It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!