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Wine Events: Week of Feb. 20

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It has begun.  The full-on Burgundy assault that is La Paulée — replete with visiting winemakers, sommeliers and wine writers — is upon us.  NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov hit the ground this weekend, and has already made the rounds at Bar Tartine, Frances, and Zuni. Comment se dit, “Baller.”

Even though the current focus is on Burgundy, keep in mind that some of the most exciting CA Pinot and Chard winemakers will be coming to town in a few weeks for In Pursuit of Balance (tickets now available).  Plus, there’s an IPOB dinner at Heirloom Cafe featuring Ceritas and Chanin Wine Co. on March 20.  Participating wineries:
Alta Maria / Anthill Farms Winery / Arnot-Roberts / Au Bon Climat Winery/ Calera Wine Company / Ceritas / Chanin Wine Company / Cobb Wines / Copain Wine Cellars / Evening Land Vineyards / Failla / Flowers Winery / Freeman / Freestone / Hirsch Vineyards / Kutch Wines / LIOCO / Littorai Wines / Miura / Mount Eden Vineyards / Native9 Wines / Peay Vineyards / Red Car / Sandhi Wines / Soliste Cellars / The Ojai Vineyard / Twomey Cellars / Tyler Winery / Wind Gap Wines.

On to this week’s events.


ONGOING: FEB. 13-24 Burgundy Week

In preparation for La Paulée, an impressive group of restaurant will be having some special Burgundy selections on their menu.  I’ve updated the La Paulée Google Calendar with some helpful information collected by Jordan Mackay on what some of the restaurants are pouring.

Participating restaurants:  A16, Absinthe, Acquarello, Baker & Banker, benu, Boulevard, Bourbon Steak, Cafe de la Presse, Epic Roasthouse, La Folie, Frances, Gary Danko, Jardiniere, Michael Mina, Piperade, Quince, RN74, Saison, The Slanted Door, Sons & Daughters, Redd, Zuni.


Tues., Feb. 21:  Donkey and Goat Winemaker Dinner @ AQ (SoMa)

AQ Restaurant
1085 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – $80 all inclusive

Thank god the Bay Bridge reopened in time to make Berkeley winemakers Jared and Tracey Brandt’s commute a little easier!  Here’s the menu:

2010 UNTENDED CHARDONNAY 2010, paired with CELERIAC & smoked herring, green apple & wild nettles

20111 SLUICE BOX paired with GOAT POACHED IN WHEY bergamot oranges & winter wheat

2009 PERLI VINEYARDS, SYRAH paired with RISOTTO OF BRAISED OCTOPUS bone marrow with provolone

2006 VIELLE VIGNES, SYRAH 2006  paired with VENISON ROASTED IN VINE CLIPPINGS sweet onion & salsify, huckleberry must

NV LILY’S CUVEE PET NAT CHARDONNAY w/ FRESH CHEESE long pepper, sourdough & ripe pear

By the way, to keep on top of events like this, please follow along on the SF Wine Blog Facebook page and Twitter feed.  I post these events as soon as I find out about them on those outlets.  


Tues., Feb. 21:  Burgundy Winemaker Dinner @ Michael Mina (SoMa)

Michael Mina
252 California Street
San Francisco, CA

6:30pm – $300

OK, so not particularly cheap, but hard to beat the combination of great Burgundy and getting to meet the winemakers from Dom. Michel Lafarge and Comte Armand.  Great training for La Paulée.


Wed., Feb. 22:  Dom. Bernard Moreau Winemaker Dinner @ Heirloom Cafe (Mission)

Heirloom Cafe
San Francisco, CA

Three courses – $85

More. Burgundy. Join winemaker Alex Moreau for a three course / five wine meal.  Menu below:

little gem lettuces, oro blanco grapefruit, avocado, marcona almonds

market fish, hedgehog mushrooms, cauliflower puree

coffee-braised lamb, celery root gratin, walnut gremolata


Thurs., Feb. 23:  Esoteric Italian Wine Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $15

Everyone knows the stars of Piemonte and Tuscany. But there’s a lot of exciting (and cheaper) wines coming out of Friuli, Alto Adige, Marche, Umbria and other parts of Italy.  Check out what’s going on in down in the Boot.


For a full run down of all the La Paulée 2012 events, please see my previous post.

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