November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009

Beer drinkers may want to check out the Autumn Beer and Food Feast at the ~TORONADO~ on Sunday November 15th. Chefs Melissa Axelrod and Christian Spybrook will feature a six-course locally focused seasonal menu paired with 15 craft beers (you can see the list of beers on the event invite). There is one seating at 11:30am, and the event ends by 4pm with the bar opening to the public. The six-course menu will be paired with 15 beers and includes salad, a fish course, soup, entrée, cheese course, and dessert, with a few surprises thrown in. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Tickets are $95 (including all taxes and $10 gratuity) and can be purchased at the Toronado or online. 547 Haight St. at Steiner.

Also in the Haight, Giovanni Pagano will be conducting an Intro to Italian Wines class at ~UVA ENOTECA~ on Sunday November 15th from 2pm–3:30pm. Guests will learn basic tasting techniques as they become familiar with five unique Italian wines. $35. Call 415-829-2024 or email info [at] uvaenoteca [dot] com to sign up. 568 Haight St. at Steiner.

Monday November 16th is a cool winemaker dinner at ~COI~, featuring Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon, who will be reading from his new book, Been Doon So Long, in between courses. Guests will get a signed first edition of his book, and there will be a vertical tasting of Le Cigare Volant. You can peek at the special menu here. 6pm. $175 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). 373 Broadway at Montgomery, 415-393-9000.

Next Tuesday November 17th, you'll be able to learn all about the recent harvest season from ~PRESS CLUB'S~ collection of winemakers: Chateau Montelena, Fritz Winery, Hanna Winery and Vineyards, Miner Family Vineyards, Mount Eden Vineyards, and Saintsbury. The winemakers will be pouring behind their individual tables, chatting with guests about their various offerings, and will bring raw juice to taste. 6pm–9pm. Event link. 20 Yerba Buena Ln. at Mission, 415-744-5000.

~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ is feeling feisty, and is hosting a "No More Nouveau" party next Thursday November 19th. From the event announcement: "Arlequin Wine Merchant will host an evening of more than ten wine tastings celebrating the "real" Beaujolais from award-winning Cru Beaujolais producers including Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Pierre Chermette, Jean Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, John-Paul Thévenet and more. Cru Beaujolais wines from these featured producers are made the "old" way—fermented on natural yeasts and bottled unfiltered. These wines are richer, broader and denser reds than the Beaujolais Nouveau most wine drinkers are familiar with, which is light and sweet with raspberry notes." 6pm–8pm. $15; pay at the door. 384 Hayes St. at Gough.