July 1, 2022

“As you venture out into the world in a new way now, know that your bonds to those you lost can continue. No need to forget. No need for closure. Honor what you had and move forward. Tell your story to the next generation, but include your strengths as well as your sorrows, your resilience as well as your despair. Keep going. The slow climb back to some semblance of normalcy will not be easy, but you can do it with the support of others and a boost in your tolerance for ambiguity. To ease your anxiety, embrace the paradox of absence and presence and use both/and thinking.”
The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic & Change by Pauline Boss

Dear friends ~

State Bird Provisions savory mochi

Just back from Vancouver, a dinner with SF’s own Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions‘ chefs, Stuart Brioza and Gaby Maeda, and B.C. Canada winemakers, and to research the latest around Vancouver. I’m now heading north to Lake County and Napa to enjoy 4th of July with family and do a little Napa article research/catch-up. Happy 4th to those in the States & July cheers to the rest of my friends around the globe!

In addition to my regular articles at The Bold Italic, my weekly dining column reviews one restaurant each week. I welcome those interested to follow me, or even sign up for a membership for my articles at Medium, which partially goes to support us as writers. Follow or support here. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on TwitterFacebookInstagram.


Members Only’s Papagayo sherry cocktail

Top TastesMichelin-Starred SF Great: State Bird Provisions, 10 years in.
The Latest — June Eat & Drink Checklist: These five newcomers (or new menus) cover the gamut, from Korean hot pot to Roman-style pizza.
The Latest — Brand New For the Record & Members Only Reviewed: Two female bartenders with a perspective you can taste in the glass.
Wandering Traveler — Honolulu Guide 2022, Part 2: 10 Top Restaurants Now + Where to Stay.
Imbiber — 12 Summer Wines & Somm-Curated Wine Clubs.

I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at virginia-miller.com).


ThePerfect Spot Founder
The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic

**Judge or Lead Judge at ADI International Craft Spirits, SF World SpiritsTales of the Cocktail Spirited AwardsIWSC Spirits, Whiskies of World, World Gin AwardsWorld Drinks Awards**

Regular Outlets:
Bobcut Dining Column — 
The Bold Italic — Liquor.com — Food Republic — WhereTraveler — Gin Magazine — Time Out Dining & Drink — Distiller Magazine — Haute Living — Google’s Touringbird — Oakland Magazine — Wine Access

Alaska Airlines Magazine,Whisky Magazine UKThrillistThe Times LondonLiquor.com DrinkwirePaste Magazine TravelEaterTasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me MagazineSpoonwizCitysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories