August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011
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America’s largest whisky celebration, Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest is back on Friday October 7th from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Featuring more than 250 of the world’s finest, rarest, and most expensive single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, American, Japanese, Swedish, Canadian, and other whiskies from around the world to sample in one Grand Ballroom. Meet the distillers and blenders, attend educational seminars (11 to choose from), all while enjoying an expansive gourmet buffet.

Regular admission tickets are $135; VIP tickets are $185 (with early admission). This event sells out, so buy your tickets today.

For more information, visit whiskyfest.com.

Giddy up! The fifth annual San Francisco Cocktail Week is coming on September 19th-25th, 2011, and will be filled with cocktail parties, spirit seminars, neighborhood cocktail crawls, cocktail dinners, festive galas, and more.

A few highlights include the “Shaker & Flask” party showcasing the science and molecular mixology of cocktails; the “East Bay Showdown” in Oakland with some of the East Bay’s best bartenders; a “Best of the West” Cocktail night with 10 guest bartenders from San Diego to Vancouver; a “Barbary Coast Bazaar” celebrating all things bizarre and delicious in a fantastical night of cocktails from San Francisco’s best bars with appetizers and carnival curiosities; and “The Legends Awards” celebrating the true cocktail innovators, influencers, mentors, and historians in the industry.

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The documentary film Wine From Here: Natural Wine in California will be shown to the public for the first time on Thursday August 25th at the Victoria Theatre in the Mission (2961 16th St. at Capp).

Wine From Here is about the budding natural wine movement in California. Through lively and in-depth interviews with natural wine producers in their own working environment, the vineyard and the winery, the film reveals the passion and the techniques that distinguish natural wine producers from other wine producers.

Ultimately, Wine From Here captures the values of a new generation of wine drinkers who care about authenticity and the environment. The film is the story of this generation’s favorite winemakers who are today pioneering a new trend in California’s wine industry.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and most of the winemakers from the film. And around 9pm, the natural wine frenzy continues at Heart, a fascinating wine bar just a few blocks away (1270 Valencia St. at 24th St.). You will be able to meet and talk to most of the winemakers in the film and have the opportunity to taste their wine! Really, can it get better?

Actually, yes, ‘cause tablehopper readers get a $5 discount off the $15 ticket price using code TABLEHOPPER! Buy tickets here to watch and taste the natural wine movement on August 25th. Another bonus: when you join the filmmakers and winemakers at Heart, your film ticket will get you a $5 tasting of natural wine!