June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011
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Fortunately the weather forecast doesn’t show a single raindrop in it, so an afternoon sailing on the bay in a luxury yacht sounds kind of perfect, right? This Saturday June 11th, Liquor.com is hosting a sailing and tasting event with Bowmore, a single malt scotch whisky which happens to have a strong maritime history. While you’re taking in views of the city, you’ll be sipping on the 12-year-old and the 10-year-old Tempest, voted best Islay single malt of 2011 by Whisky magazine. 

After a two-hour sail, the boat will dock and the tasting event will continue at ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~, hosted by brand ambassador Robin Coupar. Attendees will try a range of Bowmore’s whiskies, including the increasingly limited 18-year-old and 25-year-old bottlings. You will also be munching on some gourmet bites from EPIC. Tickets are $90 (valued at $180); buy tickets and more info here. Pier 40, embark at 1:30pm, cruise 2pm-4pm, tasting 5pm-7pm.

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Victoria D’Amato-Moran; photo from Cent’Anni Cocktails.

You’ll find a new (and exciting) cocktail list at ~BELDEN TAVERNA~ from Victoria D’Amato-Moran, recently hired as the bar manager. Check out her cocktail list on Alcademics, which includes many of her housemade syrups, plus fruits and peppers. There’s the Margarita Arrosto, with tequila, housemade roasted pepper syrup, and lime, and a Tuaca Sour, with Tuaca, ginger liqueur, lemon, sugar, and egg white. True to the alley location, there’s also the Alley Cat Cobbler, with sherry, sugar, orange, mixed berries, and cinnamon tincture. Happy hour is daily 4pm-6pm, and there’s live music from the Americano Social Club Trio on Fridays from 5pm-7pm and Saturdays from 6pm-8pm. 52 Belden Pl. at Pine, 415-986-8887.

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Fans of pinot noir, consider yourself officially invited to explore all the different styles of pinot noir at the seventh annual ~PINOT DAYS SAN FRANCISCO 2011~ with a number of events, including the Grand Festival Public Tasting on Saturday June 18th from 1pm-5pm in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Expect the most extensive showing ever of over 200 artisan winemakers from every domestic pinot noir region pouring tastes for you.

The Grand Festival Public Tasting includes the largest gathering of Oregon producers outside of Oregon, a Burgundy Corner with Jean Charles Boisset, and plenty of local pinot noir producers from the Santa Cruz mountains to the Sonoma coast. And so you don’t get into too deep of a haze, there will be specialty food purveyors serving bites that pair well with pinot. You’re encouraged to come with an open mind, grab a Riedel glass, and taste away at all the various regions and styles while you meet the winemakers and share in their stories.

And you won’t want to overlook the other tasting events happening as part of Pinot Days. Here’s a couple examples, but check out the entire event listing online. Ottimista Enoteca-Café is hosting a pairing event with five pinot producers on Tuesday June 14th at 5pm. Scala’s Bistro and the American Institute of Wine and Food will host a winemakers “Table Hop” dinner on Thursday June 16th at 6:30pm, pairing a French- and Italian-inspired menu from chefs Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent with 14 pinots. And on Friday June 17th, there’s a spotlight on Oregon producers and one on legendary producer Williams-Selyem.

Cost for the Grand Festival is $50; other events are individually priced. Bundle a focus tasting ticket with a Grand Festival ticket, and you’ll be able to enter the Grand Festival two hours early at 11am. Tickets online here.

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