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.

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On the Menu: Summer's Bounty

Chefs & Champagne The open sky, a beautiful field, and one big tent. Nothing says summer to us like our annual Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons. There’s sunshine, lots of bubbly, and of course, the best food of the season. All the usual suspects are there—heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and plenty of fresh fish—lovingly dressed up by some of the most acclaimed chefs in the nation. What are we looking forward to? Missy Robbins’ ricotta sformato with zucchini, mint, and lemon; Marc Forgione’s watermelon soup with jumbo lump crab and wild clover honey; Craig Hopson’s duck confit and green mango salad with mizuna and honey vinaigrette; and

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Wine Wisdom: Natalie MacLean

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We asked sommelier, writer, and four-time Beard Award winner Natalie MacLean to tell us her favorite summertime wines that don't cost an arm and a leg. Best Patio Sipper: Ca’ Del Solo Vineyard Muscat 2007 (Monterey, CA): Medium-bodied and slightly off-dry white. About $17. Best Poolside Chiller: Nobilo Regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (New Zealand): Pure grassy goodness! About $16. Best Barbecue Quaffer: Peter Lehmann Shiraz Grenache 2005 (Australia): A full-bodied palate-whacker of a wine. About $15.

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Snack: Gastroteca

If you happen to run into chef Jody Williams tonight (she's a part of the live blogging posse) and you feel inclined to talk about her lovely place Gottino, what ever you do, do not call it a wine bar, even if you say it is the bestest most charming wine bar in the universe, you will be rebuffed. It is a gastroteca. Someone please alert Websters.

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