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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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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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