August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

The bar at Jardinière. Photo: © 2010.

Next Thursday September 2nd is one of your last chances to enjoy a cocktail from ~JARDINIÈRE~ bar manager Brian MacGregor before he heads off to Locanda. In fact, you’ll be able to savor more than one cocktail at this Spirited Supper—try four. (Wait, you actually get five cocktails—you will also be served one on arrival.) The cocktails will be paired with four courses of Traci des Jardin’s Cal-French cuisine—each course will be cooked with a different liquor and paired with a cocktail based with that same spirit.

The Spirited Supper series will continue with Orson the week of September 13th, then Fifth Floor, Gitane, La Mar, Spruce, Wayfare Tavern, and Dosa, in coming months.


Trade and media folks, you may want to check out this unique California tasting, ~UNEXPECTED GRAPES FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES~ at the Hotel Vitale. This tasting is going to be very cool and not at all what you’d expect in a typical California wine tasting. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein will be leading two master classes, at 1:30pm (already full) and 3:30pm, in the Amalfi 1 Room. This seminar seeks to explore exciting wines you need to know about, along with tasty renditions of the classics from places that are not the usual suspects. There will also be a competitive blind “match the grapes to the appellations” contest.

The grand tasting will be from 2pm-7:30pm on the patio at the Hotel Vitale. The walk-around tasting will include over 100 California wines, from roussannes to tempranillos, from established and emerging regions including Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake County, Livermore Valley, Lodi, Madera, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma County. You will have a chance to meet Wine Institute and CAWG (California Association of Winegrape Growers) Board members and vintners and growers from around the state. Space is limited. RSVP now!