When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
By Brad Japhe
on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Thirty years is a long time. More than a third of a lifetime. Thirty years ago, you could purchase any number of sizable properties in the SoMa for well under six figures. It was around that same time that Julianne Laks started making wine at Cakebread Cellars. This past autumn marked her 30th harvest with the winery. Throughout those years, she has helped grow the brand into one of the most recognized names in Napa Valley. Here are a few of her reflections upon three decades on the job.
Finally, locals may have a reason to venture into that wild, tourist-infested block of real estate known as Ghirardelli Square: good wine. San Francisco-based winery, Bluxome Street Winery, will open an outpost in one of the city's prime tourist destinations, meaning your visit with your relatives from Omaha should be a little more pleasant from now on.
Summer Squash Salad and Viognier Watching The Cable Cars
Union Larder is exactly what wine bar proprietors mean when they come back from Paris or Rome and wax poetic about how they just fell in love with the wine bars there. They always seek to bring back that European formula because our bars are just…what is it? Boring? Impersonal? Lackluster food? BevMo quality wine?
By Mary Ladd
on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Some lazy afternoons revolve around chilled sips of rosé. On the other 300-plus days of the year, when Karl the Fog is in full effect, it’s more comfy to wear long sleeves and opt for exploratory, medium-bodied sips that are definitely best at room temp. Enter Pinot Noir. On Aug. 26, over 60 producers from Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley have a Pinot in the Cityparty at the Golden Gate Club — a compelling reason to head out, taste, and explore.
Smoked Trout Dip and Some Vino Fun at Tofino Wines
A rosé can be tremendously swell with domestic and international expressions every bit as riveting as exalted whites and reds. It can also be, well, the summertime shandy of wine. Beaujolais, by contrast, needs more explanation. A tremendously accomplished region of Southern Burgundy focusing on the Gamay grape, it is not in fact 100 percent Beaujolais Nouveau. Thank goodness. And thank goodness we're given the new Tofino Wines Laurel Heights for making believers in rosé from Beaujolais.
By Mary Ladd
on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Harvested from local spots, olive oil on salmon, bread, veggies, and cheese rocks the farm-to-table vibe we know so well (to say nothing of its use on human skin to ensure youth and vitality). With the recent March passing of innovator Nan McEvoy, I’ve been pondering her gifts to eaters near and far. McEvoy was a food world pioneer for planting olive trees in Marin County in the 1980s, when she was in her sixth decade. She launched Northern California’s extra virgin organic olive oil scene, and the estate grown, Tuscan-influenced McEvoy olive oils still rack up awards nationally and on in the international marketplace.
Everybody loves a good street party, and seeing as they’ve got an event space inside their urban winery, the vintners at Bluxome Street Winery are no exception. Because their little corner of Soma is a less-than-heavily trafficked alley, it only makes sense that the Bluxome team could shut it down and turn it out.
By Alix Wall
on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM
That a new winery opened in Berkeley isn’t so newsworthy these days; many winemakers are discovering they can make just as good wine in an urban setting, even if they have no views of vineyards to wake up to every morning. But when Covenant Wines opened its doors a few months ago on Sixth Street, it definitely brought something new: the only kosher winery in the immediate area (Hagafen, in Napa Valley, has been around for over three decades).
And now, to complement it, is a new cookbook, The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table (Schocken).
The Cambria-based brewery will need to change its name.
Earlier this week, you may recall that Lagunitas filed a lawsuit against Sierra-Nevada ostensibly for copyright infringement on the kerned letters "IPA" on a label. A day later, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee announced that the brewery was dropping the suit.
But boozemakers seem mighty litigious these days. Now Kendall-Jackson winery has sent a cease and desist to owners of the small Cambria Beer Company on the North Coast for having the gall to name their brewery after the town where they live — a name that the winemaking giant has trademarked.