November 1, 2023

Dear friends —

As I fly en route to the Maldives for the press trip of a lifetime, I’m behind in a difficult month in sending out this newsletter. So that means this is an ACTION-PACKED, doubled-up newsletter linking to no less 10 articles I’ve written for 3 different publications, published in October, from restaurant reviews and wine recommends to bar guides and drink industry interviews.

At Medium, my weekly restaurant SF Bay Area restaurant reviews plus travel guides on where to eat, drink and stay around the globe and U.S. I welcome you to follow me, or sign up for a membership for my articles at Medium, which partially goes to support us as writers. Follow or support. I thank you.

Per usual, I’m posting my daily research in dining and drink at @ThePerfectSpot on Twitter and Facebook or @VirginiaMiller.SF, my new Instagram account.

Molti Amici’s kanpachi crudo

The Latest — Yokai: Japanese food and vinyl records come to life in SoMa with superb skewers and plates, rare Japanese whiskies and elegant cocktails in one of my fave new SF hangouts.
The Latest — Aromas of Turkey and SF’s Presidio Park: Eastern Mediterranean magic at the new Dalida.
Wandering Traveler — Top 10 Charleston Bars Now: My latest at Distiller Magazine.
Wandering Traveler — Las Vegas Dining Guide: 15 places to eat in Vegas now, from upscale to casual + where to stay.
Imbiber — 13 Harvest Time Wines to Suit Every Palate: From rosé and sparkling to natural wines and complex reds, 13 bottle recommends now.

Sorelle’s Lambretta cocktail in my Charleston bar guide

Around the Bay — Molti Amici: A new Healdsburg dining and drink destination that defines Sonoma Wine Country and carries on the spirit of its predecessor, Campo Fina.
Top Tastes My Tenderloin Eats Guide: 10 top places to eat and drink in the ‘Loin, from Vietnamese food to hip rooftop bars.
Imbiber — Charleston Interviews: My Distiller Magazine interviews with Doar Bros.’ bartender Stephen Blackmon + distiller David Szlam of Virgil Kaine.
Around the Bay“Real Deal” Turkish Food at Palo Alto’s New Meyhouse.
Imbiber — Distiller Magazine Bottle Column: This month I review sloe amaro, rum, gin, mezcal, non-alcoholic RTD/bottled cocktails, tequila, hard kombucha, wine spritzers, shochu, port and bourbon.

I am also available for consulting, moderating, leading classes and tastings and more (info at


ThePerfect Spot Founder
The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants’ Academy Chair
Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor — SF Bay Guardian Critic
The Bold Italic Weekly Restaurant Reviews & Travel Column

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

Dining/Travel Column: The Bold Italic — Table8 National Editor/VP — ZAGAT SF Editor SF Bay Guardian Critic

Regular Outlets & Freelance:— Distiller MagazineWhisky Magazine — Gin MagazineRum Food Republic WhereTravelerTime Out Haute Living Oakland Magazine Wine AccessVOICES

Alaska Airlines Magazine, Whisky Magazine, Thrillist, The Times London, Paste Magazine Travel, Eater, Tasting Panel, PureWow, Drink Me, Citysearch, NBC’s The Feast, Blackboard Eats, Tasting Table, Grubstreet

Books: Pur in Spirit & Distilled Stories