The Chronicle Over Cocktails

Here’s your pre-happy hour roundup of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Friday wine section. Straight, no chaser!

The lead story takes a look at Yamahai, a particular type of sake that is gaining a foothold in the States. [Yamahai warriors]

Selections dives in and opens its eyes under the surface in the world of Shiraz. [Selections]

And to go with that Shiraz, a nice bowl of Khoresh, natch. [Pairings]

A few weeks late to the punch, Jim Clarke takes a look at extreme brews, but while the New York Times focused on Novato’s Moylan’s Brewery, Clarke ranges far and wide, to Portland and Boston. [Extreme Brews Go Higher]

And the Sipping News showcases a nifty new type of wine bottle stopper. [Gadget: Silicone Wine Stoppers]

The Chronicle Over Cocktails