Sunset

Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 239, No. 4, October

Back to the Land
With its protective marine layer, deep redwood forests, and fertile grounds perfect for growing just about anything (legal or otherwise), Northern California's Mendocino County is inspiring a new generation. Meet the people who are redefining what...
Baja on Fire
DUST PLUMES behind my SUV as it veers along an unpaved track between vineyards, first to one edge, then to the other, to avoid the worst of the crevices. At the base of a hill, a bus straddles a gully crosscutting the road, marooned. It took a chance...
Beyond the Kale
nothing against kaié, but it's been hogging the leafy vegetable spotlight. So this year in the Sunset Test Garden, we decided to try out several alternative greens. Our favorites range from a delicate edible chrysanthemum to a radish grown more for its...
Beyond the Kale: This Fall and Winter, Diversify Your Garden and Your Kitchen with These Overlooked Greens
NOTHING AGAINST KALE, but it's been hogging the leafy vegetable spotlight. So this year in the Sunset Test Garden, we decided to try out several alternative greens. Our favorites range from a delicate edible chrysanthemum to a radish grown more for...
Color outside the Lines
MORGAN THORNE was living in a modest-size New York City apartment with her family of four when she came up with a vision of her dream home: "minimalist and concrete, with big glass windows." Then, a few years ago, the family relocated to San Francisco,...
Color outside the Lines: In Their Century-Old Home in San Francisco, a Family Adds Their Own Informal Twist on Tradition
MORGAN THORNE was living in a modest-size New York City apartment with her family of four when she came up with a vision of her dream home: "minimalist and concrete, with big glass windows." Then, a few years ago, the family relocated to San Francisco,...
Comfort Zones
GOOD-BYE, SWEATY SLEEPING BAG NIGHTS. Farewell, merciless mosquitoes. When the heat and summer crowds subside, that's your cue to get outside and camp. Yes, the days are getting shorter, but they're also full of color. And the magic continues after dark,...
Dinner with Friends
"WHEN IT COMES TO PARTIES, a little sensory overload is a good thing," says Kiri Fisher, owner of The Cheese School of San Francisco. At Sunset, we second that notion. That's why we invited some of our favorite people to the Sunset Test Gardens at...
Five Ways to Camp Right Now
GLAMP LEAVE THE DETAILS TO SOMEONE ELSE For family excursions without the sleepless nights, check into The Resort at Paws Up. Earlier this year, the Greenough, Montana, retreat debuted its secluded North Bank Camp, a small collection of two-...
In the Field
It was autumn in California wine country, but it felt more like a summer afternoon. The outdoor table at our Cornerstone Sonoma Test Gardens was set with striped linens and a runner made of Alethea Harampolis's blooms-so lush and painterly they served...
In the SUNSET KITCHEN
PANTRY UPGRADESpice it up"Supermarket chile flakes pre raw heat," says John Beaver, co-owner of Oaktown Spife Shop in Oakland. By contrast, sun-dried, coarsely ground Eastern Mediterranean chiles- Aleppo, Marash, and Urfa-"have complexity and nuance."...
Lofty Ambitions
For years, Daniel Farrar admired San Francisco's historic 1907 Clock Tower Building from afar. When he finally scored a ground-floor apartment in the structure, the exposed-brick walls, massive steel girders, and 12-foot-high windows didn't disappoint....
Lofty Ambitions: A Tech CEO Builds a High-Rise Kitchen Full of Smart Storage and Entertaining Ideas
For years, Daniel Farrar admired San Francisco's historic 1907 Clock Tower Building from afar. When he finally scored a ground-floor apartment in the structure, the exposed-brick walls, massive steel girders, and 12-foot-high windows didn't disappoint....
McMINNVILLE
Many people who come to McMinnville immediately hit the road, seeking out wine in the surrounding hills. But these days, you hardly need to leave city limits to experience the riches of the Willamette Valley. Downtown, you'll find 19thcentury brick buildings...
McMinnville: A Historic Downtown Plus a New Crop of Tasting Rooms and Restaurants Make This the Perfect Base Camp for a Wine-Country Pilgrimage
Many people who come to McMinnville immediately hit the road, seeking out wine in the surrounding hills. But these days, you hardly need to leave city limits to experience the riches of the Willamette Valley. Downtown, you'll find 19th-century brick...
