It’s a good time for wine and food enthusiasts with upcoming winemaker dinners at Flour + Water and Spruce, and a tasting at Press Club—try to make your way to one, or more (you wino, you). ~FLOUR + WATER~’s winemaker dinner series has guest winemakers in the Dough Room presenting wines they love paired with five-course tasting menus, which chef Thomas McNaughton will prepare table-side. This Friday June 24th is Ames Morison of Medlock Ames, followed by Anthony Filiberti and Webster Marques of Anthill Farms on July 8th, Eric Sussman and Davida Ebner of Radio-Coteau on July 22nd, and on July 29th, Cecilia Piccin of Grifalco Winery in Basilicata, Ciro Biondi of Vini Biondi in Sicily’s Mount Etna, and Oliver McCrum of Oliver McCrum Wines will present wines from southern Italy’s volcanic terroir (yeah, guess which one I’m excited about the most). Each event in the series will have two seatings, 6pm and 9:15pm, with 12 seats available at the chef’s table. $200 per person, inclusive of wine pairings, tax, and gratuity. Tickets online.
~SPRUCE~ is hosting Blackbird Vineyards, an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines in Napa Valley, for a winemaker dinner on Monday July 11th at 6:30pm. Chef Mark Sullivan’s menu includes licorice-spiced squab with tagliarini, black currants, and pine nuts; prime New York steak with shelling bean cassoulet and red wine jus; hors d’oeuvres, and artisan cheeses, with each course paired with Blackbird rosé or cabernet blends. $140 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations at 415-931-5100.
Oh, and a side note: PRESS CLUB will be hosting Gundlach Bundschu Estate Winery of Sonoma for their Visiting Vintner Series this Thursday (June 23rd) and next (June 30th) from 6pm-8pm. On June 23rd marketing director Susan Sueiro will lead tastings by the sip, in flights, and by the glass. On June 30th owner and winemaker Ray Coursen and national sales manager Kathy Byrd will lead the tastings. These wines are otherwise only available to taste and buy at the winery. 20 Yerba Buena Ln. between Market and Mission Sts., 415-744-5000.