Magazine article Sunset

Life of the Party

Magazine article Sunset

Life of the Party

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CERTAIN DAYS at Sunset, the communal tables by the Test Kitchen practically groan under the weight of wine bottles. A Hughes Family Cabernet blend with lush fruit and good structure; an unusual skin-fermented Chardonnay from Scribe. In the midst of it all sits Sara Schneider with her notebook, swirling and sipping and scribbling away (and wisely tipping most of the contents of her glass into a spittoon). A coworker wanders in, checks out the lineup, pulls up a chair; then another curious colleague, then three. Pretty soon we have a bit of a party--at 4 p.m. on a weekday in Oakland's Jack London Square. It's one of the many reasons why working at Sunset is like no other game in town.

Sara, of course, is Sunset's wine editor, a woman of industry-wide renown paired with uncommon modesty. She epitomizes what Sunset's wine coverage should be: approachable, incisive, fun. This issue reflects her sensibility--casual yet celebratory, a laid-back approach to the good life. Inside you'll find the results of the fifth annual Sunset International Wine Competition (page 97), a spectacular weekend event capped by an epic dinner at Sonoma's Buena Vista Winery that will go down in wine-soaked infamy. …

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