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Alameda Cheese and Goods Purveyors Give Picnic-Packing Tips

Cheese, wine, bread, snacks, and the just-right containers for a picnic.
March 05, 2014

Build, East Bay Spice Company, Italian Colors, and Others Add Flowers to Food and Drink

You can and should eat the flowers making their way onto your dinner plate and into your highball glass.
March 05, 2014

The New Wine Highway

In the 1880s, famed plant breeder Luther Burbank realized he wouldn’t have room for his expanding laboratory of plant experiments at his gardens in Santa Rosa. So, he looked to Sebastopol, about seven miles to the west in Sonoma County.
November 04, 2013

Prospect 772’s Ron Pieretti

Long before the British alcoholic beverage company Diageo scooped up spirit, beer and wine labels across the globe, Rosenblum Cellars was just your spunky little Alameda winery making spunky little wines and offering opportunities to spunky young men like Ron Pieretti.
January 03, 2013

Impressed by Cahors

Cahors is in the beautiful Lot River Valley, home to stunning scenery, deep history, amazing gastronomic culture and noble red wines.
November 01, 2012

Flights of Five

In California, wine tasting was once a rural experience. Oenophiles would trek up to Napa or Sonoma, braving dusty roads in daylight to sample sips before 6 p.m. closings.
November 01, 2012

Fortified Wine

Sherry is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under-appreciated wines.
January 06, 2012

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine Country, Somewhere

When I look back to our travels over the years, I find that most of the time when Kathy and I wound up in wine country somewhere — it could be France, Italy, Argentina or Australia — we have come realize these places that grow grapes and make wine are not only special by themselves, but they also spawn a gastronomic counterpart that enhances the travel experience.
July 14, 2011

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine Country, Somewhere

When I look back to our travels over the years, I find that most of the time when Kathy and I wound up in wine country somewhere — it could be France, Italy, Argentina or Australia — we have come realize these places that grow grapes and make wine are not only special by themselves, but they also spawn a gastronomic counterpart that enhances the travel experience.
July 14, 2011

Wine

A Primer on the Wines of the Loire Valley
April 29, 2011