A two-fer this week as I venture to Ferguson to visit Cork Wine Bar
and Hill Brewing Company
Any pop-culture observer worth her weight in Chuck Klosterman books can identify the exact moment when wine geekery went mainstream: the 2004 Alexander Payne movie Sideways, with Paul Giamatti as the pinot noir-romanticizing, merlot-hating Miles. Craft beer might not have enjoyed its breakthrough moment yet -- though Hollywood types are welcome to read my spec script, Hopheads, in which an upstart craft brewer (Ryan Reynolds?) matches wills and wits with a smoking hot, but uptight liquor distributor (Kate Hudson?) -- but its growth has been swift and assured.
You can find the latest local evidence of both phenomena in Ferguson.
Visit the RFT restaurant page
late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.
418 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO