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A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

Pessagno , the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno Winery, the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Planet-Friendly Fast Food

Planet-Friendly Fast Food

Sante Grill aims to “revolutionize” fast food with its lighter, nonfried, less calorically dense menu. The restaurant isn’t out to save the world through its food, but it’s just trying to make fast food doesn’t taste like fast food. And on that score that restaurant does pretty well.

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SJ Giants Hang On

SJ Giants Hang On

The San Jose Giants’ record in the second half of single-A baseball’s summer season is the worst in the entire California League—but the team is still in first place.

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Big Dog in Milpitas

Big Dog in Milpitas

Milpitas’ one and only winery, Big Dog Vineyards, opens its doors to the public for wine tasting and a live concert on Saturday, July 24, and a day of more wine tasting on Sunday, July 25.

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Review: Auctioning the Ainsleys

Review: Auctioning the Ainsleys

With its comic-book set and toy-piano background music, Auctioning the Ainsleys, the new production at TheatreWorks, creates a mood of absurdist unreality before the first words come out of the first character’s mouth. The fast-paced comic drama by Laura Schellhardt (directed by Meredith McDonough) opens with second-generation auctioneer Avery Ainsley (Heidi Kettenring) selling the last possessions of her domineering mentor father—a Stetson hat, a man’s coat and a pair of size-10 shoes.

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La Birrieria: A Tasty Surprise

La Birrieria: A Tasty Surprise

One of the best places to experience birria is east San Jose’s aptly named La Birrieria, even harder to pronounce than the restaurant’s namesake dish. La Birrieria is 100 percent Mexican. The tidy, family-run restaurant is located next to a liquor store off South White Road and can be easy to miss. Inside, the wood-paneled walls, handwritten signs and family photos give the place a welcoming, friendly appeal. But most appealing of all is the birria.

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Stanford Jazz Festival Kicks Off

Stanford Jazz Festival Kicks Off

Dave Douglas and Joshua Redman will perform at this year’s Stanford Jazz Festival, which features tributes to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck and Django Reinhardt, as well as a performance from blues legend Mose Allison.

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‘Anything Goes’ at Foothill

‘Anything Goes’ at Foothill

The 1930s had their glitzy side, which Foothill Music Theatre has recaptured with its lavish production of Cole Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes. Complete with a 45-member cast and a live band, and in the capable hands of award-winning director Jay Manley, the show displays that era’s more glamorous aspects:

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Milpitas’ Tandoori N Curry

Milpitas’ Tandoori N Curry

PakistaniI food is not as common as Indian food in the Bay Area, but here’s a tip on how to spot the few restaurants out there: Look for the letter “N.” For some reason, Pakistani restaurateurs have settled on a naming convention that leans heavily on the 14th letter in the alphabet. There’s the excellent Kabob N Curry’s in Santa Clara. Milpitas has Naan N Masala. Up in Berkeley, one can find the cheap and delicious Naan N Curry. My new favorite is another Milpitas “N” restaurant: Tandoori N Curry.

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