May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015
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Chardonnay and pinot noir heaven. Photo courtesy of Patz & Hall.

It’s time to get your ticket to this one-of-a-kind tasting, designed to explore California terroir through the beautifully crafted chardonnays and pinot noirs from Patz & Hall. (I tasted these elegant wines at their new Sonoma tasting room and thoroughly enjoyed them.)

This event, co-hosted by tablehopper, will be held on Friday June 12th at Naked Kitchen, a restored Victorian home in the Mission District, where guests will be welcomed with a glass of Patz & Hall’s small-production 2012 North Coast Brut Sparkling Wine, only available at the winery.

You will then be seated for a dynamic wine tasting led by Patz & Hall co-founders James Hall and Heather Patz, who will explore the intricacies of terroir and the diversity of chardonnay and pinot noir through a side-by-side comparison of five single-vineyard wines. There will also be charcuterie, custom-made with Patz & Hall wines by noted local charcutier Peter Temkin (Show Dogs, Foreign Cinema), plus local Sonoma cheeses. Enjoy mingling with James and Heather (and moi!) before and after the tasting.

The event is Friday June 12th, starting at 6:30pm. $65, all inclusive. You can purchase your ticket on Sosh! See you there for this special evening!

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The sign at the Ha-Ra (one of my faves). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

I have been wondering for some time what was going on at the ~HA-RA CLUB~: there have been rumors of it selling, it has been closed at odd hours, the shelves have been emptied of booze, and even the taps have been tapped out. It didn’t look hopeful. And now a liquor license transfer has hit the wires: the Ha-Ra is going to be under new ownership. The new partners are Scott Broccoli (Ace’s, The Pub at Ghirardelli Square, Dobbs Ferry), Tommy Whalen (Ace’s), and Wizz Wentworth (Amante).

Rick Figari’s dad originally opened the bar in 1943, and since son is busy being a firefighter, he just didn’t have the time and ability to keep up with the bar (he owns the building). But he was very specific about who he was going to sell it to—he didn’t want it to become an upscale cocktail bar, and he wanted someone who was going to preserve the soul of the place. I had a chance to chat with Broccoli, who said, “It would be wrong to change it. Some places deserve respect. This is one of them.” Whew.

They are going to give the 1940s-era dive some TLC, cleaning, painting, and light restoration, but they’re going to do it piece by piece and not in one fell swoop—after all, it’s already a great bar. And the bar top will remain intact (Broccoli says “I love the history of bar tops!”). He said they’ll have to see how the transfer and everything goes in the coming months, so we’ll keep you updated. I know I’m not the only one who will be happy to see the Ha-Ra restored to a good neighborhood dive status. 875 Geary St. at Larkin, 415-673-3148.

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Shake up some of these botanical bad boys with ForageSF. Photo from Facebook.

Catch an especially “wild” spirited class at Five Flavors Herbs in Oakland with the Foraged Cocktails Workshop from ForageSF. Botanical guru Brian Wallace will teach you how to make your cocktails shine by making your own bitters using foraged ingredients and creating “wildcrafted” simple syrup. Once you’ve got the elements mastered, he’ll lead you in a blending workshop in which you’ll learn how to mix cocktails that taste seasonal and fresh.

There are three opportunities to catch the class, all on Sundays at 3pm: May 17th, May 31st, and June 14th. Tickets are $75 per person and include instruction and sample cocktails. 344 40th St. at Manila, Oakland, 510-923-0178.

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