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By Dan Clarke We gave up trying to do comprehensive wine reviews a long time ago.
TASTE News Service, December 18, 2019 – From peaks to basin, the cities and towns that comprise the Reno-Tahoe region are home to mixologists and masters serving up artful beverages.
TASTE News Service, April 30, 2019 - San Francisco is the birthplace of tiki culture, and it is home to some of the oldest tiki establishments in the country.
TASTE News Service, January 22, 2019 — Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the world's pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, has identified five major cocktail flavor and ingredient trends heading into 2019.
By Dan Clarke Taste California Travel and all of its predecessors have had a strong wine orientation.
By Michael Eady It boggles the mind that something as simple as a cocktail shaker would be the target for advanced technology.
By Rachael Lucas Cheesemongers aren't in it for the money. We basically get paid in curd. It does not stop me from indulging in luxurious fare, however.
TASTE News Service, October 3, 2018 - Crave Sacramento is presenting its inaugural Bloody Mary Fest on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
by Rajiv Mahajan "Let's have one more," our tour guide at Ten Ryo Brewery said pouring a generous portion of honjozo sake in two cups.
TASTE News Service, May 1, 2018 - A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation confirms that moderate alcohol consumption is one of five healthy lifestyle behaviors that could help people live longer.
TASTE News Service, June 26, 2017 - At Taste publications we’ve always run wine reviews and in recent years have added beer reviews.
TASTE News Service, May 3, 2017 - Margaritas became America's most popular drink in the 1970s, kicking Wall Street martinis to the curb, and we never looked back.
TASTE News Service, February 9, 2017 — Results of the inaugural “Official Drink of Santa Barbara” craft cocktail contest are in, and the winner is “Ginspiration Point” by Alcazar Tapas Bar.
TASTE News Service, December 8, 2016 – This December marks the 20th anniversary of Anchor Distilling Company’s Junípero Gin and the birth of modern-day craft gin in America. Handcrafted in San Francisco beginning in 1996, Junípero is celebrated for its bold, unfiltered flavor and high proof of 98.6, and is the first craft gin distilled in the United States after Prohibition.
The late Stanton Deleplane at the BV By Avital Ungar Irish Coffee seems like a pretty simple drink, right? I mean, who can’t add a slug of whiskey to a cup of hot coffee and top it with some cream?
By Dan Clarke We rarely review spirits. From time-to-time, however, we enjoy drinking them.
Image courtesy of Wines of Portugal TASTE News Service, August 14, 2016 - The art of pairing food with alcoholic drinks, particularly wine, is a well-established and common practice.
Photo: Paul Saad By Marcia “Tablehopper” Gagliardi January 10, 2016 - San Francisco’s bar scene is just as lively as its restaurant scene, with new watering holes opening all the time (hey, we’re a thirsty city). Here are a few recently opened places—with the rest opening soon—that you’ll want to pull up a barstool at. And fans of wine, we have a couple spots for you, too.
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