April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012

Photo from Penfolds website.

Fellow winos, take note: there are a few opportunities coming up to experience special wine dinners that don’t come around too often. Sign up soon if you wanna get a seat (maybe in a Ferrari).

Tonight, April 24th, ~MICHAEL MINA~ is hosting an exclusive SF pre-release dinner for those who want to get the first taste of the 2007 vintage of Australia’s celebrated Penfolds Grange Shiraz (Charlie Trotter did likewise in Chi-Town). Lucky guests also get exclusive tastes of the Penfolds 2009 Yattarna Chardonnay, 2009 RWT Barossa Shiraz, 2009 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2008 St. Henri Shiraz. Penfolds winemaking ambassador Matthew Lane will be in attendance, as will chief winemaker Peter Gago to share his personal back vintage favorites. By the way, Ferrari/Maserati of San Francisco will be parking a couple of their latest models out front. Advance tickets ($300) are required. Email or call Lily Lane at 707-299-3252.

On Thursday May 10th, ~PROSPECT~, alongside Radio-Coteau and Pickleweed Point Oyster Co., is presenting a Viticulture + Aquaculture dinner in celebration of California’s coastal farming communities. Pickleweed’s master shucker Luc Chamberland will start the evening with artisan-raised oysters. Prospect’s Pam Mazzola will follow with a three-course dinner, and all will be paired with Radio-Coteau wines (six total, including chardonnay, rosé, pinot noir, and syrah). 6:30pm-10pm. $185 all-inclusive. Email or call to reserve, 415-247-7767.

Monday May 21st at ~CAFÉ DES AMIS~, chef Mark Sullivan is planning a special winemaker dinner paired with the organic and biodynamic wines of Robert Sinskey. The menu includes salade verte, légumes du marché, chèvre crouton with Alsatian Blend, Robert Sinskey, Abraxas Vin de Terroir, Los Carneros 2010; smoked duck breast, spring onion, roasted cherries, sauce aux cerises with Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey, Los Carneros 2008, and Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey, ‘Three Amigos,’ Los Carneros 2008; grilled bavette steak, tomato confit, crispy okra, spring squash, basil with Merlot Blend, Robert Sinskey, ‘Marcien,’ Los Carneros 2006, and Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Robert Sinskey, ‘POV,’ Los Carneros 2008; Farmstead cheese, honey, jam, nuts, walnut cranberry bread with Late Harvest Pinot Gris, Robert Sinskey, Los Carneros 2007; and strawberries, clafoutis, and canelés. 6pm. $95, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 415-563-7700 for resos.

After noticing some ABC license activity for the southwestern 4 Corners on Union Street, Grub Street and Eater confirm the team of Duncan Ley and Ben Bleiman (Bullitt, Tonic, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Rebel) are taking over the space. (Side note: the team always has the funniest ownership names on their licenses; to wit: Steamed Sloth, Disgruntled Goat, and Furious Ferret.) They will be opening ~LIGHTNING~, a “hybrid of Mayhem and Bullitt,” and Michael Brennan is doing the renovation, with plans to open in early June. 1875 Union St. at Laguna.

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