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    December 28, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Know Your Sparkling Wine

    The end of the year brings many things: family, parties, and lots of sparkling wine. While we love cocktails, it's this time of year we simply give in to any and all excuses for bubbly. It's like wine that got bedazzled. While our mental image of sparkling wine mostly stays fixed on Champagne, the ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Puttin' on the Bix

    Veering off Montgomery onto Gold Street, a little, almost nondescript alley, feels like slipping into a hidden passageway. Walking along it I get the thrill of being in on a secret, what I imagine was half the fun of prohibition era speakeasies. The tidy little street doesn't stand out for any parti ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012
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    November 2, 2012

    Good For the Wallet, Good for the Glass: Talking Holiday Wines With Bi-Rite's Trac Le

    There are fine wines. And then there are the ones to bust out on a near-daily basis: end of the day. Your widescreen TV is glowing. Maybe your friends are headed over. Or you decided to cozy up with that furry pet of yours... all relevant cases for a glass or two of decent and not overpriced wine. T ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 31, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Apple Brandy Sour at Presidio Social Club

    With apple season in full force, and the weather kicking its final throws of Indian Summer, the cold weather cocktail season officially begins. At Presidio Social Club, bar manager Tim Stookey is adding two new drinks to the line up designed to unfog our lenses for a bit. The fall leaf red Picante ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in S.F.

    It's the most magical time of the year, at least for those of us who love liters of German beer flowing like water: Oktoberfest! Like the good festival city it is, San Francisco has plenty of options for celebrating the traditional German party, from the official Oktoberfest by the Bay to more sedat ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Annals of Sad Press Releases: The Jellinator

    Occasionally we receive a press release so sweet and misguided that we feel it's our professional duty to share it. Case in point: The Jellinator, a new kitchen gadget invented by a husband-and-wife team who claim to be "quite the jello shot enthusiasts," and have come up with a solution to ease the ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Taylor's Tonics Unveils The Fizzary Soda Pop & Candy Shop

    The Fizzary opened on August 27 in the Mission District, where it shares a block with Mission Pie. Nostalgic candies beckon from tables around the room. The varied confectionery assortment offers things like swirled candy sticks in flavors that veer toward the grown up (horehound), Necco wafers in ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012
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    August 29, 2012
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    August 29, 2012
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    August 8, 2012

    Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Double DBA

    In today's booming craft beer renaissance, there are plenty of breweries whose reputation is staked on brewing one style of beer particularly well. Some brewers make a name for themselves by almost exclusively brewing dry, West Coast IPAs. Others amass a following with a sludgy imperial stout that p ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012
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    July 20, 2012

    S.F., You Have Some Damn Fine Arnold Palmers

    Every six months I resolve to kick my Diet Coke habit and develop a short-lived enthusiasm for a caffeinated mid-afternoon alternative. You name it, I've tried it: kombucha, yerba mate, iced tea, BibiCaffe, cold-brewed coffee, on and on. Eventually I always drift back to the real thing. This time i ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    BBQ & Wine: Pairings for Your Holiday Grilling

    A mid-week 4th of July timing either means you'll have a lot of mid-week BBQ days, or almost none at all. So we'll suggest some wines from our recent tastings to cover you from a quick prep on the light side to a heavy-weight overnight marinade big meat bonanza. Light Pick - For a light BBQ leanin ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Gary Farrell's New Wines: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River

    Early high-end wine efforts in Napa focused on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay while Sonoma experimented with Chardonnay and Zinfandel. Around 1970 a few visionaries planted Pinot Noir in Russian River's cooler regions. Gary Farrell was one of them. Many assumed great pinot noir couldn't be produ ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012
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    May 31, 2012

    Sommelier Q & A with Urban Tavern's Steve Kleinfeld

    Steve Kleinfeld C.S., General Manager of Urban Tavern, has built a wine list focused on wines with a sustainable focus to serve his mix of local and hotel guests. We have five questions for Sommeliers, and we hit him with them -- and then we can't resist dishing a bit below about his answers. Stev ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Golden Gate 75th Celebration in Cocktails

    With the official 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend, the festivities will also come in cocktail form.* At Aurea inside the Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill, they're serving the St. Charles Punch ($12, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Fonsecca Terra Bella Organic Rub ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    James Freeman, Blue Bottle Coffee Founder, Just Wrote the Book on Coffee

