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The Joys of Brevity

There are many things to love about petite Piccino in the Dogpatch, but as an inveterate reader of wine lists, I can say that, much of the time, short and well-selected is better than long and all-inclusive.

                                             

Organic Schmorganic?

I found this story in Decanter to be interesting. It leads with the line:

“The majority of UK consumers do not care if their wine is organic or Fairtrade, and do not understand what biodynamic means, says a new study.”

Feelin' Blue

Noting that this Thursday, May 31, is a blue moon (the name for the rare occurrence of a second full moon in one calendar month), Tres Agaves has come up with the notably gimmicky promotion of creating a high-end cocktail for the occasion and offering it only on this day.

The Luna Azul cocktail will contain rare Penca Azul reposado tequila, blueberry nectar, lime juice and agave nectar--sort of a high-end blueberita or a blueberrytini made with tequila instead of vodka. The good news is that this drink, which is valued at $18, will be going for only $7 on Thursday. Enjoy.

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.

Cold Hot One

This is a photo of my third favorite creation of Mexico, after tequila and the taco.


A Michelada

Cantina is Open for Business



That's Duggan McDonnell in his new bar, Cantina. It's well worth visiting.

580 Sutter St. (at Mason)

Summer Drinking


Zuni's cocktails

Summer’s just around the corner, and heat spells like last week’s are good reminders of the absolute perfection of drinking a light, refreshing aperitif on a warm, sunny evening before dinner.

My top 5 restaurant bars for aperitif cocktails are:
5. Ame
4. Americano
3. Slanted Door
2. Perbacco

Wine in Time


Wine in Time discussion panel

Cortez Returns



Cortez reopened on Tuesday after closing the dining room for repairs, and it's no coincidence that there's a renewed sense of innovation in the updated dining menu and excellent cocktail list. If you can't get into Bourbon and Branch for a drink, swing around the corner to Cortez because B&B's bar manager, Todd Smith, used to be the man at Cortez, and a lot of the drinks continue to reflect his creativity and good taste.
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