Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Wine and gondolas

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 at 4:50 pm in Uncategorized.

Contrary to mainstream belief, you can make any event a wine event. My friends and I manage to do it all the time. Take my birthday, late last month. Jenny, Vicki, Amy and I took a gondola ride around Lake Merritt at sunset on one of those freakishly warm winter days we’ve been having. Jenny outdid her baking self with these amazing lemon sour cream cupcakes, which had a blackberry jam filling and lavender cream cheese frosting. Can you say orgasmic?

We washed those down with a raspberry sparkling wine from Boitano Family Wines in Lodi. No, it’s not complex, but boy is it refreshing. And fun for a 31st birthday. And only $12. In fact, if you get your hands on a bottle, try mixing the raspberry sparkling with a little bit of Port. It’s good stuff, and a friendly reminder to not take yourself, and your wine, that seriously.

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