California’s Newest AVA

New AVA Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance PGWA
If you’re familiar with California’s famous wine regions, you may know that all of them are made up of smaller sub-appellations, like Napa’s Rutherford, Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, or Santa Barbara’s Santa Rita Hills. 2017 saw the establishment of Sonoma’s newest AVA (American Viticultural Area), the Petaluma Gap AVA. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax... Continue Reading

New San Francisco Tapas Bar

San Francisco Tapas Bar Barvale, see more on TheTasteSF
Barvale is San Francisco’s newest tapas bar, opening in NoPa on December 7, 2017. Executive Chef Patricio “Pato” Duffoo uses quality products sourced from California to create plates intended for sharing, including paella. If you don’t want a table, you can order pintxos—small bites served on skewers—at the bar, along with cocktails and sherries. The bar program... Continue Reading

Ashes & Diamonds Winery Opens in Napa

Ashes and Diamonds winery Napa Valley Wine Tasting Room, midcentury design inspired by the 1960s with food by chef Emma Sears, The Taste SF
Napa Valley’s newest winery, Ashes & Diamonds, officially opens today. We stopped in yesterday for a sneak peek at their stunning new tasting room and winemaking facility. Kashy Khaledi, the owner and proprietor, has assembled a star-studded opening team, including winemaker Steve Matthiasson and Chef Emma Sears, formerly of Scribe Winery.       The midcentury tasting... Continue Reading