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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Contigo, Smoke Berkeley and Paradiso

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Contigo, Smoke Berkeley and Paradiso

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area’s Season 9 second episode airs this eve, Thursday April 10, at 7:30pm on KQED 9. And if you don’t have a TV and want to watch the show online, the full episode will be available on the Check, Please! Bay Area website.

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Watch the Check, Please! Bay Area Season 9 Premiere!

Watch the Check, Please! Bay Area Season 9 Premiere!

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area’s Season 9 premiere airs this eve, Thursday April 3, at 7:30pm on KQED 9. And if you don’t have a TV and want to watch the show online, the full episode is available on the Check, Please! Bay Area website.

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California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

California Toasts 2013′s Record Wine Grape Harvest

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Greg and Shelley Lindgren share news on their businesses: his Rye on the Road will soon get new digs, and A16 celebrates its anniversary on Valentine’s Day. The power hospitality couple share wine and cocktail ideas that are fun and interesting…including a recipe for “My Bitter Valentine” which will be the Valentine’s day special at Rye.

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Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

Valentine’s with Chef Mat Schuster & Wine Expert Paco Cifuentes

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s it like to run a “pop and pop” restaurant together? Mary Ladd talks to Chef Mat Schuster and wine expert Paco Cifuentes of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in the Castro to find out.

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A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.

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“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

Time to relax from the holiday frenzy with the perfect drink. We’ve got your post-holiday cocktail recipes covered, with a review of the new Winter Cocktails, plus great recipes from our archives and offbeat, mostly local sparklers to put the fizz in your new year.

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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Search for “Champagne, bubbles and drunk,” and you’ll get headlines like “Why Bubbles Make You More Giggly.” But when we took a close look at the science supporting the urban legend, we weren’t impressed. The effect doesn’t happen to everyone, and when it does, it’s just temporary.

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Wine, Value and Pairing Advice from Bernard Portet

Wine, Value and Pairing Advice from Bernard Portet

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

What wine and grape varietals add some definite “wow” for your holiday gifting? How does assemblage style blending work? Find out from iconic winemaker Bernard Portet, who has decades of winemaking experience in Napa Valley and was raised in the Bordeaux region.

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Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide: How to Match the Perfect Gift to Just the Right Gift-ee

Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide: How to Match the Perfect Gift to Just the Right Gift-ee

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to match this season’s best cookbooks with the special friends and family on your gift list? Our holiday cookbook guide offers the most mouthwatering books from the Bay Area’s favorite food and wine writers. Includes recipes for Parmesan Fricos and Warm Mocha Tart.

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20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

20 Spot, a posh new wine bar in the Mission district, offers a distinctly serious food menu. Is the cost of a meal worth it, or is the restaurant better appreciated as a bar? BAB’s Kate Williams offers her take.

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Beyond the Fruit Bomb: The New California Wine by Jon Bonné

Beyond the Fruit Bomb: The New California Wine by Jon Bonné

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bonné says he’s hoping The New California Wine brings attention to the state’s lesser known wine regions — and winemakers — that are just on the verge of blowing up in terms of consumer awareness.

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A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

| October 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California’s interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.

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Scratch ‘N’ Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise … Or At Least More Fun

Scratch ‘N’ Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise … Or At Least More Fun

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wine is a grocery, not a luxury. That’s the premise behind a fun, new wine guide filled with charming illustrations and scratch ‘n’ sniffs. But don’t let the playfulness fool you. There’s some serious science in the book, which covers the full gamut of tasting with humor and a refreshing simplicity.

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