November 2, 2010

November 2, 2010

Photo by Mary Nichols.

Starting tonight, November 2nd, ~FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SAN FRANCISCO~ is launching the winter “Meet the Winemaker” series. On select Tuesdays from November 2nd through December 14th, swing by Seasons Bar and Lounge from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a flight of wine by special winemakers (the flights can include hard-to-find vintages), along with the option of paired appetizers. Price per person is $24; four-course tasting of canapés, an additional $15 per person.

Here’s the schedule: November 2nd, Schramsberg; November 16th, Rosenblum Cellars; December 7th, Pahlmeyer; and December 14th, Domaine Carneros. A week prior to each event, select vintages from each respective label will also be available in Seasons Bar and Seasons Restaurant.


Photo by Justin Lewis.

~FIFTH FLOOR~ is hosting a Post-Election Day “Bottle Battle” between Sonoma and Napa on Wednesday November 3rd. Master Sommelier Emily Wines will join Fifth Floor sommelier Amy Goldberger for this three-course dinner (with a sweet ending). Wines will select Napa Valley wines to showcase, and Goldberger will select the best of Sonoma Valley. Guests will enjoy three dually paired courses before “electing” their favorite region. It’s also a chance to meet new executive chef David Bazirgan. $78 per person, includes wine pairings. Reservations are limited: 415-348-1555.


Vinum tasting set.

For those who have always wondered about the different effect glassware has on your wine, join Riedel for an educational wine tasting on Thursday November 4th or 18th. A Riedel representative will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines. Cocktail reception starts at 7pm, and the tasting begins at 7:30pm. Best of all, the $55 ticket price includes a four-piece Vinum tasting set (retail value of $116). To sign up, click here. Miele Gallery at Sierra Select Distributors, Sobel Design Building, 680 8th St. Suite 169-C, San Francisco.


Photo from RSV.

This is definitely a meal that makes me sorry about my Monday night deadline: Robert Sinskey will be at ~SPRUCE~ on Monday November 8th for a special winemaker dinner. This dinner will showcase the elegant, organic, and biodynamic wines of Robert Sinskey Vineyards paired with lambs harvested from the Sinskey property.

The menu and wine pairings include: gougères with the pinot blanc, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Los Carneros 2009; rabbit and fall vegetable garbure with the (delicious) Abraxas, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Los Carneros 2009; lamb shoulder crépinette/citrus-braised lamb belly/Umbrian lentils with pinot noir, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Three Amigos, Los Carneros 2007 and pinot noir, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Vandal Vineyard, Los Carneros 2007; savory and garlic roasted leg of lamb/boulangère potatoes/foraged mushrooms with POV, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Los Carneros 2006; and farmstead cheese with pinot gris, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Late Harvest, Los Carneros 2006. $140, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reserve at 415-931-5100.


The bar at Prospect. Photo: ©

~PROSPECT~ is now offering happy hour Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm in the restaurant’s bar and lounge area. The menu includes $4-$5 dishes like fried oysters with tasso aioli; crispy pig trotter “tots” with lobster aioli; chickpea fritters with dill yogurt dip; and Kennebec chips with French onion dip.

Bar manager Brooke Arthur will serve three cocktails: a house vodka martini made your way ($7); a coca-tea infused pisco sour (that ought to perk you up, $5); and the fleur d’orange, a concoction of vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and soda ($5). Wine director Amy Currens will be pouring two tap wines daily for $5 each, as well as a Sommelier’s Pick bottle pour; two rotating beers will also be available for $5 each.