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lou valente

Fish Tales

More than two years after getting fired from his namesake restaurant, Lou Valente is back and better than ever.The former Lou’s Sushi frontman debuted Southpaw Sushi on a suddenly bustling stretch of Del Paso...
Good Jo Coffee & Espresso Bar

The Greater Good

The first thing everyone notices about Good Jo Coffee & Espresso Bar is Josie. That’s the 1965 Oasis travel trailer that Good Jo co-owner Lanaya Nilsson spent the summer of 2018 gutting and rebuilding....
beer

New in Brew

The craft beer scene continues to grow and grow.Defying dour predictions of a bursting bubble and bucking the nationwide trend of plateauing sales, the Sacramento-area craft beer scene has continued to expand exponentially. More than...
Women in Wine

Women in Wine

While men still dominate the winegrowing business, women are coming on strong. Here are four from the Sacramento region who are making their mark in a changing industry.The first female vintner on record in...

The Wine Country Next Door: Clarksburg

Change tends to come slowly in a town of fewer than 500 people, so it’s not surprising that many of the top winemaking families in this lovely Delta town, including Bogle and Heringer, have...

The Wine Country Next Door: Amador

Charlie Havill had already been creating acclaimed wines under the Bella Grace label for several years when he and his wife Michael opened a tasting room on Sutter Creek’s Main Street in 2011. At...

The Wine Country Next Door: Placer

Wine grapes were first introduced into Placer County soil in 1848, the same year that gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, and by the end of the 19th century, the Sierra foothills sported more wineries...

The Wine Country Next Door: Lodi

The influential publication Wine Enthusiast named Lodi its 2015 Wine Region of the Year, capping a remarkable comeback for the city once best known from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song as a place that people get...

The Wine Country Next Door: El Dorado

Placer County and Amador County may correctly self-identify as “Gold Country,” but El Dorado County is where the Gold Rush really started. When gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, fortune-hunting easterners and...

The Wine Country Next Door

From vine to grape to barrel to bottle, maturation means everything in the world of wine. The same principle applies to wine countries: It’s one thing to plant grapes, fill barrels and open tasting rooms,...

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