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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Oakland - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland, CA, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory Disclaimer: Participation in the Oakland Urban Wine Tour was free to me. A year and a half ago, I discovered the plethora of urban wineries housed in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Inspired by the quality of the wines and convenient positioning of their locations, I wrote up a suggested wine walk for Localwise. Apparently,
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29 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Dessert Wine, Durif, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Tempranillo, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

I don’t know a lot about Washington wine. I’m aware Yakima Valley is a wine destination, because my mother lives in little Tieton to the north of Yakima itself. But my family doesn’t drink, so I’ve only gone tasting out there once. As much as I know I need to visit more wineries local to
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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 2 Posted in : Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, White Wine on by : The Gourmez

I’ve been keeping a secret. Or rather, I’ve been too busy before now to share with you the fun, down-to-earth, yet fully ready for your enjoyment wine country based in and around Prosser, WA. In October, I took part in a media trip covering the area, and boy, did we hit up as much as
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5 December, 2016

The Lunchpad in San Francisco

The Lunchpad in San Francisco
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants, Spirits, Vodka on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on a media event held by the Lunchpad, so portions are sized down and it was all free to me. The Lunchpad has been holding court in Hayes Valley’s Noir Lounge for about three years now, transforming the posh, gothic nightlife space into . . . a posh, gothic
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21 November, 2016

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country
Comments : 3 Posted in : Port, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Livermore, CA, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez

It’s been a few months since I visited the Livermore Valley Wine Country on a pre-excursion to the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), but my memory has not faded at the impressive wines being churned out by this little known region. With its close location to the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, it’s
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15 November, 2016

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton
Comments : 4 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: This write-up is based on a media event previewing Cityscape’s space, food, and drinks for free. Hotels may appear off limits to pedestrians passing by, but often, they harbor secret niches the public can access if they know where to go. Such is the case at the newly opened Cityscape, a sleek bar
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10 October, 2016

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards
Comments : 6 Posted in : Barbera, Grenache Blanc, Red Wine, Roussanne, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Amador County - CA, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez

Obligatory disclaimer: Everything consumed during this visit to Bella Grace Vineyards was free to me, including the companionship. The Havill Family In August, I accepted an invitation from the Dallas Wine Chick to join in on a day trip to Amador County’s Bella Grace Vineyards along with a handful of other wine bloggers. Our group
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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 and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA on by : The Gourmez

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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