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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…

For Black History Month- Celebrate a Family & Their Wines

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There are many ways to commemorate Black History Month, but a great way for Bay Area residents is a one-of-a-kind wine country cultural celebration from a unique family with a rich history. The Sterling family is launching their first annual Esterlina Vineyards Food, Wine and Music Celebration on February 28th at Everett Ridge Winery in 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…

Love, Food & Wine

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Hearts, flowers, chocolate and champagne are a few associations we have with Valentine’s Day.  We say, “Yes!” to all the above and then some. To help you celebrate in traditional ways and maybe some not so traditional ways, we’ve asked a few wine professionals who are friends of The Barrel Buzz to share their wine-ing 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…

Winter in Wine Country

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Some of the best times to be had in Napa and Sonoma are during the winter months of “low season.” Wine country travel in Northern California can be wonderful in the winter for those coming from other states, and especially so for Bay Area locals and those in the southern part of the state (“down Read the full article…

French Laundry Wine Heist

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No update on the heist that shook the wine world over the holidays. It was anything but a merry Christmas for world renowned chef Thomas Keller and his French Laundry staff after learning the Yountville, CA restaurant was victimized by wine thieves on the holiday. The collection of wines confiscated were worth no less than 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…

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

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Corks Popped ‘Round the World as Beaujolais Nouveau Season is Officially Launched! In keeping with a fun French wine tradition, Beaujolais Nouveau wines have been released into the market places, with particular fanfare in certain big city markets like New York, LA, Boston, Tokyo and Paris. What exactly is this wine and why the special 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…