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First Look: All the Cocktails at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA

First Look Maggie Hoffman 9 comments

If you've been tasting wine all day in Napa or Sonoma, by sunset you might be ready for a change of pace. Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller's family-style restaurant in Yountville, recently got its liquor license, and the team, including Bar Manager Christian Schnurr, Sommelier and Assistant GM Jessica Pinzon, and GM Josh Blackman, has been busy perfecting a Keller-approved 6-item cocktail list that just made its debut. We took the launch as an excuse to head up to wine country to check it out. More

Does Ben the Bachelor's Wine Deserve a Rose?

Maggie Hoffman 8 comments

I've seen every season of the Bachelor, from the first limo filled with squealing girls to the last sponsored diamond ring. But this year, I'm watching the show for all the right reasons. Because I think I could see myself falling for Ben. We're, you know, on a journey, and I know the process works, and I'm not here to make friends. So what's-her-butt can just back off. Why am I so sure of this connection, when we've only known each other, well, a minute or two less than he's known the other 16 girls he's dating? Because Ben The Bachelor is a winemaker. More

Serious Grape: Gewürztraminer, the Spicy White Wine with the Difficult Name

Deb Harkness 4 comments

Despite its tongue-twisting name, it's easy to fall in love with Gewürztraminer because the grape produces wines that are aromatic, spicy, and pair brilliantly with spicy food—especially Asian food. More

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