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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...

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...

Mix Master

A good bartender possesses both finely tuned people skills and a knack for mixing and matching flavors. Vince LaForm, lead bartender at midtown’s Lounge on 20, discusses his approach to this sometimes-underappreciated craft.What makes...

A Sip of Old Ireland

If hitting the rowdy pub scene for a pint of green beer in a plastic cup isn’t your idea of a pleasurable way to spend St. Paddy’s Day, you’re in luck. There are plenty...

On Wine: Four Questions for Marcus Graziano

At Capitol Cellars, his Roseville wine shop, Marcus Graziano turns customers on to great wines. (A second location, in Granite Bay, is scheduled to open in May.) We recently chatted with him about his...

15 People To Watch

These individuals are changing the face of Sacramento.If it’s the people that make a city, then Sacramento has a whole lot going for it— and this collection of fresh faces proves it. Their life...

The Beer Bowl

It’s the ultimate Super Bowl matchup: heaps of crowd-pleasing munchies and plenty of chilled brew to go around. We paired six popular game-day foods with locally crafted beers and hard ciders to help you...

Winemaker Jon Affonso

Local winemaker Jon Affonso was born and raised in Sacramento, but the wines from his Rail Bridge Cellars suggest otherwise. “The first time I tasted them, I knew he must have been trained in...

Hello, Neighbor!

    It’s no wonder Leslie Oberst can’t imagine life without her neighbors. A nine-year resident of Sacramento’s Elmhurst neighborhood, Oberst and her family have been buoyed by the caring community of people who live...

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