This appeals to my Italian blood for obvious reasons: Ottimista Enoteca, the wine bar and eatery on Union Street, is hosting classes on regional Italian wines led by Jerad Ruhl, Ottimista's co-owner and wine director. You'll be kicking it on the heated patio while tasting some primo vinos, along with some small bites provided by the kitchen. You'll also get 10% off any wine bottle purchases the day of the event. Coming up: Saturday, March 11, will be a tasting and seminar of the wines of Alto Adige, while Tuesday, March 14, will be a wine pairing of Amarone and cheese (one of my favorite wines, like, ever).
And here's another chance to sing, "Robert De Niro's waiting, talking Italian:" Sunday afternoons are Italian lessons and vino! Timothy Morzenti, a native of Bergamo (that would be in Lombardia) will host a 30-minute lecture on topics like making friends or most importantly, how to order in a restaurant, and then you have 45 minutes of conversation practice, which will only get easier over the wine. Benissimo.
To sign up, email Melissa Gisler at Melissa [at] ottimistasf [dot] com or call 415-674-8400. Credit card required for class registration. Cancellations may be made 72 hours in advance.
1838 Union Street
between Laguna and Octavia
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, March 11
Wines of Alto Adige
$35 per person
Tuesday, March 14
Amarone and Cheese
$45 per person
Italian Lessons & Vino
March 5–Making friends
March 12–Ordering at a restaurant
March 19–Hotel and Transportation logistics
$45 per person
includes lesson, wine flight and small bites