Upcoming Wine Dinners and Tastings, and a Beer Dinner Too


The dining room (and mignardises cart) at Acquerello. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

This Wednesday March 6th, ~BAR TARTINE~ is hosting a Hungarian dinner with wine pairings from Judit and József Bodó of Bott Winery in Tokaj, Hungary—this is their first time in the United States. The menu includes Zsiros Kenyér (bread with lard and onion) with 2011 Bott Határi Hárslevelű; véres hurka (blood sausage) with 2011 Bott Csontos Furmint; pacalpörkölt (tripe and pork knuckle stew) with 2007 J&J Eged-Hegy Kekfrankos; and many more dishes (check out a pic here). The cost will be $87 for wine and family-style food; tax and tip not included. Just make reservations and specify “the Hungarian dinner.”  

This week, winemaker Sébastien Riffault of Sancerre will be in the Bay Area. His Les Quarterons is more traditional, but wait until you try his old-vine, slow-fermented wines like Akmeniné and Skeveldra. You can meet him and taste all three of his organic and certified biodynamic wines on Thursday March 7th from 6pm-9pm at Terroir Wine Bar (1116 Folsom St.); Friday March 8th from 5pm-9pm at Ruby Wines (1419 18th St., $10 to taste all three wines); and on Saturday March 9th from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Punchdown (2212 Broadway, Oakland; all three wines available by the glass).

This Friday March 8th, swing by ~SAN FRANCISCO WINE TRADING COMPANY~ from 6pm-8pm for the tasting event “Provence Meets Bordeaux.” New arrivals from Domaine du Deffends, Provence, plus some direct-import Bordeaux will be poured, and they’ll be slicing up some serrano ham too. $10 for tastes of 15-plus wines. 250 Taraval St. at Funston.

Did you know ~ACQUERELLO~ is hosting a wine dinner with Pietro Ratti of Renato Ratti in Barolo? On Thursday March 14th, you can meet Pietro, whose father, Renato Ratti, is credited with being the first to map the vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco. You’ll have a multicourse dinner with Barolos from the La Morra village. UPDATE: There’s a new date for this dinner in April, too: Thursday April 25th. Reservations can be made by calling 415-567-5432.

And on Monday March 11th, ~PLÄJ~ is hosting a five-course Scandinavian beer dinner. The cost is $60; call 415-294-8925 or 415-863-8400 for a reservation.