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Russian River Valley Part 3: Exploring Green Valley

The neighborhood of Green Valley is unique in that it is also an established sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley (RRV). Green Valley was granted appellation status in 1983 and has been a longtime home to many iconic wineries such Dutton-Goldfield and Iron Horse....

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5 Best Pizza Places in Napa

Ah, pizza. Sometimes nothing else will do. I could eat great pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not get bored. But, like most pizza lovers, I’m fussy about my pizzas. Similar to my stance with wine, I’d rather have nothing than have a bad one. A bit of a traditionalist, my preferences are: wood oven baked, thin, crispy crust, thin layer of top-notch tomato sauce, lots of gooey cheese and fresh, flavorsome toppings....

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Why The World’s Only Michelin-Starred Ramen Shop Chose to Open Its First Overseas Branch in Singapore

Why did the world’s only Michelin-Starred ramen shop choose to open its first overseas branch in Singapore? It all began with a Facebook message....

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Bird & The Bottle: A Local Favorite

Local powerhouse restaurateurs Mark and Terri Stark are at it again, this time with their most recent addition to their restaurant collection, Bird & The Bottle. Nestled in an old house in a relatively quiet neighborhood of Santa Rosa, in just a year's time Bird & The Bottle has become a local favorite....

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Felton Road: Interview with Blair Walter

What sets Felton Road's iconic Pinot Noirs apart? Lisa Perrotti-Brown visits Felton Road's Vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, speaking with winemaker Blair Walter about the Bannockburn site and biodynamics....

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A Thirst for Life: Chatting with Theo Lee

“You have my permission to record because California is a two-party consent state,” Theodora “Theo” Lee tells me, laughing, after I ask her if I may record our interview. I’m trailing her as we make our way into her modest Yorkville Highlands home where she’s come to care for her Petite Sirah vineyard this weekend....

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Plumpjack: Tasting Auction Napa Valley and Premier Napa Valley Wines

I loved the juxtaposition of this informal tasting of very exclusive wines—all of which were made solely for Auction Napa Valley (ANV) and Premier Napa Valley (PNV)—dating back to 1997. I was lucky to be in attendance among the dozen or so members from the winemaking teams of the three estates. Following this once in a lifetime tasting, a tasty and casual BBQ of local meats from Bud’s Custom Meats in Penngrove made for the perfect summer day....

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Five Awesome Coffee Roasters in Santa Rosa

In Northern California, it's easy to be a coffee snob, because the coffee here is just that good. We have so many local roasters that really producer top-notch beans. In Santa Rosa alone, I have a hard time deciding which coffee shop I want to go to sometimes, because the local roasters all compete at the same level. And then, expanding the boundary to neighboring cities, the options just become endless....

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Russian River Valley Part 4: Exploring Sebastopol Hills

Of course, the Russian River Valley (RRV) is a cool winegrowing climate, but the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood is cooler than most of the appellation’s neighborhoods. Located on the south/southwest side of Sebastopol, this area is influenced heavily by the winds and fog that blow from the Pacific Ocean up through the area known as the Petaluma Gap....

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