I’ve spent twenty-one years day-tripping and overnighting in Napa and written a few hundred articles about this incredible food and drink County in my various editor roles the past 15 years (a few listed here). I have been most everywhere of note across this — and multiple — California Wine Countries. This means each return to this neighboring County to my SF home either leads me to new spots or revisiting longtimers with notable changes. After nights in downtown Napa, here are six standouts to eat, drink and/or stay at now. Read more →
My dining column in Bob Cut magazine covers standout newcomers and longtimers worth supporting.
I’m covering outdoor and indoor dining, takeout and delivery restaurants, all of which I’ve vetted, visited or ordered from. Here are this month’s 10 standouts: Read more →
During pandemic, our beloved dining and drink communities continue to struggle to survive, so my dining column includes takeout/delivery and outdoor dining standouts, alongside our increasing indoor dining as we move from red to orange tiers. I have vetted, visited and/or ordered directly from each place and all working hard adhering safety guidelines: Read more →
In the Winter 2020-2021 print issue of Distiller Magazine, my article and interview of two women in distilling and winemaking —from Kentucky and Napa Valley—who are collaborating on turning around tragedy (the recent years of unprecedented NorCal fires and their damage of smoke-tainted grapes) into spirits innovation… smoked brandies in a range of styles and experimentation.
My article on 10 of Sonoma/Napa and Mendocino Wine Country’s best bars (Duke’s Spirited Cocktails, Fern Bar, Barber Lee Spirits, Mario & John’s, Bird & the Bottle, Fog Eater Cafe, The Charter Oak, Miminashi, La Taberna, Solbar)…
In the Fall 2020 print issue of Distiller Magazine: Read more →
My dining column at print and online magazine, Bob Cut, covers standout newcomers and longtimers we want to keep supporting. During shelter-in-place pandemic times, I cover outdoor dining, takeout and delivery restaurants: Read more →
Published by Where Traveler (my Where column here) in their annual Where Guestbook in thousands of hotel rooms across NorCal, my article on Napa chefs creatively combining East and West cuisines: The Charter Oak, The Prisoner Wine Company, Ad Hoc, SolBar at Solage Resort, Chris Cosentino’s Acacia House at Las Alcobas hotel. The Prisoner Wine Napa’s agnolotti Read more →
My new dining column at the beautiful print and online magazine, Bob Cut — column details and my philosophy here — begins with my top new openings of the month alongside best longtimers of similar style or category:
Published by Where Traveler Magazine in their annual Where Guestbook for 2018, my article on Japanese influence — from winemakers to ramen, a ryokan-like inn to a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant — across Sonoma and Napa counties. www.wheretraveler.com/san-francisco/eat/california-wine-country-obsessed-japan Read more →