April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013
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Save the Rio. Photo via Facebook.

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The tasting room at Campovida’s Taste of Place. Photo Courtesy Campovida.

A few updates: a reader tells me ~WILD HARE~ is now open in the former Solstice. Since it’s from the Tonic/Bullitt/Dr. Teeth crew, you not only get Fernet and Jameson on tap, but you can also order their trademark bar snacks like Reuben egg rolls, totchos (those would be tater tot nachos, yo), wings, and more (served until 1:30am). Open Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. 2801 Divisadero St. at California, 415-539-3200.

It was always meant to be a temporary project from the Bon Vivants (the entire business collective was called “A Temporary Offering”), so it should come as no surprise that ~RIO GRANDE~ has closed after being open almost for a year, according to Facebook via Inside Scoop). 1108 Market St. at 7th St.

Over in Oakland, the Campovida folks from Hopland have opened an urban tasting room in the same building as Linden Street Brewery called ~TASTE OF PLACE~. You can get Campovida wines by the glass and bottle, as well as extra-virgin olive oil, honey, and other garden products harvested from Campovida’s own certified organic farm and estate. Thu-Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm, Mon-Wed by appointment. 95 Linden St. at 3rd St., Oakland, 707-744-8797.

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The walls of wine at Arlequin Wine Merchant; photo from Facebook.

On Thursday April 18th, check out a special wine tasting with wines from Napa’s Vare Vineyard at ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~. The vineyard was the first in California to plant the ribolla gialla grape, a Friulian variety rarely seen in the New World. Winemakers from Arnot-Roberts, Ryme, Grassi, Massican, Forlorn Hope, Arbe-Garbe, and Matthiasson have all produced wines from the grapes, and will be on hand with pours of this lean, dry varietal. All the wines poured will be available for purchase at a 10 percent discount too. The event is $25 at the door, and runs from 6pm-8pm.

Check out ~KULETO’S~ new Meet the Maker Series of wine tastings. The first event, on Thursday April 18th, will feature the wines of GrapeHeart Vineyards in the Suisun Valley. Isabel Deeik, the proprietor and managing partner, will be pouring unlimited tastes of two of their reds and talking about the winery’s production. There will also be bites from chef Bob Helstrom. The event runs from 5pm-7pm, and costs $15. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Food Bank. 221 Powell St. at O’Farrell.

If you’re looking for a little competition in your life, head to ~STOCK IN TRADE~ on Monday April 22nd for a special dinner that pits wine against beer. Kirk Pearson of Widmer Brewing and Chris Cullina of Argyle Winery will both be in attendance, and will pair each of the four courses with one of their offerings. Then, at the end of the night, you get to vote on which you think paired best with the food. The dinner costs $65 including food and wine (but not tip and tax), and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 2036 Lombard St. at Fillmore, 415-829-3000.

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Empty cocktail glasses at Saison, now reporting for duty. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Good news: ~SAISON~ landed its hard liquor license, so the cocktails are now a-flowin’ in the lounge. Grub Street has a peek at the menu.

Meanwhile, ~MISS OLLIE’S~ in Oakland now has its liquor license, so you can come in for a Cuba Libre, rum punch, or a shandy with the newly launched dinner service, running Tue-Sat. All-Stars Rum Shop, in effect. And yeah, chef-owner Sarah Kirnon’s famous fried chicken can be all yours for dinner, baby (although I guess Tyler Florence isn’t interested in having any). 901 Washington St. at 9th St., Oakland, 510-285-6188.