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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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From Security Guard to Wine Educator: Chatting with Dana Hunter

Six years ago, Dana Hunter was a full-time security guard in downtown Lodi, a city located in California's San Joaquin County, and perhaps still best known for the eponymously-titled song by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Hunter was 25 years old at the time and had never touched wine; he and his friends preferred beer....

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Top Five Brunch Spots in Santa Rosa

I’m a total sucker for brunch. Maybe it’s because I lived in San Francisco so long, where the brunch options are endless, or because I currently live in Santa Rosa, where the brunch game is on point… whatever the case, I feel obligated to share with you my top five brunch spots in Santa Rosa....

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