May 13, 2008

May 13, 2008

I know a lot of you are fired up for the opening of ~PRESS CLUB~ in Yerba Buena Lane, but there are still some issues with their ABC license, so the official opening date is on hold. The space is booking private events, but they can't open to the public for the regular tasting activities just yet. As soon as I hear something I'll let you know, and will update you on the project details too!

Lots of wine events coming up. Tomorrow, May 14th, is an ~ALBARINO HAPPY HOUR AT B44~, from 5pm–7pm. Representatives from ten Rias Baixas wineries will be on hand to pour their Albariño-based wines and to discuss the region, paired with some culinary creations from chef Daniel Olivella. Space is limited. $35 per person. Folks can RSVP to The Jug Shop at 415-885-2922, and you can read more here. 44 Belden Place at Pine.

Next Thursday, May 22nd, Courtney Cochran of Hip Tastes and Mark Bright of Local are hosting ~AUSTRIAN ODYSSEY~ from 7pm–9pm. Join a small group of Hip Tasters in the sleek new wine room at Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant as they walk you through the varietal characteristics, regions of origin, food pairings, and flavor and aroma profiles of the wines of Austria. They'll wrap with a taste-off between teams to stir up a little friendly interaction. No apples here: all students leave with a very cool free gift. $60 per person. Book here. Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, 330 1st St. at Folsom.

Now for some wine dinners. This Sunday, May 18th, at restaurant paul k is an evening with ~MAT GUSTAFSON~, the winemaker behind Paul Mathew and Dutton Estate wines. Click here for the evening's menu and details. $99 all-inclusive. For tickets, please call 415-552-7132.

~JUSTIN VINEYARDS~ is hosting a couple upcoming wine dinners. First, next Thursday, May 22nd, a dinner will be at Michael Mina's Arcadia in San Jose, benefiting Girls for a Change. Wines will be paired with a seasonally inspired, five-course menu prepared by chef Daniel Patino. Justin staff will be on hand to share the story of this family-run winery, and guests will have an opportunity to taste Justin's flagship wine, Isosceles. 6pm cocktails, 6:45pm dinner. $125 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Call 408-278-4555 for reservations.

And then Thursday, May 29th, is a ~JUSTIN VINEYARDS WINE DINNER AT BARAKA~. Dinner begins at 6:30pm and is $75. Here's chef Chad Newton's menu:

2007 Justin Sauvignon Blanc
Baby Lettuces
Poached Rhubarb, English Pea Puree, Goats Cheese, Sherry Vinaigrette
2007 Justin Chardonnay
Pepper-Crusted Ahi
Green Garlic Potato Puree, Justin Syrah Reduction, Parsley Emulsion
2005 Justin Syrah
Creekstone Farms Natural Beef Bavette
Baby Savoy Spinach, Parsley Bone Marrow Butter, Bordelaise
2005 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
Baraka Peanut Butter "Cup"
Sea Salted Chocolate, Praline, Vanilla Gelato
2006 Justin OBTUSE

Attention bubble lovers: next Tuesday, May 20th, ~SOCIALE~ is hosting a dinner featuring the wines of Majolini Franciacorta. The Majolini family will be in attendance for this not-to-be-missed dinner on their intimate heated patio. "The dinner will begin with their flagship Brut and then move onto the fresh and racy Electo paired with crudo. Not far behind will be their Rose, made with 100% pinot noir (a rarity in Franciacorta) served with rouget, strawberries, and basil. Dinner will conclude with the 1994 swansong "Valentino" paired with buffalo rib eye." The cost is $100 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. 6:30 pm. 3665 Sacramento St. at Spruce, 415-921-3200.

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