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Lazy Bear, The Progress Named 2015 James Beard Award Semifinalists

Congratulations to all our Bay Area James Beard Award 2015 semifinalists! You'll see some familiar names and some new names. The final nonimees will be announced next month, and the awards will take place on May 4 in Chicago. Until then, check out which locals made the first cut.

Five Wines for Every Feast

wine thanksgiving

It’s not easy to please both Aunt Edith and your sister’s hipster boyfriend; to find a match for tart cranberry sauce, creamy green bean almondine (thanks, Edi) and freshly-foraged mushroom stuffing smothered in Turkey gravy. Such a challenge is nothing to be thankful for. But here are five wines that will get the whole happy family through the neverending Thanksgiving feast. 

Top 5 Things to Do in Monterey with Kids

jelly fish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the best things about going to Monterey County is all the great getaway choices waiting for you when you arrive. There are vineyards for wine lovers, tasty and healthy food options, miles of coastline for beach lovers and probably the world’s best known aquarium. If you’re a parent there’s even more reason to smile – because all of the above are family friendly.

Four Ways to Meet New People (and Discover New Wines!)

Wish you had someone to share that bottle of bubs or precious Pinot Noir with? There are all kinds of places and events to meet fellow wine lovers (and singles) in this town—and even if you don’t end up with some digits, you can at least bring a bottle of something new and delicious home.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Image of Noir Lounge, via Stuart Locklear.

1) Osso Steakhouse Opens in Nob Hill

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Beretta Interior

1) Drinks with Travelers

And the Winner of the Pinot Cup Trophy at the Eighth Annual Pigs & Pinot is...

This past weekend was the eighth annual Pigs & Pinot fest at the Hotel Healdsburg, and across Sonoma County winemakers are always eager to find out which Pinot Noir will win the title of first place in the Pinot Cup.

Rosé Wines to Drink This Spring

Rose from Mumm

The Brangelina rosé may have sold out faster than any rosé ever in the history of rosé, but don't worry, we've got a few good ones in the Bay Area being released just in time for the Vernal Equinox on March 20th — which marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere or, as we like to think of it, the season for rosé.

A Primer on Orange Wine, and Where in SF to Try Some

orange wine

Wine drinkers fall into two categories: You've got the people who know exactly what they like and don't like, and tend to be finicky about anything that falls outside of their Trader Joe's/Chardonnay/Pinot comfort zone; and you've got the people who are always seeking out the odd and different, who are always the first to try new restaurants and tell you about some new booze they just tried.

So Many Places to Sip in Monterey Wine Country, So Little Time

Hahn Family Wines

Monterey County may be best known for its scenic coast, famous aquarium and star-studded links, but 'wine destination' is fighting for a well-deserved spot in the ranks.

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