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Madeira: A 4th of July Wine Thomas Jefferson Would Approve Of

'm always asked what wine I'd bring to a desert island and I always answer the same way: Madeira. It might even be my death row wine.

Madeira is one of the greatest wines in the world and rarely gets any respect. Most think (wrongly) that Madeira is a very sweet wine. Even the sweetest versions have really high acidity so they come off less sweet than other fortified wines.

It's an extremely opportune time to pay homage to my desert island wine because of its ties to the 4th of July. Thomas Jefferson (a serious oenophile) was a huge fan and the founding fathers toasted with a bottle after they signed a little thing called The Declaration of Indepedence back in 1776.

Photos: 7x7's Pride Happier Hour @ Blackbird

We had a great time at our Tuesday Pride Kick-Off Happier Hour at Blackbird. Check out the photos below and sign up for our email newsletter on the homepage to hear of future 7x7 Happier Hours.

And wishing you all a fun and festive Pride! Check out our roundups of what to do and where to eat this weekend.

CUESA Urban Eats Homemade Food Winners

We were out at the Giants County Fair last Sunday for the CUESA Uban Eats food contest. We tasted tons of good stuff, but here are the winners.

Market Watch: Shopping with chef David Bazirgan

Every week, Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and the chefs that shop there.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Bonny Doon Wine Tasting: Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm, author of the recently acclaimed memoir Been Doon So Long, is the star of Coda's Meet the Winemaker Happy Hour this Thursday. Guests can sample a variety of vintages from the Doon catalog for free as they get doon to the sounds of DJ Jacob Pena as they compete to come up with the best "doon"/"down" puns. (Thursday, June 24, 5:30-7:30 pm, at Coda, 1710 Mission St., Mission.)

Obsessed: Anthony Strong of Pizzeria Delfina on Pho

If I don’t eat pho twice I week I am a miserable human being. Seriously, I eat it two or three times a week, mostly for breakfast. There’s nothing better than going to Turtle Tower at 8:30 a.m. when they open and sucking down a big bowl of pho. It’s like you’re Mario and you hit the golden star: You are powered up and can go all day.

Eat It: Street Food at Fort Mason, Strawberries and Malay Food

Grab Street Food at Fort Mason

On Friday, June 25, head to Fort Mason Center for an evening of street food and live music. The event, called “Off the Grid,” is the first in a recurring series to be held each Friday from 5-8 p.m. featuring food from Latin and Asian vendors, along with live music and beer and wine. This week’s participating vendors include Peko-Peko catering, El Huarache Loco, Hapa Ramen, Chaac Mool and many others.

A Special Brunch at Foreign Cinema with Niloufer Ichaporia King

Maker's Mark 46: Liquor.com Talks Whiskey with the Iconic Bottler

Maker's Mark, the iconic bourbon maker that has been bottling up its classic recipe since 1953, has added a new recipe to its repertoire: Maker's Mark 46, which debuts at the beginning of next month. Bill Samuels Jr., whose parents dreamed up the original recipe and bottle design complete with dripping wax for Maker's Mark, talks to Liquor.com about this shocking new move and why the new 46 blend will be perfect for the Maker's Mark whiskey pantheon.

Pride: Where to Eat Within Walking Distance of the Action

Grab & Go: Tried and true, Ike's Place (3506 16th St., 415-553-6888, ilikeikesplace.com) is still the best way to go if you're on the move and need to show those hunger pangs who's boss. For a snack during a stint as a Dyke March spectator, devour a Napoleon Complex, or rip into the barbecued deliciousness of a Do You Smell What Barack Is Cooking? on your way to the Frameline Film Festival. Just call in your order so lines don't cramp your style.

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Recap

Perhaps we should use the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" construct, with the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen standing in for "summer vacation." Or, to borrow a phrase from Commis chef James Syhabout, who was being honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs, "It's like spring break for rich, old people." Indeed. By 5:45 p.m. on the first night, women in staggeringly high heels clutched to their mates and to the banisters of each stairway, the effects of French 75s and altitude (Aspen is at about 10,000 feet above sea level) conspiring to make them a bit tipsy.

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