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Scratch and sniff: Now for whiskey, too!

If you liked Richard Betts’ Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, which we featured in the February 2014 issue of Sunset, you owe it to yourself to check out the Boulder-based writer‘s latest book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (due out Oct. 6; $22; Houghton Mifflin).

Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

Your 2015 fall reading list: Editors’ favorite books of the West

Requiem for a Duck

With heavy hearts, we learned that the Ducks—those decidedly un-glamorous, tourist-laden amphibious vehicles you might have seen cruising around Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Embarcadero, and even in the Bay, outside AT&T Park—will quack no more in San Francisco.