Food and Wine

Looking beyond prosecco for Italian sparkling wine

We often mistakingly define all Italian sparkling wine as prosecco.

 

Don’t overlook the Cabernet Sauvignon of Paso Robles

The Paso Robles wine region was built on zinfandel.

 

A few words about bar etiquette

For many, bars are sacred spaces. People go to them to make memories, and to forget.

 

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.

Rose is breaking out of its stereotypes

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

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.

The Limerick Lane Cellars story is one of stewardship

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

Sauvignon blanc no longer a second-choice white wine

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

Paso Robles vintner sets out to prove the white wine skeptics wrong

Experimentation is a distinctive characteristic of winemakers who began, as hobbyists, making…

San Francisco Mission’s popular Bissap Baobab to close

Just two years after purchasing the Mission District building that houses the…

More wine drinkers are opting to skip stores for direct shipping

Recently, for a friend’s birthday gift, I phoned a local Sonoma County…

Clos du Val winery continues to make history

It is the perfect scenario for a Hollywood movie. A dream come…

Vineyards adjust to climate change and the news is not all bad for wine drinkers

With everything that surrounds the mystique of wine, it is, essentially, an…

Tasty tapas in secret Pawn Shop on Mission

Entry into The Pawn Shop at Mission and Sixth streets in The…

The storied history, and elegant wines, of Larkmead

All wineries have a story, but few match that of Larkmead, located…

Wine that favors nuance over sheer power

Sometimes the availability of special fruit can lure winemakers out of their…

Selling the best of the West wines —along with the cheese

Chris Wanner, who owns West Coast Wine and Cheese with his wife…

Finding pleasure in pinot noir for its versatility and compatibility

Now that winter is upon us, an assessment of my small wine…

An Italian red tops Wine Spectator’s list of best wines of 2018

Wine Spectator is releasing its annual “Top 100” wines list. Some critics…

‘Tables’ tells tales of SF’s historic eateries

“I was always a big fan of Anthony Bourdain’s storytelling,” says Denise…