March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

Tonight, March 30th, ~NIRVINO~ is hosting an exclusive tasting of wine made at urban wineries in San Francisco, Treasure Island, and Oakland. Participating wineries include: A.P. Vin, York Creek Vineyards, Blue Cellars, Broc Cellars, Vie Winery, JC Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Donkey And Goat Winery, Periscope Cellars, Tayerle Wine, 122 West Winery, Wattle Creek Winery, and Foggy Bridge Winery. There will also be small bites by Bar Bambino.

Yeah, you read that correctly: on Friday April 2nd, ~KOKO COCKTAILS~ is hosting a Bourbon and Bacon Happy Hour from 5pm-9pm (it happens every first Friday of the month). Order any American whiskey off their extensive menu, and you’ll be treated to a thick slice of center-cut apple wood-smoked bacon, cooked to perfection. (Uh, yeah, I’ll have the $15 Pappy Van Winkle 20 year, thanks.) First come, first served, until the last piece is gone. There are also $2 PBRs and Modelos or $3 well and drafts during the happy hour. Sweet! Or, actually, sooooooweeeee. 1060 Geary St. at Van Ness.

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There’s a really important fundraiser for Chile happening next Tuesday April 6th: ~A TASTE OF CHILE~. It’s being put on by Bay Area Chileans, Presidio Cafe, Chilean Consulate SF, and Chilean Importers. The event will feature various wines from a multitude of Chilean appellations, paired with empanadas from Café Valparaíso of Berkeley, shrimp appetizers and alfajores from Sabores del Sur, and more, plus there will be Chilean-themed music and dance. You can read more details about participants on the event’s Facebook page. The event is being hosted at the Presidio Cafe.

They are asking guests to contribute a minimum of a $25 donation, and those who give $100 or more will be included in a raffle drawing (ten local restaurants are offering dining gift certificates). All proceeds benefit COANIQUEM, a private non-profit burn center foundation that operates three rehab centers in Chile, and whose facilities were greatly compromised by the recent earthquake.

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The ~SAN FRANCISCO VINTNERS MARKET~ returns to Fort Mason. Here’s more: “Tired of going to wine tasting events, discovering great new wines and then never being able to find them again? We were too. That’s why we created the San Francisco Vintners Market at Fort Mason Center April 10th to the 11th. This first-of-its-kind wine tasting and buying event is a farmers’ market-style shopping experience where wine enthusiasts can try and buy wines from over 200 wineries.

“The San Francisco Vintners Market will feature top local wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley, and other regional wineries, plus imported wines from around the world. San Francisco Vintners Market features wine at all price points and styles including new releases, library collections, and end-of-vintage selections—all available for immediate purchase.”

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The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance (EBVA) is putting on its third annual ~PASSPORT TO THE EAST BAY WINE TRAIL~ on Saturday April 10th. Twenty urban wineries, some of which are not usually open to the public, will pour their wares at seven distinct tasting rooms within about ten miles of each other. Participating wineries include Adams Point, Andrew Lane, Aubin Cellars, Blacksmith Cellars, Cerruti Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Eno Wines, Irish Monkey, JC Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Prospect 772, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Tayerle Wines, Two Mile, Urban Legend Cellars, and Urbano Cellars.

Each ticket purchased ensures a wristband, which guarantees free access to each of the seven tasting rooms from 12pm-5pm, an assortment of appetizers, and a souvenir Riedel glass.

One good thing about tax season: ~PALIO D’ASTI~ is offering their month-long special, April Tax Time Relief. Purchase two courses at lunch (or three at dinner) and your first classic martini is only $1, and a second martini is only $7. There are also some new drinks you can try during their popular weekday “free pizza” happy hour, like a $7 Gibson alla Romana: gin and dry vermouth “dirtied” with house-pickled artichoke juice and garnished with pickled artichoke heart, plus $9 seasonal specials. See, you can still be seasonal while drowning your sorrows.

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