May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012
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Awww, so purty. I shall drink you. Photo courtesy of CUESA.

You ready to get your drink on? Good. This Wednesday May 23rd is the Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market event, the latest installment of the Farmers Market Cocktail Happy Hour series. There will be 12 bartenders serving two full-sized cocktails from Herradura Tequila and 10 smaller sample-sized drinks, along with bites from 15 Romolo, Fifth Floor, and Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen. $40, tickets here. 5:30pm-8pm. CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building.

~IZAKAYA YUZUKI~ in the Mission has hired Yoshi Sako from Corkage Sake and Wine Shop on Fulton to work for the restaurant. He’s one of the city’s best educators on sake and is hosting an introductory sake class at Izakaya Yuzuki on Saturday May 26th. You will taste five sakes in this one-hour class. 4:30pm. $35. RSVP here.

Starting tonight, if you feel like some live jazz and punch, swing by ~BURRITT TAVERN~ in Union Square for Jazz and Genever Tuesday. You can order Bols Genever basil peach punch on special at $5 per glass, and there will be additional Bols Genever cocktail specials as well (and the jazz is free!). Tonight for the kickoff, light appetizers will be served for the first hour. Tuesdays through June 12th, 5pm-8pm.

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Photo of TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting 2010 from Facebook.

Fans of Iberian wines, here’s your chance to attend the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietal wines in North America at the ~TAPAS GRAND WINE TASTING~, which takes place in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Saturday June 9th, 2pm-5pm. Hosted by the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society, the grand tasting showcases more than 40 participating wineries and growers, including limited-production, family-owned wineries pouring small-lot wines that are not widely available. Chat with the growers and producers, then buy some wine to take home ‘cause it will be available for sale at this event. There’s a silent auction too. Tickets are $65.

~PINOT DAYS~ are yours and mine come Saturday June 16th, when the eighth annual pinot grand tasting event is back in SF, incidentally, also at the Festival Pavilion. More than 170 domestic pinot producers will be on hand at the largest wine festival dedicated to pinot noir so you can taste stylistically diverse pinots from all different regions, side by side. The producers hail from the Sonoma Coast to the Willamette Valley, Anderson Valley to the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Cruz Mountains to the Russian River Valley. The public event starts at 2pm; sip and sample ‘til 5pm. Tickets are $50; take note of the related events too. (Trade, click here.) Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, enter at Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.

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