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Drinks of the Week

Cocktail of the Week: the Persuasion



This is the Persuasion, as concocted by Michael Mina bartender Borys Saciuk: a fine, long drink made with Hendrick's gin, yellow Chartreuse, cherry Heering, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice and soda water. All the ingredients clearly speak in this drink, and it’s a nice balancing act between sweet and dry, though ultimately the dry aspect is dominant. I likes it with the extra squeeze of lemon from the garnish. $16 is steep, but, hey, it's Michael Mina.

Aye, Capt'n



I found this bottle of Capt'n Eli's Root Beer at Faletti's and, since I'd never heard of it, snapped it up and took it home to try. I certainly loved the maritime label of the kid rowing with the parrot on his shoulder, and it makes sense knowing that the producer is in Portland, Maine (a very fine town) and called Shipyard Brewing Co.

Santa Cruz Root Beer



My quest to find the perfect root beer continued with this oddity, purchased at the Ashbury Market. As you might expect, my quest will continue. This organic root beer is clear. Wearing its lack of artificial coloring on its sleeve might allow Santa Cruz to feel morally superior, but, come on, root beer should be brown and served in a frosty mug. (OK, I’m the one who put it in a wine glass.) Anyway, the flavor was not particularly rooty. It was more gingery and spicy. It’s drinkable, but not really satisfying as a root beer. Next!

Root Beer Revolution

I can’t believe how many new root beers you can find on the market these days. As my ultimate hangover cure, root beer was a sight to be seen in my fridge the other morning.


Beer of the Week

Monks are so hot lately—what with the success of that TV show Monk and the film, "Into Great Silence," of the monk's of the Chartreuse monastery (that was so great to see all those fathers in designer cassocks striding down the red carpet at the Oscars right after Brangelina)—that it's hard not to have a craving for a good monk beer.


Westmalle Tripel

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.

Beer of the Week



In Robert Hass's poem Meditation at Lagunitas, he writes, "I felt a violent wonder at her presence/ like a thirst for salt, for my childhood river/ with its island willows."

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