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12th Annual Top 100 Gallery

The 12th Anniversary of the W&S Top 100 was held at the City View at Metreon on October 20 to benefit San Francisco Baykeeper. Here's a selection of our favorite photos from the event. Read more ⇛

Thanksgiving Drinking

Thanksgiving is a tough holiday for the sommelier. Lots of dishes, lots of people, each with their own unique tastes. Here’s a glimpse into the many different ways it goes down with some of the staff at this wine magazine. Read more ⇛

Sommelier Scavenger Hunt: Australia

Episode Two: Gentle Folk
Michael Madrigale, Michelle Biscieglia and Josiah Baldivino head to Gentle Folk in the Adelaide Hills, to taste with oceanographer-turned-winemaker Gareth Belton. Read more ⇛

Listening In

Find interviews with Editor Joshua Greene and Executive Editor Tara Q. Thomas on Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That! podcast. Read more ⇛

News & Features

Book Review

Three Centuries of San Francisco Cocktails

Duggan McDonnell tended bar at Absinthe and the Starlight Room, two instigators of the San Francisco cocktail renaissance, before opening Cantina and launching the Pisco brand Campo de Encanto. In his new book, Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails, he places the current scene in historical context, giving equal billing to Jerry Thomas (who stirred his Martinez cocktail ...Read Full Book Review

Review by Erik Tennyson on Oct 9th 2015 in Books, Web Exclusive Review

Latest W&S Video: Sommelier Scavenger Hunt: Australia Episode 2: Gentle Folk

Episode Two: Gentle Folk

Michael Madrigale, Michelle Biscieglia and Josiah Baldivino head to Gentle Folk in the Adelaide Hills, to taste with ...See full W&S Video

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W&S Web Exclusives

  • Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

    Team Hunter Valley: Day 3

    Day III was the big day, with visits at three of the Hunter Valley’s most storied and celebrated producers: Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant and Brokenwood. We were quite sure we’d scavenge at least a wine or two this day. ...Read full entry

    posted on October 5, 2015

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  • Behind the Scores: Tales of a
    Winery Intern


    Harvest has finally died down. We’ve racked the chardonnay and gewurztraminer off the lees to keep the wine clean while fermenting. The team is getting ready to bottle the 2014 Cabernet Franc so we circulated the wine between the two holding tanks to make sure the blend would be consistent throughout bottling. (This required that I hang out on the tops of the tanks again, something ...Read full entry

    posted on November 20, 2015

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Wine Reviews


Cocktail Recipes

Duggan McDonnell’s Pisco Punch

Excerpted from Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell, photographs by Luke Abiol (Chronicle Books, 2015)

2 oz/60 ml Campo de Encanto Grand & Noble Pisco
1 oz/30 ml pineapple cordial, homemade [see below] or store-bought
1 oz/30 ml fresh lime juice
½ oz/15 ml Lillet Rouge or your favorite red wine ...See full recipe

Recipe posted on Nov 2nd, 2015 in Cocktails, Pisco, Vermouth

Dining Review & Recipes

Restaurant & Bar Reviews

  • New York, New York: Wildair

    142 Orchard St. (btw. Rivington & Delancey); 646-964-5624

    At Contra, chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske challenge diners with unexpected flavor combinations. At Wildair, their new wine bar just down the street, it’s the wine list that does the provoking. Wine director Jorge Riera has built his list around small-production, low-intervention producers, most often from France and ...See full review

    Review by Caitlin Griffith on Nov 20th 2015 in Bars, Wine Bar, Cuisine, New American, New York, New York

  • San Francisco, California: Petit Crenn

    609 Hayes St. (at Laguna); 415-864-1744

    At Atelier Crenn, chef Dominique Crenn elevates food to the realm of conceptual art: Rather than on plates, some dishes arrive arranged on mossy branches. Petit Crenn, her new Hayes Valley spot, is more down-to-earth, serving vegetable and seafood dishes loosely inspired by her childhood growing up in Brittany. The sprinkle of espelette ...See full review

    Review by Luke Sykora on Nov 19th 2015 in Cuisine, French, California, San Francisco

    Food Recipes

    Smoked Salmon & Crémant

    By Tara Q. Thomas

    “A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread— and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness—”

    That’s all Omar Khayyam needed to reach paradise, but we heartily believe that a schmear on the bread would ratchet up the joy exponentially. Bubbles in the wine wouldn’t hurt, either. Here are a few ways to paradise—all super simple, ...See full recipe

    Recipe posted on Aug 3rd 2015 in Recipes, Food, August 2015