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Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Bray, England I sampled a stunning rhubarb champagne cocktail and was determined to re-create my own (simpler) version at home.

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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Search for “Champagne, bubbles and drunk,” and you’ll get headlines like “Why Bubbles Make You More Giggly.” But when we took a close look at the science supporting the urban legend, we weren’t impressed. The effect doesn’t happen to everyone, and when it does, it’s just temporary.

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Cheap Bubbly Or Expensive Sparkling Wine? Look To The Bubbles For Clues

Cheap Bubbly Or Expensive Sparkling Wine? Look To The Bubbles For Clues

| December 31, 2012

Here are a few things to look for if you’re trying to distinguish the age of your bottle of bubbly or the method by which it was made. And if you just want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to preserving the bubbles, consider how you pour.

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Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

| December 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Small wine producers rate big this holiday season.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace

Check, Please! Bay Area: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The final episode of season 6 reviews these San Francisco eateries: Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, El Huarache Loco, Helmand Palace. Leslie’s last wine tip of the season is quite dramatic: Opening Champagne Using a Saber.

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10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re purchasing a sparkling wine this holiday season, it’s easy to keep it local. After all, some of the finest American choices are produced in our own backyard. Following is a list of my top-ten local sparkling wine choices. Half of these wineries are set in Carneros, an area that covers parts of both Sonoma and Napa Valley that is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape growing (the two varietals most commonly used for sparkling wines). The other half are located in other parts of Napa and the Anderson Valleys.

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Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

| December 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s almost New Years Eve, and you know what that means — a lot of folks will be getting their drink on. If you have a gluten sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you need to miss the revelry. A lot of hard alcohol is naturally gluten-free, and for those not into hitting the hard stuff, there are quite a lot of companies making gluten-free beer and cider.

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Sparkling Citrus Gelée for New Year’s Eve

Sparkling Citrus Gelée for New Year’s Eve

| December 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Raise a toast to Sparkling Citrus Gelée, a New Year’s Eve-worthy dessert that can be eaten by just about everyone at your dinner party, and that looks gorgeous to boot.

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Sparkling Wines for New Year's

Sparkling Wines for New Year's

| December 31, 2008 | 2 Comments

I’m inaugurating a wine blog today on Bay Area Bites. It’s a labor of love for me. I worked for a decade in the wine trade in the seventies and eighties, in New York City, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley. I’ve kept a toehold in the industry since then, while working as a news editor, reporter and anchor at KQED Public Radio. I still get a thrill from tasting great wine, or decent wine that’s a great value; and my cup runneth over with suggestions. People look at me strangely (“Is this nut coming on to me?”) when I make recommendations in the liquor aisle at Safeway. So this blog will provide a more acceptable outlet for my tasting notes. I’ll try to avoid numbers, and talk about how these wines behave on the lunch or dinner table, where they belong. I did a bubbly tasting not long ago; and with New Year Eve upon us, I wanted to share my thoughts, and those of my guests, on what we liked.

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