A taste of San Francisco!

Music:
"I left my heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Wine
Sottomarino Lagrein
Cheese:
Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery

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Those who know me know that my heart belongs to the City of Angels. However, as the new year picks up speed, I have had the opportunity to reconnect with a lot of friends and colleagues up in the Bay Area. As I plan a trip up there a bit later in the spring, I'm reminded of some of my favorite tastes and sounds from up north.

Music
We might not have known this song as well as we do now if radio show hosts in 1962 hadn't turned over one of their new records and started to play Side B. This song was originally the Side B to "Once Upon a Time" and ended up winning the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Treat yourself to the beauty of Tony Bennett's young voice with this version. I tried my own hand at it a while back, too.

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Wine
The Sottomarino Lagrein is a hefty wine, and we don't blame you if you haven't heard of this variety before... we hadn't either! The grape is native to the Southern Tyrol area of Italy and can also be found in Australia and in a small area on California’s Central Coast. Brian Cain – named the “Cult winemaker of California” in 2008 – has created a beautiful wine here: dark and full-bodied but not overpowering. The wine introduces itself well, we sense some plot development and then a climax on the mid-palate, but some say the wine falls short of a grand resolution. What do you think?

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Cheese
We are in love with this stinky/not-stinky cheese from Cowgirl Creamery. It's funny how something this pungent actually pairs well with a few different things: a big, hearty red such as the Lagrein, a sweet wine or port, or a hearty stout beer. This cheese was actually created by mistake – a pretty darn tasty one, though, if you ask us!