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Coffee & Cafe Newcomer: Mazarine

My new coffee destination/cafe of the month is on Market Street near the Montgomery BART station, easily accessible to Union Square and Financial District/SoMa crowds alike. Mazarine serves coffee from a couple purveyors to please the coffee geek and quality bites for lunch and breakfast. Here is an article I wrote about the cafe at Zagat on January 21, 2015:… Read more →


Top Spirits, Wine & Beer in January

  Most days, I’m tasting a wide range of spirits, wines and beers, whether at restaurants and bars, distilleries, wineries or breweries or as samples crossing my desk. For January, here are 3 wine standouts, a spirits highlight and a notable mead. WINES of the MONTH – 2013 Azienda Agricola COS Frappato from Sicily: On Shelly Lindgren‘s impeccable Italian wine… Read more →


Tequila Time with 3 New Anejos

Recently, I received no less than three new Añejo or Extra Añejos imports from Mexico. “Añejo” means aged in Spanish and this tequila category is essentially the clear spirit one starts with as a blanco tequila, but aged a minimum of one year (and less than three years) in oak barrels. Extra Añejo is a newer category that means the tequila… Read more →


5 Wine Picks for December

Many wines cross my desk or are tasted at numerous restaurants and bars I visit almost night… For December, here are 5 wines that stood out in the last 4 weeks, whether by the bottle or tasted at a local restaurant/bar. 1. 2012 Margalleau Vouvray Sec Chenin Blanc ($16) Recently at Gitane, I fell for the mineral, citrus notes of… Read more →


3 New SF Wine Bars; Cocktails at Hapa Ramen, Crystal Jade + La Taberna & The Farmer & The Fox in Napa

From my numerous articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some of this coverage here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. Wine 3 new SF wine bars you should know Cocktails Hapa Ramen opens its first brick-and-mortar – with cocktails –… Read more →