I recently had the most perplexing response from a well seasoned and knowledgeable bartender when I asked if he had any rye whisky. “I've got Canadian Club and Crown Royal,” he said, proudly displaying the bottles. Now, I've had this same interaction a few times over the years and had already looked into why in the world a bartender would call a Canadian whisky a rye. The short answer: he's Canadian.Read More
While watching my father get remarried 17 years ago, I never thought that the tiny blonde ring bearer, my cousin Rebecca, would decades later be dragging me miles down a dirt road in Plymouth, Massachusetts to an idyllic restaurant in the woods. The brunch experience we had was what all the cool kids in San Francisco dream of while they wait 2 hours in line for day old NYC bagels. One of all-grown-up Becca's favorites, Rye Tavern is a dream property. Secluded in the woods nearby the Plymouth Plantation (where they dress up in 1700's garb and never break character), its set on a few beautifully maintained acres including both a flower and vegetable garden, outdoor patio, and huge heated outdoor bar. The building is old and stone, cozy with fireplaces and low ceilings, rustic wooden tables dotted with the bright colors from the gardens.Read More
There are few more respected producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California than Hanzell. The scene that those lucky enough to visit receive makes it worth the effort. An appointment only visit winds you out of Sonoma through a few residential properties before you are ushered between iron gates, climbing higher and higher up through the estates vines to the beautiful 1/3 replica of Clos Vougeot that served as the original winery. The wealth and history of the property is apparent anywhere you look. Originally founded by J.D. Zellerbach, famous for his business acumen (Crown Zellerbach) as well as his contributions to the Marshall Plan, Hanzell was intended to be nothing but the highest quality possible. In the more than six decades since its founding, all involved with the winery have contributed to maintaining its product and image in the absolute highest regard. Most notable of those involved over the years is Bob Sessions, one of the most respected and influential winemakers in California history.Read More
Handley has long been one of my go-to values in Mendo Pinot. After far too long, I finally got a chance to visit them at their unassuming winery North of Philo in the Anderson Valley. Entering into the tasting room you're greeted with a cozy space packed with a haphazard array of folk art treasures gathered by its owner, Milla Handley, from around the world, including a 15 foot long wooden alligator mounted above the front entrance. Her affection for other cultures and their arts found its way into their pleasing African art inspired label design as well.Read More
It is pretty incredible when you have finally made it to the finish line. The point where all the dreaming, planning, talking, procrastinating, and worrying has finally turned into the trip of a life time. Our jobs are quit, our last minute packages have arrived, our bags new, tidy, and full of neurotically organized travel cubes. The road lies before us and all we can think about are what kind of snacks to fill our cooler with as we worry about the cost of gas on the open road. We are tying up our loose ends and spending our last few days with the ones we love. Even if they tell us we are crazy for leaving them in the first place. Follow us as we examine the life of the (semi) professional nomad.
Anna & Andrew