From Claire: A Missive

Dear Rebel Rebel team and community,

OMG! It’s Claire with Evan Lewandowski!

OMG! It’s Claire with Evan Lewandowski!

I couldn’t think of a better way to say I love you and I miss you than with a song. Here’s a new playlist with summer tunes, evening tunes, and pairs-well-with-delicious-wine tunes.

As some of you know, I’ve moved temporarily to San Francisco for my full-time job. The second day I arrived in SF (NOT San Fran - that’s apparently very dorky to say) was the day of the U.S. Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands. I went to Standard Deviation Brewery in the Mission to watch the game. Their beer was lovely and supported LGBTQ youth. #stayqueerstayrebel

Someone I met at the brewery told me that young people in SF don’t drink wine anymore. He said that they only drink craft beer and cocktails. I was shocked! I’m in wine country! How could this be true? I’ve spent the past month asking everyone that’s willing to talk about it (sorry strangers!) what they think about wine culture in SF. I’ve figured out that people DO drink wine here - a lot of it. I’ve had a few little incredible wine-related moments along the way that I wanted to share with you:

  • At Ruby Wine in Dogpatch, I met a former English professor and his wife who is an anthropologist. He read a poem to me called The Geranium by Theodore Roethke, which about a houseplant. We started talking about how difficult it is to keep houseplants alive after I caught him pouring out wine from a wine glass into a nearby plant. Hey - we’ve all done it.

  • Waiting in line to pay at a CVS, a guy with a parrot on his shoulder stood behind me. He told me he was very wine drunk and asked me if I wanted to hold his parrot. Of course, that’s the type of thing you should always say “yes” to.

  • I saw Evan Lewandowski at Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar and tasted all of his wines. We talked about his recent move to California from Utah, the story behind his wine called Feints, and took a selfie together. He told me that he spends a lot of time thinking about the metabolic processes of cells (hello fermentation!) and driving fast around the vineyard in his truck. Winemakers are rockstars.

I’m excited to keep exploring this city. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way! See y’all soon.