Which Wine Pairs with Oscar?

Watch Cristoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds and enjoy a glass of Henriot NV Brut Souverain Champagne
 

It’s hard to get through Sonoma County without tripping over a sommelier. They’re everywhere, haunting the humblest of cafés and teaching sparkling wine classes in caves. It wouldn’t be surprising to find one at the Healdsburg 7-Eleven giving suggestions for your beef jerky-Funions combo. But award-winning wine writer and Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar sommelier Christopher Sawyer stands out because he has combined two of his passions, wine and film, to become the nation’s go-to guy on what to drink while watching movies.
 

Saskatoon Opens in Atlanta

The dining room of Saskatoon restaurant in Atlanta
The dining room of Saskatoon restaurant in Atlanta
by Becky Sauer

 

Wild game is the name of the game at just-opened Saskatoon in Atlanta, a mere 2,000 miles away from its Canadian namesake. The fine dining menu features elk, bear and pheasant as well as unusually presented steaks, seafood and poultry dishes. The rustic theme is also present in the hunting lodge-like design, including stone walls, mounted trophies, and an antler chandelier.

 

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Chicago’s Chaise Lounge becomes The Southern

Johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farm pork and chow chow are on the menu at The Southern. Photo courtesy of J. Lasky.
Johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farm pork and chow chow are on the menu at The Southern. Photo courtesy of J. Lasky.

by Jennifer Olvera

 

Chaise Lounge has officially become The Southern, a Chicago drinking den where comfort food gets a sometimes-irreverent spin. The cocktails? Classic. The tunes? Southern rock. As for the food, chef Cary Taylor kicks off the edited menu with aged cheddar cheese straws with truffle mayo, hush puppies with smoked trout and Johnny cakes with Gunthorp Farm pork and chow chow.

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The New GM

Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz
Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz

Bob Lutz Drives Home a Few Key Points for the Energized Automaker and the Industry as a Whole

 

by Alain Gayot
 

 

From his early upbringing in Zurich and cross educational platforms in Lausanne and UC Berkeley to a five year stint as a US Marine Naval Aviator, Vice Chairman of GM Robert Lutz has been a citizen of the auto world. With positions at General Motors in Europe starting in 1963, BMW, Ford Europe and U.S., Chrysler and back in the General ranks since 2002, the multi-lingual executive wants to hang on until his “Intense Focus on Superior Products” doctrine sticks at The New GM. “Our J.D. Power Initial Quality Study results are at par with Honda and Toyota… and we can still do much better,” claims Lutz. “Residual values for our new models are up,” he added, “sales are up, and we are energized with the launch of the Volt in the fall of 2010.”

 

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Farmstead Restaurant in California Wine Country

Meatballs from Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena, California
Meatballs with caramelized mirepoix and tomato marmalade from Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena, California

by Tiffany Maleshefski

 

St. Helena wasn’t always just the cute, hip-meets-hippy town one happened to drive through on the way to Yountville. No, back in its prime, St. Helena was where you stopped, had dinner, maybe stayed a couple of nights at a bed and breakfast, so you could stroll around the main square with your hot morning buns and cup of coffee.

 

Farmstead Restaurant and the Long Meadow Ranch tasting room, a new venture from the people who own and operate the Long Meadow Ranch, might be what makes St. Helena a destination again, not just a picturesque pit stop.

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