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Wrap up Corkiness

For the most part corked wine is irredeemable. That awful, musty, wet cardboard smell has destroyed yet another beautiful wine. But if the cork job isn't too bad, you can try something that seems (and is) antithetical to the spirit of fine wine.



I learned this trick from Larry Stone, master sommelier, GM of Napa's Rubicon Estate, and all-around wine know-it-all: take a decent-sized piece of Glad plastic wrap, wad it up and soak it in your wine glass for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

A Night at Gary Danko

I got to go to Gary Danko last week with my cousin who was up here for a conference.



Although we were both planning on getting the three-course option, the menu was so extensive with mouth-wateringly descriptive dishes that narrowing the choices down to three (including dessert) seemed entirely too taxing. So we took the easy way out and each splurged for the four course.

Savor the Flavor of Adrienne Shelly’s Posthumous Pie

Beefsteak Pirates, Juicy Tomatoes and a Bittersweet Waitress

Ceviche Redux


Greetings from Mexico...

I recently spent time in Zihuatanejo, a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast that has starred in two movies over the years: In When a Man Loves a Woman, it’s where Andy Garcia takes alcoholic wife Meg Ryan in an attempt to lengthen their denial, and in The Shawshank Redemption, it’s where innocent convict Tim Robbins escapes to start the rest of his life.

Apriums Arrive!


First of the season: apriums from
Blossom Bluff Orchards.

Sometimes it feels like things here in California happen overnight. One weekend, you’re enjoying the first tender spring greens, the first sweet strawberries, a handful of early season cherries. Then whammo! The ship comes in. Have you been to the farmers’ market lately? Now the cherries are mounded up into huge piles, vying for space among the apricots, first of the season white peaches and plums.

The Food Bank

Known as a bit of a space-case among friends, the one thing I can confidently say is that I have a sharp mind for food—which is good for this job and bad for bills, dates, cool indie music trivia, star sightings and most else. I can recall the most obscure things I’ve eaten with an exactitude that isn’t necessarily as impressive as it is a bit weird. I suppose though, the result is that my mind if full of delicious food. Things could be worse.

Added to the food memory bank, as of last week, are two dishes that I’ve had nothing quite like before and want to have a lot more of right now:

Dessert Week

Much to my dismay, I had to turn down an invitation to a dessert and dessert wine pairing event at Lark Creek Steak last week. I’m not sure if that’s the culprit (because I need something other than my sweet tooth to blame) but as it turns out I ended up “dedicating” my entire week to dessert.

Here’s how it broke down:


Up in Wine Country

So I had business up in Mendocino last week, but managed to sneak in and see a couple of my favorite wine producers in the entire state of California. I thought you should know who these guys are, because they are young, they are talented, and their wines are off the hook now, and getting better.


Andy Peay

Wine of the Week


Gangloff Côte Rotie

The Rhone Valley's Yves Gangloff made his annual gallop through California last week, and I was fortunate enough to dine with him. Perhaps I'm even more fortunate to get to taste his always provocatively labeled, always delicious wines.

Great Côte Rotie, for me, is the exemplar of what Syrah can be at its best. Medium bodied, dense and savory with game, tar, black fruits and wild herbs, the wines are just spectacular. Yves Gangloff's wines are some of the truest expressions of Cote Rotie I know.

Every Week is SF Cocktail Week


H in action

Parents say that "every day is children's day" when their kids ask why there's a Mother's day and Father's day but no Children's day.
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