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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. 

Ask a Sommelier: What to Drink at Wo Hing General Store

Orange wine, Ribolla Gialla and Riesling from the Rheingau: Charles Phan’s Wine Director Chaylee Priete shares the challenge of pairing wine with Chinese street food at the recently opened Wo Hing General Store. (Now you know what to drink with your jook). 

Wine Classes for Every Kind of Drinker

Dead leaves, electoral propaganda and so, so many kinds of squash: Yes, it’s fall. No, you are not frolicking across campus searching for a Homecoming date and throwing ping-pong balls into beer mugs. But that’s okay because school just got a lot more fun (in a grown-up kind of way). Whether you are curious about the difference between the Old World and the New; Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay; Grand Cru and just plain ol’ Village, there is a class for you, and, ding ding, it’s in session.

Local Experts Dish Their Ten Favorite Wines Under $15

Even snobs drink on the cheap. Here, local wine experts divulge their thriftiest picks.

1. Skouras White 2010 (Greece), $10
“From one of the greatest 
producers in Greece, this blend of roditis and moschofilero is a super-crisp, refreshing white with tons of peachy stone fruit. It’s perfect for the Indian summer.”
Paul Einbund, Frances beverage director

2. Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2010, Coteaux de Languedoc (France), $11
“This fresh, racy wine is 
delicious on the deck and pairs well with just about any light food. It’s also fun and out of the ordinary.”
Christie Dufault, Culinary Institute 
of America wine instructor and Quince sommelier

3. Domaine Chiroulet Cotes de Gascogne 2010, Les Terres Blanches (France), $12
“This perfect aperitif wine comes from the chalky, south-facing hills of Gascony in the southwest of France. It combines all the refreshing citric properties of the Sauvignon Blanc grape with the floral and honey-scented notes of gros manseng while maintaining the bright acidity of Ugni Blanc.”
Eugenio Jardim, Jardinière wine director

Swanson Vineyards Modern House Wines are Ripe for the Gifting

When in doubt, give the gift of gluttony. It's party season and that means weddings, housewarmings, graduations, birthdays, and Giants games, are in full effect. And really, do we need an occasion to celebrate? San Franciscans love to party and we love our wine. Enter the perfect priced party prop: Swanson Vineyards' Modern House Wines. At $25 a pop, these conversation pieces will surely impress the party, and the host will love it most. 

Ticket Giveaway: "The Whole Beast" Summertime BBQ at Chase Cellars

When SF chef John Fink founded "The Whole Beast," his vision was to celebrate the art of cooking over fire a whole animal that's been humanely grown and prepared in a holistic manner while paying special attention to animal husbandry. Okay, what does this all mean? Basically, from pig to cow, a whole beast is cooked with no waste produced. 

Pop-Up Magazine Comes to the MOMA

Pop-Up Magazine isn't something you page through on the train or scroll through on your phone. Every issue of the magazine is a live performance, one night only, bringing together documentarians, writers of all kinds, photographers, and radio folks for a 90-minute show. The issue "unfolds like a magazine," with short bits first and longer pieces following. Pop-Up doesn't record the show and they don't put anything online, so if you're not there, you've missed it. Next Wednesday, March 17, Pop-Up presents the first staging of their shorter between-issue series, Sidebar, in the atrium of the SFMOMA.

Weekend Getaway: Mendocino Crab and Wine Days

Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.

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