No category of wine is as indulgent and yet as overlooked as dessert wine. Like a good piece of cake, it should be sweet without being saccharine. California wineries make a diverse array of after-dinner drinkers, inspired by Old World classics from Port to Sauternes. Here are our 10 homegrown favorites as well as sweets for pairing.
Pacifica's reputation as that sleepy, foggy town off Highway 1—the one you only visit if you’re learning to surf the small waves off Linda Mar beach—is only partially true. Sweeping coastal views, gorgeous hikes, and small-town charm make the 20-minute drive from SF worth a day trip for non-surfers too. Plus, the fog typically burns off by noon.
Much emphasis is placed on the vines of Sonoma County, but how about going back to its roots?
If you have a spare $9 million laying around, may we suggest taking your wad for a tour of this 1920s property over in Ross, where 10,000 square feet of living space includes luxe outdoor spaces just begging for a pool party.
If the goal was a September wedding with a sweet rustic vibe, then this gorgeous couple nailed it.
When the leaves change hues, it's time to dust off your pie recipes and find an idyllic, cozy town for autumnal inspiration. We suggest you put on your boots and pack your Pendleton blanket for Sebastopol, where the peaceful back roads are dotted with farm stands, handpainted signs for pancake breakfasts, and craggy apples trees bursting with fruit.
It’s a mellow Friday afternoon in the rugged hills of Oakland. Water trickles in the koi pond on a tree-shaded deck, and a Wheaten terrier chills at our feet. Could this day get any better? Well, there are also six grams of organic cannabis, fresh from a farm in the Emerald Triangle, en route via courier to our front door. An email confirmation says, “We hope it puts a smile on your face.”