July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014
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A look into the lounge. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Champagne Society.

Fellow Champagne lovers, you now have a new clubhouse to hang out in: the ~SAN FRANCISCO CHAMPAGNE SOCIETY~. Owner Bill Marci is a Champagne fanatic, and has created a very intimate tasting room space in SoMa where fellow enthusiasts can make a reservation, and then come drink very special bubbles. His loft space was inspired by the many personal-feeling tasting rooms he has encountered in France, when you can sit with the winemaker and learn about their wines. Marci is particularly taken with small grower-producers, and he may also include some cava, Prosecco, and other sparkling wines down the road.

Reservations are accepted from 11am-10pm (email here) (you can also text to that address), and there’s also the option to take over the space for a private event (there’s room for 15). You can arrange for certain Champagnes to be poured, or in the case of Friday nights, there are flights already set up. Take a look at the inaugural flights for Friday August 1st, featuring Champagnes from Marc Hebrart and L. Aubry Fils, available individually or as four two-ounce pours for $45. The address will be revealed once your reservation is made. Salud!

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The bar at Red Dog. Photo: Dana Eastland. © tablehopper.com.

Brush up on your cocktail knowledge on Sunday evenings at ~RED DOG~’s new Cocktail University. Every month, they’ll select a different cocktail theme, like a historical period, a region, or a specific style, and then bar manager James Goad will lead a small cocktail seminar on the theme, with food to pair. The first in the series is this Sunday August 3rd at 6pm, and the theme is New Orleans. Drinks will be along the lines of a Ramos Fizz, Sazerac, and Vieux Carré, and for food look for cornmeal fried oysters and green tomatoes with rémoulade, dirty rice arancini, and Lake Tahoe crawfish étouffée, with beignets for dessert. The seminars cost $45 per person and are limited to ten people, so email for your spot now.

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