September 1, 2011

“The morning smelled like a freshly opened bottle of wine – leaves, earth, the damp woods, berries, grass. There is still more than enough beauty in one morning alone on earth to break a heart wide open… For every person who has ever lived there will come, at last, a spring he will never see…  Glory then in the seasons that are yours.” – Linford Detweiler, Over the Rhine

As this reaches you, I am in Denver visiting family, exploring Boulder and the surrounding area, welcoming in my favorite season of all: Fall.

The Latest shares a sneak peek of cocktail greats from Harry Denton’s legendary Starlight Room, which reopens, revamped and brand new, Tuesday.

Top Tastes dines on small plates at the new Rendezvous from a Top Chef alum and French native.

Imbiber sips a rich cherry liqueur with a member of the Luxardo family, a Japanese whisky as of yet unavailable in the US (but finally hitting our shores in October), and limited edition of a special rum with its master blender.

Around the Bay takes me to Marin: Larkspur for brats, beers and an oompah band under towering redwoods, then to Mill Valley for an atmospheric network of brick-walled rooms from which to fill up on beef.

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