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Frozen Sangria Slushies Are the Ultimate Summer Treat

Deliciously cold summer treats come in many forms, from classic ice cream to snow cones and ice pops. Most adults don't outgrow the taste for something refreshing and sweet, but when the temperature...

The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual during Covid-19 stay at home orders

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

We are such over-achievers. " . . .During the first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from BACtrack,...

2011 Moscato

by shattoura 1 month ago

Hi All. I just found a case of 2011 Villa Alena Moscato d'Asti in my garage. Is it still good to drink? Thanks in advance!

May 5 Webinar: Behind the Wines with Elaine Chukan Brown | Ep. 5 – Hardy Wallace, Owner and Winemaker, Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Catch up with Hardy Wallace, owner and winemaker at Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery and Steve Edmunds, winemaker and owner of Edmunds St. John. Sponsored by the Wine Institute https://discovercali...

Chameleon Restaurant is open for take-out

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

My return to Portland in May has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. But the city scene is still on my mind and I paid attention when I received a link to the take-out menu from Chameleon Re...

Le Soleil Stay at Home Meals, San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Le Soleil has been closed but will reopen on Monday offering Stay at Home Meal combo sets to serve two for $55. Hai Nan chicken is another option, as well as beer and wine. Orders must be placed...

Cooking w/ Sherry Wine

by dickgrub 2 months ago

Had a dazzling chicken/mushroom/sherry dish at dinner party, which made me determined to master cooking w/ this wine. Where is the wisdom? Searching Amazon, I see only one book, and that only tan...

Good wine bottle opener

by VFish 6 months ago

Hello, we are now down to just my old waitress folding bottle opener as all others have broken. I'd like a good quality bottle opener, but would prefer something easier to store than one of those ...

Best Marsala wine to use for cooking?

by MasterBaker 13 years ago

Does anyone have any opinions on the best Marsala wine to use for cooking? Thanks.

Gov. Cuomo wants to expand alcohol sales at movie theaters...

by gutreactions 5 months ago

As part of his State of the State message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is proposing expanded alcohol sales at movie theaters. Sipping a craft brew or a glass of wine while watching a hit film sou...

Tips for a stuck cork

by concordcourtney 13 years ago

So last week I grabbed a bottle of inexpensive Gewürztraminer at the grocery store to go with a week night supper. It's a recent vintage, nothing fancy, in the usual Gewurzt style bottle. The rubbe...

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019! What are your thoughts??

by damiano 6 months ago

So, last Saturday while shopping I noticed the new 2019 Beaujolais Primeur being displayed for tasting. I drank half a glass, and immediately took a liking to it. Bought 6 bottles of this Jaffe...

Salvaje | Palo Alto

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Salvaje is a newish wine bar in Palo Alto specializing in "natural" wines. Anyone tried this spot? I was there in August with a friend. I did ask for advice on choosing one of the orange wines o...

Birthday Celebration at Royal Feast in Millbrae

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Whenever asked what to order in advance for a special occasion at Royal Feast in Millbrae, my standard answer is always going to be to put yourselves in Master Chef Zhongyi Liu's hands and let him ...

Urgent! Keeping wine in Staub dutch oven overnight

by kktantique 6 months ago

Hi, I intend to poach some pears in red wine using my Staub dutch oven and let them sit in the fridge for 24 hours. I'm wondering if its safe to keep the wine in the dutch oven for so long even if ...

2018 Firesteed Pinot Noir

tim irvine
by tim irvine 7 months ago

Yesterday I grabbed a bottle to go with a broiled loin lamb chop and some steamed asparagus. The pairing was excellent, but the big surprise was that this very young PN from a big production viney...

When/where did you first taste it?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

While having cocktails with friends at a local happy hour spot, we got into when we had our first taste of certain foods and beverage. Well, it was fun recalling our earliest culinary memories and ...

Tacos & Tapas, Fri 10/25, 6-9pm, El Pajaro CDC, Watsonville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Tacos & Tapas will celebrate 40 years of El Pajaro CDC helping local entrepreneurs reach their small business dreams. It takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Kitchen Incubator, 412 East Riverside Drive...

Where to buy Pagoda Shaoxing Cooking

by borisabrams 9 months ago

Hey all, I am looking to up my game with Shaoxing rice wine! I dont want to keep using the stuff with added salt - would rather use more soy sauce or Sichuan chili bean paste. I came across Pag...

“Wines of the French Alps”: Wink Lorch's new book

Jake Dear
by Jake Dear 9 months ago

Wink Lorch has just released her new book, the “Wines of the French Alps.” https://winetravelmedia.com/shop/ We have devoured it in anticipation of an upcoming trip to the Savoie. We find it ju...