Guess what I cracked open shortly after my return from Turkey? Yup, a bottle of Champagne (Henriot, to be exact)—you won’t find that being poured by the glass in Istanbul restaurants. Mama was thirsty! And this event tomorrow night (Wednesday September 28th) at ~QUINCE~ is going to be awash in bubbles: Champagne Louis Roederer, to be exact. The all-Champagne wine pairing dinner will feature five different Roederer cuvées (Brut Vintage 2004, Blanc de Blancs 2004, Brut Rosé 2005, Cristal 2004, and Carte Blanche Demi-Sec NV), and Export Manager Charles Fournier will be available to explain the different Champagne styles and offer tips for successfully pairing it with food. $295 per person; seating is limited. Reservations: Ryan Curran, 415-775-8505 x31. And for guests dining at the restaurant, you will also be able to select Roederer Champagnes throughout the week of September 26th.
In the much more affordable tip, on Wednesday October 12th, ~18 REASONS~ will be hosting Farm Wine Favorites: SPARKLINGS. Jeff Viera will be leading a class on sparkling wines, from cavas to Champagne. $40 for 18 Reasons members; $50 for the general public. Order tickets here. 7pm-9pm.