So after 6 days of seeing the world through a wine glass (and beer glass), I'm back at work and sad sad sad. But some of you wanted a report, so here's the thumbnail sketch of what got drunk where (note that's what not who). There's a lot of lovely potent potables out there.
Stone Epic 07-07-07 (we brought this with us to have in the SF hotel when we arrived)
An Alaska cocktail at the delightful and delicious and delovely Alembic
: Suppose your tires have frozen flat on one side. or you chased a kodiak off your lawn. the lure of living in the great white north may have escaped you, but the purity of the frozen tundra can be had in the form of this martini variation--gin, yellow chartreuse, orange bitters, and a healthy twist of lemon peel. it’s been around a long time: ours is a drier adaptation of the one in harry’s abc, a 1919 cocktail handbook.
An Opera cocktail. we love aperitifs here at the alembic, firmly believing that every good meal opens with a good drink. this is one of our sexier starters. millers gin with spicy dubonnet rouge and a dash of maraschino liqueur for aromatic sweetness. served ice cold and up. this aria might get stuck in your head.
Some La Chouffe and half a Bear Republic
Strong Ale (All still at Alembic. The food is great too.)Russian River Brewing
: Bravo Ale, Pliny the Elder Double IPAYorkville Cellars
tasting: best their Bordeaux blend Richard-the-Lion- HeartedMeyer Family Cellars
tasting, including their stunning Meyer Family PortNavarro Vineyards
Method a l'Ancienne Pinot Noir 2004 (very good with dinner at Boonville Hotel
)North Coast Brewing
: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (ungodly good on tap and fresh) and 2007 Old Stock Ale with lunch at the brewpub
Wines with dinner we made at The Other Place: Surh Luchtel
2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Skewis
Pinot Noir Demuth Vineyard Anderson Valley (double yum)
Wine tasting in Anderson Valley, part 1: Navarro, Lazy Creek
, and Breggo
(all delicious, and we get served by the winemaker at the last 2)
Dinner at the Highpockety Ox
(the former Buckhorn Saloon, Mike)--it's no longer the Anderson Valley Brewing Brewpub
, as they have a new facility and crappy, prefab tasting room down the road, but they still make the pleasing Hop Ottin IPA
Wine tasting in Anderson Valley, part 2: Goldeneye
(where Amy took the picture above), the find of the trip Toulouse
(the owner more or less gave us a hilarious seminar in winemaking while taking us through his pinots), and the building is better than the wine Standish
Bottled beer drinking on a lazy afternoon on a sun-dappled hillside: North Coast's Old Rasputin X Imperial Stout
(barrel aged in bourbon barrels and as great as it sounds--wish I bought more) and North Coast's 25th Anniversary Ale, which is actually the same as their La Merle
but in different packaging (smooth, spicy saisson style)
Dinner at the Ukiah Brewing Company
, a delightfully hippiesque spot with solid and organic food and beer; I had the 10 Guilder and Coops Stout
And while we didn't imbibe, we did refill some Russian River Brewing growlers with Pliny the Elder and their IPA, so we did bring some of the trip home with us.
Plus endless photos (you'll see we're set for Friday Dog Blogging for awhile)....
Labels: beer, mighty fine, wine