The Marina will be getting a wine bar this spring featuring small-production and coveted Napa Valley wines—with some European selections as well—called CULTIVAR. Siblings Jody Harris and Gingy Harris Gable are SF natives. Their family started Caspar Estate in Napa, and Jody created Cultivar Wine. There will be 65 producers on the list, including Azur, Matthiasson, Relic, and Failla, along with Cultivar’s estate wines, which can be enjoyed on tap. Also on offer: wine by the bottle or keg for sale (Cultivar’s cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, merlot, or rosé), plus their estate-brewed beer.
There will be seasonal small plates, with a focus on vegetables and products from Caspar Estate’s one-acre certified organic garden—chef Kyle Young also oversees the garden. The 36-seat space is being designed by Sutro Architects and will feature a brass-top bar, walnut tabletops, and chocolate leather seating; it will double as a private event space for industry events. There are also temperature-controlled wine lockers for Caspar Estate and Cultivar wine club members. Expect a mid-March opening. 2379 Chestnut St. at Divisadero, 415-962-4200.
Tickets are now on sale for Cider Summit SF, returning to San Francisco on April 22nd. This will be the fourth year of the region’s largest cider festival, with top cidermakers and nearly 200 ciders from around the world. There will also be cider cocktails and apple spirits and food selections from vendors (at additional cost), including Whole Foods Market Truck and Slow Hand BBQ. Tickets: $35, and $45 for VIP tickets. Beginning April 1st, general admission tickets will be $40 in advance and $45 at the door, cash only, and VIP tickets will be $50. Civil War Parade Ground, adjacent to the Main Post, Presidio. 1pm-5pm.
Wednesday March 8th is a brandy party, Copper & Kings: Live at ~BAR AGRICOLE~ on their patio. If it sounds like a rock show, it’s because these distillers from Louisville use sonic aging, playing rock and roll to their barrels while they age. There will be unlimited food and drink, $50. Tickets. 6pm-9pm.
I was driving by LONDON MARKET on Divisadero Friday evening and noticed something very different—lots and lots of bottles. Ends up it’s now CORBEAUX’S LONDON MARKET, a wine and spirits shop from Kyle Nadeau, who reportedly worked at D&M Liquors on Fillmore for nearly a decade, and his partner, Evan Krow. They’ll also be adding a deli in the back with cheese, charcuterie, and caviar. [Via The New Fillmore.] 2901 Sacramento St. at Divisadero.