Ben hands out the rosé. Meaning the wine.
Feb14

Ben hands out the rosé. Meaning the wine.

Missed out on getting a rose from Bachelor Ben? How about a rosé instead. Bachelor Ben Flanjnik pours his first release of Envolve rosé at Pink Out on May 8, 2012. The celebration of perfectly pink wines (and those who love them) happens at Butterfly restaurant in San Francisco and features more than 40 still and sparkling roses along with appetizers and music. Also rumored to be at the event?? A certain local Disney/Pixar bigwig who...

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Epic Social Bar + Lounge
Jul19

Epic Social Bar + Lounge

More than a bar. Less than a Tweet-Up. It’s Epic Social Bar & Lounge. Housed in the former Stir/Barcode space on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, this wired lounge is serving up more than just libations. The idea, according to owner Bruce Le (his family has owned several Asian eateries in town) is to create an IRL social networking space. Well, that and get your groove on. The narrow bar has been opened up with the addition...

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WiFi, Wine, & Jazz On The Plaza
May09

WiFi, Wine, & Jazz On The Plaza

You know those tools at your local coffee shop, the ones that holler into their iPhones while holding court at that prime table over by the window, and generally behave as if the place is a private office? Well, hopefully I’m not one of them, because, surely, I’m not without sin. The thing of it is, I work out of a home office, and that turns island fever into an occupational hazard; it’s a matter of when, not if, I...

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Grand Harvest Awards 2011 Announced

(straight up from the press release on this one…) Santa Rosa, California (March 21, 2011) — Judging for the 2011 Grand Harvest Awards, an international wine competition produced by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, completed its mission of recognizing outstanding wines from all over the world and simultaneously studying the effects of terroir on wine quality. Celebrating its 21st year, the Grand Harvest Awards was held...

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The Costco Report: Organic Beef

I cooked this steak – with a simple red wine-honey reduction and a creamy parmigiano-peppercorn salad – in honor of one of my especially snarky fans, someone (you know who you are!) who objects strenuously every time I buy something from a supermarket for what I’ve billed as a “cooking locally” weblog: I’ll stipulate the point, insofar as the letter of the law is concerned, but to paraphrase Ralph...

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