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Summer is upon us! The days grow longer, the air grows warmer, and the heart grows lighter. If you’re like us, then you can’t help but feel giddy about the impending summer festivities, the opportunities for prolonged relaxation, and the proximity to so many world-class recreational activities that we enjoy here in San Francisco.

With so much to do and so many local delights to enjoy, we ask the questions that have crept into our consciousness at the end of every spring since childhood: How will I go about enjoying this most liberating of seasons? What foods will I eat? What drinks will I drink? What do I do with myself through all these hours of daylight?

In short: What goes best with summer?

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Here at Charles Communications Associates, despite working our collective tushes off, we have a good grasp on having fun in the sun. Read on to find out what the CCA team does to pass the long summer hours and what food and beverage pairings we crave when it’s summer time and the livin’s easy…
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kayakKimberly’s favorite summertime activity is kayaking on the ever-tranquil Russian River and enjoying a peaceful picnic in the bliss of the shade as the river laps lazily at the shore. Her favorite summer pairing? Seared Ahi tuna steaks, wasabi cream, and Asian greens with a dry, Grenache-based rosé. Delicious!

Alex’s ideal summer day is a delicious Sunday-Funday spent hopping between oyster farms on Tomales Bay. Her favorite flavor of summer comes courtesy of the balanced, textural explosion that characterizes fresh ricotta on toast with English peas and a Picpoul de Pinet—more specifically, the Picpoul Blanc from Acquiesce Winery.

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Jordan prefers to spend her free summer days hiking the Dipsea Trailhead to Stinson Beach in Marin, which leads straight to the Parkside Café. Although she admits that their ruby mimosas and eggs Benedict are amazing, her all time favorite summer pairing is a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc served alongside a plate of fresh oysters.

Patrick’s best summer days are spent wakeboarding, inner tubing, and just floating peacefully on Lake Berryessa in Napa, the lifeblood water body of wine country. His favorite summertime food pairing is a plate of New England style fried clams and a pint of the ever-refreshing Raspberry UFO from the Harpoon Brewery in Boston. He is a BC grad after all.kayak

Lucy’s favorite summer activities involve going for a run across the Golden Gate Bridge or hiking up to Bass Lake in Bolinas for a refreshing swim and a jaunt on the rope swing. Her ideal summer pairing is champagne and oysters from the Hog Island Oyster Company.

San Franciscans have a lot to be grateful for.
Our city is chock-full of world-class eateries and some of the best bars in the country. We live on the coast—just minutes away from any number of sun-soaked beaches, just down the road from California’s coveted wine country, and a few hours drive from Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range. Even though we all know that the fog will roll in and blanket the city again all summer long, we can take solace in the knowledge that, as the poet Celia Thaxter once wrote, “there shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

Here’s to many days as happy as they are long.

- The Charles Communicaions Team

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