Food and Wine

Pianist Max Chanowitz appeared in PianoFight’s new Virtual Venue show on Facebook on March 20. (Courtesy photo)

The fight isn’t over for this San Francisco venue

PianoFight finds new ways to keep the show going

Pianist Max Chanowitz appeared in PianoFight’s new Virtual Venue show on Facebook on March 20. (Courtesy photo)
”28 Days Later” is a drink created by Tim Hagney, bartender at ABV, one of six San Francisco out of work bartenders that Saul Sugarman asked to send cocktail recipes to make at home. Tip him on Venmo at @timothy-hagney. ( Tim Hagney/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sequestered sipping cocktails brought to you by San Francisco bartenders

Besides having a drink while in coronavirus stay-at-home mode, you can virtually tip the creators and support your local bars

”28 Days Later” is a drink created by Tim Hagney, bartender at ABV, one of six San Francisco out of work bartenders that Saul Sugarman asked to send cocktail recipes to make at home. Tip him on Venmo at @timothy-hagney. ( Tim Hagney/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Master blender Billy Leighton pours luxury Irish whiskey. (Courtesy Irish Distillers)

Newest Redbreast Irish Whiskey release was 27 years in the making

Ruby port casks from Portugal bring distinction to the aging process

Master blender Billy Leighton pours luxury Irish whiskey. (Courtesy Irish Distillers)
Lamea Abuelrous, owner of Temo’s cafe, says her business is not just about serving coffee, but about making customers comfortable. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Sharing culture, one cup at a time

Lamea Abuelrous arrives to her cafe, Temo’s, before dawn

Lamea Abuelrous, owner of Temo’s cafe, says her business is not just about serving coffee, but about making customers comfortable. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jazmine Vieira dances and tends bar at Jolene’s, a Mission spot where everyone is welcome. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jolene’s proudly rejects racism, sexism, phobias

‘I feel really fortunate to do what I love and to be able to live off of it’

Jazmine Vieira dances and tends bar at Jolene’s, a Mission spot where everyone is welcome. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jean Fontana is a manager at The Riptide in Sunset’s outer-most avenues. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Riptide: An everyman sort of bar in San Francisco’s Sunset District

‘What I enjoy about this bar is you can have an Irish construction worker sitting next to a drag queen, and everyone is happy and fine.’

Jean Fontana is a manager at The Riptide in Sunset’s outer-most avenues. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Just the Tonic - A Natural History of Tonic Water (Royal Botanic Gardens/TNS)

Book offers some fun facts about tonic water

When you think of quinine water do you think of stout, pink-faced British sea captains being revived by gin and tonics?

Just the Tonic - A Natural History of Tonic Water (Royal Botanic Gardens/TNS)
Oceano Wines co-founders and vintners Rachel Martin and Kurt Deutsch. (Courtesy/Oceano Wines)

Oceano Wines brings the taste of San Luis Obispo to the East Coast

Rachel Martin, who co-founded Oceano Wines in San Luis Obispo can truly be described as bicoastal.

Oceano Wines co-founders and vintners Rachel Martin and Kurt Deutsch. (Courtesy/Oceano Wines)
Cafe Zoetrope opened 21 years ago in part as an homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s production company, American Zoetrope. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Last Call with Saul: Francis Ford Coppola’s Cafe Zoetrope fulfills a cosmopolitan fantasy

Out on the corner of Kearny Street and Columbus Avenue is Café Zoetrope, a brightly-colored restaurant and bar

Cafe Zoetrope opened 21 years ago in part as an homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s production company, American Zoetrope. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Catherine Cook reprises her role as Julia Child in a fundraiser for Opera Parallèle at Hayes Street Grill. (Courtesy Brian Staufenbiel)

Catherine Cook plays Julia Child in “Bon Appétit’

Mezzo-soprano sings and bakes in comic opera

Catherine Cook reprises her role as Julia Child in a fundraiser for Opera Parallèle at Hayes Street Grill. (Courtesy Brian Staufenbiel)
San Miguel de Allende. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Exploring the wines of Mexico

While Mexico is typically associated with tequila, mezcal, and beer, regions of the country are producing exceptional wines.

San Miguel de Allende. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Peter Ziegler, manager of the Barrel Proof Bar & Restaurant on Mission Street, said early experiences put off many people from drinking certain liquors later in life. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Last Call with Saul: Not everyone wants their drinks to taste like booze

Like many people, my first time drinking alcohol didn’t go well.

Peter Ziegler, manager of the Barrel Proof Bar & Restaurant on Mission Street, said early experiences put off many people from drinking certain liquors later in life. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Anchor Brewing Co. created the Baykeeper IPA to draw attention to San Francisco Baykeeper and the work it does to help keep the San Francisco Bay clean. (Erin Conger/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Anchor Brewing’s new Baykeeper’s IPA helps to support a cleaner San Francisco Bay

The day on the bay was also an opportunity to showcase the new Baykeeper IPA

Anchor Brewing Co. created the Baykeeper IPA to draw attention to San Francisco Baykeeper and the work it does to help keep the San Francisco Bay clean. (Erin Conger/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Fireside Bar owner Lisa Merrall said the key to success is remembering that customers aren’t just there to drink.

Fireside Bar: From dive to cozy hangout

“We felt the neighborhood could use a bar that wasn’t a dive bar that could appeal to a younger crowd.”

Fireside Bar owner Lisa Merrall said the key to success is remembering that customers aren’t just there to drink.
Dr. Harold Olmo helped pushed the Napa Valley into one of the world’s top wine growing regions for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.

Larkmead Vineyards honors influential viticulture researcher with $200,000 gift to UC Davis

The donation will preserve and digitize the work of the late Professor Emeritus Dr. Harold Olmo

Dr. Harold Olmo helped pushed the Napa Valley into one of the world’s top wine growing regions for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
Bartender Ventura Garcia has worked at Blackbird for five years. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Meet your mixologist and a smoking cocktail

“I like to experiment, especially with my vodka drinkers.”

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Bartender Ventura Garcia has worked at Blackbird for five years. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’s a treat to explore the racks of wine for sale at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace. (Courtesy photo)

Gary’s Wine and Marketplace comes to St. Helena

When we arrived in late afternoon to the all-day event, the store was buzzing

It’s a treat to explore the racks of wine for sale at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace. (Courtesy photo)
The Arnaldo-Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG is ages 24 months in french oak barrels and a minimum of six additional months in the bottle. (Courtesy)

Gift bottles they’ll remember: An Umbrian wine, Martinique rum

With the holidays upon us, allow me the gift of sharing two stories

The Arnaldo-Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG is ages 24 months in french oak barrels and a minimum of six additional months in the bottle. (Courtesy)
Iconic French Bordeaux release tops Wine Spectator’s 2019 picks

Iconic French Bordeaux release tops Wine Spectator’s 2019 picks

The United States, at 29 percent, had more wines on the 2019 list than any other country

Iconic French Bordeaux release tops Wine Spectator’s 2019 picks
The Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia estate in the Bolgheri region. (Courtesy Photo)

The little wine that could: Le Serre Nuove dell ‘Ornellaia

Twenty years have passed since the famed Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia introduced the first true “second vin”

The Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia estate in the Bolgheri region. (Courtesy Photo)