BEST OF WINE & DRINK WINNERS
6629 Embarcadero Dr., Stockton
Nothing beats watching the sunset along the Delta with a cocktail in hand, and Garlic Brothers offers a front row seat! The ambiance offers a relaxing environment with an impeccable view, and of course, a satiating yet simple food and drink menu with daily deals and a long lasting happy hour. From 4 to 7 PM Monday to Thursday and from 4 to 6 PM on Friday Garlic Brothers invites all to enjoy $2.50 well drinks and bottled beers, $3 drafts and discounted appetizers….we’ll drink to that!
236 Lincoln Center, Stockton
The cocktails at Market Tavern are simply masterpieces. As works of art, each is carefully constructed to impress in more than one way. Indulge your eyes and taste buds with these cleverly named, innovative takes on classic drinks, such as their Bloody Mary. Fitting to the Tavern’s theme, each cocktail is made with freshly squeezed juice and in-house infused liquors. For the beer lovers, the bar also features several craft brews on tap!
Empresso Coffee House
1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
Empresso Coffee House, exclusive to Stockton’s Pacific Avenue, has revived the Empire Theatre to give it new life as a café. And not just any café, Empresso has taken full advantage of the theatre-type ambiance to re-create an experience that is far beyond your typical coffee house. Here, you will find an extensive menu from food to drinks, and entertainment to boot. The café offers art in all forms, evident through daily and nightly performances, heavenly pastries and, of course, the epic espresso art!
Sassy Glassy (Editor’s Pick)
Thee Glassy Lady lends her artistic talent to San Joaquin by offering one-of-a-kind gift ideas for all. Heidi Moorefield has been an artist since she first picked up a crayon. Originally drawing animals, she now hand paints wine, champagne, martini, beer, and pilsner glasses for all occasions, giving us the opportunity to transform the plain to personal, representing a special moment or event. She creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces which include portraits in magnificent detail, right down to the toenails, jewelry and eye color. After she carefully paints each piece, Moorefield heat treats the glasses for wash-ability so designs are sure to last for years on end! So sip in style, San Joaquin! These are the gifts that keep on givin’.
Swipe and Sip (Editor’s Pick)
357 Lincoln Center, Stockton
The Lincoln Center based restaurant, known for their dimensional, flavorful dishes paired impeccably with an extensive selection of wine, is now home to the only WineEmotion in the county. The state-of-the-art dispensing system (much like a vending machine with alcohol-infused options) allows customers to automatically select and be served their choice of wine at the perfect temperature. So swipe, select and sip to your heart’s desire!
Adult Punch (Editor’s Pick)
1024 E. Victor Rd., Lodi
Habanero Hots has captured San Joaquin’s heart as a premiere destination for great food and unbeatable cocktails. The drinks are just as generous as the plate portions. While the restaurant’s famous margaritas and tequila tasting nights are noted regional favorites, we highlight the bar’s Poncho Punch. Reminiscent of jungle juice or even a Long Island Iced Tea, this very adult style punch is made with a mix of tequila, rum and vodka with splashes of pineapple, cranberry and grenadine to give the drink a fruity tang with just the right amount of tart. With cocktails this colorful and creative, we don’t mind if we do!
Do You Bellini in Life After Love? (Editor’s Pick)
110 N. El Dorado St., Stockton
Here in the central Valley, we are no strangers to the heat. Escape the rising temperatures and find refuge along the Stockton Waterfront’s French 25. The restaurant urges us ‘not to swelter, seek shelter,’ and they’ve got you covered with a cleverly themed drink menu that’s sure to cool you down, including the ever-refreshing Sub-Zereaux Peach Bellini. Find your peach-perfect bliss in this frozen masterpiece, made from champagne, Chambord and peach puree for an un-bellini-ible, heat-liberating libation.
Keepin’ it Peachy Keen (Editor’s Pick)
Rosewood Bar and Grill
28 S. School St., Lodi
Found in beautiful downtown Lodi, Rosewood Bar and Grill offers residents an all-around upscale experience with an unbeatable bar menu. If you’re looking for a refreshing treat, we recommend the restaurant’s Georgia Peach. Though sweet, this cocktail is strong both in flavor and alcohol content, so don’t be fooled! Made with splashes of simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and lemon, the concoction consists of Absolut Apeach and peach schnapps all muddled together with fresh peaches. Shaken and strained into a martini glass with a half rim of sugar, one sip of the Georgia Peach will have you feeling like you’ve just taken a bite of one of the South’s most cherished exports. Well done, Rosewood, well done!
Latte’s for the Lactose Free (Editor’s Pick)
House of Coffees
239 N. Ham Ln., Lodi
For good vibes and delicious beverages of all sorts, stop by Lodi’s House of Coffees where locals gather for a non-corporate coffee experience. The café impresses with an extensive list of hot and cold drinks, even smoothies or espresso creations that cater to dietary needs (even gluten free goodies)! House of Coffees’ Lactose Free Lattes mean customers can still have their favorite drinks, free of milk. Instead, the café uses coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or lactose free-milk to substitute – making for a delicious espresso drink. With menu items like the Grasshopper, the Surprise or Happy Camper….we can’t wait to try them all, made with lactose free options.
Become Your Bottle (Editor’s Pick)
Michael David Winery
4580 Hwy 12, Lodi
Michael David Winery is a local treasure and international gem, based right here in Lodi. It is no wonder that they’ve delivered yet another fantastic merger of elegance and gulpablity, complete with a pop of pomegranate and oak for a slightly smoky flavor. In yet another quirky stroke of genius, the 2012 Freak Show Cabernet Sauvignon offers a delicious dense red wine with depth. This smooth yet bold blend is best paired with a great meal and great company!
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