café and wine bar

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Aslam’s Rasoi (San Francisco), Poesia (San Francisco), encuentro café and wine bar (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Lodi wines.

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If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

An art student has designed a line of jewelry specifically for tasting wine and cognac. One ring perches a petite wineglass atop your finger. Another is a miniature snifter. The spirit sippers aren’t available for purchase, but if you’re itching to don your stemware, try an old-fashioned tastevin.

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Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife in Baked Goods

Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife in Baked Goods

| August 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The mushy pile of seeds, skins and stems left over after grapes are pressed used to be one of winemaking’s biggest sustainability problems. But instead of heading to the dump, these days, some grape pomace is being reborn in a host of ways, including a nutrient-packed flour substitute.

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Six Ounces to Fine: Perestroika at Periscope Cellars

Six Ounces to Fine: Perestroika at Periscope Cellars

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Only someone deep into or near the aristocracy of wine can stage a movement akin to Gorbachev’s Perestroika. Enter winemaker and some-time sommelier Brendan Eliason of Periscope Cellars.

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7 Sips: Local Summer Wines Under $20

7 Sips: Local Summer Wines Under $20

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are so many good summer wines but not to overwhelm, here are 7 that caught my fancy this summer. You can sip them by the pool (um, not allowed at city pools), drink with a summer salad or pair with foods hot off the grill. You should also be able to find these wines without having to make a trip to the winery. Have a favorite local summer wine? Tell us.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!

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5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

Stephanie Rosenbaum offers recipes for 5 perfect-for-summer pink drinks, cool-down, sun-down cocktails for warm summer weather wherever you can find it.

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