‘We’re all in this together’: How Peninsula restaurants are adapting to pandemic-related issues

At the onset of the pandemic, many establishments sought relief with government grants. ateo County invested $22.8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief for small businesses with 354 grants totaling $3.54 million given to restaurants, wineries and breweries, according to a county representative. But with these wells drying up and funds spent, restaurants are making ends meet by being creative and fostering the community they have.

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Welcome to Wunderbar: Peek inside the underground cocktail bar inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales

Wunderbar opens at Wursthall in San Mateo The Wunderbar may have a private entrance and require reservations, but it's not a speakeasy, says general manager Xian Choy. It's a cozier, more relaxed space. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Amberg) At Wunderbar, descend underground to feel like you're entering a different world. Take a seat in a black-lit nook or cozy banquette, and sip on a storied cocktail. The intimate cocktail bar, located in ...

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The 2020 vintage: How Peninsula wineries are struggling—and innovating — during the pandemic

Zoom tastings, DoorDash delivery and vineyard yoga are all on the table as local wineries navigate a year of Covid and wildfires Guests attending a fundraising wine tasting event in November at Kings Mountain Vineyards in Woodside sit at distanced tables. (Photo by Federica Armstrong) Zoom tastings, DoorDash delivery and vineyard yoga are all on the table as local wineries navigate a year of Covid and wildfires Testarossa Winery started 2020 on a ...

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Bubbles on the rise: Silicon Valley vintners open up to sparkling wine

Peninsula wineries are tapping into California’s forgotten knack for producing quality bubbly By Carol Maskus “Sparkling wines are pretty versatile with food, are great aperitifs and generally make people happy — what’s not to like?” (Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons) Most of us need a little nudge to open up a bottle of sparkling wine—celebratory occasions like a birthday or anniversary—but otherwise tend to dismiss it the rest of the year. In this regard, Valentine’s Day not ...

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Short and sweet: our list of luscious (and local) dessert wines for the holiday

Silicon Valley wineries offer up some fantastic finishes to your feast By Carol Maskus Merry and bright: we found six local dessert wines to keep your holidays festive. (Photo by Charles Russo) Chocolate torte, Buche de Noel, rugelach, sweet potato pie: a big part of holiday feasting is the dessert. And while we often go all out for dessert over the holidays, we typically neglect to properly pair our sweets with appropriate drinks. This can leave ...

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