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California Pinots at their Finest

Eric Asimov, the New York Times' wine writer, has a great article in this week's NYT dining section about the changing style of California Pinot Noir. Asimov declares that he favors a lighter, more subtle, food-friendly style of Pinot and I whole-heartedly concur. But while this style has long been out of favor in this state, it's starting to come back. He hits on a lot of my favorite producers (people we've featured previously in 7x7, I might add) like Au Bon Climat, Copain, Calera and Peay. All these wines are worth trying if you see them in a shop or on a wine list. None of these wines are hard to find.

The Eater Wrap: Bong Su Goes Down, East Bay Rises and the Phan Rumor Mill Churns

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including restaurant openings and closures, jucy rumors, toasty new designs and your usual Yelp idiocy.

GAMA-GO Takes the American Idol Stage

The folks behind GAMA-GO got quite a surprise when they tuned in for a recent airing of “American Idol.” Contestant Alex Wagner-Trugman took the stage donning one of the local apparel and accessories company’s limited edition Flock You t-shirts, which sports a silkscreened flock of frenzied birds across its front.

“A bunch of us here watch the show, and we were like, ‘Hey that looks like a GAMA-GO t-shirt.’ We didn’t actually know beforehand,” the label’s co-founder Chris Edmundson says.

Edmundson adds with a laugh:

Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven: A Few Moments of Zen

This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.

Beware the Brides of March

Only in San Francisco, kids, will you spot 100 or so disheveled brides roaming the streets surrounding Union Square, shopping for designer shoes, hailing cabs, sipping $10 cocktails and having themselves a grand ol' time.

If the above scenario seems at all appealing, then you should dig out your old wedding dress--or head to one of the many local thrift stores and procure a used number--and meet up with your white-clad peers this Saturday, March 14, for the 11th annual Brides of March event. The bigger (the dress, that is), the bolder, the tackier, the better. The only stipulation is it has to be a shade of white.

Paula Poundstone: Still Funny After All Those Beers

Comedien Paula Poundstone says her act has always been autobiographical. “When I was 19, I talked about busing tables and taking public transportation,” she has said. “Now I'm 42 and I'm a single mom and a felon and I talk about that.”

"Project Runway" Alum Sweet P to Show at Discarded to Divine Fashion Fundraiser

I just returned from judging entries for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “Discarded to Divine” fashion show fundraiser and went through 110 items in less than a couple hours. It’s a dizzying and fun experience taking in the array of women’s eveningwear, accessories, children’s wear and men’s wear ranging from on-trend and wearable to over-the-top Burning Man fabulous.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Salvatore Ferragamo, Robindira Unsworth, Josephine & Debudda

Beware the Ides of March? Not a chance. With spring in full effect, there’s no other place we’d rather be than out and about this weekend. Here are three stops on our list:

Vintage Jewelry: Sasha Maksutenco Does the Dirty Work for You

We love the thrill of the hunt as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want what you want when you want it. And this season, we want gorgeous, one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. Enter: Sasha Maksutenco, whose vintage finds are available on her new e-tail site sashamaksvintage.com and (in limited selection) at Russian Hill’s Anica boutique.

Score: Restoration Hardware Warehouse Sale this Weekend

Warehouse sales make us smile with our heart. Really, what's better than the ultimate find on something you know usually sells for two or three times the amount you paid? If you're of the same mind, then you'll love this: Restoration Hardware is having a big warehouse sale this Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 7PM. The bad news is it's in Tracy (eep!) and our guess is if you want the good stuff you've got to get there early. However, if you're of the true bargain-hunter spirit we're sure you've got it in you to make the trek. Address is 1830 N. MacArthur Drive (zip is 95376), off of the 205. For more information call (209) 830.0015.

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