For the first time, Sonoma-Cutrer Winery is opening its doors to the public, showcasing its newly renovated tasting room. Best known for crisp, lean Chardonnays and precise winemaking methods, this winery uses the traditional Burgundian style to craft standout wines.
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Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and former regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, addresses health issues and offers advice on this Oprah spin-off. For standby tickets, audiences should met at the NBC Tour Desk in the NBC Experience Store at 8 a.m. on taping days. Free.
Off the beaten path just north of Napa, Villa La Brenta boasts volcanic, rocky, hilly soil-superb terroir for red wine production, like the estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The winery's 16th century architecture includes extensive terraces overlooking 65 acres of vineyards and gardens. Tastings and tours open to the public.
Bountiful plantings, ample seating and views of the river and cove are at this plaza also contains a permanent volleyball court, where there's often a game in progress.
Escape to Italy in North Beach at Bocce Cafe, where you'll find a vast selection of typical Italian dishes, from pizzas to pastas to veal parmigiana and chicken piccata. Dine among the twinkling lights on the outdoor patio for a true retreat. Live music F-Sa. L, D (daily).
This tiny new Eastlake spot serves up local flavors like house-pickled veggies, inspired sandwiches, big, hearty salads, and more.
Chef Bruno Vrignon mastered the art of French cooking with Paul Bocuse at his legendary restaurant in Lyon, France. Diners get an authentic Paris brasserie experience with French onion soup, croque monsieur, escargot, salmon in a Provencal ratatouille, and roasted breast of duck and leg confit in a spicy honey sauce. Epcot admission required. Reservations recommended.
A spin-off of the ever-popular Slanted Door restaurant in the Ferry Building, this more casual take on locally loved chef Charles Phan's Vietnamese cuisine offers favorites like the crispy imperial rolls, daikon rice cakes, Dungeness crab with cellophane noodles, braised short ribs and shaking beef. The chic Pacific Heights location serves every meal of the day in a casual and cool neighborhood setting. The Westfield Centre location offers harried shoppers a one-stop source for efficient table service and carry-out.
In addition to contemporary installations, new media and photography from resident artists, this space also hosts performances, workshops and panels. Tues-Sat noon-6 p.m. Wheelchair accessible.
Specialty pizzas include butternut squash puree, cream of truffle and finished with mushrooms and fresh mozzarella, and a version blanketed with sliced potatoes, sausage and smoked mozzarella. L & D (daily).