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Winter is Coming: Are Local Restaurants Relying on Outdoor Seating Ready?

Winter is Coming: Are Local Restaurants Relying on Outdoor Seating Ready?

On October 14, Santa Clara County entered the orange tier of reopening, allowing restaurants to begin serving customers indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and only if they adhere to the guidelines for “ventilation, table spacing, customer screening, contact tracing…

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Freed Cocktails: Your Drink Followed You Home From the Bar, and Isn’t Leaving

Freed Cocktails: Your Drink Followed You Home From the Bar, and Isn’t Leaving

Santa Clara County’s mandatory closure of bars and restaurants has left a bit of a void for many. Some miss the food. Others, the socializing. For me, I miss the cocktails. While I am no stranger to executing high quality cocktails in a home setting,…

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Irish Whiskey: Enjoy the Water of Life on St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Whiskey: Enjoy the Water of Life on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has always been about family—whether it’s the family you inherit or the family you choose. Named a national holiday in Ireland in 1903, it holds deep religious meaning for Catholics. David Mulvehill, owner of O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub and Five Points Cocktail Bar,…

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South Valley Wineries Have a Good Year at Chronicle Wine Competition

South Valley Wineries Have a Good Year at Chronicle Wine Competition

Santa Clara Valley wines had an excellent year at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of its kind in North America—with over 6,700 entries this year—numerous South County winemakers took home numerous medals. One of the 66 wines in the sweepstakes…

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Stirred, Never Shaken: The Definitive Guide to a Real Martini

Stirred, Never Shaken: The Definitive Guide to a Real Martini

I’ll be blunt: You’ve probably never had a real martini. Like the beloved hamburger, the martini is universally loved but instantly modified. The tradition of customizing could have more to do with pop culture and less to do with preference. Let’s look at what a…

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A Growing Family

A Growing Family

Sidle to either side of the bar window at Besson Family’s mini-barn tasting room, and a great view awaits. For those who are inside looking out, the window frames 20 acres of old vines that meander down to Uvas Creek. Those on the outside looking…

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Local Wines Make a Great Holiday Gift

Local Wines Make a Great Holiday Gift

Those on the hunt for a last-minute gift may find their way to the bottle. A drink can help spur creativity, after all. And, of course, good drinks make for good presents. Whether one is in search of inspiration or just on the hunt for…

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San Jose Institution Henry’s Hi-Life Bids Farewell to Heroic Barkeep

San Jose Institution Henry’s Hi-Life Bids Farewell to Heroic Barkeep

Confluence Point is where the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek meet. It’s a gorgeous isthmus that rests below the shadow of the SAP Center. It’s where the salmon run, the amphibians frolic, and the beavers beave. It’s also where, every half century or so,…

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Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

Harvest Report: A Longer Season, Tasty Varietals

The 2019 wine harvest presented many hurdles to local vintners. However, plenty of winemakers in the Santa Clara Valley are optimistic about the product of a wet winter followed by a long summer, which stretched well into the fall. The late and protracted season led…

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The Branham Lounge celebrates 50 years with retro drink pricing, fondue

The Branham Lounge celebrates 50 years with retro drink pricing, fondue

Given the current popularity of mid-century decor, it isn’t hard to find a bar with an interior design like The Branham Lounge. Hues of deep mahogany and burgundy blend effortlessly with the leather-upholstered chairs. It’s easy to imagine Don Draper knocking back a few in…

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