April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014
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Beautiful bubbles at Quince. Photo: Paul Dryer.

Some big news over at ~QUINCE~: with the departure of wine director Chris Baggetta, a new wine director has been named, Jai Wilson. He has worked as a sommelier at Jardinière since 2006, and prior to that was at Aqua.

Meanwhile, over at ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~, Gordana Josovic has been promoted to the position of wine director—she was most recently a sommelier, assisting former wine director Petra Polakovicova. 

Big congrats to all our local folks who recently passed the Advanced Sommelier Exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers, which includes Amy Racine of Son & Daughters, Evan Hufford of Saison, Jose Maria Aguirre of Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco, Cosmin Marinescu of The Battery, Matthew Montrose of Soutirage, and Vincent Morrow of The French Laundry. There were 23 total who passed from across the U.S.; 50 candidates from 15 states and 4 countries sat for the exam. Kudos to everyone who made an attempt—the amount of study and knowledge required to even take the exam is staggering.

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Barrel sample. Photo courtesy of Penfolds.

If you ended up getting a tax refund this year, here are two wine dinners for you to take a look at. On Thursday May 1st, ~PARALLEL 37~ is hosting a six-course Penfolds Grange Shiraz Dinner. Be some of the first people in the U.S. to taste the release of the 2009 Penfolds Grange Shiraz. A reception begins at 7pm, dinner begins at 8pm. Penfolds ambassador Tim Irwin will be pairing wines from their collection with each course, and guests will receive a copy of The Rewards of Patience, a “form guide” to all things Penfolds. $400 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 415-773-6168 to make reservations.

On Tuesday May 6th, ~STONES THROW~ is hosting Jean-Francois Clouet from Champagne André Clouet in conjunction with importer Sacred Thirst Selections. The four-course dinner will include the following Champagnes from Andrew Clouet: Grande Reserve, rosé, 2008, and 1911. Yes, you read that correctly. Dinner is $150 plus tax and tip. There are 20 seats, and it begins at 6pm. Call Stones Throw for reservations: 415-796-2901. 1896 Hyde St. at Green.

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Happy Birthday, Hidive! Photo from Facebook.

On Wednesday April 30th, catch a wine flight tasting of unusual wines at the ~FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT~ with Deena Smith of The Henry Wine Group (she used to work at FPWM, and had a bunch of loyal customers when she was there). The tasting includes two-ounce pours of five different wines, all from unusual regions or featuring unusual grape varieties. The flights are only $15, and retail bottles of each wine will be 15 percent off, as well. The flights are available from 4:30pm-7:30pm. 1 Ferry Building, Shop 23, 415-391-9400.

Did you know that about 93 percent of the wine grapes planted in California are the same eight varieties? To celebrate the other 7 percent, check out a wine tasting from Bergamot Alley called the Seven % Solution on Thursday May 8th from 5pm-8pm. The event is being held at the Folsom Street Foundry and will feature more than 22 producers, including Arnot-Roberts, Copain, Donkey and Goat, Two Shepherds, and Unti Vineyards. Tickets are $65 per person. 1425 Folsom St. at 10th St., 415-795-3644. (There’s another event in Healdsburg on May 10th, FYI!)

Looking for an alfresco party to celebrate the gorgeous weather this week? You’re in luck! ~HIDIVE~ on the Embarcadero is turning 10 this week, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate! It’s on Thursday May 1st from 5pm-7pm. Their huge outdoor patio is the star, of course, along with live music, a photo booth, an open bar, and appetizers. The party is a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a donation of $30 is suggested at the door. Pier 28, Embarcadero at Spear, 415-977-0170.

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How’s that for a jenky sign? Farewell, The Attic. Photo via The Attic’s Facebook page.

At the end of last year, word was out that one of the Mission’s great dive bars, the usually packed and very loud ~THE ATTIC~ was going to be closing, and now The Bold Italic confirms that owner Roger Howell has closed the bar (you may recognize his name from our Gashead Tavern post from last week—he’s also a co-owner of Murio’s Trophy Room in the Haight). No word if someone is going to move into the space or not. 3336 24th St. at Bartlett.

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The future home of The Wolfhound. Photo from Google Streetview.

A tipster who lives nearby sent us the news on this bar right on the border of Oakland and Emeryville, and now it looks like E’ville Eye has some details. The former Streamline Lounge—which was housed in a cool, midcentury tiled building—closed back in 1979 and after a short life as Cobbler, sat vacant. Now, a team has taken the space over and plans to open ~THE WOLFHOUND~.

Partners include Peadar Kelleher, bar manager Chris Southgate, and Keith Mulligan. They hope to create a local gathering place, in the style of the town pub in Ireland. They plan to embrace the space’s retro feel with cocktails from the era, and eclectic, vintage furnishings. You can also look out for live jazz once a week, as well as a pub quiz and other activities. There doesn’t seem to be a timeline at the moment, since the project is still awaiting planning commission approval. 5516 San Pablo Ave, at 55th St., Oakland.

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