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What Sommeliers Drink at Home

Every so often, I like to write about what my wife—the wine director at Quince—drinks because it embarrasses her. Everyone thinks that because she works in the world of fine wine she must just sit around at home drinking fine white Burgundy, Bordeaux and cult Napa wines. And sometimes she does.

Other times, however, she goes lowbrow, as I captured in this picture. If you look closely at this photo, you’ll see that she’s holding a particular, blue-collar beer made in Milwaukee.


Lone Palm at Night

I love good bars, no matter what they do. After some readings at Litquake the other night, I went to the Lone Palm, where I hadn’t been in years.

I drank Boont Amber ale and watched the two hardworking bartendresses handle the crowd. Nothing particular about the drinks jumped out at me (except that it was cool to get Boont on tap), but I loved the energy and the conviviality of a great neighborhood bar. And that’s what’s really important.

Melissa's Playlist 10.24.07

courtesy of Tokyo Police Club

Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Pacific Heights Place Opening

Pacific Heights Place (1525 Union Street) celebrated its grand opening with cocktails and a signing by best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks of her new book Palm Springs Living.

Will Wick_Ben Storck Laura Sullivan_Leslie Lum Maria Quiros_Justin Fichelson

Look of the Week: Azalea

Join us weekly as the crew features a look that is meticulously styled, coiffed and made up to create a runway-ready look with fashion-forward selections straight from local boutiques in your neighborhood.

For the day: Trovata jacket ($220); Sonia by Sonia Rykiel polka dot shirt ($185); Sonia by Sonia Rykiel flared skirt ($315); tights and shoes are stylist's own.

Opening: Bin 38

Remember how rainy Friday night was? All I wanted to do was curl up with a cup of hot cocoa (like this one from Bittersweet) and have a Netflix night, but the Friends and Family opening party for Bin 38 was calling my name. I’m sure you’re thinking: As if SF needs another wine bar. But my motto is: The more, the merrier! Indeed, my spot in one of the nooks catching up with some friends over a Petit Syrah and Prosecco turned out to be the perfect escape from the bleak weather.

Junior League Home Tour 2007

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Roughly 1,000 people attended "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the Junior League of SF's 13th annual home tour comprising seven Russian Hill homes. Guests mingled in the outdoor marketplace as they shopped for gourmet goodies while listening to live music. A winetasting pavilion, local cheeses and grilled salmon salad were among the many treats offered at the sprawling event.

Satellite of Love

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

On Tuesday, October 2 Gen Art, along with fashion designer John Varvatos,  hosted an event at Bloomingdale's to raise money for VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Cutting-edge rock n' roll fashion and music memorabilia were auctioned off in an effort to raise money for Save the Music while musical guests Satellite Party—former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's new group—and Magic Bullets got the party-goers moving.
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