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The Di Ruocco family celebrates Mr. Espresso's 35th anniversary. Image courtesy of Mr. Espresso.


by Anneli Rufus


Mr. Espresso, the family-owned-and-operated roastery that supplies coffee, beans and espresso machines to some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best and most star-studded restaurants, just celebrated its 35th anniversary with a party at its Oakland headquarters.


Having grown up in Salerno, Italy, during and immediately after World War II, Carlo DiRuocco immigrated with his French wife Marie Françoise and two eldest children to Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. Having worked during his youth at an Italian coffee roastery and having loved espresso all his life, Di Ruocco was startled at the scarcity of well-made espresso near his new home. How could the eminently diverse Bay Area, already food-savvy in the late 1970s, have so few places in which to enjoy a cup of this classic high-octane treat?


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Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée

Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée

Price: $35

Rating: 15/20

Region: California

Varietals: 95 percent Grenache & 5 percent Syrah

Production: 2,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

Tasting Notes: The son of renowned wine grower Andy Beckstoffer, who owns and farms some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Tuck Beckstoffer has distinguished himself as a winemaker. His eponymous winery produces a variety of wines under five different labels: 75, Hogwash, Mockingbird, Semper and Melée. The 2011 Melée is a rich and expansive Rhône-style Grenache. It features luscious flavors of Continue reading “Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée – Wine of the Week Review” »

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