Field Trip: Food, Wine, and Music at San Francisco’s Outside Lands

fatted calf The weather defied everyone’s expectations—80-degree days are a real rarity in San Francisco. Perhaps that’s what had everyone in such high spirits at Outside Lands. Of course, it could also have been the amazing music, great food, and stellar wines. Music might have been the main draw, but we were content to spend our Festival days at the Outside Lands wine tent, sampling California wines and pairing them with some of the great food offerings (think Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam, Hog Island oysters barbecued or on the half shell, and Fatted Calf sausage sandwiches). The dish that had

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Field Trip: Winehaven at Outside Lands

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There aren’t many wineries in California that focus on Spanish varietals. For Louisa Lindquist California’s Mediterranean climate and the distinct grapes of Spain seemed like a perfect match. Her longtime love of Albariño and Tempranillo and the perfect setting of California’s Central Valley has produced Verdad, the winery she runs with her husband, Bob Lindquist (who we profiled earlier this week). Louisa's wines express the true flavors of these old world varietals and the unique California terroir in which they're grown. We asked her what type of music she’d pair with her wines and what she'd eat for her last meal on earth.

James Beard Foundation:
What music pairs best with your wines?

Louisa Lindquist:
Jazzy,... Read more >

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Field Trip: Winehaven at Outside Lands

qupe_200x250Bob Lindquist loves baseball, rock n’ roll, and wine. He’s been in the wine business since 1975 and a winemaker since 1982, when he founded Qupé in the Central Coast appellation of California. Bob’s main focus is Rhône varietals, produced using grapes from some of the best vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, most notably Bien Nacido Vineyard, which Bob founded with Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen (a JBF Award winner) and where Qupé is located. So, what does this prolific California winemaker think about music and wine? James Beard Foundation: Are there foods or flavors that inspire your winemaking style? Bob Lindquist: Our winery has grown parallel to the evolution of “California cuisine” and the search for fresh local

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Field Trip: San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

0827_outsidelands_427x318 Next week, the Beard Foundation is taking a rather unusual field trip—to a music festival. It might sound like an odd match at first, but hear us out. Outside Lands takes place in one of America’s greatest food cities, San Francisco, and that important fact hasn’t been overlooked by its creators. They are giving the wines and food of California top billing with Winehaven and A Taste of the Bay Area. Twenty-five wineries, from big name trailblazers like Au Bon Climat and Bonny Doon to the next generation of

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