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Truth in Wine

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Paul Draper, winemaker for Ridge Vineyards since 1969, over lunch. Without a doubt he is my favorite winemaker in America—not just for the wines he produces, but also for his views, his techniques, his beliefs and his inexhaustible curiosity and interest in wine. At age 71, he is as spry of mind and youthful of spirit as I could ever imagine anyone being.

Poppa H's Vacation Part Deux

courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Greetings and salutations
film nerds and nerdettes, in a week Poppa H, your favorite vacationing cinephile, will resume the position of film-centric blog-machine. Until then, be bad and get into trouble at these film happenings around your ‘hood.

Film Happenings Around Town:
•    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - Castro Theatre

Getting Grungy

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chris Cornell, former frontman for '90s grunge-rockers Soundgarden and current lead singer for Audioslave, rocked the Warfield Tuesday, July 10. The always lovely and unpredictable actress/ aspiring rock star Juliette Lewis and her band the Licks opened the bill.


National Ice Cream Month

Me and a giant gelato in Sorrento

Justice on the Dance Floor

I'm completely addicted to Justice's debut album (also called Cross). This uber-cool French electro-house duo are best known for remixing tracks by Simian, Daft Punk and N*E*R*D, but it's on their solo-effort where their sonic innovation truly shines. Here's the stylish video for their single "D.A.N.C.E.," but watch out; this video causes involuntary hip undulations.

Battle of the Chefs, Take 2

It’s that time again—another Monday, another Macy’s Industry Night “Battle of the Chefs,” with me as guest judge. I had a great time at the last event, which pitted Noah Tucker of Brick against Eric Hopfinger of Circa—let me tell you, there was some ego involved!

Nordy's Designer Preview

Nordstrom presented its annual Designer Preview event, which included a runway show that featured fall collections from top designers such as Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren.

Rosario Hosts Voto Latino

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Actress Rosario Dawson hosted a swanky party with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to launch Voto Latino's 2007 Bay Area pilot voter inspiration program called VL Voices at the Clift Hotel. Says Executive Director Maria Teresa Petersen, "Nothing is more critical to the 2008 election than enfranchising new Americans and San Franciscans understand this."

All in the Family

I usually go home for Christmas, but when my brother goes to his in-laws’, my parents fly out here from D.C., and we spend the holiday wine tasting, eating out and getting pampered at the Sonoma Mission Inn. That was the case this past year. Feeling extra adventurous, we decided to take a day trip to the Anderson Valley—fast becoming my favorite wine-tasting locale—and that’s how I discovered Esterlina, a family owned and run winery up in Philo.
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