October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

Good times at a past Top 100 event. Photo courtesy of Wine & Spirits.

One of my favorite annual wine events is coming up this month: Wine & Spirits Magazine will host its ninth annual Top 100 Tasting Event on Wednesday October 17th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at City View at Metreon in San Francisco. The 100 wineries from around the world selected for the Top 100 event have delivered the best overall performances in the magazine’s tastings conducted during the past year.

As an exclusive peek for tablehopper readers, editor Josh Greene has handpicked some of his favorites for you to target when you’re at the tasting: “Here are just a few of the wines I will personally be checking out at the Top 100. There are some amazing selections the wineries will be pouring.”

Benanti 2007 Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina
Diamond Creek 2008 Diamond Mountain District Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Eden 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Domaine Leflaive 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru
Drew 2010 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Syrah
Hirsch 2009 Sonoma Coast West Ridge Pinot Noir
Louis Roederer 2004 Champagne Brut Cristal
Podere Rocche dei Manzoni 2005 Barolo Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano
Marques de Murrieta 2004 Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
Moric 2009 Burgenland Alte Reben Lutzmannsburg Blaufränkisch
Kante 1991 Carso Terranum Selezione
Niepoort 2009 Douro Charme
Storybook Mountain 2009 Napa Valley Estate Reserve Zinfandel

Yeah, that’s quite a list. And you won’t go hungry either! Also featured at the event will be the magazine’s new and notable restaurants and bars in the Bay Area, which include: Burritt Tavern, Dixie, Local, Maven, Mosto, Namu Gaji, Redd Wood, and St. Vincent. Each restaurant will serve bites of a signature dish paired with wines featured at the tasting. Additionally, guests will enjoy specialties from local artisanal purveyors, including Hog Island Oysters, Boccalone, Sour Flour Bread, Point Reyes Cheese, and Barefoot Coffee Roasters.

Tickets are $105 and can be purchased here. Event proceeds will benefit San Francisco Baykeeper.


RN74 dining doom and market board. Photo from RN74.

Catch a special five-course dinner with cocktail pairings on Saturday October 6th at ~RN74~. The event is called Behind the Bottle, and a different Hudson Whiskey will be featured in a cocktail pairing with each course, like the Mais Blanc with corn whiskey, vermouth, chamomile grappa, lemon zest, and chamomile flower, or the East Meets West with single malt, dry Curacao, Benedictine, and sage. The master distiller for Hudson will also be in attendance, if you have any questions about the distilling process. You can check out the full menu and pairings here.

The dinner begins at 7pm, and the cost is $125 including tax and tip. For reservations, send an email.


The myriad mirrorballs at Deco. Photo by Alexandra Munson via Facebook.


The Burritt Room. Photo from Alcademics.com.

After seeing a liquor license transfer for ~DECO~, a friend confirmed there is a new owner, and the word on the street is the club will close before the end of the year to remodel and then be reopened by the new owners (this is all unconfirmed at the moment). What, the carpeted dance floor will be no more? I have emails in to both the new owner and Deco, stand by for more details. 510 Larkin St. at Ellis.

In the Mission, Grubstreet reports that the bar formerly known as ~SOM~ is being relaunched as ~SLATE~. This isn’t the first time this spot has gotten a new moniker (remember Liquid and Pink?), but according to bar manager Patty West, there is now a pool table and DJ music will continue. 2925 16th St. at South Van Ness, 415-558-8521.

Over at Charlie Palmer’s ~BURRITT ROOM~, there’s an expansion afoot. According to Eater, the new spot is called ~BERLINETTA~ and will be off the lobby in the Mystic Hotel. The beverage list will stick to fine spirits served simply (neat), as well as some special wine pours and flights. The spot is named after the Ferrari coupe (though berlinetta also means “little saloon” in Italian), and the name is reflected in the Italian race car memorabilia that decorates the space. Vroom. They’re hoping to open this week, but only on Fridays and Saturdays for now. During the day, hotel guests will also be able to stop in. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter, 415-400-0561.

Uppercasing reports that ~MARTIN MACKS~ on Haight has a brand-new name: Joplin. The name is apparently a nod to the neighborhood’s past and is the latest chapter in what seems to be a bit of drama. Bring out the SoCo (Janis’s favorite). 1568 Haight St. at Ashbury, 415-861-2236.