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Inside Wine Country

From locally inspired recipes to essays on winemaking, these new books have it all.



Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook

By John Ash

In his fourth book, the nationally renowned Santa Rosa chef, author, teacher, and James Beard Award winner explores the American mainstay, from its history to its many delicious uses. In addition to chicken, chapters explore eggs, turkey, duck, and goose, as well as small birds, such as quail and guinea fowl. Ash sheds light on how birds are grown and processed, and what to look for when buying them. Use the hefty index to find mouthwatering recipes to try at home, including chicken Waldorf salad, quiche Lorraine, and grilled green curry game hens. Available for Kindle and iPad, and in hardcover. chefjohnash.com.
 

Stone Edge Farm Cookbook

By John McReynolds

The Stone Edge Farm culinary director’s first book has been a long time coming, and is brimming with more than 100 recipes and 300 stunning photographs. McReynolds deftly writes about how he uses local and foraged foods in his cooking, and concludes the book with a conversation about food and wine pairings between Jeff Baker, Stone Edge’s winemaker, and proprietor Mac McQuown. The book also features essays on gardening, winemaking, and vineyards, including a poem by the Sonoma winery’s own viticulturist, Phil Coturri. Available in hardcover. stoneedgefarm.com.
 

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste

By Jon Bonné

In his first book, the acclaimed San Francisco Chronicle wine editor explores the wine revolution and takes readers on a tour of California’s lesser-known growing areas, from the Sierra Foothills to the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Santa Rita Hills. The 300-page coffee-table book concludes with winery maps and a list of the best producers and wines available. “Each section addresses an aspect of what I’ve come to believe: This is the best time in a generation to drink California wine,” he writes. Available for Kindle and iPad, and in hardcover. jonbonne.com/the-new-california-wine/.

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Margrit’s Memoirs

With her platinum bob, Margrit Mondavi has long been a fixture in Wine Country, but rarely do people get such an intimate look into her life as with her new book, Margrit Mondavi’s

Toque of the Town

The transcendence of chef Michael Chiarello’s culinary stardom.

Pedal for Pinot

Explore Wine Country off road and up close with Napa Valley Bike Tours’ unique Cycling in the Vineyards program.

Wine Country Times Ten

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8 Restaurants to Try in Calistoga

Eat your way through Napa Valley’s overlooked dining destination.

Retail Therapy

Treasures abound in these unique boutiques.

Foodie Destination Among the Vines

Ram’s Gate Winery Culinary Director Taylr Behnam Cuneo pairs food and wine for delicious—and unexpected—results.

A Sweet Deal

The triumphant return of pastry chef Patrick Fahy to the French Laundry.

The Best New Bites

Wine Country is going global, with these new, intriguing, international-themed eateries.

Wine Country Boom

Over the past 40 years, Napa and Sonoma have transformed from tranquil country towns into bustling world-class food and wine destinations. Here’s how.

A Wish Upon A Star

Eat Like the Pros

Rivera brothers Steve and Jared are launching their Webby Award–winning app, Chefs Feed, in Napa and Sonoma. It just might change how—and where—you eat.