December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011
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Photo of H. Joseph Ehrmann by The Lush Life.

The latest classes on offer at ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~ will entice any boozehound worthy of the name. Make some time in your busy holiday schedule to enhance your knowledge—the holidays will be that much brighter with a well-made drink in hand. And here’s another bright tip: get a $10 discount with code “tablehopper” for all events listed here. Nope, you won’t see that discount anywhere else!

You free tonight? Yeah, tonight! On Tuesday December 13th, there are a few tickets left for Tequila Inside and Out with Julio Bermejo and Tomas Estes, the official tequila ambassadors to the US and Europe (respectively). Julio (Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant) and Tomas (La Perla, London, and several other European tequila restaurants) will lead the class through a tasting of eight distinctive tequilas while talking tequila culture, art, and history. The class is geared towards both newbies and aficionados, so sign up and benefit from the knowledge of two globe-trekking tequila experts. 7pm-9pm. $45; all proceeds go to the Boothby Center.

This Sunday December 18th, join Master Cicerone Rich Higgins for Beer and Italian Food as he pairs beers with the Italian cuisine of chef Ruggero Gadaldi of Delarosa. The class includes lecture and discussion (oh, like college), and lots of sampling of great beers and foods (so not like college). Rich will cover the basics of beer and food flavors, how to evaluate a beer, and how to pair beer with Italian food. This is the second class in a four-class series on pairing beer and food, which continues in January with Superbowl food and in February with Valentine’s sweets. 5pm. $65 per class.

‘Tis the season for merry-making, and nothing makes merry like a couple of Classic Holiday Cocktails (and a few other tricks). H. Joseph Ehrmann will lead this class on Monday December 19th, taking a fun and light-hearted look at traditional and less-traditional holiday cocktails, like egg nog, hot buttered rum, Tom and Jerry, hot toddy, spiced apple cider, and Champagne punches. The class includes ingredients and materials, and a guide to take home so you’ll never need an artificial or prepackaged ingredient again. Oh, and did we mention you get to drink everything you make? Sign up here. 7pm-9pm. $25.

There’s more to come in the new year, like a class on American Beer Traditions on Sunday January 8th, also with Rich Higgins, tasting a wide variety of styles to see where they fit in the world of beer, and Last Fridays with Scott Beattie, Vermouth with Carl Sutton, Whisk(e)y Around the World, and Wine and Spirits with Jordan Mackay—stay tuned.

Don’t miss the $10 discount with code “tablehopper” for all events mentioned! Tickets here. All students must be 21+.

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The entrance (and owner Christy Bergman). Photo from The Secret Wine Shop.

~SKREWCAP~ is back with yet another holiday tasting this Thursday December 15th, 6pm-8pm, at The Secret Wine Shop (1097 Howard St. at 7th St., #209). You’ll taste at least 25 wines, including bubbly numbers like Champagne, cava, prosecco, and local sparkling wines; vintage Madeira and port; artisan sherries; and dessert wines.

Participating importers include Broadbent Selections, Europvin, The Rare Wine Company, Return to Terroir, and Vinos Unico. Local sparkling and dessert wines from The Secret Wine Shop include Mary Elke Vineyards, Brut, Anderson Valley; Terra Sávia, Blanc de Blancs, Mendocino; Pedroncelli local port, Dry Creek Valley; and Wellington local white port, Sonoma Valley. Plus get 10% off wine purchases. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets.

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The Bubble Lounge. Photo from Facebook.

This Saturday December 17th, ~THE BUBBLE LOUNGE~ is hosting a POP-UP Tasting & Sale party featuring Return to Terroir and the The Bubble Lounge’s Bubbly Imports (Fleury and Couche). You’ll be able to stock your fridge, buy hostess gifts for upcoming parties, and pick up something for your boss in one fell credit card swipe/swoop. There will be quite the variety to taste and purchase, from Grand Cru Champagne to rare vin jaune from Jura, and wines from special guest Volta Cabernet from Napa.

Mixed case deals for six or more bottles purchased. All still wine and Champagne can also be delivered to your home for the month of December. 2pm-7pm. $10 (to be redeemed upon purchase). Email for complete listing and prices. 714 Montgomery St. at Columbus, 415-434-4204.