Drink Reviews

Clairet – A clear winner over rosé

Rose and Clairet

The first time I encountered clairet was on a bicycle tour through Bordeaux in France. At one vineyard we visited they talked about it briefly when they told us how they made their rosé. To begin with I thought they were just mispronouncing claret, but there is a connection. Centuries ago clairet, known as rouge …

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Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill – San Diego, CA

Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill - Three Fish Tacos

Recently I have had dinner with friends at the Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill in San Diego, CA. What I did not know until we walked in to the restaurant was that the place had been featured by Guy Fieri, of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I quickly recalled the episode which I …

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Beers That Have Had A Lasting Impact On Me

Millet Beer in a Calabash Bowl

It was by coincidence that my coming of legal drinking age was also marked by the birth of craft and regional breweries. I remember when Samuel Adams Lager was still considered David among the Goliaths that had dominated and decimated the beer industry for a couple of decades. Back then I thought that Samuel Adams …

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Date Shake, Check One Off Of The Bucket List

Date Palm - Shields Date Garden in Indio, CA

As I was driving CA-86 North towards Indio, CA with the Salton Sea to the east, I was thinking back to when I had first learned of the Date Shake?  If my memory serves me correctly, it was Anthony Boudain’s Travel Channel show No Reservations episode U.S. Southwest where he had tried a Date Shake. …

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Lime Margaritas – Is It Really This Simple?

Recently we were with friends in San Diego, CA and walking through Old Town when the need to quench our thirst became so overpowering we stopped in at the Old Town Saloon. It was by unanimous consensus that a round or two of lime margaritas was going to be the drink of the afternoon. The …

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