March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010
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Angelo tying vines (from Paul Marcus Wines).

Fans of Cascina Ca’ Rossa wines in the Piemonte region should know about these upcoming events: first, this Thursday March 18th, winemaker/owner Angelo Ferrio of Ca’ Rossa will be at a dinner at ~DONATO ENOTECA~ in Redwood City. The five-course menu will feature Piemontese regional cuisine, and a special night of wine pairings, featuring arneis, single vineyard barbera, single vineyard and reserve nebbiolo, and other wines from Ferrio’s collection that have been awarded the prestigious Tre Bicchieri distinction. $85 per person, excluding tax or gratuity. 7pm. 1041 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, 650-701-1000.

~BELLANICO~ in Oakland is also hosting a winemaker dinner with Angelo Ferrio on Monday March 22nd—they are co-hosting it with Paul Marcus wines in Rockridge. You can read more about the wine and menu here. $70 plus tax and tip. 6pm-9:30pm. 4238 Park Blvd. at Wellington, Oakland, 510-336-1180.  

This Saturday March 20th, 25 El Dorado County vintners will be traveling en masse from the Sierra Foothills for the ~EL DORADO COUNTY WINEMAKERS TASTING~ at Postrio. Participating El Dorado wineries include: Auriga Wine Cellars,
 Boeger Winery, Busby Cellars, Cedarville Vineyards, Chateau Rodin, 
Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyards, 
Crystal Basin Cellars,
 David Girard Vineyards,
 Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 
Fitzpatrick Winery & Lodge,
 Gold Hill Vineyard, Granite Springs Vineyards,
 Holly’s Hill Vineyards,
 Latcham Vineyards, 
Lava Cap Winery,
 Madroña Vineyards, 
Miraflores Winery, 
Mount Aukum Winery, 
Narrow Gate Vineyards,
 Perry Creek Vineyards,
 Sierra Oaks Estates,
 Sierra Vista Vineyards & Winery, 
Single Leaf Vineyards & Winery, and Windwalker Vineyard.

In addition to the 100 or so wines available for sampling, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres by local chef Jordan Grosser (formerly of The Alembic), including Moroccan braised short ribs, prosciutto-wrapped squab, and hamachi crudo. Live jazz will cap off the afternoon in the Postrio Salon.

The consumer event is from 2pm-5pm and costs $38. You can buy four tickets for the price of three (available when you book the tickets). There is also a special tasting event for trade and members of the press from 12pm-2pm.

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This is looking like an extra-tasty tasting: ~A DONKEY AND GOAT~ are having their spring open house party on Saturday March 20th. Not only will they feature their seven new spring wines, but they have invited the folks from the new Locanda da Eva, which opens in April, to tease their new restaurant (look for more on the restaurant in tablehopper very soon). Here are the edibles: deviled Soul Food Farm eggs with roasted pepper, capers, and chicken liver; grilled beef spiedini with garlic, herbs, arugula, and lemon; fresh ricotta on crostini with roasted carrots and marinated beets; pork liver pâté with pickled vegetables; and tortilla española with spinach, mushrooms, Fontina, and romesco sauce.

Wines include: ‘08 Four Thirteen; ‘08 El Dorado Roussanne; ‘08 The Prospector Mourvèdre; ‘08 El Dorado Syrah; ‘08 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay; ‘07 Vieilles Vignes Syrah; and ‘09 Grenache Rosé, plus there are always a few older bottles passed around, not to mention a sneak peek of what’s to come with barrel samples. Music will be provided by Michael LaMacchia Trio. Ticket includes a souvenir Riedel glass or BYOG (glass) and receive a $10 off any wine purchase of $50 or more.

The first 15 people who CHECK IN on Four Square at the Donkey & Goat Winery Release Party Saturday get a FREE copy of the The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco with any wine purchase.

Here are a few ways to save some dough on your sauce around town: ~UMAMI~ has a Sumo Happy Hour from 5:30pm-7pm daily, with 50% off all bottles of wine, plus specials on sushi and hot dishes. You can check out a PDF of all the menu items here. 2909 Webster St. at Union, 415-346-3431.

~CHAYA SAN FRANCISCO~ has kicked off their All Night, Every Night Happy Hour, running happy hour from 4pm ‘til close Monday through Friday, and 5pm ‘til close on Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour drink cocktails all run for $5.50, plus new bar bites like steamed Mediterranean mussels with fries ($8.50) and crispy chicken tender satay ($6). 132 The Embarcadero at Mission, 415-777-8688‎.

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Next Tuesday March 23rd, ~SMUGGLER’S COVE~ is encouraging anyone concerned about the fate of the Tonga Room to swing by and sign a petition opposing the demolition of the city’s tiki palace to make way for a parking garage and luxury condominiums. After you sign the petition, of course you are encouraged to stay a while and enjoy a rum cocktail or two while you mix and mingle with like-minded people. Around 6pm, Chris VerPlanck and Erica Schultz of S.O.S. Tonga will provide a brief update on efforts to save the Tonga Room and exhort you to contact your local supervisors and the president of the Historic Preservation Commission, urging them to designate the Tonga Room as a local San Francisco Landmark. For more information, contact Chris VerPlanck.

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