March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011
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Eating About Beer homebrews; photo by Clubantietam.com.

On Sunday March 13th, there will be an underground beer pairing dinner in Oakland from the ~EATING ABOUT BEER~ team. They’re serving six courses, each one paired with a beer (plus a sake for one dish) that they brewed themselves. 7:30pm. $50. CommonWealth Cafe & Pub, 2882 Telegraph Ave. at 29th St., Oakland.

~FLOUR + WATER~ is hosting a beer-maker dinner in the Dough Room with Yuri Green of Cherry Voodoo Brewing and Adam Lamoreaux of Linden Street Brewery on Monday March 21st. Chef Thomas McNaughton will be pairing a five-course menu with the featured beers, which will include some old California-style lagers and a Belgian tripel. Two seatings: 6pm and 9:20pm. $130 (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations: email or call 415-826-7000.

~SAISON~ is hosting a special winemaker dinner with Ted Lemon of Littorai wines on Wednesday March 16th. The menu will consist of six courses for $88, and the wine pairings will be $58. There will be comparison wines for each course and some added library surprises that Ted will be bringing down from wine country. Reservations available from 6pm-9:30pm.

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In just a few weeks, the ~RHONE RANGERS~ 14th annual Grand Tasting is taking place on March 26th and 27th at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion. This is the largest American Rhone wine event in the country, with the opportunity to taste over 500 American Rhone wines from at least 100 Rhone Rangers member wineries. (The Rhone Rangers include roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley, like syrah, viognier, mourvèdre, grenache, and roussanne, to obscure grapes like counoise and picpoul.)

There will be a winemaker dinner on Saturday March 26th (6pm-10pm) at Dogpatch Studios. 15 wineries will participate in the dinner, catered by Sonoma’s the girl & the fig restaurant; there will also be a live auction. $125.

The Grand Tasting is Sunday March 27th from 2pm-5pm, with over 500 American Rhone wines, plus gourmet foods from 30 specialty food purveyors. There will also be some seminars ($45 each) and silent auction items. $45.

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