Tag Archives: San Francisco

• The Birthplace of More Than 30 Famous Cocktails

The Birthplace of More Than 30 Famous Cocktails

Cocktails, like superheroes, need good origin stories. And just like comic nerds can recite the name of the secret program that gave Wolverine his adamantium claws (it’s the Weapon X program, by the way), booze nerds should be able to rattle off the creators of their favorite drinks. So, to help us all geek out […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” Floating and Cocktailing in Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber

“a woman walks into a bar…” Floating and Cocktailing in Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber

Who would have thought? First of all, that I’d be flying in a blimp, but a Flying Cucumber? Let me tell you, it was pretty amazing. How much gin did it take to come up with this very cool promotion of flying around the country in a cucumber shaped blimp? I would love to have […]

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• “Secret Somm” Gives Bottles of Wine to Unsuspecting Diners

“Secret Somm” Gives Bottles of Wine to Unsuspecting Diners

Watch out, Bay Area diners – you could be next. Or at least you can hope you’re next. A woman who has chosen to remain anonymous has been sneak attack gifting bottles of wine to unsuspecting diners in her home area of Tri Valley, California, which consists of Danville, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Amador, […]

• Fun Travel: Top Ten Most Interesting Distilleries In U.S.

Fun Travel: Top Ten Most Interesting Distilleries In U.S.

The United States of America loves alcohol. We’re not mincing words here, just telling it like it is. Any reason to involve one or more of the innumerable forms of the adult beverage in any social or party atmosphere is A-OK, and that’s the way we like it. With the surging popularity of the craft […]

• Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. […]

• Where’s The Next Classic Cocktail? Why Isn’t There One Already?

Where’s The Next Classic Cocktail? Why Isn’t There One Already?

We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing? There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend. To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders […]

• Travel for wine! Wine festivals around country worth the trip

Travel for wine! Wine festivals around country worth the trip

What’s better than wine and travel? Wine as an excuse to travel. Below is a list of reasons to get out of Dodge (and a couple to keep you close to home). • Jan. 30-31 marks the 10th anniversary of Portland’s Seafood & Wine Festival. If Oregon wine and seafood is what you crave, you’ll […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” Drinking Across America in Lake Havasu

“a woman walks into a bar…” Drinking Across America in Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu. Why did I stop here again????? Rather depressing as you roll down highway 95 running straight through town with every fast food chain that ever was, or is, greeting you on either side of the road, not to mention the dollar stores, car dealerships and colorless housing developments. The big attraction is the […]

• Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Diageo Looks to Pour New Tech Into Liquor With Venture Unit

Will you be able to check your liquor consumption through an app on your smartwatch that talks to an chip embedded into a bottle of Scotch? Diageo wants to find out. The world’s No. 1 spirits maker is looking for new ways to use technology to boost its drinks business and says it is ready […]

• The Ladies Disrupting the Bartender Boys’ Club

The Ladies Disrupting the Bartender Boys’ Club

They make kickass cocktails, they break up fights, they scoff at the idea of ‘girly’ drinks. These women are busting down the bartenders’ boys club, one mustache at a time. The speakeasy trend that birthed the craft cocktail renaissance was ushered in, and remains almost wholly represented, by a particular bartender type. You know him: […]

• A campaign to make Pisco Punch SF’s official cocktail

A campaign to make Pisco Punch SF’s official cocktail

When visiting San Francisco, there are three things you must do: Ride a cable car, watch the sunset through the Golden Gate Bridge, and drink a Pisco Punch. It’s a colloquial saying that’s never been attributed to a specific person or an era. But since New Orleans’ official drink is the Sazerac and Washington, D.C. […]

• Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards names best wine lists

Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards names best wine lists

California’s wine country may be to the north of Los Angeles, but there are plenty for local wine lovers to celebrate. According to Wine Spectator, there are dozens of restaurants in the area — from downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the South Bay — offering deliciously diverse wines. Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlights […]

• Mistakes that are ruining your homemade cocktails

Mistakes that are ruining your homemade cocktails

Drinking at home: You’re doing it wrong. It’s not surprising that the budget-conscious might choose to do a little at-home mixology. Even classic cocktails at your favorite bar can cost upward of $12 these days, with high-end and craft spirits or unusual ingredients pushing the price even higher. Heck, it’s not that unusual to see […]

• Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

A new snack food is the first product shipped on a mass scale containing “flour” made from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Wild California Crisps are the creation of a Santa Rosa company that won recognition at this winter’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The company recently began shipping […]

• In-flight sales fly high when planes go to the West Coast

In-flight sales fly high when planes go to the West Coast

Folks buy the most in-flight when they’re flying to the West Coast. That’s one of the findings from a snapshot taken by GuestLogix, a firm that provides the in-flight payment systems used by roughly 90% of the airlines in North America. A review of in-flight sales on five airlines, including some of the leading U.S. […]