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Three Sommelier Decades (News & Features)

{image_1} {image_2} 1990: Wine & Spirits publishes the first Annual Restaurant Poll, reporting that chardonnay makes up 44 percent of the most popular wines in restaurants across the US. {image_3} 1992: 60 Minutes reports on the French Paradox in November 1991. “Now people are drinking a glass of red wine at...Read Full Story

USA’s Best Sommelier Competes for International Title (News & Features)

{image_1}In February, Dustin Chabert, a sommelier at Spiaggia in Chicago and the market manager for DNS Wines, won the title “Best USA Sommelier” from the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI<...Read Full Story

Sonoma Wine Country Begins Fundraising for Flood Victims (News & Features)

{image_1}The rain that rocked much of Sonoma last week caused an estimated $155 million in damages. The Russian River rose 34 feet over two days, swelling to more than 44 feet by Wednesday, February 27—some 12 feet above flood stage. While many wineries escaped unscathed, not all were so lucky. Water rose...Read Full Story

The Riddler (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Riddler wins San Francisco’s bubbly battle by sheer, happy hedonism. The popcorn is free and the Tater-Tot waffles, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, are legendary; the drinks run from a Chambong (yes, that’s a bong of Champagne) to grande...Read Full Story

À Côté (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Come for the wine list, one of the wildest, most unusual lists in the US; stay for the Mediterranean-accented food. Longtime sommelier Jeff Berlin dives deep into the wines of Eastern and Central Europe as well as Greece and Southern Italy, and splashes in some savvy, under-heralded...Read Full Story

Kin Khao (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bangkok-born Pim Techamuanvivit puts out sophisticated dishes in her sleek downtown Thai spot. Château Simone is the rosé of choice on the short, well-curated list, where the rieslings include lesser-seen gems like Haidle and Dreissigacker. Must Eat: Spicy grilled squid and riesling

The Girl & The Fig (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sondra Bernstein presents Sonoma’s best produce, cheese and meats with south-of-France flair at this posh dining room off Sonoma’s main square. She’s also gathered an exceptional collection of Rhône-variety wines, from Condrieu to California, including rare bottlings from wineries such as Paul Lato, Ledge Vineyards,...Read Full Story

Dyafa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Arabic food with a full wine and cocktail list? Yes, please. Reem Assil opened this colorful space earlier this year, in collaboration with Daniel Patterson, in Jack London Square. The drinks are as vibrant as the food, laced with Middle Eastern spice or scented with anise and orange blossom;...Read Full Story

Ippuku (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“It’s like an escape from the Bay Area,” says Shannon Tucker at Foreign Cinema of this tiny Berkeley izakaya. The yakitori go far beyond chicken tenders here: you can get hearts, gizzards and cartilage on a stick. Forget wine: Sake and sochu are the focus, or,...Read Full Story

Heirloom Café (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Owner Matt Strauss based the wine list on his own collection, including back vintages of Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet and Hanzell pinot noirs from the 1970s and ’80s. The food is simple and unpretentious, served in a setting that looks like the dining room of a...Read Full Story

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