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Wine, Straight From the Tap

Practicality meets instant gratification at Bumgarner Winery in Camino, which is serving up its ready-to-drink Silver Fork line directly from the tap and bottling it on the spot for visitors to the tasting room. “We...

Home (bartending) for the holidays

If the drinks at your holiday party start to remind you of Aunt Edna’s favorite Christmas sweater—out of date and all too predictable—you know it’s time for a beverage makeover. We asked bartender Chris Dooley...

Back Story: Pawnbroker

Tell me about one of the more interesting items to come through your shop.  The first thing that comes to my mind is a book by William Blake called Songs of Innocence. The owner’s grandson had...

Beyond Chicken Fingers

“Chicken tenders or mac ’n’ cheese?” If you’re the parent of young children, you’ve likely posed this question more times than you care to count. They are the safe bets, the dishes least likely...

Mixology Goes Molecular

There’s some weird science going on behind the bar at midtown’s Lounge ON20. Ever since molecular gastronomy phenom Pajo Bruich took over the kitchen last spring, introducing Sacramentans to such wonders as compressed strawberries...

The Skinny on Low-Cal Cocktails

Say what you will about those housewives (you know the ones I’m talking about), but you’ve got to give reality-television star Bethenny Frankel her due for helping fuel a whole new beverage category. Thanks...

Restaurants Opting for One-of-a-Kind Wines and Spirits

Foodies who expect a can’t-get-this-anywhere-but-here experience from their favorite Sacramento restaurant kitchens now have something to cheer about from the bar, too: Custom-blended wines and one-of-a-kind spirits are popping up on menus around the...

Picnic Pours

In the basket: Homestyle fried chicken with red potato salad in a scallion-Dijon vinaigretteIn the bottle: Andis 2009 Barbera, Amador County ($24)Beth’s notes: “A great food-friendly red that’s lush enough to balance the vinaigrette...

Enotria’s Wine Guy

Since being named wine director at Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar this spring, Sacramento native Jeremiah Morehouse has been busy putting his fingerprints on one of the city’s most esteemed wine lists. The 26-year-old...

The Corner Store

Corner liquor stores are everywhere in Sacramento. But it can be a challenge finding one that stocks food and drink more refined than Funyuns and Four Loko. Whether you’re looking to satisfy a late-night...

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