Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

You’re the reason your dad drinks, so you might as well get him what he wants for Father’s Day.   Spirits There’s even more Japanese influence in the American bar scene now than there was among the Impressionists, so try starting with one of these new, fantastic (yet affordable enough to not make him ask why you …

Visiting Vintners at Press Club

I rarely leave San Francisco, except by plane, and the occasional trek north to wine country, so being able to get the tasting room experience without actually leaving the city would be a blessing. Press Club has answered my lazy cry (really more of a grumble), presenting their series of Visiting Vintner events. Every Thursday …

The San Graal of Simple Sangria

Some people have a magic touch, and TSB‘s  furtive fingers mix the meanest sangria I’ve ever tasted, but she also makes the process quick and simple, despite the complexities that other sangria masters claim the drink requires.  The following are her recipes, for which I can take no credit other than my role taste testing …

Wine Purse, Where’s My Bourbon Briefcase?

Recently released by the Scandinavian Design Center, the Baggy Winecoat is a poorly named purse that holds the internal bag from boxed wine with a convenient pour spout and sturdy base for fashionable picnic drinking. In this age of Mad Men mimicry, when we can’t all keep a fully stocked bar in the office, I …

Send Quinn to Chile

Xplorador is sending someone *cough*pick me*cough* to Chile to experience the harvest and production of their wines.   A buddy shot this video while I was standing outside a bar last night, so I’m throwing my gorro into the ring. I’d been out late with friends, so pardon the rambling, but I still believe that …