Food and Wine

An ode to Stappi, Italy’s red bitter soda

I don’t know if my love affair with Stappi is because of the bitter edge to the sweet soda or because of its vibrant vermillion color and the super-cute little bottles.

Exploring the gateway to the Lodi wine region

Things are often initiated through a glass of wine.

The 2017 vintage port wines mark consecutive years of excellence

Hot, dry growing season produced concentrated flavors

Glenmorangie experiments with wild yeast in its scotch

Bill “Dr. Bill” Lumsden, director of whisky creation, distilling and whisky stocks at both Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, is a grand wizard.

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.”

Ways to immerse yourself in the wine experience this spring

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

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…