The Chronicle Over Cocktails

Finally this week, here’s your Friday roundup of the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine section. Have a good weekend!

• Our main feature looks at Shochu, a Japanese liquor that’s starting to take hold stateside. [Move over vodka, here comes shochu]

• Selections takes a look at pinots from the greater Burgundy area, which can give us common folk access to some of that legendary region’s flavor. [2006 Bourgogne Rouge]

• Pairings gives us a hearty lasagne recipe to go with all that red wine. [Italy meets France for dinner]

• The Cheese Course features a rare sheeps-milk blue cheese that you’d better buy if you can find. [Big Woods Blue - small supply is worth the hunt]

• And the Cocktailian features Terry Theise, a wine importer responsible for bringing in Champagnes and Rieslings with a side of colorful language. [Importer Terry Theise tries a mellower tack, sort of]

The Chronicle Over Cocktails