January 4, 2011

January 4, 2011
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Wine director Eugenio Jardim plotting the next region. Copyright © 2011 FrankenyImages.com.

Starting this Wednesday night, January 5th, ~JARDINIÈRE~ is kicking off Wednesday Wine Night. Each week they are offering a 50% discount on bottles of wine from one particular region, with the featured region changing every month or so. This Wednesday will feature Burgundy, and both red and white wine will be offered at 50% off the list price (it must be purchased between 7:30pm-10pm). Upcoming regions will include Spain, Australia, Germany, California, the Loire Valley, Italy, and Bordeaux. You can either kick back with a bottle in the J-Lounge (over their delicious stuffed olives), or over dinner in the dining room. Please note the promotion cannot be combined with other offers or promos.

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Spruce. Copyright © 2011 FrankenyImages.com.

On Monday January 31st, ~SPRUCE~ is hosting a special dinner to highlight “garagiste” producers from Bordeaux. From Spruce: “The Garagiste Movement in Bordeaux began in the mid 1990s as a reaction to the traditional method of winemaking. This method often resulted in highly tannic wines that not only needed extended aging periods, but also demanded astronomical prices. These ‘garage producers’ are having a substantial affect on the style of wine produced in this region. The wines are softer, more approachable when young, and some have achieved cult status, even when compared to their classified growth counterparts.”

This dinner will feature four Garagiste producers from Bordeaux: Château Mongravey from Margaux, Château Saint-André Corbin from Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion, Château Picque Caillou from Graves, and Château La Freynelle. The menu is as follows: gougères, with Château La Freynelle Rosé; roasted Maine scallop, poached Tomales Bay oysters, and Tahitian pomelo, with Graves Blanc, Château Picque Caillou 2005; savory roasted guinea hen, seared foie gras, and foraged mushrooms, with Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion, Château Saint-André Corbin 2006; prime rib-eye with fondant potatoes, and roasted marrow bones, with Margaux, Château Mongravey 2007; and farmstead cheese, with Loupiac, Clos Jean 2008. $130, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 6:30pm.

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Photo from Beretta.

Starting on Monday January 24th, ~BERETTA~ is going to be offering a monthly series of educational cocktail classes. Bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald will be leading students through bar basics and how to create three of Beretta’s cocktails. Each class will be focusing on a different spirit. On Monday January 24th, it’s whiskey; Monday February 21st is tequila; and Monday March 21st is gin. All classes are from 7pm-9pm. Each class is $85; purchase tickets by emailing here or call 415-695-1199.