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Ridgetop Reserve (News & Features)

Back when that 1996 was made, she was still a teenager. And while the Hirsch Vineyard is now one of California’s most highly regarded pinot noir sites, it didn’t have much of a track record in the mid-1990s. Kendall-Jackson bought the fruit for a while, and the...Read Full Story

The New (Old) Gateway Syrah (News & Features)

When trying to explain why so many sommeliers adore syrah while so many casual wine drinkers remain gun-shy, many in the trade talk about its muddled identity—savory, trim and Old World, or bombastic critter wines and their ilk—and how it confused many wine drinkers. These days, wines...Read Full Story

Tawla (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

First, ask for two orders of flatbread. Soft, warm and yeasty-rich, with a crisp wheat-bran crust on the bottom, the loaves will disappear alongside an order of the rich, tangy fava-based ful medames. Ful is a transnational dish, a spread prepared in various ways from Lebanon to...Read Full Story

The Barrel Room (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sarah Trubnick was studying laser physics before she got into wine; maybe it’s her scientific training that allows her to keep track of the ever-shifting wine program at The Barrel Room, where the food and wine theme changes quarterly....Read Full Story

Rich Table (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Some of Sara and Evan Rich’s dishes—like the porcini-dusted donuts and the sardine chips—have already taken on an iconic status in San Francisco, and the wine list, once a mere 40 bottles deep, has grown significantly under current wine director Dominique Henderson. She offers something for everyone,...Read Full Story

Union Larder (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Run by Jay Esopenko and Melissa Gugni, who also own the Little Vine wine shop in North Beach, Union Larder is where the cool kids hang out after work, thanks to an abundance of cheeses (around 60), over a dozen selections...Read Full Story

Ridge 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Review)

Ridge's Estate cabernet is usually a bit chunkier and broader than the Monte Bello blend, rarely as pure and elegant. If that's the case in 2013, the Monte Bello is going to be a wine for the ages, because the Estate cabernet is stellar. It catches the savory nuances of...Read Full Story

Skinner 2014 El Dorado Estate Grown Mourvedre (Wine Review)

Winemaker Chris Pittenger is making a powerful case that mourvedre is destined to produce some of California’s greatest red wines. This comes from a small hillside planting at the Skinner family’s estate near Fair Play, where the soil is based on sandy, crumbly decomposed granite. It’s...Read Full Story

Red Car Sonoma Coast Hagan Vineyard Chardonnay (Wine Review)

While many California chardonnays bring butter to mind, this one instead suggests the floral richness of fresh milk from a cow browsing in a mountain meadow. It’s the third vintage Carroll Kemp has made from a young vineyard planted to the Old Wente selection on the coastal end...Read Full Story

Radio Coteau 2014 Sonoma Coast Terra Neuma Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

If you're familiar with the wild, woodsy scent of Sonoma Coast syrah, check out this pinot noir. There's a rawness to it that's irresistibly compelling—piney, almost abrasive tannins, a feral scent of tanned leather and a more lifted violet scent. The fruit comes from a biodynamically farmed site...Read Full Story

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