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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,...

Wings on Fire

Only a few decades ago, wings were considered the least desirable part of the chicken, and they were mostly used for soup or stock. But due to their ready availability and relatively low cost, hot-sauce-soaked...

Cheap Eats

In the restaurant world, the price for creating ambience tends to get passed on to the customer. The steep costs of a prime location, splendid décor and a unique dining experience all get added to...

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