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This Month's Tipsy Trifecta
Jordan Mackay | Photo: Courtesy of Bombay Sapphire, Duckhorn Vineyards, and Russian River Brewing | September 17, 2012
Three sure shots to hoist now: a wine, a beer, and a spirit.
Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2011 ($28)
California sauvignon blancs are a bit of a crapshoot: Some are crisp and steely, while others are creamy and rich. But St. Helena–based winery Duckhorn finds a great compromise, with an S.B. that’s zesty with a refreshing zip.
At Wine Impression, 3461 California St. (near Locust St.), 415-221-9463
Russian River Brewing Row 2, Hill 56 ($5, 16.9 ounces)
Following the trend of single-vineyard wines and single-cask whiskeys is this gorgeous single-hop-yard beer. The taste is sharp, with pine and mint notes overlaid with bright citrus and a lush texture.
At City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St. (near 8th St.), 415-503-1033
Bombay Sapphire East ($11 per glass)
Bombay’s newest has an infusion of Vietnamese black peppercorns and lemongrass. The result is spicy gin with citrus notes and an earthy core—perfect with tonic and lime. Not available in stores yet, so you’ll have to try it at S&P Brasserie.
At The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 222 Sansome St. (near California St.), 415-276-9888