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Duende (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Paul Canales cooked at Oakland’s Italian mecca Oliveto for 15 years before leaving to put together a place of his own. The result, Duende, found a home in a cavernous, rough-hewn space in Oakland’s burgeoning Uptown neighborhood. Here, he focuses his attention on Spanish...Read Full Story

A16 Rockridge (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Like its sister restaurant back in San Francisco, the new A16 outpost in Oakland’s ever-trendier Rockridge neighborhood is all about Southern Italian wines, from the powerful, savory aglianicos of Campania and Basilicata to the mineral whites of Italy’s western coast. Only here, the focus is...Read Full Story

Aquitaine (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Aquitaine is exactly the kind of place the Financial District needed: well-executed French bistro food at reasonable prices alongside a wine program that, rather than being all things to all people, has real focus. In this case, that focus is, well, Aquitaine—which runs from Bordeaux all...Read Full Story

1601 Bar & Kitchen (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Before opening this trim 50-seat spot in SOMA, Brian Fernando spent a decade working at San Jose’s Le Papillon, eventually becoming chef de cuisine at that precise, high-concept restaurant. Here, the food is much more personal: He focuses on the Sri Lankan flavors he grew up...Read Full Story

Calera 2010 Mt. Harlan Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Vintage Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Is it winemaker Josh Jensen's use of whole-cluster fermentation that gives this wine its resinous, brushy aromas, or is it the ambient flora of the surrounding Gavilan Range? When an evocation of a place is so vivid, it hardly matters. The wine smells beautiful, like a hike through California...Read Full Story

Cabernet, Interrupted: Sketches of Yountville (News & Features)

Decades ago, Hoxsey's Napa Valley Wine Company did plant vines on the hill, in some cases jackhammering holes in the rock and importing soil to get them started. They ended up producing less than a ton per acre. Of gewürztraminer. He pulled the vines out. But while...Read Full Story

Saison (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Saison co-owners Joshua Skenes (chef) and Mark Bright (wine director) have a lot more elbow room now that they've moved from Folsom Street into the former California Electric Light Company building near the ballpark. Built in 1888, the structure is a red brick survivor of the 1906 quake. During the move,...Read Full Story

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