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BARCRAWLER: Three personal pours in wine country

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virginia@sfbg.com

For establishing intimacy and focus, there's nothing like sitting down to a meal and tasting with a vintner when you want to catch a glimpse of the vision and inspiration behind their wines. I recently had the chance to do just that with several local winemakers in Napa and Sonoma — and don't worry, I took good notes.Read more »

(Wo)manhattan diaries

The strongest female touches in the Bay's bars

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ruggy@yelp.com

Let's be frank. Actually, let's be Fran. In this cocktail-centric metropolis, the chances of sipping on a superlative Harvey Wallbanger or a provocative NOLA-inspired Sazerac made from the hands of a fully-tattooed male with an affinity for Rollie Fingers is a fair sight more likely than savoring a boozy palliative shaken by a member of the fairer species.Read more »

A tale of two cocktail trends

Aging in barrels and staying fresh in Napa

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virginia@sfbg.com

In the shifting sea of drink menus around San Francisco, one of the world's leading cocktail cities, excellent cocktails have long been the standard rather than the stand-out. Keeping up on trends can be exhausting — but staying abreast of a great mixology culture can be well worth the hefty bar tabs. This week, we examine two new shakes to the cocktail scene that hail from outside city limits — and have us asking the bartender for another round.

 

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Drinking al Frisco

Three perfect patios for warm weather boozing

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ruggy@yelp.com

RUGGY'S YELP Lately the weather around San Francisco has been more akin to what you'd expect in a city like San Diego. Or San Antonio (remember Pewee, there's no basement in the Alamo!). Or heck, even San Felipe, Mexico.Read more »

Globe

The world keeps turning at this pared-down, purposeful standby

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The San Francisco-Jalisco añejo

Tequila distiller Don Pilar relies on both sides of the border for his success

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virginia@sfbg.com

DRINKS Tequila is not tequila unless it's made in the Jalisco region of Mexico. So strictly speaking, you're not going to find a local tequila in the Bay Area. But the case of Don Pilar is about as close as you're going to get — his story is written by lines drawn directly between San Francisco and the Jalisco of his youth.Read more »

Superlist 2011: Bottomless mimosas

City-wide guide to the best sparkling orange deals

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culture@sfbg.com

DRINKS In the murky depths of our foggy past (the '80s!), the Guardian regularly featured Superlists — as-close-as-it-gets-to-comprehensive guides to a small facet of our beloved city. We were feeling a little dry and reporter-y on a recent Sunday, so we're bringing the tradition back with bottomless mimosas.Read more »

FEAST: 9 meat-free marvels

Vegetarian sandwiches take over the world

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culture@sfbg.com

The sandwich, like the wheel, is an timeless invention that keeps us rolling. But if you be a vegetable lover, or just someone who fantasizes about two pieces of bread cradling things other than animal carcass, you must plan ahead — or risk finding yourself stuck with a woefully dull cheese and lettuce number. Lucky for us, here in the Bay we celebrate all sandwich orientations — some with brassy beets, others laced with sweet and spicy barbeque sauce, all ample reasons to raise our veggie flags high as we chow down.

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FEAST: 5 tapioca delights

The little pearls get their due in classic and contemporary SF dishes

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diane@sfbg.com

When it comes to tapioca pudding, levels of neurosis tend to equal levels of nostalgia, with the haters depicting the starchy little pearls as "gummy, scary fish eyes" and the aficionados invoking Mom patiently stirring vanilla extract into the sweet milky mixture over a prairie Wedgewood.Read more »

FEAST: 8 intriguing entrees

Breakfast and dinner are great times for a change

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virginia@sfbg.com

Forget that gourmet mac 'n' cheese, leave behind another night of Neapolitan pizza — it's time to consider a meal that has yet to be repeated all over town. Here are a few that have really turned my head of late.

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