    Any good San Franciscan knows how to muse over a cup of coffee. We can't help but remembering fondly the coffee drinkers at Four Barrel who continued sipping obliviously as two burglars used this hipster hotspot as an attempted escape route last November. I've sat in many a coffee shop, eavesdr ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Top Sommelier Tips with Gabriele Originario of La Mar

    Sommeliers spend all day with wine, and are a great resource for new finds. They're the "friend on the inside" that can help you suss out the best values on their wine lists. With that in mind, we've come up with a short suite of questions that we're posing to some of our favorite area sommeliers to ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    San Francisco's 10 Best Wine Lists

    San Francisco is one of the best places in the world to drink young wines, particularly those with attitude, from many different places. Sommeliers here are passionate and their wine lists reflect it. We don't have many older wines on lists because restaurants turn over so quickly that they don't ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2012
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    March 27, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Pine Ridge's $9.99 Crowd Pleaser/Polarizer

    Pine Ridge is one of those Napa brands that people have collected and saved since before Napa wines became the rage across the 1% that actually have cellars to store wine in. The producer brought French thinking and balance to California wine making, producing great wines that became greater with ti ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Wine of the Week: La Sirena's Moscato Azul and Syrah Santa Ynez

    ​ Heidi Barrett's family has been making wine in Napa long before the valley became a world-renowned wine destination. Barrett is one of Napa's rock-star winemakers, best known for bringing in perfect scores from some critics for her work at Screaming Eagle. If you don't care about Napa, or rock ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Ritual's Tex Bohlin Talks Competitive Coffee and Raw Steak Whip Cream

    ​​​​In an effort to chart the ever-expanding specialty coffee scene in the Bay Area, we've been engaging a selection of local coffee personalities to pick their brains about why coffee and why now.  With the 2012 Regional Barista Championship occurring this past weekend, we spoke to Rit ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2012
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    March 7, 2012
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    March 6, 2012

    Josiah Baldivino, Lead Sommelier of Michael Mina, Dishes About Wine

    ​SFoodie's Ben Narasin sat down with Josiah Baldivino, Lead Sommelier of Michael Mina, to talk about wine. You moved here from NYC, so what differences do you see between how people order wine on the left coast versus the right? People order a lot more local things out here, and they're quick to ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    In Pursuit of Balance: Celebrate the California Wines That Get Amount of Alcohol Right

    ​At most gathering of wine-folk, talk eventually turns to the topic of high-alcohol wines. Personally, I'm not too opinionated on the matter just so long as the alcohol is in balance as an element of the wine. But that balance is harder to achieve as the alcohol content climbs higher. If a fr ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Imbibe Federalist Dueling Pistols in Honor of Aaron Burr

    There's a new wine sheriff in Zin town, and its name is Dueling Pistols. Corny, I know, but the label alone could have you looking for a gun fight. Dueling Pistols is a new wine, first vintage, from a new project, The Federalist, which itself is only in its second vintage. The Federalist is Terla ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Drink of the Week: A Flight Through Cocktail History

    ​In a brilliant effort to showcase the significant differences spirits can have on a cocktail, Locanda's new bar director Gabriel Lowe (formerly of Beretta and Delerosa) has been quietly adding cocktail flights to the menu. Taking a classic recipe, he presents a triptych of sorts, swapping out bas ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Blue Plate Chenin Blanc Is Worth Getting to Know

    Each wine region of France is home to a variety of grape used in wines bearing that region's name. From Vouvray comes chenin blanc. If you're a dessert wine-enthusiast, you probably know that chenin makes for exceptionally sweet wines, including Quarts des Charmes from the Loire, which are among the ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    La Paulée: Try Great Burgundy on a Budget -- or Drop Four Grand on It

    ​Wether you have $4,000 or $95 to spend on your Burgundy education, La Paulée has an option for you. You probably can't go further toward an extreme Burgundy education and experience than through a ticket ($4,000) to La Paulée de San Francisco's Legends Dinner at the Napa Valley Reserve. ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Planning for SF Beer Week Day 6: Gypsies and Nostalgia

    ​SF Beer Week is officially half way over. By this point, you've become something of a gypsy yourself: a beer nomad who wanders between tastings and beer dinners, you haven't changed your clothes, shaved or showered in five days. You've come to resemble Jack Sparrow, but with less eyeliner and, so ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Shake Ridge Red

    ​In Champagne, most big-name "houses" buy their grapes from multiple growers and blend them to achieve consistency -- Veuve is Veuve whenever you drink it. But if you talk to Somms in the city, you'll most likely find that they favor grower-producers, those wine makers who grow their grapes. Latel ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Happy Goat's Scotch Caramel Sauce

