September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010
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The entrance (and owner Christy Bergman). Photo from The Secret Wine Shop.

Another wine shop is coming to SoMa: this one is called ~THE SECRET WINE SHOP~, and owner Christy Bergman will be highlighting local, small production, and quality budget wines, in addition to hosting special tasting events featuring wine education and local winemakers. The shop is opening in a historic warehouse, and will include a tasting room, wine shop, and art gallery. The targeted opening date is mid-October. Until then, they’re open Mondays 5pm-8pm and by appointment (and also for special wine education events). Monday nights they hold a blind tasting from 5pm-8pm, asking for a $5 donation (and your rating). Wines are revealed at 7:45pm, with the winner announced right away. October 4th is about local blind budget reds, and October 11th is local blind budget whites; journalist and author Alice Feiring will be there on October 26th and 27th. Full calendar here. 1097 Howard St. #209 at 7th St., 415-625-3285.

If you can’t make it up to Bardessono for my happy hour event this Thursday September 30th, there’s this wine event from Uncorked Events and Indulge Food & Wine Events that’s happening in the city, ~PAIRED~. The event will be set up in three rooms: boutique wine, craft beer, and speciality cocktail. Each beverage table will be matched with a food purveyor to showcase an optimal match. Featured restaurants include: A.G. Ferrari, Bar Crudo, Beretta, BIN 38, Clare’s Deli & Late Night Kitchen, Cowgirl Creamery, Credo, Destino, DOSA, Espetus Churrascaria, Georges, Iluna Basque, Left Coast Catering, Ottimista, Paragon, Pica Pica, Ristobar, SusieCakes, Tacolicious, Taverna Aventine, TCHO Chocolates, and The Republic.

Boutique wines include: Dow’s Port, Dry Creek Vineyards, Dryland Wines, Hanna Winery, JC Cellars, Kokomo, La Follette, Pax/Donelan, Sbragia, Seghesio, Sol Rouge, Terra Valentine, Thomas George Estates, and Vivid Bliss Sparkling

. Craft beers include: 21st Amendment, Anderson Valley, Big Sky Brewing, Blue Moon, Deschutes, Firestone-Walker, Lagunitas, North Coast, Mateveza, North Coast, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Speakeasy, and Trumer Pils. 

Specialty cocktails will be from Cantina, Delarosa, Distillery 209, DOSA, Eve Lounge, Matrix Fillmore, Pisco Latin Lounge, and The Craft

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The entire upstairs and balcony at the Golden Gate Club will be reserved for the VIP area, and will feature premiere food and beverage purveyors (VIPs also have access to PAIRED a half an hour before General Admission). The VIP experience includes: CHAYA, Ana Mandara, Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point, I Love Blue Sea Oyster Station, Madecasse Chocolates, A.G. Ferrari Artisan Cheese Station, Blackbird Vineyards, Darioush Winery, Duvel Moorgat Brewery, Fisher Vineyards, Gosset Champagne, Robert Foley Vineyards, Orval Brewery, and Silver Oak Cellars.

Stroke 9 will be performing an acoustic show, the Fito Reinoso Quartet will play Cuban classics
, and DJ Sol will spin chill grooves. The event benefits Hands on Bay Area. Use the promo code ‘tablehopped’ for $10 off regular or VIP admission.

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Flickr photo by Herby Crus.

You can start celebrating ~OKTOBERFEST~ at ~JARDINIÈRE~ on Monday October 4th with a special German-themed prix-fixe dinner. The Oktoberfest dinner includes three courses and three wine pairings for $45. Reservations are not necessary, but are encouraged.

And then on Thursday October 7th, ~ANCHOR & HOPE~ is hosting a party with German draft beer (you can keep the glass), vittles like curryweiss and bratwurst, oyster gratin on sauerkraut, and potato knish with smoked trout and mustard sauce. There will also be The Golden Gate Bavarian Dancers. 5pm-10:30pm. Tickets are $40 including tax when purchased in advance. Tickets admit one, plus food and three draft beers. Additional draft beer $2 each.

And ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ is also celebrating on Thursday October 7th. They will be serving their two German-style beers, along with three locally-brewed Oktoberfest-style beers from 21st Amendment Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant San Francisco, and ThirstyBear Brewing Co. The $25 admission price includes a glass of all five beers, as well as German food, including sausages, obaster cheese spread, housemade beer mustard, and salads. A soundtrack of beer hall and contemporary German music compiled by DJ Desperate Pedestrian will be played. Joining SKB Brewmaster Rich Higgins will be brewmasters from the other breweries to discuss the beers and join in the celebration. It all starts at 6pm.

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Thanks to everyone who entered the contest to win tickets to the seventh annual ~WINE & SPIRITS TOP 100 EVENT~. I have already chosen the winner, so now’s your chance to take advantage of the 10% off for all tablehopper readers; just use the code TBLEHOP10, and click “Purchase Admission” to receive the discount.

The event will be held at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, and is a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper. The 100 wineries from around the world selected for the Top 100 event have delivered the best overall performances in the magazine’s tastings conducted during the past year.

In addition to the Wineries of the Year, W&S will recognize its New & Notable restaurants in the Bay Area, which include Baker & Banker, Barbacco, Comstock Saloon, Diamond Lil (Mind Your Tongue), Heirloom Café, Hibiscus, Hog & Rocks, Locanda da Eva, Nombe, and Saison. Each restaurant will serve bites of a signature dish paired with wines featured at the tasting. Guests will also enjoy specialties from local artisanal purveyors, including Hog Island Oysters, Nicasio Valley Cheese, Zoe’s Meats, Socola Chocolate, and Barefoot Coffee Roasters.

I had all kinds of intentions to check out the new ~PUBLIC WORKS~ club this weekend, but sadly ran outta steam. Anyway, this new party space from Pete Glikshtern and Jeff Whitmore (both behind Mighty) is a combination art gallery, club, performance/event space, and bar. One cool thing is they’re providing space during the day for artists to conceive and produce work (four artist residents will be extended, at no cost, a daytime workshop).

The space will also function as a community room in the evening, available free of charge to neighborhood groups and other benevolent organizations. Public Works will donate a portion of their proceeds to various local non-profits, in addition to assisting them with promotions and events. Root Division, a non-profit that brings art classes to kids in schools that can’t afford programs, is a current beneficiary. Check out their website for future DJ gigs, parties, live bands, and more. 161 Erie St. at Mission, 415-932-0955.