May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

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~THE ALEMBIC~ has a new cocktail list to check out, and we’ve got our paws on it so you can start plotting which one you want to try before your clock strikes bourbon o’clock. Check out new choices like the 30-Day Notice, with Flor de Caña rum, banana cordial, yellow Chartreuse, lime juice, and chile tincture, or the Lava Lamp, with Lillet rosé, Combier, nocino walnut liqueur, and a touch of porter foam. They’re also continuing with a lineup of classics, like the Vieux Carré and, of course, the Sazerac. Check out the full list here.

You can also try a little something special at Alembic this Sunday May 26th, when Erik Ellestad will be hosting one of his Savoy Cocktail Nights. All cocktails (eight in all) will be $11, and include options like the Seventh Heaven cocktail, with bitters, Luxardo maraschino, caperitif, and gin.


Photo courtesy of Mezzaluna.


The Taste of Mendocino event in 2012. Photo © Marc Fiorito, Gamma Nine Photography via Facebook.

Looking for something to do this Thursday May 23rd? My family friends at ~MEZZALUNA RESTAURANT~ in El Granada are hosting an event that is near to my heart, a Serata Veneziana (Venetian night). The guest of honor is Lucio Gomiero, the owner of both Vignalta Vineyards (Veneto) and Royal Rose Radicchio Farms (Salinas), so the menu is going to be featuring a number of radicchio-based dishes paired with his wonderful wines. 6pm, $75 (includes gratuity). Reservations: 650-728-8108. 459 Prospect Way, El Granada.

Looking to taste some of the wines from the lesser-known wine region of Mendocino County? Look no further than the ~TASTE OF MENDOCINO~ wine event on Tuesday June 11th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. The event, which runs from 5pm-7pm, includes pours from lots of Mendocino County producers, including Navarro Vineyards, Edmeades, and Elke Vineyards. You can get a full list of participating wineries (plus some beers, coffee, and more) and tickets here. Tickets to the event are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. 5pm-7pm. 135 Fisher Loop at Sheridan.

And I have a feeling this ~18 REASONS~ class will sell out quickly, so I’m letting you know about it now: learn about palate development and how to taste wines with wine importer and expert Oliver McCrum in June. You’ll also learn how to identify flaws in wine. The class is on two Mondays: June 17th and 24th, 6:30pm-9pm. Tickets are $100 for 18 Reasons members; $120 for the general public (tickets are for both classes).


Temporary tattoos and cheeky wines at Wine Riot. Photo courtesy Wine Riot.

Did you miss last year’s international wine mania that is ~WINE RIOT~? Not to worry, they’ll be returning to the Concourse Exhibition Center Fri-Sat June 7th-8th, pouring more than 250 wines from all over the world. They’ve also added the Bubbly Bar this year, which offers plenty of the sparkling stuff. There are three different events: the opening night on Friday from 7pm-11pm, Riot One on Saturday afternoon from 1pm-5pm, and Riot Two on Saturday evening from 7pm-11pm. They are all intended to be approachable for wine newbies, but also interesting for more experienced drinkers, with seminars and classes for a range of oenophiles. You’ll also find a photo booth, live music, and food trucks on hand to purchase the vittles you’ll need to keep going. Tickets are $60. 635 8th St. at Brannan.

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