    Happy Goat's Scotch Caramel Sauce is a revelation. The caramel first woos you with a sweet hit of fragrant Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean. Next comes the seduction of 12-year-aged single malt Scotch whiskey from Aberlour. The finish is a subtle twinge of earthiness. No sign of cloying over-swee ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    SF Beer Week: Weekend Update Edition

    You made it! You've gone through nearly a year of SF Beer Week ( withdrawal. The 355 days of cold sweats, long nights, and detox shakes are about to pay off in a big way. Get all your errands out of the way now, because for the next ten days you won't have time for petty incon ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Boot & Shoe Service's Jim Seishas Talks About the Other Side of Restaurant Coffee

    ​ Boot & Shoe Service is respected in the coffee industry as a restaurant that avoids the usual scenario of fantastic food and poor coffee. SFoodie spoke to Jim Seishas, coffee manager at Boot & Shoe Service and sister restaurant Pizzaiolo, about what makes coffee important to his establi ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Winos of the World Unite at Pinot Noir Summit

    No, but it may rain wine at the Pinot Noir Summit.​What: 10th Pinot Noir Summit Where: Hilton Financial District When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $130 for an all day ticket, $85 for the Grand Awards Tasting and Ceremony. The rundown: Hang out with wine lovers and ABC ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Waterstone Merlot and Cabernet

    Sometimes you have to go a long way to find a local wine. For this week's wine(s), we turned to Canada. Actually, Canada came to us in the form of our friend Dups, and his iPhone image of a Waterstone Cabernet. He asked if we knew it. We didn't . He liked it, we tried it, and now here we are. Wa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    What's White Burgundy like? Find Out for Less with Gary Farrell

    The View From Gary Farrell​According to William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., aka The Prince of Pinot, "Some consider Gary Farrell the father of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir." While Gary himself has long ago left the vineyard, the fog-shrouded winery he built with Bill Hambrecht is still producing pr ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Wine(s) of the Week: Riesling

    ​If you've followed Jay McInerney's move from chronicler of a generation to scribe of that generation's current obsession, wine, you may have seen his 2012 resolution to "Drink more Riesling." His insight that "every wine merchant and sommelier you encounter will think you're cool if you ask for ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Blue Bottle Unleashes Bottled Iced Coffee

    ​It's a big year for high-grade iced coffee. Portland's big-and-getting-bigger Stumptown unleashed bottled "stubbies" of cold-brewed goodness in May. La Colombe followed suit in August with iced coffee encased in elegant containers, and Grady's large bottles of New Orleans Cold Brew showed up seem ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Tuck Beckstoffer's 2009 Melee

    ​If you aren't a wine geek, you may not recognize the name Tuck Beckstoffer. Beckstoffer's family owns a variety of premium vineyards and has historically sold fruit to some of Napa Valley's best. Their TO Kalon vineyard is so sought after, and of such exceptional quality, that it is often credite ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Brooke Arthur, Wo Hing's Cocktail Creator, on the Mission's Cocktail Culture

    Lou Bustamante​Few in the bar industry have been on such a consistent and stellar climb as Brooke Arthur. With a rare combination of remarkable talent, humility, and good nature, it's no surprise Arthur has been tapped to lead such high profile bar programs such as Range, Prospect, and now Charles ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Mercury Rising Bordeaux-Style Tastes Pricier Than it Costs

    "Exceptional value-per-dollar ratio" is how Cinnabar, or at least their publicist, promotes their wines. Based on our tasting of their 2008 California Mercury Rising "Bordeaux-style" wine, we see substance in the statement. ​ We taste wines blind-ish. We don't brown bag and mix them up to confus ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    J Rosé's New Clear Bottle Helps Holidays Sparkle

    Holiday party e-vites are filling our inboxs, and the calendar is already looking like a mostly completed crossword puzzle with lots of full boxes and only inconvenient white space. All those parties means hostess gifts, or, if you are the host or hostess, the gift of expectation -- the expectation ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    The Blue Bottle Coffee Cart Finds a New Home in the Castro

    neilconwayA Blue Bottle latte​The Blue Bottle Coffee Cart has had a long and rocky journey to its newfound location. Originally slated to be a part of the all but aborted Dolores Park food cart project, Blue Bottle's attempt at mobile coffee brought a hailstorm of criticism from local business ... More >>

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