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12 September, 2016

Persona Pizzeria

Persona Pizzeria
Posted in : Dining in Santa Rosa, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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What is Persona Pizzeria? Obligatory disclaimer: I was asked to do this review by Persona Pizzeria. Thus, all food and beverage described in this post were free. Persona Pizzeria is a fast-expanding small chain with a fantastic reason for it: they make customizable Neapolitan-style pizza to order with quality ingredients from flour to toppings ….
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6 September, 2016

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel

Indian Summer Cocktails and Bar Bites at the Clift Hotel
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: The cocktails and food mentioned in this post were complimentary as part of a special media event. It’s September in the Bay Area, and we all know what that means – Indian Summer! It’s been one of the coldest actual summers on record here, which means the annual warmth of September and October
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4 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Red Wine, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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Last week, I posted Part 1 of this two-part series on the most memorable wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), based in Lodi. I also participated in the Livermore Valley pre-excursion, so those wines crop up here. And they crop up on Instagram, where I first posted this picture from our Concannon dinner:
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2 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 1
Comments : 6 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Cider, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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This was my third year attending the Wines Bloggers Conference (WBC), and I feel like I’m getting the hang of the endless wine sampling challenge that it is — three to four days full of it, if you add an excursion! I’m still forgetting hair ties to assist with the spitting, though. Maybe I need
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25 August, 2016

Indie Coffee Passport – Oakland! Get it now!

Indie Coffee Passport – Oakland! Get it now!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Announcements, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops on by : The Gourmez
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Last year, the Indie Coffee Passport came to the East Bay, and I had tons of fun using it for months to try out new-to-me coffee shops in the area. A few are now on my regular rotation of work cafes, including Marana Cafe, Alchemy Collective Cafe, and eko Coffee Bar. As of early August,
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23 August, 2016

Blogger Tips for Making a Media Kit

Blogger Tips for Making a Media Kit
Comments : 11 Posted in : Wine Bloggers Conference 2016, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Why isn’t this a Review, the Gourmez? The wine blogging world is scrambling madly to assemble media kits after the recent Wine Bloggers Conference, and I wanted to do my part in providing references and helping to demystify the concept a bit. At my panel on the samples relationship between bloggers and wineries, media kits
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11 August, 2016

Contempo Cocktail Company and Its Kickstarter Campaign

Contempo Cocktail Company and Its Kickstarter Campaign
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Gin, Other Spirits, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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  The brainchild of veteran bartender Jonny Cimone, Contempo Cocktail is delivering something new to the cocktail scene at large — artisan drinks without the artisan wait and with an eco-conscious venue to serve them in and deliver them from! Crafted by hand in a kitchen that Cimone is hoping to trade in for a
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9 August, 2016

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011

Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011
Comments : 3 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Justice Grace Vineyards Shoe Shine Petite Sirah 2011 North Coast, California I met Eric Cohen, winemaker and owner of Justice Grace Vineyards, in May at a cheese-tasting event at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. His passion was obvious, but not just for wine. He’s most passionate about using his wine to promote social
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4 August, 2016

The Lodge at Tiburon

The Lodge at Tiburon
Comments : 2 Posted in : CA, Travel Guide for Tiburon on by : The Gourmez
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Last month, the Lodge at Tiburon invited me out to try their new brunch menu at the attached Tiburon Tavern, which I loved. Because Ben’s birthday fell on the same day, I thought, why not make it an overnight trip and stay at the hotel as well? They offered me a discounted media rate, which
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1 August, 2016

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!

Get Psyched for WBC16 with Livestreams and Lodi Chardonnay!
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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  Hello friends! If you are not interested in the wine side of the Gourmez, then this post is not for you. But if you are, and especially if you’re headed to Lodi for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) next week, WBC16, read on! This will be my third WBC. So far, it’s been
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