November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012
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The walls of wine at Arlequin Wine Merchant; photo from Facebook.

On Sunday November 11th, ~DIG~ wine shop in Dogpatch is hosting a tasting of Italian wines from Oliver McCrum’s excellent portfolio. This tasting is a rare treat because McCrum doesn’t hold many tastings for the end consumer (he’s a wholesale distributor). Come by at 5:30pm to taste eight of Oliver’s favorite wines and learn more about them, all while enjoying a selection of Fatted Calf charcuterie and artisan cheeses. $40 per person, seating is limited. To reserve your seat, email here. 1005 Minnesota St. at 22nd St., 415-648-6133.

If you’re a lover of Beaujolais, now is an exciting time for you, as the recent imports start pouring in from France. ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ will be throwing their seventh-annual Beaujolais Bash on Thursday November 15th, from 6pm-8pm. They’ll be pouring more than 25 wines (including Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, Jean-Paul Thévenet, Jean Foillard, Bruno Debize), many from the ten cru villages in the region, plus some more innovative “nouveau” styles. And if you really love a bottle, all of them will be priced at 10 percent off. The event costs $25, just pay at the door.

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Jugs of brews await you at BrewLab. Photo from BrewLab blog.

The West and East Coasts will be facing off on Thursday November 8th at ~PUBLIC HOUSE~, with a special From Ales to Fromage beer and cheese pairing. Cicerone Rich Higgins will lead lovers of suds in comparisons among eight different beers and cheeses, comparing East and West Coast offerings side by side. You can take a look at the full beer and cheese lineup here. Tickets are $60 and include eight beer and cheese tastes. The event runs from 6pm-8pm.

Like trying home brewers’ offerings? Brew beer at home yourself? You should definitely check out ~BREWLAB~, a local collective for home brewers. On Saturday November 10th they’ll be throwing a Harvest Party at their new space in the Mission. The event begins at 8pm, and everyone who attends will receive a bottomless glass to fill with samples from local home brewers. Though the event is free, a $15 donation is requested at the door, and you should register here if you plan on attending. 1462 Hampshire St. at 26th St.

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Pisco on parade at the 2011 Independent Spirits Expo. Photo from Facebook.

Want to check out some of the newest small-batch, independent distillers and the spirits they’re making? Then be sure to stop by the Independent Spirits Expo on Wednesday November 14th. There will be distillers and importers pouring tastes of their products, including whiskey, tequila, and mezcal. It’s at the retro-cool Swedish American Music Hall, so you can enjoy the vintage charm of that space while enjoying your boozy sips. VIP tickets are $75, and general admission is $55. 2174 Market St. at Sanchez.

tablehopper has one pair of VIP tickets to give away to one lucky tablehopper reader. Hop on over to the tablehopper Facebook page (you like it already, right?) and stand by for a post on Wednesday about how to enter to win! Good luck!

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Eric Asimov, glass in hand. Photo from Facebook.

Next week, you can watch some wine programming with chutzpah at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF). The Arts and Ideas program hosts a bunch of pretty cool discussions on food, wine, and how to enjoy it, including this one. On Wednesday November 14th, join Eric Asimov for a workshop called “How to Love Wine.” Ha! As if you needed any help. That’s okay, though. Asimov recently wrote a book by the same name, and currently works as chief wine critic for The New York Times—he’ll be in conversation with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, so you’ll definitely learn something interesting. The event begins at 7pm and tickets (type in “Asimov” in the search box) are $25 for the general public, $20 for members, and $15 for students. Just prepare yourself for a ridiculous service fee ($7.50! Why?). JCCSF, 3200 California St. at Presidio.

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The Dogpatch Saloon. Yelp photo by Matt J.

According to the Dogpatch Howler, the ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ closed on Monday November 5th so the new owners (of 83 Proof in SoMa) could do a refresh of the space before reopening. Sounds like the new owners want to keep the atmosphere “casual and welcoming” and they are keeping the name. UPDATE: Dogpatch Howler now reports DS will stay open for now, possibly through the holidays. 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St.