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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...

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...

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...

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