Fall Cognac Crawl – SF Version

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When I first began my spirit studies in earnest, I knew nothing about Cognac, save for the ancient bottle of Hennessy in my stash, inherited from one friends’ move or another. As time went on, and as I build my cocktail catalog, I learned about the diversity and deliciousness of the amber queen. Enter the […]

Ready, Set, Lunch!

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Hidden in the depths of a cozy bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, a secret lurks:  A delicious, inventive pop up called Lunchpad SF.  The Lunchpad has been serving lunch and brunch for the last three years, transforming this hip evening hangout in to a great day time destination. Featured in 7X7 Magazine’s list of San […]

5 Indian Summer Cocktails that the Drapers Would Die For

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Walking through the doors of the historic Clift Hotel in San Francisco, you can almost smell the years of cigar smoke and high powered financial deals that linger in the wood lined lobby.  Long the bastion of high powered deal making, the Clift opened it’s doors in 1913 by Frederick Clift on a family property, […]

Zinning in to 2013 – **WINNERS ANNOUNCED**

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Happy New Year!  How the heck is it the second week of 2013 already?  Wowzah. But here were are, smack dab in the middle of a chilly winter in San Francisco; what better time to celebrate America’s Heritage Grape than a cold winter night?  Celebrating 22 years of Zinfandel, this year’s event will be just […]

A barrel of monkeys, and some wine…

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There is something about having a local watering hole in walking distance, where everybody knows your name, and the wine flows.  No, it’s not Cheers, and thank god I don’t have a Cliff Claven sitting next to me, but I do have a fantastic new wine bar to tell you about. Barrique Wine Bar, in […]

A little sun in the city

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Ah, Sonoma.  That illustrious wine growing region to the north.  Oh the delicious pinot, zinfandel, and other wines created there!  Well, here in San Francisco, sometimes it’s hard to get up there.  Traffic, time, gas, etc. Fortunately for us city dwellers, Sonoma is coming to the city!  This week, through a series of tastings and events, […]

Crushing it in Dogpatch

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Oh no you say!  Not another “do it yourself” urban winery!  Ok, I’d have to agree – that was my first reaction when I got the press release about Dogpatch Wine Works.  Since Crushpad abandoned their urban winery projects and effectively dumped its consumer based wine program after its move to Napa (and subsequent move […]

Support your local grape!

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As I was reading through my backlog of blogs, I came across my favorite Caveman, Mike Wangbickler, who reminded me that this week is the second annual Regional Wine Week. I’ve long been an advocate of shopping locally to somehow, in some tiny way, support my local merchants.  It can be challenging and expensive in […]