As much as we love Napa and Sonoma, our palates are occasionally wont to wander. Paso Robles is on the tips of wine connoisseurs' tongues these days, so we headed south to check out what's being touted as California's hot wine region du jour.
Whether you're heading to the summit of Mount Haleakala or want a pleasant venture away from Maui's resort life, the island's quiet upcountry near Makawao and Kula is a compelling destination for libation lovers.
Ten years ago, if you asked to speak to the sommelier of a restaurant, it's likely an older gentleman would make his way to your table to discuss varietals. In recent years, however, women have succeeded in disrupting the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Who says sparkling wine is reserved for New Year’s Eve? Special occasions certainly call for sparklers, but popping open a bottle can be an event in itself. In fact, with temperatures rising in the Bay Area, a cold glass of bubbly might be the best answer to beat the heat.
We've been taught never to judge a book by its cover, a wine by its label. And with wines, anyhow, fancy labels often signal overcompensation for what's inside. But now, San Francisco startup Bare Bottle is bringing the worlds of winemaking and design together to package premium wines in high style.
Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life's problems. -Matt Groening
Mendocino's Anderson Valley is a pastoral, wine-and-farm-fueled escape any time of year. But go in spring and you’ll delight in verdant hills, apple blossoms, and newborn lambs—lord help us, it's lovely.
Ah, San Francisco nights. With so many options for after-dark revelry, and so little time to hit them all, 7x7 devotes this year's San Francisco Nightlife Guide to only the absolute most awesome spots to hang once the sun goes down.