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30 July, 2015

Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013

Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013
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Jacqueline Bahue Cabernet Franc 2013 Sonoma County, CA The nose gives off an impression of scents. It’s an invitation to explore their potential. And on exploration, this is a beautifully integrated glass of wine. Elegant, a gracious hostess in pearls whose complex inner beauty lies just beneath her skin. My current love affair with cabernet
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28 July, 2015

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting

Urban Legend Cellars Tasting
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A few weekends ago, I hit up my first urban tasting room in Oakland–Jeff Cohn Cellars. I assure you, my guide, Peter of Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog, was not going to let me stop after just one location! We meandered over a few Jack London Square blocks to Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th Street),
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23 July, 2015

La Bedaine

La Bedaine
Posted in : Dining in Albany, Dining in Berkeley, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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La Bedaine is a tiny French bakery on the outside, but on the inside, it specializes in French cuisine that you can take home to cut a few steps out of dinner. That means vacuum-packed meals such as duck confit and coq au vin. For simple meanderers, such as myself, La Bedaine’s cheery yellow display
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20 July, 2015

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting

Bliss Wine Imports Tasting
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At Bisou Bistronomy in the Castro, an impressive handful of Bay Area winos—oops, I mean wine bloggers—gathered to explore the wares of one of the newer importers on the block: Bliss Wine Imports. And we didn’t even run the other customers out of the restaurant until an hour into the tasting! Alleah Friedrichs and Erin
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16 July, 2015

Jeff Cohn Cellars

Jeff Cohn Cellars
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of checking out Jeff Cohn Cellars’ tasting room in Oakland along with my friend Peter, the man behind Bung R. Cooper’s wine blog. Jeff Cohn, a renowned winemaker, spent a decade learning from and crafting Rosenblum wines before starting his own winery in 2006.  He’s also a genuinely nice
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13 July, 2015

Four Corners Cafe

Four Corners Cafe
Posted in : CA, CA, Coffee in Albany, Coffee Shops, Dining in Albany, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I headed out to Albany for the first time to check another café off my East Bay Indie Coffee Passport. I met up with a new friend and fellow UCSC alum who was excited to show me around her neck of the woods, which means you’ll be getting another Albany review from me soon. Four
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8 July, 2015

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013
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Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013 Sonoma Mountain, CA Plump cherries on a slate board with mild blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The cheese deepens as the long finish continues…and continues…and continues. If only cherries and blue cheese were a better combination. I should have ordered brie! My Quini Profile: My Quini Flower: Which means I award
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30 June, 2015

The Bay Area’s Best Mac & Cheese: My Verdict

The Bay Area’s Best Mac & Cheese: My Verdict
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It’s been a year since I undertook my quest to try all the mac & cheeses on 7×7’s list of the best in the Bay Area. I haven’t regretted a moment of this carb-slurping, dish-sharing, cheese-inhaling adventure. My friends, and long-suffering husband, who’ve joined me for most of these nights out, may hold different opinions… …Naw. Who
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26 June, 2015

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
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Randall Grahm’s Uncle Louie Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Contra Costa Country, California My first thought on looking at that label is that Uncle Louie bears a remarkable resemblance to the Monopoly Man. Thought #2 is “Wow, you can really smell that floral and cedar nose the moment the bottle opens.” Remarkably, the nose is not as
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23 June, 2015

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate

Mac & Cheese Night #9: The Blue Plate
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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I began my mission to conquer 7×7’s list of the best Bay Area macaroni and cheeses just over a year ago at Mission Cheese. This, right here, is my final review in this series, and I will soon crown my winner. Happily, our last mac & cheese night did not disappoint—the Blue Plate’s (3218 Mission
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