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A-Rhone at the Top

March 15 and 16 marks the return of the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting, to be held at the Log Cabin in the Presidio. If you like inky Syrahs, bright Grenaches, juicy rosés, lush Marsannes, vibrant Roussanes or anything remotely related to Rhone varieties grown in the United States, this is the tasting for you. You can meet winemakers, taste new and old vintages and generally get your Rhone on. Pretty much everyone who's anyone in the world of Rhone varieties, including my favorites like Peay, Qupe, Tablas Creek and McCrea, will be there. Don't miss it.

Drinking Las Vegas

Along with many prominent San Francisco bartenders last week, I took in the unholy jambalaya of libation promotion that is the Las Vegas Bar Show. While boutique brands like Michter's whiskey and Barsol Pisco had small booths on the periphery of the show, the main floor was dominated by big brands, novelty vodkas (such as O2, "the world's first sparkling vodka"),

energy drinks and lots of blondes, such as you see at the Nuvo ("the world's first sparkling liqueur") and Rock Star Energy Drink booths.

Junior League of San Francisco’s Patron Event

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

On Wednesday, February 27, Jackson Square boutique Carrots hosted the Junior League of San Francisco’s patron event for the 82nd annual fashion show “American Beauty.” The exclusive party featured hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Componere Fine Catering and a custom cigar rolling station.

This Month in Music

courtesy of Justice

Here’s our ultimate live music guide for March. Tune in each month to get the scoop of the Hot List’s picks of the hottest tickets in town.

A Fine Frenzy at Café Du Nord on Tuesday March 4

The Raveonettes at the Independent  on Wednesday, March 5

BOGDO: One Cool Mo-Fo at the Castro

Greetings and salutations* film nerds …

Recovering from a gonzo week in the land director/tyrant Eric Von Stroheim bitterly dubbed Holly-Veeeird: Hell On Dearth, Poppa H has been recharging his spiritual engine at an undisclosed Marin County health spa/ashram, getting my oil changed, so to speak, to rid myself of any lingering Oscar Stink. 

Socks and Sex

So it’s the men in socks killing our sex drive!

A new British survey in the Sun revealed that “one in five couples never have sex” and “more than 44 percent of men keep their socks on while they make love.”

It seems as though the Brits could use some sort of sex challenge as well. 

Blue Bottle Buzz

So I finally made it over to the Blue Bottle Cafe. It's a strangely exhilarating experience, as the old-fashioned burnished hominess of the coffeehouse has been turned into a post-modern coffee laboratory. With all the beakers, tubes and flashing lights, the cafe is just a few caged rats short of being a place I could imagine producing prescription mood drugs.

But coffee is a bit of a mood drug itself, and the steaming cups I had were as delicious as the Japanese siphon system (the first in the US) was perplexing. The coffee is indeed good, but the show is even better.

The Eat + Drink List: This week’s top 7

1. Honk if you love cheeses

Top 7 A+E Picks

Junior Boys
courtesy of Junior Boys

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1. Ian Philips at Dog Eared Books on Tuesday, March 4
Ian Philips—quirky author and Editor-in-Chief of Suspect Thoughts Press—reads from his latest offering The Rapture for Big Sinners: 66 + 6 Things to Do Before and After the Righteous Lift Off.

It Takes a Village

Photography courtesy of D3 Media Group

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