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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland 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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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Prosser, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Travel, WA, 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 in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants, 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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15 November, 2016

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton

Cityscape at the Union Square Hilton
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars 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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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

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

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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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

  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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21 July, 2016

‘āina

‘āina
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez

My food-writing friend, Jennifer Ng, joined me for brunch at ‘āina recently. Jennifer is the author of the Ice Cream Travel Guide, a book that explores the best ice cream shops worldwide and the stories behind the people who built them. I’ve been discovering that Jennifer’s foodie knowledge isn’t limited to ice cream, and she
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