New World Reds
BARBERA * Vina Moda 2014 Barbera (Sierra Foothills; $38). The variety's natural high acidity and tartness call for ripe fruit, which this wine delivers-its juicy berries meshing with the acidity in lovely balance. Boeger 201S Barbera (El Dorado;...
New World Roses
GRENACHE ROSE cliffamily.com * Clif Family Winery 2016 Rose of Grenache (Mendocino; $26). Sipping this wine recalls licking a dripping strawberry popsicle on a summer day. Bright strawberry and watermelon flavors and crisp acidity make it a real...
New World Sparklers
VINTAGE BRUT * Gloria Ferrer 2005 Carneros Cuvee (Carneros; $75). Still youthful 12 years after primary fermentation, but with 9 years on the lees, this biscuity bubbly is complex and succulent, with richness, depth, and structure. Asian pear, spiced...
New World Whites
ALBARINO * Bokisch Vineyards 2016 Terra Alta Vineyard Albarino (Clements Hills, Lodi; $18). Intense white flower, lemongrass, and peach aromas and flavors carried by a lively spritzy texture and mouthwatering finish. Abacela 2016 Albarino (Umpqua...
Old World Sparklers
VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE * Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Brut (Champagne AOC; $65). Fresh, crisp citrus and apple fruit blends with toast, honey, and hazelnut for a complex wine with a creamy mousse and a fine bead of bubbles. VINTAGE ROSE CHAMPAGNE...
Old World Wines
FRENCH WHITE Cave de Roquebrun 2016 "Col de L'Orb" Blanc (Saint-Chinian AOC; $13) Criterion 2015 Chablis (Chablis AOC; $20) FRENCH ROSE * Mirabeau en Provence 2016 "Etoile" Rose (Cotes de Provence AOP; $25). Orchard-blossom aromas, light...
Party on the Go
This Halloween, you've vowed, you and your kids won't end up eating mini Milky Way bars for dinner again. But how to make that happen? The trick is to plan ahead and pack a fun dinner that's easy to eat on the go or right afterward. Provide your favorite...
The Best Wines of the Year
When 48 of the West's top wine tasters judge almost 3,000 bottles, the results yield terrific insider tips for drinking well. We've mined our Gold Medal winners from this year's Sunset International Wine Competition for trends that will put the best...
The New Winery Garden
WANDERING THE GROUNDS of a typical Northern California winery, visitors are often greeted with a classic Tuscan landscape. But when Daniel Nolan was hired to redesign the gardens at Calistoga winery Cios Pegase (clospegase.com), he had something else...
The New Winery Garden: A Napa Valley Vineyard Installs a Low-Water Landscape That Appeals to Wine Enthusiasts, Art Lovers, and Plant Nerds
WANDERING THE GROUNDS of a typical Northern California winery, visitors are often greeted with a classic Tuscan landscape. But when Daniel Nolan was hired to redesign the gardens at Calistoga winery Clos Pegase (clospegase.com), he had something else...
Trout BLT
TROUT BLT SERVES 4/40 MINUTES Farm-raised rainbow trout are one of the most sustainable fish you can buy. Butterflied, they cook in minutes, and their rich but delicate flavor takes the BLT to a new level. 8 slices thick-cut bacon 4 (8 oz.) whole...
Weeknight Cooking
YOGURT-MARINATED LAMB SKEWERSSERVES 6/30 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING TIMEYogurt is marinade magic: Its mild lactic acid tenderizes meat and keeps it moist. This version, flavored with Indian spices, takes just a few minutes to make the night before.1 ½...
Your Checklist
PLANT Think you don't have room for a Persian parrotia? A new columnar type called Persian Spire grows just 25 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Its purple new leaves mature to purple-fringed green, then turn brilliant red and gold in fall. Plant perennializing...
Your Guide to Guadalupe
Get here The Guadalupe Valley is an easy two-hour drive from San Diego along the coast-just pack your passport and head south. Arm yourself with a map of La Ruta del Vino (descubrebajacalifornia.com); the signage is good on the main roads, but GPS...
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