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 >>
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 >>
Wines are often described as "jammy," but how often can you buy jam and wine from the same producer? Dry Creek Valley producer Quivira will sell you both, and some honey from the estate as well, with the help of some goats, bees, and manure-filled bull horns.
The goats mow the lawn, the bee ... More >>
The only sure way to develop your palate for wine is to taste more. When you get the chance to taste older, rarer, or more expensive wines than you might normally dink, take it.
That opportunity presents itself this Thursday at San Francisco Wine Center during the Wine Gavel pre-auction tastin ... More >>
Lou BustamanteSo much liquid nerdiness in such a beautiful spaceLast night's Shaker & Flask event was like being in a picturesque fun house--the gorgeous space, old bric-a-brac, and the dozen or so stations with bubbling and smoking cocktail experiments magnifying the allure. Spherification, ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanRussian River Brewing's Belgian-style beer sampler, $8.
A few of my vacation days last week were spent rambling around Sonoma, passing from the beer world to the wine world and back again. The difference between the two connoisseur cultures always cracks me up: the Springsteen-pl ... More >>