October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010
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The oyster pizza at Osteria Stellina.

Fans of Pey-Marin Vineyards and ~OSTERIA STELLINA~ in Point Reyes Station will want to head over for a special reception and Marin-grown themed dinner on Tuesday November 2nd. The reception from 6:30pm-7:30pm will have Susan and Jonathan Pey pouring tastes, and Osteria Stellina’s chef Christian Caiazzo will provide hors d’oeuvres ($35 per person).

Starting at 7:30pm, there will be a four-course dinner with paired wines ($80, exclusive of tax and gratuity), or you can order the dishes à la carte with the paired wines. (The reception and dinner combined is $110 per person.) The menu includes homemade tagliatelle with grilled sweet shrimp, parsley, sage, and walnut sauce, 2009 Pey-Marin riesling “The Shell Mound,” Marin County; warm chicory salad with home-dried huckleberries, organic almonds, shaved local sheep’s milk cheese, and sherry vinaigrette, 2008 Pey-Marin pinot noir “Trois Filles,” Marin County; almond wood-grilled organic grass-fed beef sirloin on a fall hash of roasted squash, chanterelle mushrooms, Fresh Run kale, and slow-cooked heirloom beans, 2006 Mount Tamalpais merlot, Marin County; and roasted, spiced quince ice cream with warm crème anglaise and biscotti. Reservations: 415-663-9988; 11285 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station.

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After touring in Los Angeles and Orange County, the inaugural Drink:Eat:Play ~BAY AREA BREW FESTIVAL~ will be held in San Francisco November 13th-14th at Fort Mason. The two-day event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers (check the site for the lineup), unlimited beer for three hours, and local food trucks (food sold separately).

Be sure to use the code “tablehopper” for 20% off the $50 ticket.

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On Saturday November 20th, ~PINOTFEST~ returns to Farallon Restaurant, pouring exclusively pinot noir from 50 of Oregon and California’s best producers. Participating wineries include Adelsheim, Alma Rosa, Amedeo, Argyle, Au Bon Climat, Byron, Bonaccorsi, Brewer-Clifton, Calera, Cambria, Chehalem, Cobb, Costa de Oro, Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene, Drake, El Molino, Etude, Fiddlehead, Foxen, Gloria Ferrer, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Hartford, Hendry, Hitching Post, Iron Horse, J Vineyards, Keller Estate, Littorai, Lynmar, Marimar Estate, Melville, Merry Edwards, Michaud, Morgan, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Pey-Marin, Radio-Coteau, Robert Sinskey, Saintsbury, Siduri, Skewis, Soter, Talley, Testarossa, Thomas Fogarty, Whitcraft, and Williams Selyem.

There will also be delicious hors d’oeuvres served at the event. $100 per person. Ticket forms are available online or by calling 415-956-6969.

And in the week leading up to the tasting, from Sunday November 14th through Saturday the 20th, Farallon will also feature flights of pinot noir from several of the participating wineries in the restaurant, along with a special five-course chef’s tasting menu.

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The lovely bar at Heirloom Café. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

A few wine events to put on your radar: ~HEIRLOOM CAFÉ~ will be hosting Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Connor of Lioco on November 21st (5pm). They have earned many fans of their un-oaked chardonnay and pinot noirs sourced from great vineyards. $40 per person, all inclusive (hors d’oeuvres and a flight). And then December 5th will have Qupe winemaker Bob Lindquist in the house, same format, 5pm. You can make a reservation by emailing Matt, and he will then confirm with you, and your reservation will need to be booked via advance payment on PayPal.