July 15, 2008

I'm not sure how the weekend weather was here in SF, but there's nothing quite like summer in wine country (I adore the sun—how I have ended up living in San Francisco for 13 years and counting is beyond me).

Some wine country weekend highlights: a leisurely dinner outside at the charming Martini House, tasting a variety of boozy treats at Charbay, the dreamy setting and views from the guest house at Terra Valentine, impromptu singing from a soprano at the tasting room at Peju, drinking rosé on the patio at 25º Brix for lunch (there was a lot of wine consumed all weekend, who am I kidding), cruising home from Sonoma along Arnold Drive in the early evening, with the top down on my Alfa… Bliss! And a big thanks to Steven Oliver and Craig Lipton for throwing one hell of a summertime lawn party in Glen Ellen. A few days out of the City does wonders for your headspace. I'll do a jetsetter recap on Napa in August or so, stand by. And I can’t believe I get to go back up this Thursday for the Taste3 conference! (Pinch, pinch.)

Thank you all for your interest in the tablehopper supper at Rubicon coming up on Tuesday July 29th. All the details are below in the socialite. This supper is a special one, so I highly recommend booking as soon as possible. I am also very honored to have a piece from Evan Goldstein for the wino this week. His book, Perfect Pairings, inspired me to ask him to write something—I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, and due to some lame snafu, those of you with Yahoo accounts might not have received the 'hopper last week, or got it a few days late. Blergh. (You can catch up here.) I'm not sure the Yahoo block is resolved (yes, annoying!), so if you don't get this week's issue, well, I guess you won't be reading this, will you?

Cheers, yo,