January 15, 2020

“There is perhaps nothing that has a greater tendency to decide favourably or unfavourably respecting a [wo]man’s future intellect, than the question whether or not he be impressed with an early taste for reading… He that loves reading, has every thing within his reach. He has but to desire; and he may possess himself of every species of wisdom to judge, and power to perform.” — political philosopher and novelist William Godwin (1756–1836)

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Just back from an inspiring week in New Mexico, I begin the year with tender hopes and wishes for a beautiful, powerful new year —and decade— for us all.

Please check out a show I was just on playing host the whole episode and choosing content, including the bartenders and bars visited: Drink Destinations: San Francisco, from Jeff Bradford: Beer, Wine, and Spirits show. We filmed two days, resulting in an inspired, 20+ minutes episode of cocktail/bar/drink adventures around my fair city. I offer some history and context for SF’s key role in first creating cocktails in the 1800s and leading the cocktail renaissance of the last 20-30 years.

The LatestFresh Feasts & OG Offerings: January’s best new Bay Area restaurants & old-school greats, from SF to Napa and Marin.
ImbiberIconic Drink Moments in Classic Film: My first feature for London’s Cocktail Lovers’ magazine on classic cocktail scenes you do and don’t know about.
Top TastesAn Ode To Obscure Eats: Unsung dining in San Francisco, my new Bob Cut dining column.
ImbiberBar Spotlight on Karri Kiyuna of Wildhawk: Why this SF bar is an example in team spirit, service and exceptional cocktails.

California Gold Bar in Marin

As your personal concierge who tells it like a good friend would, I create personalized itineraries; provide food and drink consulting for restaurants and bars; and classes at companies for the layperson wanting to dig deeper in food and drink (more info at virginia-miller.com).


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The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic — IWSC Spirits Judge — ADI Distilling Lead Judge

Regular Outlets/Columns: 
Bob Cut Dining Column — Liquor.com — Haute Living Dining/Drink/Travel —  WhereTraveler — Time Out — Distiller Magazine — Google’s Touringbird — Food Republic — Gin Magazine — Wine Access — Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories

The Bold ItalicAlaska Airlines Magazine, The Bold ItalicTravelux Magazine, ThrillistWhisky Magazine UK,  The Times LondonLiquor.com DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet