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August 2009

Two New Contests for Consumers

TravelOregon is sponsoring an essay contest in which the winner gets an all-expenses-paid "cuisinternship" in one of seven professions, including brewmaster, chef, rancher, winemaker, and distiller. Sweet! Contest entries (you have to make a video) due Sept 18th. Details here. To launch Martini & Rossi’s new Sparkling Rosé, they're giving... Read more →

Bartenders Hitting Their Hoes

For some reason, the San Francisco Chronicle didn't choose the above title for my story that comes out Sunday August 30th. I can't think of why. More bars growing own cocktail ingredients Camper English, Special to The ChronicleFriday, August 28, 2009 Victoria D'Amato-Moran grows tomatoes, Asian pears, Fuji apples, blackberries,... Read more →

Gin Definitions

A few months back I attended a seminar hosted by Plymouth and Beefeater gins. This was held on the same day the new EU definition of London gin became law. The law sets down three categories of gin by production method- not by flavor. They are: Gin- Can be basically... Read more →

SFO <- -> OAK

It's time for Bay Area residents to start making plans for Labor Day weekend Sept 4-7. Why? Because the Bay Bridge will be closed for seismic upgrades. This is not a bad thing at all: BART will run trains 24 hours during the interruption, and that means drinkers can party... Read more →