April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010

I received this note from Chris Deegan, the wine director at ~NOPA~, about a new feature he has implemented on the restaurant’s wine list to help support Chile as the country recovers from the devastating earthquake. I’m hoping it inspires some other local places to do the same? And please consider ordering Chilean wine with your meal. Here’s the story from Chris: “We are pouring five wines by the glass from Chile. Nopa goes south! The idea is to give a little support to the Chilean wine industry. I have been talking with the folks at NESsT about the Levantando Chile fund that they started. (The people at Wines of Chile turned me onto them.) The fund is designed to channel money to local non-profits in Chile who are working in the hardest hit areas. They are working with all sorts of people, some of them tied into agricultural—both food and wine based. 

“We are donating a portion of the sales of all of these wines to this fund.The distributors and/or importers are also donating either a dollar amount or product that I am turning directly into dollars to donate. I am not sure how long we will run it, maybe a month or six weeks, but we are hoping to have a decent check to present at the end. And to give some exposure to the industry in the meantime. We are doing a similar thing at ~NOPALITO~ as well.”

This seemed like quite the deal: ~QUE SYRAH~, a small, family-run wine bar in West Portal is hosting a paella party on Saturday April 24th. The event will be $20 per person (no reservations required, just come on over), which includes paella, tapas, and a tasting of six unique Iberian wines. The importers of the wines will also be there, pouring and talking about the wines.

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Photo provided by Farallon.

~FARALLON~ is hosting a winemaker dinner featuring Mount Eden Vineyards from the Santa Cruz Mountains next Tuesday April 27th. Owner and winemaker Jeffrey Patterson will be present to share the story of this historic property in the Santa Cruz Mountains, offering tastes of both current releases and rare library selections, all with a four-course menu from chef Fred Sassen. You can read the menu and pairings here.

Upcoming dinners include El Molino in May, Flowers in June, and Robert Sinskey in July.

I had heard bartender Brooke Arthur was leaving her home (at) the Range, but didn’t know what her next destination was. Camper at Alcademics has the story: she’ll be at Prospect, the upcoming SoMa project from the Boulevard team.

Camper notes the lounge will be “almost triple the seating capacity of Range’s bar. Brooke will be creating a cocktail program featuring seasonal cocktails, but will be decidedly more classics-driven than the list at Range. She also plans to include new classics from select bartenders around the city, so don’t be surprised if you see a beverage created by Carlos Yturria, Dominic Venegas, or Thad Vogler. You might even see a cocktail from the current Range drink-slingers.”