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Winemaker Drew Nenow says he believes in exposing “the truth of the fruit.” (Courtesy photo)

Drew Nenow’s wines honor family and Paso Robles terroir

Vintner produces high-quality Rhone blends and varietals

Winemaker Drew Nenow says he believes in exposing “the truth of the fruit.” (Courtesy photo)
If you pet is destroying objects, offer him a long-lasting chew toy or food dispensing toy. (Courtesy SPCA)

Preventing separation anxiety after shelter-in-place

Training will help keep your pet mentally stimulated

If you pet is destroying objects, offer him a long-lasting chew toy or food dispensing toy. (Courtesy SPCA)
Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)

Stormy weather tests skiers’ mettle on Dardanelle traverse

Overcoming challenges makes outings more rewarding

Skier Andy Padlo crosses a frozen Spicer Reservoir. (Courtesy photo)
Some people have viewed less-crowded roads during the pandemic as an invitation to speed. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Reckless driving has increased since pandemic

With fewer cars on the road, speeding still can be deadly

Some people have viewed less-crowded roads during the pandemic as an invitation to speed. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Philosopher and Nobel Prize-winner Bertrand Russell was a fan of Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 15, 2021

Taurus, discover many things by looking beyond what’s right before your eyes

Philosopher and Nobel Prize-winner Bertrand Russell was a fan of Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. (Shutterstock)
“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>

A Passover journey toward something different

It was nice to see my family, and I look forward to reconnecting with friends

“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
Students returning to classrooms on April 12 should be prepared for open windows and a socially distanced setup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Five things to know about getting back to in-person learning

Timely tips for SFUSD students returning to classrooms

  • Apr 9, 2021
Students returning to classrooms on April 12 should be prepared for open windows and a socially distanced setup. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Distance learning has been difficult for some students during the 2020-21 school year. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

What are parents’ rights regarding children’s education during COVID?

State laws offer little detailed guidance for unprecedented times

Distance learning has been difficult for some students during the 2020-21 school year. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Focusing on flames has been a form of meditation since prehistoric times. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 8, 2021

Leo, use your talent of harnessing the power of fire to serve you

Focusing on flames has been a form of meditation since prehistoric times. (Shutterstock)
Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)

New beginnings for SFUSD students

Youngsters returning to classrooms and those continuing distance learning can reach full potential

Students returning to San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are invited to get online updates with guidelines. (SFUSD screenshot)
California is producing appealing white wines of lesser-known varietals. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Opening up to California alternative white wines

Market offers more than chardonnay

California is producing appealing white wines of lesser-known varietals. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Demonstrators have rallied In light of recent increased reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the Bay Area. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file photo)

What to do about hate crimes increasing in the Bay Area

By Christopher Dolan and Mari Bandoma Callado This week’s question from Lin…

Demonstrators have rallied In light of recent increased reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the Bay Area. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Ironic English singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Morrissey (pictured in Spain in 2014) has said, “It’s so old-fashioned to work.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of April 1, 2021

A few fun thoughts for April Fools’ Day

Ironic English singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Morrissey (pictured in Spain in 2014) has said, “It’s so old-fashioned to work.” (Shutterstock)
Saul Sugarman is pictured with his students in Yongzhou, China, circa 2007. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)

Stop Asian hate

Reach out to an Asian friend, or make one

Saul Sugarman is pictured with his students in Yongzhou, China, circa 2007. (Courtesy Saul Sugarman)
Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kicking pandemic pounds to the curb at Cal-A-Vie Health Spa

A visit to the SoCal retreat is the perfect antidote to COVID-related stress

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa’s meticulously manicured grounds alongside Provençal-style buildings and a duck pond inspire calm. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Electric bikes have a battery-powered motor that enables riders to travel at speeds that are significantly higher than that of standard bicycles.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Have fun and stay safe on an electric bike

With increased speed comes increased danger of severe injury

Electric bikes have a battery-powered motor that enables riders to travel at speeds that are significantly higher than that of standard bicycles.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are pictured the popular “Game of Thrones,” which was censored in China. (Courtesy HBO)

Free Will Astrology for the week of March 25, 2021

Capricorn, do take into account all developments in your own personal drama

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are pictured the popular “Game of Thrones,” which was censored in China. (Courtesy HBO)
San Francisco public school elementary science and tech classes are focusing on pioneering women, including astronaut Mae C. Jemison, pictured in 2018 at the National Geographic premiere of the documentary “One Strange Rock” in New York. (Shutterstock)

Women’s History Month in spotlight in SFUSD programming

Around the world, millions of people celebrate Women’s History Month in March.…

San Francisco public school elementary science and tech classes are focusing on pioneering women, including astronaut Mae C. Jemison, pictured in 2018 at the National Geographic premiere of the documentary “One Strange Rock” in New York. (Shutterstock)
A bottle of 2015 Center of Effort Chardonnay is pictured with samples from aging vessels.<ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Insight into aging techniques of California chardonnay

Unique processes produce complex, rich wines

A bottle of 2015 Center of Effort Chardonnay is pictured with samples from aging vessels.<ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Biochemist Erwin Chargaff, whose research led to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure, said, “A person who does not oscillate cannot live,” providing sound advice for Libra. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of March 18, 2021

Libra, take into account the thought that correct answers often are paradoxical and nuanced

Biochemist Erwin Chargaff, whose research led to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure, said, “A person who does not oscillate cannot live,” providing sound advice for Libra. (Shutterstock)