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Spotlight: San Luis Obispo County

Whether you’re driving from the north or south on U.S. Highway 101, there’s an unforgettable moment as you reach...

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THE CALIFORNIA QUESTIONNAIRE: Natalie Cilurzo

The co-owner of the wildly popular Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa shares her story, along with a few Golden State favorites

Natalie Cilurzo will never forget the day everything changed for the Russian River Brewing Company. It was February 5, 2010—the first Friday in...

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5 California Chef’s Table Experiences

Get an intimate front-row seat while dining at these California restaurants

California cuisine has long been celebrated for its use of extraordinary ingredients, from sustainably farmed produce and meats to artisanal...

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Single Thread

A husband-and-wife team marry California product with Japanese technique in this sumptuous Healdsburg establishment

Sonoma County offers travelers an embarrassment of riches but until recently gourmands seeking a world-class dining experience often felt...

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8 Great Learning Vacations in California

Cook like a pro, make cheese, or even get on a Hollywood stage at one of these fun classes

Everyone knows that if you want to learn to surf, California is the place to do it. But the great talent that the Golden State has to offer is...

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Belcampo Meat Camp

Go glamping and grilling at this chef-worthy barbecue getaway

The hypnotic glow of the coals, the smoky aromas, the gratifying sizzle of dinner cooking over an open flame:...

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, was the first winery in California.
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8 California Food Trends

Try the regional flavors, surprising ingredients, and classics with a twist that made our list of Golden State culinary trends

California has always been a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary arts—from its extraordinary array of ethnic fare to its...

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Convenient and appealing options for in-town tasting

There’s nothing quite like driving the back roads of California’s wine regions and sampling local wines at the source. But a growing number of wineries and winemakers are opting...

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Follow celebrated routes to iconic vineyards and tucked-away surprises

With more than 4,000 wineries statewide, California lets you sample award-winning wines almost anywhere you go. These classic and up-and-coming wine roads—some too packed with wineries to tackle...

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Upgrade your preflight snack at these airport outposts of local favorites

In an era of cramped flights without meals—when even a free bag of peanuts feels like a luxury—one thing has improved about airline travel: Airport food...

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Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else.
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Think outside the nacho plate on your next visit to a California baseball stadium

At California’s ballparks, the days of limp hot dogs on soggy buns have given way to an era of gourmet grub fit for a foodie—as well as improbable creations that seem to have been conjured by...

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Celebrate the best in Food, Wine, & Beer

A real-life cornucopia, California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions—for example, we’re by far the country’s top grower of avocados and strawberries. Unofficially, the...

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The Golden State lays claim to more than 750 breweries—here’s your guide to some of the most noteworthy

America’s modern craft brewing movement began in California in 1965. A young man named Fritz Maytag was enjoying a pint of Anchor Steam at a local restaurant when the bartender...

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Henry’s Bullfrog Bees, based in the Central Valley town of Winters, rents beehives to farmers to increase pollination and naturally improve crop yields.
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L.A.’s San Antonio Winery

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Head downtown for a surprising historic find

In 1833, Frenchman Jean-Louis Vignes established El Aliso winery in Los Angeles. By 1870, Los Angeles had become the center of...

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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Check. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Check again. Urban wine trails with hip in-town tasting rooms? Yup,...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

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I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness.
Robert Mondavi