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  • October 2, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

    Wild Meadows Cab S Picmonkey2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


    Wild Meadows

    Columbia Valley (Washington)

    Alcohol: 13.5%

    Suggested Retail: $11


    “Containing 76% of the grape, this wine qualifies to be labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon (75% or more is the legal requirement). It also contains Merlot (12%), Syrah (11%) and Tempranillo (1%). Nothing wrong with any of these grapes and, in fact, it’s not a bad bottle of wine, especially at the price (we found it on sale at a Rite-Aid drug for about $6.50). However, it doesn’t taste like Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • October 2, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

    kolschbottlepint2 Picmonkey



    Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes, Oregon

    Style: American Strong Ale

    Alcohol: 6.7%

    IBUs: 65

    Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles

    Availability: Seasonal, October through December, in most of the U.S.


    Appearance:   “Mahogany color with long-lasting, light tan head.”

    Aroma:   “Toffee, buttered whole-wheat toast.”

    Taste:   “Good carbonation is first impression. Soon, the toffee or caramel quality appears. Billed on the bottle as “a festive winter ale,” it didn’t taste inappropriate on a fall afternoon at the start of October. Substantial, but not syrupy or too alcoholic. Finishes cleanly.”

    Food Affinity:   “Would go well with the combination of spices and sweetness of onions and tomato in a good homemade chili. Maybe with snacks/small bites such as a bowl of warmed cashews, or some very ripe Brie spread on crostini. Might even work as an augmented dessert, if paired with crème brûlée.”

     DanClarke Good Mug Shot Picmonkey


    Guest reviewer Dan Clarke was relatively unfamiliar with Jubelale, but discovered he liked it

  • 5 Bay Area Flea Markets to Find Your Next Vintage Steal

    By Dan Rosenbaum

    Treasure Island Flea Mkt Picmonkey Great view of San Francisco from Treasure Island market

    San Francisco is home to big brands, haute couture and major department stores. Many including Westfield San Francisco Centre are centered around Union Square, and neighborhoods such as Fillmore and Hayes Valley are filled with boutiques. For those who want random kitsch, vintage wares, local and only in San Francisco products, there are plenty of outdoor flea markets that happen every month. The next time you're looking for an opportunity to do a little retail reconnaissance, shop at these great markets.

  • Virginia Dare Reborn

    virginia dare PicmonkeyTASTE News Service, September 28, 2015 - After a coy public relations campaign begun a year ago, American Pioneer Wine Growers (APWG) last week announced the name of its new property, Virginia Dare Winery.

    Over the past year, APWG has released a series of four wines – The White Doe, Manteo, Two Arrowheads and The Lost Colony – each revealing a different aspect of the Virginia Dare legend ultimately culminating in the unveiling of the new winery name.