Food and Wine

Higher temperatures have actually benefitted growers of riesling grapes in Germany. Winemakers in the U.S. may not be so lucky. (Courtesy photo)

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…

Higher temperatures have actually benefitted growers of riesling grapes in Germany. Winemakers in the U.S. may not be so lucky. (Courtesy photo)
Clockwise, from top right, Patatas Bravas, Bomba, Pinchos de Ternera, Montado de Setas and Esalada de Escarole are on the menu at The Pawn Shop, a new South of Market tapas spot. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

Tasty tapas in secret Pawn Shop on Mission

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

Clockwise, from top right, Patatas Bravas, Bomba, Pinchos de Ternera, Montado de Setas and Esalada de Escarole are on the menu at The Pawn Shop, a new South of Market tapas spot. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
Lillie Coit, of Coit Tower fame, once lived at Larkmead, a winery with a colorful history. (Courtesy photo)

The storied history, and elegant wines, of Larkmead

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

Lillie Coit, of Coit Tower fame, once lived at Larkmead, a winery with a colorful history. (Courtesy photo)
Lioco co-owners Matt and Sara Licklider (right) sharing wine with friends. (Courtesy photo)

Wine that favors nuance over sheer power

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

Lioco co-owners Matt and Sara Licklider (right) sharing wine with friends. (Courtesy photo)
Lindsey and Chris Wanner, owners of West Coast Wine and Cheese in Cow Hollow and Mill Valley. (Courtesy photo)

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

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

Lindsey and Chris Wanner, owners of West Coast Wine and Cheese in Cow Hollow and Mill Valley. (Courtesy photo)
Known as the world’s southernmost wine growing region and New Zealand’s most scenic, Central Otago has emerged onto the global stage for its production of pinot noir. (Courtesy photo)

Finding pleasure in pinot noir for its versatility and compatibility

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

Known as the world’s southernmost wine growing region and New Zealand’s most scenic, Central Otago has emerged onto the global stage for its production of pinot noir. (Courtesy photo)
The grenache-dominant Le Vieux Donjon from Chateaunef-du-Pape in the

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…

The grenache-dominant Le Vieux Donjon from Chateaunef-du-Pape in the
‘Tables’ tells tales of SF’s historic eateries

‘Tables’ tells tales of SF’s historic eateries

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

‘Tables’ tells tales of SF’s historic eateries
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré’s 2007 pencil and ink “Untitled (Les merveilles du monde)” is among the works in “Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa” opening in September at Ever Gold [Projects]. (Courtesy Ever Gold [Projects])

Expanded gallery, dining, cocktail options in The City

Ever Gold [Projects], a gallery at 1275 Minnesota St., is on summer…

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré’s 2007 pencil and ink “Untitled (Les merveilles du monde)” is among the works in “Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa” opening in September at Ever Gold [Projects]. (Courtesy Ever Gold [Projects])
New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, a pilot program of the Community Music Center, invites singers who are transgender, intersex and genderqueer. (Courtesy photo)

New Voices choir invites transgender singers

There’s a new community choir in The City — specifically for singers…

New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, a pilot program of the Community Music Center, invites singers who are transgender, intersex and genderqueer. (Courtesy photo)
Ian Ross recently completed a mural on a building at 18th Street and Potrero Avenue. (Courtesy Elysian)

Making mischief with art and beverages

San Francisco artist Ian Ross has been busy making mischief at the…

Ian Ross recently completed a mural on a building at 18th Street and Potrero Avenue. (Courtesy Elysian)
In honor of National Ice Cream Day and its 65th birthday, Mitchell's Ice Cream is offering specials on July 15. (Courtesy photo)

Iconic Mitchell’s Ice Cream turns 65

Linda Mitchell gets a little choked up upon thinking about her family’s…

In honor of National Ice Cream Day and its 65th birthday, Mitchell's Ice Cream is offering specials on July 15. (Courtesy photo)
Winfield Vineyard supplies cabernet sauvignon stock for The Grade Cellars.  (Courtesy photo)

Fine wine from The Grade

In his 1883 memoir “The Silverado Squatters,” Robert Louis Stevenson describes traveling…

Winfield Vineyard supplies cabernet sauvignon stock for The Grade Cellars.  (Courtesy photo)
Chef Adrian Barrow, right, laughs with volunteers and fellow employees in the Project Open Hand kitchen.  (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Project Open Hand chef serves healthy meals by the thousands

Every year, executive chef Adrian Barrow looks forward to Project Open Hand’s…

Chef Adrian Barrow, right, laughs with volunteers and fellow employees in the Project Open Hand kitchen.  (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Bees and honey are in the spotlight at San Francisco's Clift. (S.F. Examiner Staff_

Clift shows off bees, honey-themed menu

San Francisco's Clift hotel, home to bees on its roof, introduced a…

Bees and honey are in the spotlight at San Francisco's Clift. (S.F. Examiner Staff_
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Don’t miss out on fried chicken and bubbly at Maybeck’s

For classic American fare made with care and thought — and with…

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Author Kimberley Lovato insists that readers won't find the information in her new book “Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco” on Yelp or in any  other guidebook.

‘Unique Eats’ tells stories behind SF dining spots

The main point that food and travel writer Kimberley Lovato makes about…

Author Kimberley Lovato insists that readers won't find the information in her new book “Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco” on Yelp or in any  other guidebook.
Ocean trout and daikon with trout roe and yuzu. (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The only Michelin-starred restaurant in the East Bay belongs at the top of the heap for its versatility alone

Nothing reveals the Michelin guide’s metropolitan bias quite like the fact that…

Ocean trout and daikon with trout roe and yuzu. (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)
An inmate cook displays two trays of beans, cheese sauce, taco shells and soy-based taco meat at San Francisco County Jail No. 5 in San Bruno. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Review: Taco night at SF County Jail No. 5

The dinner (served around 3 p.m.) on the menu for roughly 500…

An inmate cook displays two trays of beans, cheese sauce, taco shells and soy-based taco meat at San Francisco County Jail No. 5 in San Bruno. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
At 28 seats, Sons & Daughters is a small operation, but its the small gestures that keep the Nob Hill restaurant humble. (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Seven years in, Sons & Daughters remains

I think — I hope — we’re emerging from the anti-carb backlash.…

At 28 seats, Sons & Daughters is a small operation, but its the small gestures that keep the Nob Hill restaurant humble. (Peter Lawrence Kane/Special to S.F. Examiner)