October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011

Alcademics shares the news about ~PRIZEFIGHTER~, a new bar opening in mid-November in Emeryville from barmen Jon Santer (Bourbon & Branch, Beretta) and Dylan O’Brien (Bloodhound, Churchill). The gents are opening the bar in the former Kitty’s, and it’s a spacious one: the 1,800-square-foot space also has a patio, and to keep you entertained, there will also be shuffleboard—and food trucks. Read more on Alcademics about the beverage program (there will be three types of ice), but they do say they want to keep things casual and not too serious. But high quality, yes. 6702 Hollis St. at 67th St., Emeryville.

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Like you need an excuse to open a bottle of Champagne. I sure don’t. But on Friday October 28th, it’s Global Champagne Day, and you have the chance to win an iPad 2 (and other prizes) as you’re enjoying your bubbles. Simply email a picture of an authentic Champagne label, or post the picture to your Facebook profile and tag yourself and the Champagne Bureau in the picture (multiple entries will increase your odds of winning, but not duplicates). One Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly and receive an iPad 2; four runners-up will receive an exclusive Champagne tasting kit. Read up on all the rules here. And feel free to use the #ChampagneDay hash tag on your tweets as you share what you’re sippin’ that day! Cin cin!

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On Thursday November 3rd, 6pm-9pm, Uncorked Events presents a rather (potentially) contentious tasting event: it’s the ~ITALY VS. FRANCE WINE SHOWDOWN~ at the General’s Residence in Fort Mason, and there’s less than 100 spots left if you want to help pick a winner in this international wine taste-off.

The newly renovated General’s Residence (formerly the Officers Club) in upper Fort Mason will host over 125 of the best wines from France and Italy. Playing on the Italian team will be contenders from all parts of the country, including Barolo, Barbaresco, barbera, dolcetto, arneis (Piemonte); brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscan, Chianti, Vino Nobile (Tuscany); chardonnay, ribolla gialla, Tocai, cabernet, Refosco (Friuli-Venezia); Muller-Thurgau, pinot bianco, lagrein, Lambrusco (Trentino-Alto Adige); Amarone, Prosecco, Soave, pinot grigio (Veneto); Orvieto, Sagratino di Montefalco (Umbria); Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, aglianico (Campania); primitivo (Apulia); and nero d’Avola (Sicily).

And for the équipe française, an equally diverse array of wines will compete for your vote, including Bordeaux reds (cabernet- and merlot-based blends); Bordeaux whites (sauvignon blanc and sémillon); Champagne (chardonnay-, pinot noir-, pinot meunier-based blends); red Burgundy (pinot noir), white Burgundy (chardonnay); Beaujolais (Gamay); Rhone reds: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Cornas (grenache, syrah, mourvedre); Rhone Valley whites (viognier, rousanne, marsanne, grenache blanc); Loire whites: Savennières, Vouvray (chenin blanc), Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé (sauvignon blanc); Loire reds: Chinon (cabernet franc); Alsatian whites: riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot gris; whites and reds from Languedoc-Rousillon; and rosé from Provence.

To help voters pace themselves, A.G. Ferrari will provide a variety of artisanal cheeses, olives, and cured meats while DJ Sol spins French and Italian pop, rock jazz, and lounge grooves. Get your advance purchase ticket ($42) so you can vote for your favorite wine and country of the evening. Group purchase tickets (five or more) are $35. All wines will be available for purchase at the event (shipped within one-two weeks). 21 and over only.