March 24th marked the 19th year of Whiskies of the World San Francisco (WoW) held on Hornblowers San Francisco Belle. What a long way the event has come even in the 9 years I’ve been attending (my review of my first visit back in 2010 here, plus 2017 and years prior here), thanks to Event Director Douglas Smith and team.… Read more →
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Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2017
Another Whiskies of the World (WoW) on Hornblower’s San Francisco Belle, docked in the Bay on March 31 (last year and years prior here) — and another stunning Spring night smoking cigars on the rooftop deck and swaying to the Bay’s waves while sipping hundreds of whiskies. Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also… Read more →
Top 3 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2016
We just had another Whiskies of the World (WoW) on the San Francisco Belle, docked in the Bay and held on March 26 (last year and years prior here). Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also held in San Jose, Atlanta, Houston, Austin), it remains more approachable than larger whisk(e)y events, more like a… Read more →
Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskies of the World 2015
Another Whiskies of the World (WoW) on the San Francisco Belle docked in the Bay, held on March 28 (last year and years prior here). Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also in San Jose, Atlanta and Austin), it remains more approachable than bigger whisk(e)y events, more like a big party than a corporate… Read more →
Bests from Whiskies of the World 2014
Every year I look forward to Whiskies of the World (WoW) on the San Francisco Belle docked in the Bay, held this year on March 29. Although it is one of the big whisk(e)y events in the country (also in San Jose, Atlanta and Austin), it remains more intimate than others; packed, yes, but more like a big party than… Read more →
Whiskies of the World 2012; NY Gin & the World’s Most Expensive Gin
WHISKIES of the WORLD Tastes A better than ever year aboard the SF Belle at Whiskies of the World means some fine, global pours of whisk(e)y from Scotland to Australia. On the fun and interesting tip, Lark Distillery distills single malt whisky in Tasmania, an Australian island – and it’s surprisingly solid. Distilled in copper pot stills, it’s smooth with a… Read more →
Whiskies of the World 2011
Theres always fine pours to be had at the (12th) annual Whiskies of the World (a.k.a. WoW) held March 26th particularly from smaller distilleries. Bourbon, rye, scotch, Japanese and Irish whiskies all flow freely. As I said in my coverage last year when it was held at Hotel Nikko, the downside was tight, body-to-body crowds. This year, that… Read more →
Whiskies of the World’s Signatory Tasting & Cocktails at Alembic
COCKTAILS Fall cocktails abound on menus around town but leave it to the artful hands behind the bar at Alembic to create a savory pumpkin drink (pumpkin being my most beloved taste of Fall). Their Pumpkin V. 3.14 ($11) is made with Old Pogue bourbon, Old World Spirits walnut liqueur (which I recently wrote about in the Guardian’s FEAST food… Read more →
Highlights from Whiskies of the World 2010
WHISKIES OF THE WORLD – MARCH 27 • Whiskies of the World (aka WoW)- Smaller in scope and selection than Whiskyfest, I expected a little more focus and ease at this event in the Hotel Nikko. It ended up being obnoxiously over-crowded, with only slightly more breathing room during the VIP hour. Bagpipes from Bushmills Pipe & Drum Band were… Read more →
February 1, 2021
—January’s Top 10 SF Restaurants For Takeout-And Maybe Dine At: As it should be (should never have left), outdoor dining is back but my 10 restaurant recommends of the month also are all available via takeout and delivery, including standouts in American Italian, modern Vietnamese, new American, sushi, seafood, Chinese and Modern Hawaiian cuisines, as well as coffee and chocolate.
— Distiller Magazine Bottle Column: This month I review mezcal, barrel aged gins, tequila, fruit cordials, American whiskey, gin, Irish whiskey, bourbon.
— Fruit & Fire, My Distiller Mag Interview: Two women, a Napa winemaker & Kentucky distiller, pioneer with smoke-tainted grapes, turning tragedy into a potentially new spirits category: smoked brandies.