October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015
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The counter at West Coast Wine • Cheese. Photo courtesy West Coast Wine • Cheese.

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Good times at a past Top 100 event. Photo courtesy of Wine & Spirits.

~WEST COAST WINE • CHEESE~ is turning one, and they are celebrating with some specials and more. On Saturday October 17th, they will be featuring some sparkling wines at ridiculously low prices, both by the glass and by the bottle (like Roederer 2007 L’Ermitage for $12/glass and $48/bottle, which is regularly $80/bottle). Sunday the 18th is the West Coast Taco Truck Pop-Up, when executive chef Ethan Speizer will be serving tacos, guacamole, and chips and salsa, along with beer specials all day. And Monday October 19th is the West Coast Wildfire Fundraiser, when they will be contributing 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Valley Wildfire Fund from the Red Cross. Happy hour pricing (with 20 percent off all bottles) will be extended all night.

And lastly, starting Thursday October 15th, they will finally be able to do retail sales and offer extended hours. New hours will be Mon-Wed 4pm-10pm, Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 2pm-12am, and Sun 2pm-10pm. 2165 Union St. at Fillmore, 415-577-9357.

On Tuesday October 20th, Wine & Spirits Magazine is hosting their annual Top 100 Event, which means you get to taste 200-plus wines, foods from participating restaurants and purveyors (including Atlas Social and Gaspar), and you get a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits and a complimentary glass from Stölzle. And let’s not forget the beautiful view from the Metreon terrace.

This year’s event features more domestic wineries than ever before and the findings of the Second Annual Sommelier Scavenger Hunt, wherein an international team of sommeliers were sent to different corners of Australia. The Top 100 event is a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper, supporting their initiatives that fight water pollution.

General admission is 6:30pm-8:30pm, and tickets are $125. Collectors are admitted one hour early, at 5:30pm, and tickets are $170 (you receive a glass of vintage bubbles upon arrival, and the opportunity to taste 10 additional wines). City View at the Metreon, 135 4th St. at Mission.

Lastly, over at ~LOCAL MISSION EATERY~, there’s a new menu, which pairs sections of the menu to wines on their all-California, all-natural list. And every Wednesday will be Rare Wine Wednesday, when they will discount rare wines in their cellar (up first will be Hardy Wallace’s Dirty & Rowdy wines).

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The dance floor and marble bar at Verso. Photo courtesy of Verso.

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Private tables at Verso. Photo courtesy of Verso.

~VERSO~, the new nightclub going in the former Sloane, is due to officially open Friday October 16th. Partners Hilary Newsom and Jeremy Scherer of The PlumpJack Group are behind the 14,000-square-foot nightclub in the Mid-Market district, just next door to their recently opened bar, Forgery.

There’s a 20-foot white Carrara marble bar flanking the dance floor, plus a mezzanine level and VIP tables with a reserved dancing area in case you want to avoid mingling with others (and…why go out?). There’s also bottle service and Champagne, and DRC, in case you really need to make an impression (view the list here). Napa-based Shopworks is behind the design, and the sound system is from Dutch company Alcons Audio, their first in the U.S. Open Fri-Sat and private events on the other nights. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St.

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A Burritt Room cocktail; photo by Aubrie Pick.

If you love agave and mezcal, you’ll want to get your ticket for Agave Fest at ~BURRITT ROOM~, an event on Sunday November 1st, so they will also be celebrating Día de los Muertos. There will be cocktails by Josh Trabulsi (Burritt Room), Brian Means (Dirty Habit), Jessica Everett (Mamacita), Summer Jane Bell (USBG), Lucia Creed Gonzales (Prizefighter), Ethan Terry (Bon Vivants), and Kevin Diedrich, who will be mixing drinks made with Don Pilar, Mezcal Amaras, Chinaco, Suerte, Del Maguey, and Tequila Ocho. Chef Luke Knox is also roasting a whole suckling pig, stuffed with chorizo, potatoes, and cactus, plus serving chicken mole, pumpkin tamales, and more.

The event will be 6pm-9pm. Tickets here; tablehopper readers can use code tablehopper for $5 off of the ticket cost ($30). There is also a Día de los Muertos costume contest, with a $500 cash prize, so look good. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter.