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Knoxville: High Gravity Beer and Lowland Scotch

Knoxville: High Gravity Beer and Lowland Scotch

Downtown Knoxville has had its share of hard knocks over the years, but this old city is finding new life with micro breweries and unusual bars emphasizing local...

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Schnaps To It: A Visit to the Schnaps Capital of Austria

Schnaps To It: A Visit to the Schnaps Capital of Austria

The small village of Stanz, Austria has less than 700 inhabitants, yet there are 54 schnaps distilleries. Do the math. This village, about 50 miles west of Innsbruck...

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Dining Detectives: Rouge et Blanc – San Francisco

Dining Detectives: Rouge et Blanc – San Francisco

  San Francisco is known for quality establishments where one can enjoy a beverage and light fare. We had heard that Laurent Manrique’s Rouge et Blanc on Grant...

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Cedarville Vineyard: From Silicon Valley to the Sierras

Cedarville Vineyard: From Silicon Valley to the Sierras

 When Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks, the winemakers and owners of Cedarville Vinyard, first met as undergrads at UC Davis, neither one of them really thought they...

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David Coffaro Winery: Straightforward & Unconventional

David Coffaro Winery: Straightforward & Unconventional

In the world of wine, it’s fashionable to say you’re unique. Many wineries will promote a story about what sets them apart from all the rest. In other...

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Ferrari-Carano: An Excellent Pairing

Ferrari-Carano: An Excellent Pairing

At Ferrari-Carano Winery, in Sonoma County, Aaron Piotter makes the red wines and Sarah Quider the whites. Yet, their time is spent in rather different worlds. Aaron...

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Finding the Right Blend: Kerry Damskey &  Dutcher Crossing

Finding the Right Blend: Kerry Damskey & Dutcher Crossing

For Kerry Damskey, winemaker at Dutcher Crossing in the Dry Creek Valley of California, a key element of making wine is the ability to be very honest with yourself....

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Up in the Mountains but Under the Radar

Up in the Mountains but Under the Radar

The Santa Cruz Mountains, running along California’s central coast, have a long history with wine. Back in the 1870’s a man named John Jarvis came to...

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Adding up to Balance: Amanda Cramer & Niner Estates

Adding up to Balance: Amanda Cramer & Niner Estates

  Amanda Cramer, the winemaker at Niner Estates, didn’t grow up in a wine drinking family. Her parents were more “cocktail people.” In fact, her initial...

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Hannah Nicole Winery: Growing their Own Identity

Hannah Nicole Winery: Growing their Own Identity

  With over a million residents and a bustling suburban scene, it’s understandable that wine isn’t the first thing people think about in Contra Costa...

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