The Chronicle Over Cocktails

Finally today, your happy-hour roundup of the Chron’s wine section. Bottoms up!

• A Napa Valley winery tries to add value to its flagship Cabernet by creating a “winery within a winery.” [Vineyard embarks on a mission to take its flagship Cabernet to new heights]

• Selections takes a trip down the coast to look at Central California Cabernets. [Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon]

• Pairings offers a lamb sirloin with pomegranate sauce to bouy all that strong red wine. [Pomegranate sauce dresses up lamb for Central Coast Cabernet]

• The Cheese Course looks at Lagrein, produced on a small scale from an Italian co-op, which just became available in the Bay Area this week. [Italy’s Lagrein cheese steeped in the local beverage]

• Jancis Robinson waxes prosaic on dealing with an infinite number of people and varietals as an independent wine retailer. [Jancis Robinson’s paean to the independent wine retailer]

• Finally, the Cocktailian offers a tip of the hat — and glass — to the new, creative class of young bartenders, with a gin/cucumber-based concoction, the Midtown Mule. [Midtown Mule gives cocktail hour a kick]

The Chronicle Over Cocktails