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Ham, Lamb & Wine

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Unless you’re a vegetarian, you’re probably planning to dine on ham or lamb this weekend for Easter and Passover- yummy! You’re also probably contemplating, maybe stressing, what wine to pair with either of those special holiday meats. And if you need Kosher, the options seem even more limited. Below is my suggestions for types (and Read the full article…

From Italy and SF With Love

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From Italy with love … Biodivino wine store sits in the heart of San Francisco and a stones throw away from California wine country while declaring allegiance to all things Italian. Not only does the Russian Hill area of San Francisco have one of my favorite restaurants and several highly prized wine bars, but there’s Read the full article…

In Praise of Wineries Going Green

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Earth Day is an annual reminder of our responsibilities toward our planet and that we all have our part, no matter how big or small. The wine industry is not exclude. Whether independent wineries, wine bars and retail store, or large worldwide wine related corporations, this is an industry that has a huge impact on Read the full article…

The Golden Statue Cocktail

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Tonight is the night when the stars will gather. The stars of Hollywood, that is, to honor its own. Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, and Best director, just to name a few categories recognized at the formal festivities of the Academy Awards. At its core is a special little statue called Oscar. Also gathering for the Read the full article…

A Movie & A Drink

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AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … The best films of 2014 paired with stellar drinks. Before wine for me, there were movies. It’s hard to say which has a stronger tug at my heart now, but no doubt about it, movies were my first love and I am still a die hard, self-confessed cinephile (as Read the full article…

Sips with Soul 2015

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Wine tasters and foodies will converge in San Francisco for the Sips with Soul wine tasting event at 1300 Fillmore restaurant/lounge on the 10th. The second annual event honoring African American vintners for Black History Month is a feast of delicious small bites and wine samples. The food, prepared by 1300 Fillmore chef David Lawrence, Read the full article…

Together Naturally

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I don’t get to SoCal often, but the last couple visits,  I and several friends ended up having two of the best dinners we’ve ever had at two amazing, relatively new restaurants, Sotto and Alma.  Part of the foodie adventure was not just due to the decor, vibe and eats, but also to the accompanying Read the full article…

A Revolution in Taste & California Tastemakers

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I have been devouring my latest book purchase, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste. in it, San Francisco Chronicle wine writer, Jon Bonne explores emerging California wine producers that are rejecting the status quo style of California winemaking that crept in since late 90s. You Read the full article…

Tequila Mockingbird

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An English major walks into a bar …  Congrats, you fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore- and you deserve a drink! *** A friend of mine went birthday gift shopping for me and all I Read the full article…

Local Wines in Brooklyn

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This is a tasting room and “winery” outpost in NYC’s hipster borough of Brooklyn.  Not Manhattan, not Long Island or Finger Lakes, but Brooklyn.  That takes care of the first half of the name.  For the second half- Oenology, the art and science of winemaking, a word usually reserved for wine industry insiders and even Read the full article…

Wine by Design

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Besides wine and food, one of the things I really love (a bit of a secret obsession and here’s the big reveal), is art and design. I regularly pour over interior design blogs and magazines, and drop in on open houses from time to time just to drool and fantasize.  Under normal circumstances- someone who Read the full article…