Liza Zimmerman

Bountiful Sonoma is just an hour away from S.F.

The hamlets in Sonoma County were planned around charming town squares years…

A worker picks grapes at the Quinta do Vallado in Portugal.  (Armando Franca/AP)

Exploring the cool, crisp wine extremes of Portugal and Spain

The first time I was offered a white port in Lisbon, Portugal,…

A worker picks grapes at the Quinta do Vallado in Portugal.  (Armando Franca/AP)
Finding the right wine to drink with vegetables can be tricky, but it's not impossible.  (Eric Risberg/AP)

In pairing wine and vegetables, look for similar flavors

California might have some of the best vegetables in the world, but…

Finding the right wine to drink with vegetables can be tricky, but it's not impossible.  (Eric Risberg/AP)
Sea Bowl in Pacifica has 32 bowling lanes, eats, drinks and a great view of the ocean. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Pacifica a seaside retreat just 30 minutes from S.F.

It is home to the Taco Bell with the best view in…

Sea Bowl in Pacifica has 32 bowling lanes, eats, drinks and a great view of the ocean. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Spicy Korean dishes like bibimbap  tend to pair well with sweeter, fruitier white wines. (Amir Bibawy/AP)

Korean food can be paired with wine, but it’s not easy

I have always been a huge fan of Korean food. The soups…

Spicy Korean dishes like bibimbap  tend to pair well with sweeter, fruitier white wines. (Amir Bibawy/AP)
The Bluxome Street Winery near Fourth and King streets is one of a few wineries in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner, 2012)

Urban wineries keep your tasting trip close to home

It is always fun to take a day — or weekend —…

The Bluxome Street Winery near Fourth and King streets is one of a few wineries in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner, 2012)
Chaylee Priete, wine director for Slanted Door, advises drinking white wines that are high in acid with Vietnamese food. [GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER ]

Secrets to pairing delicate Vietnamese food with wine

I went to Vietnam 15 years ago strictly for the food. That…

Chaylee Priete, wine director for Slanted Door, advises drinking white wines that are high in acid with Vietnamese food. [GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER ]