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Former Cotogna Chef Opens ‘TORC’ in Napa

A former chef at Cotogna and Quince, Sean O’Toole, has moved into the space on Downtown Napa's Main Street that once housed the ill-fated Michelin-starred vegan eatery and yoga studio, Ubuntu.

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. 

Revamped Music Venue Slated to Open in Napa This Spring

Napa valley opera house

There is a winery in the heart of downtown Manhattan that imports 200 tons of premium California grapes every year: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Russian River, Syrah from Paso Robles. But the barrels full of wine that line the Tribeca space is just a backdrop for the main attraction: music. Now, the founder of that winery/music venu/restaurant/wine bar is importing a bit of New York City to Napa Valley.

Valley Wines vs. Mountain Wines: Is There a Difference in Taste?

It was a wine-soaked showdown of valley floor vs. mountain Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley Vintners last Friday — with points scored on both sides and the winner left entirely undecided.

Living On the Edge: Napa Vintners Venture to The Coast

Glimpses of waves crashing against the shore can be seen through patches of fog, yet the late-October sun is warm and bright. Guests of the first annual Fort Ross-Seaview wine festival are shedding layers. This is what it feels like to be 'above the fog line,' a term you often hear from grape growers in what is coined 'the true Sonoma Coast.'

That’s A Wrap: Ideal 2013 Vintage Comes to a Close

Winemakers and grape growers are getting ready for a much needed vacation as the final grapes are picked this week throughout Napa and Sonoma.

Napa Valley's Best Late-Night Eats

It’s harvest season and Napa Valley is up all night: Bright spotlights move up and down vineyard rows as pickers relieve the vines of their heavy load, literally running from vine to vine, clusters of fruit piled high.

At Campovida, Taste Mendocino...In Oakland

It’s not the most obvious combination: a Chilean making Italian varietal wine in a remote pocket of Mendocino County.

A Serious Sangria for San Francisco Summer

Ah, Sangria. The sweet sap that gives Yellowtail Shiraz and overripe fruit a reason for being.

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