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Tea is Hot! San Jose Mercury News Visits Samovar and Tells it Like it is.

For a long time, it was listed on menus just by color. Then, suddenly, there were tastings and classes, talk of varietals, origin, terroir. Like wine 20 years ago, tea has become the drink to know.

Any beverage that’s been around for 3,000 years can hardly be called an overnight success. But even those who have been in the tea business for decades acknowledge a recent spurt of interest.

Where Magazine Sips Some Tea at Samovar Tea Lounge

Sure, you’re used to swirling, sipping and savoring wine, but now it’s time to appreciate a libation of a different kind- tea. Samovar Tea Lounge, in three locations throughout the city, encourages socialization, relaxation and inner peace while enjoying a selection of more than 50 tea types from all over the world (organic and fair trade certified, of course).

The New York Times Visits Samovar

“Fine Teas Flower in the Bay Area.” The New York Times Travel section pays a relaxing visit to Samovar Tea Lounge Mission-Castro.

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