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Friendship vs. Fire

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

BRAVO! Holiday Party

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

BRAVO! Club held its holiday cocktail party, which included performances from SF Conservatory of Music vocalists, at Palmetto on Union Street.

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Tool Time

Oenophilia is still such a minority hobby that wine lovers always get excited when someone famous from outside their realm shows an interest. That’s why you can always find articles in Wine Spectator about some football or baseball player or actor who collects wine. Such was the excitement last week, when a dinner was organized around Maynard Keenan, lead singer of the rock band Tool and avowed wine geek and now wine producer.


Dee Vine Wedding

One of my favorite people in the wine industry is Dade Theriot, the owner of Dee Vine Wines on Pier 19. Dade is the most knowledgeable person about his passion—German wines—that I know, and he’s exceedingly generous with them, as he is with all things. He's also a Beethoven fanatic and an all-around eccentric, as was evinced by his wedding in which attendees were invited to come either in formal dress or in early 19th century costume.


Absinthe Arrives



St. George Spirits of Alameda, the good folks behind Hangar One vodkas and all the amazing Aqua Perfecta eaux de vie, recently had me out to preview the long-awaited release of their absinthe. Lance Winters, the distiller, was the mastermind behind this delectable spirit, and he was kind enough to pour the better part of a bottle and talk about the product, its history and how it should be consumed.


Lumpy Gravy Beer

Here’s a quick note that Lagunitas Brewing Co. came out with its latest tribute to Frank Zappa, in the form of a delicious new ale. Lumpy Gravy, named after the 1968 Zappa solo album, is the name of the new beer.



It’s a big, malty brown ale and utterly delicious. Perfect for the season (note: don't drink it too cold). Look for it at City Beer (where else?) and perhaps at other outlets, too.

Punch Drunk Love

During the holiday madness, I find it best to find a balance between non-sober moments and some rather sobering ones.

For the latter, I recommend catching up on your reading. In particular, Michael Pollan’s very good essay, “Our Decrepit Food Factories” in last Sunday’s Times Magazine. It lays out the ramifications of the use of antibiotics in factory farming. This is one way to sober up—really quickly.

Showcase Showdown


Stereolab: One band you'll definitely find at Camino.

I’ve no doubt that you faithful Hot List readers have been on the edge of your seats, waiting with baited breath to see the results of the Great Mix-Off © of 2007. The reason I know this, of course, is that one of you—one of you who goes by the name of “Pocket Rocket” and clearly has a vested interest in the results of this contest—commented as much on my first blog entry.
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