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.Visit the RFT restaurant page late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to see what I think.
You can find the latest local evidence of both phenomena in Ferguson.