July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010
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It’s time for another fun food and wine pairing with Broc Cellars winery on Sunday July 11th. Three new wines will be released: a white blend, a red blend, and a 120-year-old vine carbonic maceration carignan. Chef Ian Begg of ~NAKED LUNCH~ will be preparing very specific food pairings for each wine.

Coming to Spruce on Monday July 19th is Radio Coteau’s winemaker, Eric Sussman, for a winemaker dinner. Here’s more: “Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. They focus on detailed and sustainable viticulture in conjunction with a natural, non-interventionalist approach in the cellar to more accurately reflect the unique character of each site and season. Their pinot noirs are elegant and perfumed, syrahs are bold and balanced, and chardonnays are rich with lingering acidity.” You can check out the menu here, which includes lardo-wapped squab. Uh huh.

On Monday July 19th, Bi-Rite wine expert Trac Le will pour and discuss unexpected and lesser-known wines and winemakers from Italy during this tasting: ~CHE SORPRESA! OFF-BEAT WINES OF ITALY~. You’ll taste both reds and whites that offer refreshing and intriguing experiences beyond Sangiovese and Chianti. (Snacks provided.)

(Little-known) fact: beer pairs beautifully with pastry! Come see and taste for yourself at the third beer and pastry pairing event at ~THOROUGH BREAD AND PASTRY~ on Saturday July 24th. The event features around six beers and six (small) pastries for a total of 12 pairings. Just have a light dinner before arriving at the event at the 8pm start time—and obviously save room for dessert! This event will be led by certified sommelier, Raj Dev. 21 and over, limited to 30 ticket holders (no refunds).

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The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance (EBVA) will host the fifth annual ~URBAN WINE XPERIENCE~ on Saturday July 31st in the Jack London Pavilion. There will be 19 urban wineries pouring a variety of sparkling wines, whites, rosés, and reds (over 60 wines in all), with food from 19 local restaurants and food purveyors.

Participating wineries from the EBVA will include Adams Point Winery, Andrew Lane Wines, Aubin Cellars, Blacksmith Cellars, Cerruti Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Ehrenberg Cellars, Eno Wines, Irish Monkey, JC Cellars, Periscope Cellars, Prospect 772 Wine Company, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Tayerle Wines, Urban Legend Cellars, and Urbano Cellars.

Participating restaurants and food purveyors will include Adagia, Angela’s Bistro, Asena, B Restaurant, Bellanico, Bocanova, Brown Sugar Kitchen, C’Era Una Volta, Chef Cynthia, Chop Bar, Fra’Mani and Ethan’s Culinary Service, Italian Colors, KIND Healthy Snacks, Little House Café, Paradise, Pappo, Savory Events of Oakland, Shay’s Café, Wood Tavern, and Yoshi’s Oakland. There will also be live music provided by Yoshi’s Oakland; attendees can take home their signature wine glass. ($15 tickets for non-drinking guests are available at the door only.)

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