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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...

Making Wine Green

What: The world’s greenest wineryWhere: UC DavisDetails: The first LEED Platinum winery is under construction at UCD’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. (LEED is a green building rating system; platinum is...

Tasting Tequila

Blame it on Jimmy Buffett. Thanks to his immortalizing margaritas in song, tequila has, perhaps unfairly, earned a reputation as the beverage that spawned a million hangover legends. But the spirit made from the...

For Wine Drinkers, Small Is Big

Small pours are a big trend in wine. “It gives people the opportunity to get the full experience of something without having too much,” says Matt Parker, general manager at 58 Degrees & Holding...

What Ales Him

Peter Hoey has been brewing beer for more than a third of his life—and he’s only 30. Formerly the brewmaster at the now-defunct Sacramento Brewing Company, he currently co-owns Odonata Beer Company, where he’s...

Where the Bargains Are

Bargain shopping has always made practical financial sense. But now, with the economy in the tank, it’s a necessity. So we scoured the Sacramento area, searching for great buys for every type of shopper,...

Make Mine a Double

Finally, teetotalers can take their rightful place at the bar, thanks to the trend in well-crafted, nonalcoholic “mocktails.” Whether you’re abstaining from the hard stuff for the evening or for good, these creative concoctions...

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