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Deeper Shades of Pink (News & Features)

In the past decade, Provence ushered in a rosé boom lit by a pale pink. Sales of the southern French pink claimed nearly 30 percent of all retail rosé sales by volume (and 43 percent by value) in the US in 2016. Whether wine drinkers are choosing based on taste or reputation,...Read Full Story

At Home & At Work in Wine Country (News & Features)

The recent fires on California’s North Coast have shone a light on a growing problem for the wine industry: a shortage of affordable housing.{image_1}In 2015, Karissa Kruse, who serves as president of the Sonoma County Wine Growers, set out to revamp the group’s mission, focusing on...Read Full Story

The Rise of Chardonnay in Central Willamette Valley (News & Features)

Elaine Chukan Brown traces the ascent of chardonnay in the once-remote hills of central Willamette, now competing with pinot noir for prime vineyard land.Bergström had already been producing highly regarded chardonnay with finesse and energizing minerality from the northern Willamette. In fact, the variety was...Read Full Story

Bergamot Alley (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

With its focus on European wines, Healdsburg’s Bergamot Alley has become a magnet for local winemakers who like to drink outside the Sonoma box. Grab a stool at the wooden bar and order a glass of Moncuit Champagne with a grilled cheese sandwich. The wine list...Read Full Story

Cadet (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Colleen Fleming and Aubrey Bailey’s downtown Napa wine bar has become a winemaker hangout, thanks to a by-the-glass list that mixes old-school California wines (Ridge Cabernet), wine-geek specialties (Olga Raffault Chinon) and easygoing quaffables (Txakoli rosé). For food, there’s prosciutto and other charcuterie sliced to order, along...Read Full Story

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Redwoods & Isolated Ridges (News & Features)

{image_1}The west Sonoma coast fascinates me partially because of the unique growing conditions of every site. From the steep, redwood-dense slopes of the north, mere meters away from the Mendocino border, to the exposed high-elevation peaks of Fort Ross–Seaview, all the way south to the fog-dripped slopes...Read Full Story

Shift Kitchen & Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

After stints at Frasca in Colorado and Ubuntu in California, husband-and-wife team Dara and Joe Rodgers set out to redefine mountain-town cuisine at Shift. In a spare, airy space in a historic building in...Read Full Story

Pizzicletta (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In a quirky, cozy space squeezed into the point of an odd-angled intersection, Caleb Schiff has gained a cult following for his pizzas. He starts with a wild-yeast dough that ferments for three days before he rolls it out, then tops it with house-made mozzarella or burrata and a...Read Full Story

Root Public House (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Longtime local restaurant talents chef Dave Smith and bartender Jeremy Meyer have transformed what was a longtime dive bar south of the tracks into a destination for food and drink. Go early and head to the rooftop to enjoy a cocktail while watching one of Arizona’s big sky...Read Full Story

Coppa Cafe (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Brian Konefal and Paola Fioravanti helped spark Flagstaff’s modern food scene when they opened Coppa in 2012, converting a nondescript stripmall space into a little piece of Europe. Konefal, who met his future wife and restaurant partner at...Read Full Story

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