May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022
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The hidden-away Bar Nonnina at Fiorella Sunset. Photo by Kelly Puleio.

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The Slushy di Modena (a Lambrusco slushy) at Bar Nonnina. Photo by Kelly Puleio.

Fiorella owners Boris Nemchenok and Brandon Gillis just keep on pushing—opening Wednesday May 18th is ~BAR NONNINA~, a hidden-away rooftop bar inside Fiorella’s new Inner Sunset location. The standing room-only bar (with room for 14) has its own cocktail list and bar snacks, including the Slushy di Modena (a Lambrusco slushy) made with Italian gin, Piedmontese amaro, Sicilian blood orange liqueur, lemon, lambrusco, and shaved ice from a Japanese ice machine; Colapesce: kombu-infused vodka, dry vermouth, hickory-smoked olive brine; and Sophia Loren: tequila, grapefruit, elderflower, lime, Prosecco (there are six in all from Fiorella Group bar director Dylan Henry). You can order a cocktail flight ($25) that includes three mini cocktails (or enjoy three cocktails and three small plate pairings for $75).

Fancy snacks from Fiorella Sunset chef Scott Schneider include cheesy potato croquettes, an Italian steak tartare, and a salad of frutti di mare (mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, colatura vinaigrette). I’m also happy to see a version of the Venetian sgroppino on there, a wonderful after-dinner or late-night drink, here called the Scorppino, with lemon sorbet, Prosecco, and chamomile-infused grappa. You can always book dinner for before or after your visit.

The space (designed by STUDIO by Lark) includes a green marble cocktail bar and communal, bar-height wood tables, plus a fireplace, pastoral mural wallpaper, and a vintage Italian chandelier, all hiding behind a pocket door. Reservations recommended. Open Wed-Sun 5pm-10pm. 1240 9th Ave. at Lincoln.

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Coming up on Saturday June 4th in San Francisco is The Vinguard’s signature event, WINeFare, a wine tasting event featuring 40 womxn-owned natural wineries and importers who will be pouring at the Haight Street Art Center. In addition to hundreds of wines, there will be ciders, co-ferments, and rice wine. WINeFare was the first and quite possibly remains the only wine tasting event in the world featuring womxn in the natural wine movement.

The Vinguard is from founder Pamela Busch, who opened the second wine bar in San Francisco in 1994, Hayes & Vine (I loved that place) and later, CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen in 2005. She started the (now nonprofit) The Vinguard in 2013, inspired by and in response to the discrimination she experienced (sexism, homophobia, and agism) in the wine industry throughout her career. The Vinguard created WINeFare in 2018 to give womxn in natural wine a platform for their work as they were often shut out and sidelined. WINeFare provides a safe haven and space for womxn at wine tastings where everyone feels respected and valued. Read more about what makes WINeFare different.

Don’t miss this event, whose slogan this year is: Make Wine, Not War on Womxn’s Bodies. Cheers to that. Tickets are $45; discounts are available for essential workers, educators, students, seniors, and food and beverage industry workers. 1pm-5pm, Haight Street Art Center, 215 Haight St. at Laguna.

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