The East Bay is the Rodney Dangerfield of the San Francisco Bay Area; it gets no respect from people in San Francisco, the people of the Peninsula, the people of the South Bay, and even people who live in the East Bay. Of course that doesn't mean it doesn't have something to bring to the table. In f ... More >>
Harvest time in wine country is quickly approaching and it's time to start making plans to head up north to "help" -- drink wine -- with this year's harvest. While you may be thinking about Napa Valley with its sleek tasting rooms and celebrity chefs, unassuming and rustic Sonoma has just as much to ... More >>
There are thousands of wines vying for your attention. Napa Valley Vintners, the trade organization that promotes and protects the Napa Valley name and runs the preeminent Auction Napa Valley, boasts 431 members alone--and those are just the Napa-based wine brands that chose to join and pay dues. So ... More >>
Each wine region of France is home to a variety of grape used in wines bearing that region's name. From Vouvray comes chenin blanc. If you're a dessert wine-enthusiast, you probably know that chenin makes for exceptionally sweet wines, including Quarts des Charmes from the Loire, which are among the ... More >>
Sometimes you have to go a long way to find a local wine. For this week's wine(s), we turned to Canada. Actually, Canada came to us in the form of our friend Dups, and his iPhone image of a Waterstone Cabernet. He asked if we knew it. We didn't . He liked it, we tried it, and now here we are. Wa ... More >>
Hey, want to go to Slow Food's Golden Glass event? SFoodie has two tickets to award to the person who writes the best one-line description of a wine, real or imagined, in the comments section below. If you like Italian wines, you'll like the Golden Glass wine and food event, and we may even be ... More >>
There's no schadenfreude required in benefiting from the miscalculations of others, or the changing realities of the market, including the wine market. As wine brands and production in California, and worldwide, have exploded, the amount of excess wine at all levels has boomed, too. San Francisco-ba ... More >>
Since Crushpad left San Francisco last year for Wine Country, folks wanting to make their own wine in town have had to go it alone -- which, in most cases, meant not making wine. And ripe smells in the Dogpatch neighborhood unfortunately haven't been coming from fermenting grapes. But now, t ... More >>
This will be you at Taste of Mendocino.Taste of Mendocino Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center When: Mon., June 13, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $35 in advance, $45 onsite, enter discount code of "alice" or "KGO" to save $14.75 on online admission fee. The rundown: Experience the "Mendo vibe" ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBecause this will make you hungry. Outside Lands has always made an effort to bring in highlights of the local food and wine scene to festival goers. Every year the offerings get a little bigger, and this year's festival is no different. For its return to a three-day forma ... More >>
There are perfect wines for many special occasions, but what about wines for not-so-special occasions? I like a well-prepared three-course meal at Boulevard or an evening with friends from out of town as much as the next person, but I also like participating in the great American tradition of doi ... More >>
This week, SFoodie launches "Don't Sound Like a Tool," a series of audio pronunciation guides to sort-of-common-but-not-obvious words we keep encountering on wine lists and menus. No more shame, no more pointing, no more taking on the accent of a language you don't speak (though we're relieved ou ... More >>
BottlenotesScenes from 2009.Custom crush facility Crushpad announced a few weeks ago that it's moving up to Napa next month, scoring a spot on the Silverado Trail (a disappointing move for supporters of urban winemaking, but one that may up the facility's romance factor for budding Helen Turleys) ... More >>
Crushpad (2573 Third St. at 22nd Street) is opening its doors next Thursday for its second annual San Francisco Wine Association Holiday Showcase. You'll be able to explore the wines of 20 boutique makers, and -- if you've never been -- see for yourself Crushpad's facilities, the city's locus ... More >>
CrushpadNeighborhood get-together: Sorting grapes at Crushpad.Interested in making your own vintage while meeting other wine enthusiasts who might be living right down the street? Last year, S.F. DIY winery Crushpad organized five groups in neighborhood winemaking projects, using Crushpad's ... More >>
human companion/FlickrIf you've never had the pleasure of drinking with a crew from Australia or New Zealand, Saturday might be the perfect time. Australian outpost South Food Wine Bar (330 Townsend #101 at Fourth St.) is hosting a Nautilus wine lunch with Kiwi winemaker Clive Jones, one of ... More >>
Crushpad/FlickrGet ready for total wine immersion.Ready, set, swirl: Two events this weekend are sure to have local winos crushin'. Crushpad (2573 Third St. at 22nd St.) is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 20, 2-6 p.m. Crushpad's Dogpatch warehouse space has become something of a meeting pla ... More >>
e.t via FlickrThe winning "lifestyle correspondent" will spend six months touting Murphy-GoodeCalling all Twitter addicts with a thing for wine: A Sonoma County winemaker wants to pay you a boatload of money simply to hang out, sip Zinfandel, and send tweets. Seriously. Okay, so it calls for a bit ... More >>
Monday, May 11, 2009 Let's do lunch: Caviar? Don't worry -- Tsar Nicoulai's sustainably farmed California caviar is the opposite of cocked-pinky fey. Bury your face in the Parisian sandwich, topped with tuna paillard and American golden whitefish caviar. Tsar Nicoulai Caviar Cafe (1 Ferry Building ... More >>
Monday's 100 Cabernets for $50 = 50 cents each (if you can taste that many).
Despite the lightness of the wine, it stood up well to spicy jambalaya.
Dude, don't blame the grape!
This tastes a bit like a rustic old-school Rioja.
The Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting is this week's hot ticket.
Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day ... maybe some Ch. McCarthy?
"Champagne" is usually a bad sign on a bottle of California sparkling wine, anyway.
Bécarre is the French word for the natural sign (♮) in musical notation.
We read "Grape," the Chron's "serial saga," so you don't have to and uncover the world champion of pizza acrobatics