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The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

The Insider’s Guide to San Diego’s Behemoth Brewery Scene

Beer is everywhere in San Diego. Anyone who wants to experience the full breadth and depth of the city’s brewing scene faces a behemoth challenge. Not only is San Diego county geographically large (more than 4,500 square miles), and spread out across a wide variety of landscapes, but the sheer number of breweries to explore […]

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It’s Impossible Not to Root for This Japanese-Californian Winery

It’s Impossible Not to Root for This Japanese-Californian Winery

If you want to taste an acclaimed California winery’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, you’ll need plane fare and a passport. Ch.igai Takaha was founded by husband-and-wife team Takahide and Miyoko Sugimoto in 2006. Short for Chateau Igai Takaha, the winery produces cuvées in partnership with Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton, and in collaboration with area labels […]

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After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley

Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]

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Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

Review: Donelan Wines ‘Nancie’ Chardonnay 2014

It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]

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Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

Somms Are Obsessed with a ‘Cult’ Wine Bottled by a Fringe Religious Group

A smattering of under-the-radar, late-1990s Cabernet Sauvignons from the Sierra Foothills have started appearing on top wine lists in the past several months. The 1997 vintage of Taken from Granite, the California label in question, is available by the bottle at New York City fine dining restaurants Union Square Cafe and Momofuku Ko.

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