Let’s squeeze in one more Oktoberfest beer before we become inundated with all-things-Christmas the day after Halloween (the upshot is it’ll be Winter Warmer season!). I’ve been favoring German beers lately in honor of this most holy of beer holidays, but I felt like I needed to balance out my selection with some domestic autumnal... Read more →
Oktoberfest might be over in Germany, but it’s still going strong in the U.S., and I’m still celebrating. While WEIHENSTEPHAN’s Vitus may not be traditional Oktoberfest fare, it’s still a German beer. Better yet, it’s a Bavarian beer, and better better yet, it’s a really tasty, delicious Bavarian beer! I’m sure there are a brave... Read more →
Excitement at my fingertips, with Coravin in hand, just to see how this wine—inarguably one of the finest and most quintessential Pinot Noirs of the Russian River Valley—has evolved. 2013 was a marvelous vintage, and time has only made the year fonder in our hearts. Flutters of anticipation as the dense, purplish ruby wine pours out of... Read more →
Before there were beer festivals, there was the beer festival. Instead of tasting 30 different shot glasses of beer, you drank ONE type of beer in a large 1-liter mug (called a Mass)... or a couple. My personal record was nine in a day. Yes, that beer festival is Munich’s famous Oktoberfest, or Wiesn, as Bavarians call it. Oktoberfest... Read more →
It’s not much of a stretch to put Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties on the short list of the most beautiful places on earth. Mountains, ocean, farms, pastures, vineyards, impossibly steep potholed roads, blue skies unhurriedly flowing into gorgeous sunsets—that’s Northern California wine and beer country. The devastating fires that... Read more →
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