Claude Monet and his Giverny Waterlilies

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Monet: The Late Years San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum has outdone itself with its stunning 2019 exhibition, Monet: The Late Years. The exhibit covers the last 13 years of the pioneering Impressionist master’s life (1913-1926). It includes almost 50 paintings of his Giverny home and gardens. Although many publicly revered, financially successful artists spend their last [Read more …]

Stanford University Art: Finding the Faces Between the Spaces

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Stanford University is more than one of the world’s leading teaching institution. It also offers the public free access to great works of art. On a recent trip to San Francisco’s South Bay, we had to see what was new Anderson Collection at Stanford University Our primary stop was a return visit to the Anderson [Read more …]

Italian Wine Week: San Francisco 2019

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It was that time of year! In a four-day period in March 2019, San Francisco is home to three premier that are exclusively (or in the case of the third, primarily) Italian wines. If you love Italian wines, we probably saw you. And if you don’t live in San Francisco, fear not because these events [Read more …]

Napa Valley Restaurants–February 2019

We recently headed to Napa Valley for the annual Premier Napa Valley. As we discussed in our blog, this event is a chance for retail wine buyers and restauranteurs and media to taste new releases. It is also a fund raiser for Napa Valley. Napa Valley Restaurants Each event offers a range of snacks, ranging [Read more …]

Premier Napa Valley Tastings—February 2019

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Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is an interesting event. Wine sellers, including retailers and restaurateurs, as well as members of the wine trade and media descend upon Napa Valley to primarily taste new vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and one-of-a-kind limited production wines. It is a four-day event filled with an opportunity to mingle with vintners [Read more …]

Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting

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Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Silver Oak Winery Release Party 2019

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Sunday, February 2, 2019, was not only the day before Super Bowl Sunday, it was also the day of a Silver Oak release party in Oakville California. The long-awaited day was for the official release of the Silver Oak 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet. The day itself was rainy with periodic downpours that flooded the vineyards. [Read more …]

A Grand Tasting of Bordeaux Grand Crus

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Bordeaux is a famous wine region in France that is mostly associated with red wine blends. But it also produces some delicious Sauvignon Blanc white blends and Sauternes. The Gironde Estuary divides the region into a Left Bank area and a Right Bank area. Each region has different terroir, style and character. [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

The Unreal Garden

A Virtual Stroll through San Francisco’s Unreal Garden What happens when technology and creativity cross paths? Lots of interesting things. And one right in San Francisco. The Unreal Garden is an immersive, 3D Augmented Reality extravaganza that brings art to life. At first glance, you only see a rather pallid-looking physical representation [Read more …]