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News & Features  :  Seasonal

New Spring Recipes and 16 Red and White Wines

Welcome a season of renewal with two great recipes from an acclaimed cookbook, matched with Pinot Noirs and aromatic whites

Posted: March 22, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What is multiple wine service?

Posted: March 20, 2013  

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Wine-Braised Lamb and Chocolate Cake for Passover

A delicious menu from 12 Tribes Kosher Foods, plus 15 new kosher wines to pour for your Seder guests

Posted: March 13, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

Dining & Travel  :  Menu Headers

Wine-Braised Lamb and Chocolate Cake for Passover

A delicious Seder menu from 12 Tribes Kosher Foods

Posted: March 13, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Olives and French Rosé

Currants help tie the wine to this easy recipe inspired by Southern France

Posted: March 12, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Grenache Blanc

Chef Pam Mazzola, Prospect, San Francisco

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Candy for Grown-ups

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Owen Dugan

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Britannia Rules

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Sam Gugino

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Whiskies of a Certain Age

Collectors are clamoring for whiskies that push the envelope on age, rarity, availability and price

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Jack Bettridge

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

My Dinner at Saison in San Francisco

A thought-provoking evening at an ambitious new restaurant

Posted: February 25, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Sommelier Mark Bright poured a splash of Krug Champagne Grande Cuvée as I settled in for an 18-course dinner at Saison in San Francisco. "We welcome all our guests with Krug," he said, a clear message that this is meant to be a luxury experience, if the credit card deposit of $248 per person didn't already do that.

That's pretty ambitious for a restaurant that started life only three years ago as a pop-up. Its first brick-and-mortar incarnation in a tiny Mission District space got two Michelin stars in the most recent San Francisco guide, and chef-owner Joshua Skenes could fill a trophy case with rising star chef awards. The new location, in a historic building a block from the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park, ups the ante with a unique, spacious design, a longer menu and a price tag that puts it among the most costly in the U.S., even more than the long-venerated French Laundry in Napa Valley.

News & Features  :  News

Award-Winning Kansas City Restaurant Destroyed in Explosion

Popular Missouri spot JJ's has long held a Wine Spectator award for its extensive wine list

Posted: February 20, 2013  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and Zinfandel

A California red sings alongside a topping made from pantry staples

Posted: February 12, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's the proper way to present and open a bottle of wine in a restaurant?

Posted: February 8, 2013  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Coffee in Paradise

What we can learn from a tour of coffee joints in Honolulu

Posted: February 8, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

Whenever I hang out with serious coffee people, I am struck by how much we wine folks have in common with them. We obsess over the sources of the product and how it was made. We even use some of the same language. Coffee tasters assess acid balance, body, intensity and finish, as we do with wine, and describe aromatics such as fruit, nuts and floral notes. They might find winy character in their brews while we might notice a hint of coffee on the finish in our glasses.

I watched my cousin Shawn Steiman, a coffee consultant who seems to be the coffee guru for the state of Hawaii, blend Hawaiian-grown and -roasted coffee beans on the spot. He used to make a distinctive and heady espresso after the dinner he and his bride Julia cooked for my wife and me at their home near Diamond Head.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

New York Chefs' Romantic Recipes and Italian Reds for Valentine's Day

Porcini ravioli and duck breast with pears, paired with 14 spicy Italian reds, will make your date swoon

Posted: February 8, 2013  By Laurie Woolever

News & Features  :  Sommelier Talk

Texas Sommelier Talks Travel Tips and Spirits Pairings

June Rodil has strong opinions about matching spirits to food

Posted: January 29, 2013  By Jennifer Fiedler

News & Features  :  Seasonal

The Crab Bowl: Baltimore and San Francisco Square Off in a Battle of Recipes

For your game-day party, Charm City's blue crab cakes take on Dungeness crab cioppino from the City by the Bay; plus 25 wines for less than $25 to match

Posted: January 25, 2013  By Robert Taylor

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How to Win a Wine and Food Championship at the Super Bowl

New Orleans offers myriad food and drink options for anyone coming to the big game; here's my cheat sheet

Posted: January 24, 2013  By Mitch Frank

New Orleans is a little insane right now. Maybe that sounds silly describing a city where it's not odd to witness a brass band marching past your front porch, with your neighbors dancing behind it. But New Orleans is a little more insane than usual right now. This year, wedged tightly in the middle of the Carnival parades that start Friday, the NFL has brought the Super Bowl to town.

Are you coming for the game? Good. (If not, pay attention, because you should visit soon.) It's not hyperbole to say that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on the planet in which to celebrate. If you enjoy good food, wine, beer, cocktails and music, it is hard to go wrong. Here are some tips for making the best of a trip down here. This isn't a comprehensive list of the best places to eat and drink. It's a handy cheat sheet for anyone coming to watch the 49ers and the Ravens, or just coming to enjoy our insanity.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Faidley Seafood's Crab Cakes

Posted: January 24, 2013  

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Rose Pistola's Cioppino

Posted: January 24, 2013  

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