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86 Rules of Boozing

Modern Drunkard is a truly great magazine, and these 86 Rules of Boozing should be posted like government certificates above every bar. You will see how true these rules ring, and reading them will transport you back to moments of drinking past. Some are just little jolts of wisdom and advice. Number 50 is particularly pithy. ("Never brood in a dance bar. Never dance in a dive bar.")

I also like #29, "If you owe someone twenty dollars or less, you may pay them back in beer."

Wine in Time


Wine in Time discussion panel

Where's the Beefeater?



My meetings continued with a rare opportunity to meet with Desmond Payne, the master distiller for Beefeater gin. He lives in London and while his appearance may give the impression of a mild-mannered fellow, his personality is the opposite. He has a wonderfully dry wit, loves the Negroni (as do I) and gets excited for good parties. We talked at length over lunch at Town Hall, where I had the excellent fish and chips in honor of Payne's hometown.

Where Italians Speak German

I had the opportunity to catch up with Alois Lageder of Italy's Alto Adige region this week, which was great, as I'm a big fan of his wines and the wines from this region. Located in the far north of Italy on the east side of the country the Alto Adige borders southern Austria, which is why the majority of the residents in this area speak German as their primary language. The wines reflect a sort of teutonic bent as well--the whites—Rieslings, Pinot Grigios and Sauvignon Blancs, especially—are precise and steely with a great mineral core, just as you'd find in Austria and Germany. The reds are good too, but lesser known. The most famous indigenous variety of red grape there is Lagrein, which has a spicy, peppery component that recalls a lighter Syrah.

Eels on Wheels

I've always liked school, but I especially enjoyed last Tuesday's Sushi School at Hime. The intent of these monthly food-and-sake classes is to push our palates beyond the ho-hum salmon and tuna rolls that can be found anywhere. This month's lesson was on anago, also known as conger eel. Eel is one of my faves so I was pleased that we were in for a four-course meal that featured anago baked, deep-fried, steamed and sushi-style.

Baby Makes Two

 
The bill of fare at Ritual Coffee Roasters.

Art Stars in Napa

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Caldwell Snyder Gallery had its grand opening last weekend in St. Helena's Star Building, which was designed by turn-of-the-century architect H.W. Corbett. The gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art includes pieces by Gilles Marrey, Frank Stella and Popliteo.

On the Bay with the Bard and the Big O

Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

Greetings and salutations* Bay Area film snots … While Poppa H and the Daft Heiress continue our leisurely Sausalito Bay sojourn on Errol Flynn’s legendary 118-foot skiff, the Zaca, I’d like to turn the attention of the geek collective to a cinematic woolgathering I had while bobbing the day away.

Coachella, Day 3

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The final day at music extravaganza Coachella ...

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