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Behind the Bar

Matt NurgeShady Lady SaloonYears bartending: 8Personal style: “I like to go back to forgotten cocktails and rehash them.”Signature drink: Chapelle Cocktail (gin, sweet vermouth, fresh lime juice, falernum, pineapple chunks and freshly grated nutmeg)What...

Beyond BevMo!

Wine lovers are an intrepid bunch, going to far-flung vineyards in the hope of unearthing something new and unusual to add to their cellars. But for those who don’t want to burn up a...

Get Happy

The Spot: Back Wine Bar 25075 Blue Ravine Road, FolsomThe Specifics: Thurs–Sat 3–6 p.m. The Specials: Drinks–$2 off 30 wines by the glass (normally $6 to $16) and Belgian-style draught and bottled beers. Food–$5...

After the Curtain Call

With great bars and restaurants close to many of the city’s best live theaters, there’s simply no excuse to turn in early after the show. In anticipation of an exciting fall theater season, we...

Wine Lovers Hit the Lockers

For oenophiles who appreciate convenience, a few Sacramento restaurants—including Grange, Morton’s and L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen—offer personal wine lockers where regular customers can stash their favorite vintages.      “It’s a special little...

Cocktail Crackdown

At Sacramento watering holes such as Ella, Shady Lady Saloon and Lounge on 20, artisan cocktails made with house-infused liquors are all the rage. But those handcrafted cocktails may be under threat. The California...

The Margarita Gets A Makeover

Fame has its disadvantages, even for a cocktail. Take the margarita. In its purest form—fresh-squeezed lime juice, triple sec, tequila—it’s the essence of summertime refreshment. But the ubiquitous beverage has suffered for its popularity;...

Wine: The Doctor Is In

Retired oncologist Vincent Caggiano has another career: overseeing the 200-bottle wine list at Biba, the Italian restaurant in midtown owned by his wife, Biba Caggiano. Here, he talks about his approach to wine selection...

Walking Away

Owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, some people are choosing to simply walk away. It’s a remedy called “strategic default.” But is it ethical?When Chris Schreur and his wife, Valerie,...

Roll Out the Barrels

Question: What do you get the wine lover who has everything? Answer: a barrel of wine. At Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, a boutique winery 70 miles north of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills, you...

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