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The Balvenie Stories are the newest releases from Scotland’s esteemed whiskey maker The Balvenie Distillery. (Courtesy photo)

The Balvenie Stories are innovative Scotch whiskeys

Scotland’s century-old Balvenie Distillery introduces new line

The Balvenie Stories are the newest releases from Scotland’s esteemed whiskey maker The Balvenie Distillery. (Courtesy photo)
Brook Bannister, current winemaker at Bannister Wines, and his mother Marty, the winery’s founder. (Lyle Norton/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

New Bannister wines pair well with Chef Shane McAnelly’s creative small plates

It was a beautiful day. We sat under a huge old oak…

Brook Bannister, current winemaker at Bannister Wines, and his mother Marty, the winery’s founder. (Lyle Norton/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
The Herrera family of Mi Sueño Winery.(Courtesy photo)                                The Herrera family of Mi Sueño Winery.(Courtesy photo)

Mi Sueño Winery: An Immigrant’s Dream

The theme that is woven through Rolando Herrera’s inspiring story is one of hard work and persistence.

The Herrera family of Mi Sueño Winery.(Courtesy photo)                                The Herrera family of Mi Sueño Winery.(Courtesy photo)
Gustave Lorentz Cremant d’Alsace is fresh, crisp and offers variety of subtle fruit nuances to the palate. (Courtesy photo)

Sparkling Cremant d’ Alsace wines offer diversity and value

With the arrival of summer, rose’ and sparkling wines naturally come to mind.

Gustave Lorentz Cremant d’Alsace is fresh, crisp and offers variety of subtle fruit nuances to the palate. (Courtesy photo)
Inside Villon at the Proper Hotel in San Francisco. The spirits library is in back. (Courtesy photo)

Villon adds vibrancy to San Francisco’s mid-Market scene

Described by some as “the city’s hippest hotel,” the new Kelly Wearstler designed Hotel Proper, located at Market and McAlister Streets offers ambience.

Inside Villon at the Proper Hotel in San Francisco. The spirits library is in back. (Courtesy photo)
Sonoma Distilling Co. founder and whiskey maker Adam Spiegel. (Courtesy photo)

Sonoma Distilling Co. offers tours, and pours of its craft whiskey

Sonoma County, home to some of California’s finest wineries, is beginning to establish itself as a leader in creating premium craft beer and spirits.

Sonoma Distilling Co. founder and whiskey maker Adam Spiegel. (Courtesy photo)
Ramey Wine Cellars. (Courtesy photo)

A new generation puts its stamp on Ramey Wine Cellars

Ramey Wine Cellars has established itself, over many years, as one of this country’s top wineries.

Ramey Wine Cellars. (Courtesy photo)
The Oak Farm Estate Vineyard Tasting Center in Lodi. (Courtesy)

Exploring the gateway to the Lodi wine region

Things are often initiated through a glass of wine.

The Oak Farm Estate Vineyard Tasting Center in Lodi. (Courtesy)
The Stone Terraces Vineyards (Courtesy Photo)

The 2017 vintage port wines mark consecutive years of excellence

Hot, dry growing season produced concentrated flavors

The Stone Terraces Vineyards (Courtesy Photo)
Distillery tanks at Hendrick’s Gin Palace (John Paul)

Hendrick’s unveils “Midsummer Solstice,” a limited-edition gin

To preview their new cocktail, created exclusively for the Napa Valley’s Bottlerock event later this month, Hendrick’s Gin has released “Midsummer Solstice.”

Distillery tanks at Hendrick’s Gin Palace (John Paul)
Peter Mondavi Jr. with a portrait of his father Peter Mondavi. (Courtesy photo)

Wine tasting with Peter Mondavi Jr.

Charles Krug Winery is not only the oldest winery in the Napa Valley, but opened the first public tasting room in 1882.

Peter Mondavi Jr. with a portrait of his father Peter Mondavi. (Courtesy photo)
The 2018 Inspire Napa Valley VIP Dinner at Abreu Vineyard (Courtesy photo)

Ways to immerse yourself in the wine experience this spring

We live near or among some of the world’s finest vineyards.

The 2018 Inspire Napa Valley VIP Dinner at Abreu Vineyard (Courtesy photo)
The Dolomites mountain range serve as a majestic backdrop for many of the vineyards in Trento. (Courtesy photo)

Looking beyond prosecco for Italian sparkling wine

We often mistakingly define all Italian sparkling wine as prosecco.

The Dolomites mountain range serve as a majestic backdrop for many of the vineyards in Trento. (Courtesy photo)
Downtown Paso Robles. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t overlook the Cabernet Sauvignon of Paso Robles

The Paso Robles wine region was built on zinfandel.

Downtown Paso Robles. (Courtesy photo)
Cartograph Wines map a path to your palate

Cartograph Wines map a path to your palate

Serena Lourie and Alan Baker led adventurous lives even before they became partners in Cartograph Wines in 2009.

Cartograph Wines map a path to your palate
Vineyards in the Pfalz region of Germany produce notable rosés of pinot noir.

Rose is breaking out of its stereotypes

While it is now something we enjoy year-round, good rosé is still…

Vineyards in the Pfalz region of Germany produce notable rosés of pinot noir.
San Francisco’s Taste of the Nation will be Thursday, March 28, from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Regency Ballroom. (Dustin Downing/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chefs and sommeliers join forces to end childhood hunger

An estimated one in six children in America lives with hunger, including more than one in five kids in California.

San Francisco’s Taste of the Nation will be Thursday, March 28, from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Regency Ballroom. (Dustin Downing/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Limerick Lane Cellars south of Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)

The Limerick Lane Cellars story is one of stewardship

Jake Bilbro is only the third owner in Limerick Lane Cellars’ 106-year…

Limerick Lane Cellars south of Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)
Foodies discovered the Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe long before it was featured in the film, “Sideways” and now it has plenty of culinary company in the wine country village of Los Olivos. (Courtesy photo)

Los Olivos offers rustic allure as a wine country getaway

Years ago, we discovered the charm of Los Olivos when it was…

Foodies discovered the Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe long before it was featured in the film, “Sideways” and now it has plenty of culinary company in the wine country village of Los Olivos. (Courtesy photo)
Winemaker Clement Marchand whose family has been making wine at their village in the Pouilly Fume’ region of France since 1650. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sauvignon blanc no longer a second-choice white wine

Sauvignon blanc, a varietal with roots in both the Loire Valley and…

Winemaker Clement Marchand whose family has been making wine at their village in the Pouilly Fume’ region of France since 1650. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)