September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019
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The future home of Palm City Wines. Photo courtesy of Palm City Wines.

San Francisco really has some fantastic wine shops and bars these days, and there’s another one due to join the party: ~PALM CITY WINES~ is going to be a wine shop and bar coming to the Outer Sunset before the end of the year (they’ll also be serving beers and bites). It’s from the husband-wife team of Dennis Cantwell and Monica Wong, who have both spent years working at some of San Francisco’s most beloved establishments: Dennis at Nopa and Zuni and Monica at A16 and Bar Agricole, as well as High Treason. They’re excited to take what they’ve learned and share it with their Outer Sunset community they adore so much (Monica is the third generation of her family to live in the home they reside in!).

As for the name, Palm City was a nickname given to the California Midwinter Exposition that took place in parts of the Sunset and Golden Gate Park in 1894 and surrounding area. Dennis tells me the name was used to encourage guests to visit the western end of San Francisco that was still yet to be developed or even named.

I’ll keep you posted on their opening. 4055 Irving St. at 42nd Ave.

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Champagne, caviar, done. (At The Riddler.) Photo: Kassie Borreson.

Some bubbly updates for you: ~THE RIDDLER~ is reopening this evening (Tuesday September 10th) after completing their city-mandated seismic upgrade. They also refreshed the interior a bit, and the menu has some new additions, as well as the brunch menu. Time to pop Champagne!

On Saturday September 28th, there’s a caviar and Champagne tasting with The Caviar Company at MICHAEL MINA from 4:30pm-7pm. Menu and tickets here (it’s $195).

Coming up on Thursday October 10th, is the 16th annual Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting, featuring the Top 100 Wineries of the Year, with bites from some fantastic Bay Area restaurants named in their annual SF50 Top of The List, plus oysters, local cheeses, and an array of artisan specialties. Wine & Spirits Top 100 benefits San Francisco Baykeeper, an organization helping to protect local water resources and supporting initiatives to fight water pollution. VIP admission at 5:30pm, GA at 6:30pm. Don’t be late, the event ends at 8:30pm. Tickets here; $135-$185, plus fees. City View at METREON, San Francisco, 135 4th St., 4th floor.