July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011
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Scotch. Cheese from the ~QUINCE~ cart. What more do you need to know? Oh, yeah, how to get them together. Through July 23rd, the Quince bar and lounge will offer a flight of Scotch and a tasting of cheeses on the menu. After this one wraps up, every two-three weeks Quince will offer a new cheese pairing—and future pairings will include rum, bourbon, and beer. The price will hover around the $28-$36 range, depending on the spirit (the current price on the menu is $36 for four cheeses and four Scotches). Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm. 470 Pacific Ave. at Montgomery, 415-775-8500.

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Come to mama.

There are the usual Champagne tastings—but I thought this tasting on Friday July 8th with the legendary Champagne house, Ruinart, sounded quite unique. The MO Bar at the ~MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SAN FRANCISCO~ will be hosting A Sensory Challenge with Ruinart’s cellar master and a perfumer from International Flavors & Fragrances (this experience is rarely ever presented to consumers). The two have identified eight main aromas in the nose of Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and guests will be challenged to identify the scents in the Champagne. The winner receives Ruinart Tea for Two at MO Bar, a $146 value.

The event is $98 per person, and will include three glasses of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (paired with hearty appetizer-sized dishes), and a farewell toast with Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998. Limited to 20 guests. Reserve via email, or call 415-276-9787. 6:30pm, reception on the 40th floor sky deck; 7pm, A Sensory Challenge at MO Bar. 222 Sansome St. at Bush.

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