A Few of my Favorites 9.29

Going through my notes of the past week or so, there is nothing new to write about in terms of *gossip*.  You can literally go to LAST WEEK’S GOSSIP COLUMN and everything is still true. Hotels are plugging along, PIADINA in Hotel SLO open in 2  weeks, CARISSA fully open, Maegen Loring is the official…

Top-25 Wines of 2018

Good evening and welcome to Chez Soif. We hope you enjoy your dining experience. I will be taking your wine order. Here is my list carefully curated to reflect the best things I have tasted throughout 2018. Take all the time you need, and remember: these wines are available retail for a substantial discount. I…

Farmstead Kitchen Paso Robles

Well, HELLO GORGEOUS.  See, here’s the deal: people think all I do is go around shitting on restaurants.  While on the surface this may be true, the foundation for this activity is the simple fact my standards are higher than yours.  I come from the old school where people dress for dinner and wine is…

Picky Eater

The term *Picky Eater* gets tossed around a bit. I hear it frequently–often directed at me, typically for being critical of a dish or establishment. Let’s do a little refresher-course: A person who doesn’t like stupid waiters, bad wine-lists, crying babies, TV’s everywhere, tourist food, wet tables, uninspired presentations, confused service, freezing dining rooms and…

Wine Secrets Revealed

“Where do you shop for wine?”  Easily the most-asked question I get–sometimes several times per day.  “Where do you find these wines I have never seen before in my life?!?”  The beauty part is: most of them right here under your nose.  At local shops.  Owned by real people–not national corporations.  When I turn the…

Top 5 Wine Service Peeves

Dear Restaurants: Can you please stop seating me without a wine-list.  This is wine-country.  THIS IS RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND HIGHEST-ACCLAIMED WINE AREAS IN THE WORLD.  From where I’m sitting in your restaurant, I could hit 10 wineries with a 5-wood.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars…