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Hometown Girl Makes Good

Well, all we have to say is that it’s about time.


Courtesy of James Beard Foundation.

Melissa's Playlist 05.09.07


courtesy of A Band of Bees



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.

Tasty Bites


Nemo Librizzi schools taste-makers on the ins and
outs of a good restaurant soundtrack.

California Mille

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

More than 60 historic race cars from five continents and six states took part in the 17th running of the California Mille, a tour commemorating Italy’s Mille Miglia (a thousand mile road race) that took place every year from 1927 to 1957. The Mille kicked off with a preview (a.k.a. car show) including Audis, Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Porsches and Jaguars at the Fairmont Hotel.

The Modern Ball

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Last Wednesday, SFMOMA hosted the Modern Ball, which brought out a who's who of SF's arterati. The event included a lavish gala dinner and benefited the museum's exhibitions and public programs.

Three Syrahs

JC Cellars is small winery located in Oakland and run by Jeff Cohn, former winemaker for Rosenblum, and his wife Alexandra. A Rhone-wine specialist--meaning he works mostly with Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne--Cohn also makes a bit of Zinfandel.


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.
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