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On Wine: Do-It-Yourself Wine

The do-it-yourself ethos has hit winemaking in a big way, thanks to custom-crush wineries like Crushpad in Napa, where amateur winemakers can try their hand at transforming humble grapes into something more memorable. Closer...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Trade Secrets of an Artisan Barkeep

The idea of an apprenticeship has always appealed to me. I’ve got nothing against book learning. It’s just that there’s something romantic about learning a trade directly from someone who’s mastered it. It was...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Trade Secrets of an Artisan Barkeep

The idea of an apprenticeship has always appealed to me. I’ve got nothing against book learning. It’s just that there’s something romantic about learning a trade directly from someone who’s mastered it. It was...

What They’re Drinking in Granite Bay

Several months after Marcus Graziano opened his doors at Capitol Cellars, a combination wine shop and wine bar in Granite Bay’s Quarry Ponds shopping center, we wondered: What are folks in the tony suburb...

The King of Beers

A certified cicerone is the beer version of a wine sommelier: an expert in beer styles and beer-food pairings. That such a job exists is evidence that beer has come a long way.     Kevin...

You've Been Served

In bars and restaurants across the Sacramento region, a liquid revolution is taking place.Made-from-scratch drinks. Hand-muddling. Housemade syrups, tonics, mixers and infusions. Fresh, local ingredients. Boutique distilleries. A farm-to-table ethic. Classic recipes. Novel flavor...

When the Tasting Room Comes to You

I was somewhat skeptical about inviting a sommelier to my home for a personal wine tasting. For me, much of the pleasure of visiting tasting rooms is the journey: driving through verdant countryside, discovering...

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Is beer the new wine? Gary Sleppy, owner of The Shack restaurant in East Sacramento, sure thinks so.      “Beer is it right now,†he says. “I used to have 40 wines by the...

Apps for the Drinker

For the bon vivant who also craves instant information and digital organization, iPhone applications abound. Wine ratings? Check. Food pairings? Yep. Happy hour specials? You bet. These apps do everything but pour the drink...

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...

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