We asked Meaghan Dorman, head bartender at Raines Law Room, about what's going on in the cocktail world these days, plus how she feels about using rare and pricey spirits in mixed drinks.
When I moved to the Bay area, I expected to find restaurants mostly focused on wines from nearby California wineries. What I didn't anticipate: a wine community with growing enthusiasm for lesser-known regions, thanks in no small part to Eric Danch, Northern California sales manager for Blue Danube Wine Company, an importer of wines from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and other spots in Central and Eastern Europe. I asked Eric to share a bit of essential info about these unfamiliar wine regions. Shall we start with the part where he joins the circus?
Today we check in with Noah Rothbaum, the editor-in-chief of Liquor.com. He shares his picks for best affordable booze, plus his cocktail-trend predictions for 2014.
We chat with Jill Bernheimer of Domaine LA about her favorite wines under $15, plus her wine picks for Thanksgiving.
Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor at Food & Wine magazine. We caught up with him to find out how he got interested in wine in the first place, plus what he's excited to be drinking now.
He calls himself 'a rebel wine retailer', importing wines from Europe and selling them directly via email offer.
Joshua Greene has been the editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine since the mid-eighties. Today, we chat with him about the magazine's tasting process, new wineries he's excited about, and his favorite restaurant wine programs in NYC.
Camper English is the man behind Alcademics, which covers spirits and cocktails in general as well as sharing news on the Bay area bar scene. He's now the Contributing Drinks Editor at Saveur, and spirits editor for FSR Magazine, plus he writes for scores of other publications. We checked in with Camper about what he's drinking these days, what cocktail trends he's tired of, and where he sees cocktails going next.
What does leading wine importer Kermit Lynch drink when he's at home? What wines have surprised him lately? We caught up with him to ask.
I've been impressed by Talia Baiocchi since I first met her, back when she was working with UK-based wine site WineChap. Talia went on to be the first-ever wine editor at Eater, and she has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine Spectator (among others). Her book on sherry will be published by Ten Speed Press in fall 2014. As if the book weren't enough, this week she launched Punch, an online drinks and culture magazine—Talia's the editor-in-chief, no big deal.
We checked in with Tyler Colman of Dr. Vino (one of our favorite wine blogs) about his affordable wine recommendations, his favorite places to drink wine in New York, and the hardest food to pair with wine.
Lou Amdur is a fixture on the Los Angeles wine scene. After six years in business, he closed his eponymous wine bar to focus on a new project, the recently opened Lou Wine and Provisions on North Virgil Avenue next to Sqirl Cafe in Silver Lake. His focus is 'democratically priced wine'—all the bottles he's selling clock in under $25. We checked in with Lou about what he's drinking these days, plus his tips on finding interesting and delicious wines without shelling out too much cash.
Harvest season is wrapping up in California, and soon the region's winemakers will finally get to catch up on some sleep. But before that happens, we wanted to check in with one of our local favorites: Dan Petroski of Massican, an upstart winery focused on making Italian-inspired white wines in Napa Valley.
If you drink wine and occasionally read about it, Eric Asimov probably needs no introduction. He's the wine critic for The New York Times. He's the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto. And he recently sat down with us to chat about what he drinks at home, what he he finds surprising about the current wine scene, and what he recommends for drinking when your wallet's feeling a little thin.
We chat with the San Francisco Chronicle's Jon Bonné about his new book on California wine, his thoughts on restaurant wine lists (in San Francisco and NYC), and the debate over alcohol levels and balance in wine.
If you've had teas from Stash or Tazo, you know the work of our interview subject today. We chat with the founder of Steven Smith Teamaker about the tea business, where it's going, and how to go about learning about tea.
Jason Wilson, the author of Boozehound, recently retired as the spirits columnist for the Washington Post, which is a great loss. But he's still busy in print. We caught up with Wilson about his summer drinking habits, how he found his way into booze writing, and what spirits he's excited about now.
We love Brian Strumke's effervescent and herbal Stillwater Stateside Saison. Having recently heard the news about upcoming canned beers as well as the latest in his music-inspired beer series (a black saison inspired by Small Black's "Breathless"), we checked in with Brian about how he got into beer, his brewing idols, and what's coming up next for Stillwater Artisanal Ales.
We recently chatted with Christina Turley of Turley Wine Cellars about how she got into the wine business and what she's drinking lately. In today's installment, we chat about what's new in California wine, up-and-coming winery projects to seek out, and where to look for the best value wines.
We asked Christina Turley (of Turley Wine Cellars in California) a bit about how she found her way into wine...and what she's drinking now.