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Holiday Wine Buying Guide: Viader

Celebrate the season with California’s best wines and food pairings.

With wines as breathtaking as the panoramic views from the winery, VIADER is a leading Napa Valley estate founded in 1986 by Delia Viader on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. VIADER (pronounced vee-ah-“dare”) is recognized around the world for consistent, high quality, and very limited production red wines that demonstrate elegance, complexity and long-aging potential.

The Best Shopping in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is known for the wine, food, and beautiful views, but there is fantastic shopping here as well. Some of the best finds are in winery gift shops, which are packed with wine-related trinkets and gear that ranges from coasters and wine openers to cycling jerseys and hats. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Secret Recipe: Fregola Sarda with Caramelized Squash and Charmoula


7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

What’s Hot in the Dance World This Week

Romp With LEVY Dance

Dance Magazine labels them “a judicious blend of athletic and lyrical, brainy and sexy.” Thus we extrapolate that LEVY Dance is the hot librarian of the local dance world, an assessment that could be rather one-dimensional. For the 3D experience, check out Romp at Theater Artaud where dancers are seated with the audience at a banquet table, lending a hyper-intimacy to the performance.

Romp plays November 17-20. Theater Artaud, 450 Florida Street. Tickets are $18-23 at

Dance Brigade Hits 35 Years of Dance

SF Chefs on Their Favorite Olive Oils

For a recent article on chefs and their favorite olio nuovos, I also asked them all what olive oils they use in general. Here are some of their favorites. Take note: The very approachably-priced California Olive Ranch brand was noted by more than one chef as their favorite for general use. I have some in my own cupboard. For the rest of these olive oils, I see Christmas presents.

Look of the Week: Men's Cold Weather Accessories from Local Boutiques

Baby, it's cold outside. And it's only getting colder. Warm up with these toasty-hot men's accessories -- all sourced from neighborhood boutiques. Ranging from a not-too-puffy vest to a locally designed woven leather cap, these manly treasures will accent your winter wardrobe while blocking out the cold. 

Three Favorite Mountain Bike Spots to Close This Year

The Bay Area may be the birthplace of mountain biking, but today it can be hard to find enough legal singletrack to satiate even the intermediate rider. And over the next few months, it’s going to get even harder. Three of our best local mountain bike spots are slated to close this year due to state budget cuts.

Beaujolais Nouveau: Where to Get This Season's Best

While you may still catch a whiff of fermentation in the California air thanks to an incredibly late harvest, the 2011 vintage from one magical part of the world has already been bottled, boxed, and is hitting ports in our city by the bay.

Yes, it’s that time of the year: between the harvest and the holidays. The time for Beaujolais Nouveau. 

Pageonce Lets You Keep Track of (and Pay) Your Bills on Your Mobile

The average American adult has to pay 11 bills a month, which collectively means we pay some 15 billion bills, which adds up to nearly $4 trillion per year.

Aiming to help us manage this tangled mass of payments is the Palo Alto startup Pageonce, which has developed what its C.O.O. Steve Schultz calls a “remote control for your personal finances” that works on your smartphone, the web, or as of this week, an iPad.

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