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How One California Winemaker Shaped America’s Love for Cabernet Sauvignon

in Food & Drinks

Drop into the new Splash Wine Bar at San Francisco’s Chase Center on a quest for Cabernet, and you’ll find the most prominent version offered under custom labels designed specifically for the Golden State Warriors. When the NBA team was ready for a wine partner to join them in their new home, it was iconic Silver Oak they turned to, and the commemorative bottles celebrate the collaboration. It was no random choice—Coach Steve Kerr reportedly calls the wine his “girlfriend.” And he’s not alone in the world of athletes and celebs. LeBron James tweets about Silver Oak; Peyton Manning gives out cases; Oprah calls it her fave. We even have it on the best authority that Carlos Santana and Matthew McConaughey are super fans.

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Wine exports grow, much of them from Modesto area. Which countries bought the most?

in Economy/Food & Drinks

Wine exports from the United States jumped 10.6% in value in 2021, reversing a four-year decline, an industry group said Monday.

The total reached $1.44 billion despite tariffs, COVID-19 and other challenges, the Wine Institute reported.

The San Francisco-based group represents California wineries, which account for about 95% of U.S. exports. Much of the volume comes from the Modesto area.

The value hit a record high of $1.61 billion in 2016, then dropped each year to $1.29 billion by 2020.

Export volume has dropped over the past decade amid a general rise in value, reaching 89.4 million gallons in 2021. This reflects a shift toward higher-priced bottles from Napa and other premium regions.

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in Food & Drinks

Like you have probably noticed, beer is pretty hot right now. In fact, many restaurants in San Francisco are working hard to show beer the same respect as wine on their drinks lists, and hiring cicerones (like sommeliers, but for beer) to develop their beer lists. 

Microbreweries continue to pop up all over town, and many of them are just as focused on pairing their beer with food. Here are some new places in SF for enjoying the fresh wave of beer, from breweries to beer-focused restaurants, and more.

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Celebration of Baja California wine and shellfish coming to California

in Events/Food/Food & Drinks

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The Mexican Consulate in San Diego is bringing a little bit of Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley north of the border, specifically its world-renowned wines and shellfish.

The Baja Wine & Shellfish Fest is geared toward Americans from Southern California who have yet to venture to the Guadalupe Valley just south of Tijuana near the border.

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EG beer and wine showcase coming to Old Town

in business/Events/Upcoming event

Uncorked & Uncapped, a festival that spotlights Elk Grove’s breweries and wineries, will debut in Old Town Elk Grove on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The VIP early admission passes are sold out, but general admission and designated driver tickets will continue to be sold through Sept. 22.

On tap are all of Elk Grove’s five breweries as well as five local wineries. The Turlock-based Dust Bowl Brewing Company will also serve samples of their ales at the festival. They plan to open a 3,000-square foot taproom on Railroad Street, next to the Old Town Plaza, later this fall.  

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California wine prices may drop to lowest in 20 years

in Around California/business

LODI, Calif.The price of wine is at an all-time low because of an abundance of grapes, according to a new report from the Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group.

The State of U.S. Wine Industry 2020 report said wine prices could reach the lowest in 20 years. Some are calling it good news for wine drinkers.

“That's always good news to us -- lower prices on alcohol, yay,” said Priscilla Kumar, who was wine tasting in Lodi on Monday.

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