November 16, 2010

November 16, 2010

Smell wall. Photo courtesy of SFMOMA.

I’m looking forward to checking out the new exhibit launching at SFMOMA this Wednesday November 17th, ~HOW WINE BECAME MODERN: DESIGN + WINE 1976 TO NOW~. It all begins with 1976’s Judgment of Paris, and includes everything from over 200 wine labels to a wall work by Peter Wegner that charts more than 200 house paint colors related to wine; the exhibition was developed in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Here’s more from the press release: “The first exhibition of its kind, How Wine Became Modern looks at the contemporary culture of wine and the role architecture, design, and media have played in its transformation over the last three decades. Historical artifacts, architectural models, multimedia installations, newly commissioned artworks, and a ‘smell wall’ provide a richly textured experience in the galleries, inviting you to discover wine as you’ve never seen it before.” The exhibition runs until April 17th, 2011.

Oh, and I also learned about a couple exhibit-related promos on Wino Tripping—you can bring your used corks to SFMOMA and be entered to win a week-long Northern California luxury wine adventure, or bring your ticket stub to Press Club in Yerba Buena Lane for two complimentary tastings (there are also some deals in wine country!). Read more here. Cheers!


This Thursday November 18th, ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ is hosting No More Nouveau, an evening highlighting more than 15 wine tastings from the 2009 vintage Cru Beaujolais producers, including Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and more. Cru Beaujolais wines from these featured producers are made the “old” way: fermented on natural yeasts and bottled unfiltered. These wines are richer, broader, and denser than the Beaujolais Nouveau many wine drinkers are familiar with, which is light and sweet with raspberry notes. 6pm-8pm. $20; pay at the door.


This Thursday November 18th, ~BLANC ET ROUGE~ is hosting Page Wine Cellars for a winemaker party, with cheese, charcuterie, and passed croque-monsieur sandwiches. Winemaker Bryan Page will be there to pour Page Wine Cellars sauvignon blanc 2009, Napa Valley; Three Doves cabernet sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley; Revolver Wine “The Fury” cabernet franc 2007, Napa Valley; and Revolver Wine “Perdition” petite sirah 2007, Napa Valley. 5pm-8pm; $20. Embarcadero Two, Front and Sacramento, 415-391-0758.


Photo from 123 Bolinas.

The recently opened ~123 BOLINAS~ in Fairfax has launched a new “Market Days” weekly program—they just hosted Carl Sutton, and on Sunday November 21st, they’ll be doing an event with Jonathan and Susan Pey of Pey-Marin Wines and Hog Island Oysters from 4pm-7pm. The wines will be served flight style, but also available by the glass and for retail sale by the bottle. Guests are urged to RSVP early to reserve their oysters here—but please note it’s just for oysters, not seats! The full tasting menu will also be available. 123 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax, 415-488-5123.


Photo by Amy Snyder. © Exploratorium.

This upcoming event at the Exploratorium, the ~SCIENCE OF COCKTAILS~, isn’t until Wednesday January 26th, but you’ll want to get your tickets now since they’re $95 November 18th through December 1st; the regular price will be $120. The event will be a second in-depth look at the chemistry, physics, and biology of cocktails. Mixologists and master distillers join chemists and physicists to explore what makes our favorite drinks so very drinkable. Tickets include open bar, ample hors d’oeuvres, full access to the Exploratorium exhibits, and special activities and presentations. Space is limited. The event is 7:30pm-11pm.