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All things drink: cocktails, spirits, wine, beer and coffee.

Mourad's Soy Sesame

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

Here are the 10 standout cocktails and new bars of the month I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. Saison’s Strawberry & Arms Dinner at 3 Michelin-starred Saison is always memorable — so is an hour spent at the bar with Anthony Keels’ exquisite cocktails, up there with the most inventive drinks I’ve had in London, Berlin or Tokyo.… Read more →

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Dutch Courage Gin-Copyright Virginia Miller

9 Intriguing Small Batch Gins from Finland to Minnesota

With a stellar judging team, I am a judge for awards in double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals for craft (small batch) spirits from around the world for ADI’s annual Craft Spirits Awards. During an intensive few days of blind judging with some of the best in the industry, we all anticipate the final day when post-judging, we can enter… Read more →

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Another stunning SF day and idyllic Presidio setting for SF Cider Summit

Top 5 Ciders at Cider Summit 2016

Besides the dreamy lawn setting with Bay views in the ever-stunning Presidio, Cider Summit SF (held April 23) was exciting for its international mix of ciders, most on draft, from small producers. The event is small enough to be approachable but digging there was plenty to taste and some new and interesting discoveries for me, even as much as I… Read more →

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Dosa on Fillmore's Bali Hai cocktail

Top 7 Cocktails of the Month: March Edition

Here are the 7 standout cocktails and new bars of the month I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1. Pagan Idol‘s Bird of Paradise or Witch Doctor The most fun new bar of the month (and year so far?) is easily Pagan Idol from the prolific Future Bars team (Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Local Edition, Tradition and so on),… Read more →

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HPS' infused Polugars (photo source: hpsepicurean.com)

5 New Spirits: Polugar, Pisco, Cachaca, Irish Whiskey, Rum

Winter in California is a gorgeous affair, much like the rest of the year, with sunny, crisp days and nights interspersed with warm, summery waves. There are always nearby mountains when one craves snow for the weekend but winter leads into spring seamlessly and we drink refreshing cocktails as easily as spirituous drinks, thus all spirits flow year-round, from whiskey… Read more →

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Beginning Whiskies of the World atop the SF Belle - view of the Bay Bridge

Top 3 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2016

We just had another Whiskies of the World (WoW) on the San Francisco Belle, docked in the Bay and held on March 26 (last year and years prior here). Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also held in San Jose, Atlanta, Houston, Austin), it remains more approachable than larger whisk(e)y events, more like a… Read more →

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Bywater Gibson

Top 8 Cocktails of the Month: February

From mid-January to mid-February, here are the 8 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. Bywater’s Frappe & Bywater Gibson The fact that this is a casual, New Orleans-centric restaurant from 3 Michelin-starred Manresa chef/owner David Kinch and Partner Andrew Burnham (just opened January 12) makes The Bywater a major Bay Area… Read more →

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9 New Winter Whiskies Worth Drinking

This Winter saw the release of numerous new whisk(e)y releases, ranging from American whiskies (bourbon, rye, wheat, etc.) to Scotch and a Mexican whiskey (yes, you heard right, Mexican whiskey). Here are 9 whisk(e)y stand-outs and why they make an impression. ST. GEORGE Lot 15 SINGLE MALT WHISKEY St. George’s newest, Lot 15 Single Malt Whiskey may be my favorite… Read more →

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La Urbana Vampiro

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-December to mid-January, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. Bear Vs. Bull’s (at Alamo Drafthouse) Surf Club Mangareva & Great Silence Isaac Shumway (who formerly made the revamped Tosca Café worth visiting for his drinks) has worked his magic at brand new Alamo Drafthouse bar, Bear… Read more →

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Two Sisters Bar & Books' Night Vision (left/foreground)

Top 10 Cocktails of the Month

From mid-November to mid-December, here are the 10 standout cocktails and new menus I’ve been tasting around the Bay Area. 1 & 2. El Capitan’s Port of Call & Maximon Recently returning to El Capitan (festive on a Friday night with Christmas lights and a convivial crowd), the food is better than ever, from silky crudo to fry bread tacos.… Read more →

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