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Endorsements for the November 2022 election in San Francisco

It's always darkest before the dawn. We can turn San Francisco around! Here we go again! It's the fourth election this year in San Francisco...

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Election endorsement intro: who I am and why I do this

Who am I, and why should you care about my political endorsements? I'm a freelance wine journalist; I chose this path because wine is the m...

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Endorsements for the June 2022 election in San Francisco (including the Chesa Boudin recall)

Chesa Boudin's philosophical predecessor, Judge Jonathan Crane Welcome to a very ho-hum primary election, with one exception at the very end...

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A curious thing: Every Wine Advocate-rated sake from one exporter

On the day that the Wine Advocate released its first ratings of sake since 1998, I discovered a curious thing. On Aug. 31, the Wine Advoca...

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown makes some interesting accusations, and maybe solves the Wine Advocate sake mystery

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Longtime readers of The Gray Report may remember that in 2016, I discovered an unusual situation whereby every sake r...

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Some facts for the Wine Advocate's sake investigation

Last week I published a blog post detailing the curious appearance of a wine exporter called The Taste of Sake that offered all 78 sakes r...

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Endorsements (with bonus rant): San Francisco school board recall election February 2022

Total Recall! There are three races on this ballot, but one is much more important and attention-getting than the others, and will get the b...

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Update: Sonoma County spokesperson confirms that San Francisco Chronicle wine competition appears to be in violation of health order

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, ongoing in Cloverdale in northern Sonoma County, is indeed in violation of Sonoma County's he...

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Chronicle Wine Competition continues in apparent defiance of Sonoma County health order

The Chronicle Wine Competition posted these photos on Jan. 12 On Monday, Jan. 10, Sonoma County issued a health order prohibiting gatherings...

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Cannabis industry update from the Cannabis Business Summit

Cannabis is already a huge business -- $23.6 billion in sales in the US in 2021. And there's room to grow fast because the industry is still...