Wine – California, US

Gerald Hirigoyen Food and Wine Pairing Class & Book Signing (Tasting 51)


 

Here is a late notice tasting for you…..

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Type:
Education – Class
Date:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time:
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:
Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room
Description
Basque by the Book: Food & Wine Pairing with a Master Chef: Gerald Hirigoyen: $90* or $70 without a copy of the book

Wednesday, April 7th 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Port Commission Hearing Room
2nd floor of the Ferry Building, San Francisco

Instructors: Chef Gerald Hirigoyen and Debbie Zachareas

$90* (Including an autographed copy of his book)
$70 (for Class Only without the book)


An Evening Exploring Food and Wine Pairing with Chef Gerald Hirigoyen and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant!

Gerald Hirigoyen, chef-owner of Piperade and Bocadillos in San Francisco, and expert Basque Chef will be preparing five exquisite dishes from recipes in his new book, Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition. Ferry Godmother of Wine, Debbie Zachareas, partner in Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant will be partnering with Chef Gerald to find illuminating wine matches for this exciting, traditional cuisine. She will be offering five unique and delicious Spanish wines to expertly pair with these Old World flavors. There will be a lively, interactive discussion of the pairings, the recipes and their preparation, and an in-depth exploration of the wine and its region. In addition, each class attendee will receive an autographed copy of Gerald Hirigoyen’s highly acclaimed cookbook: Pintxos: Small Plates in the Basque Tradition. Come taste the magic of Basque country, one of the most respected cuisines on Earth, learn the secrets of preparing these delicious morsels, and even have your picture taken with the Chef. What a night! Join us in the Port Commission Hearing Room at the Ferry Plaza Building for a fun evening of taste explorations!

Dishes prepared during this class will include:

Snapper Ceviche
Deviled Eggs and Shrimp
Seared Beef with Piquillo Pepper and Shallot Jam
Salt Cod with Piperade
Chicken Thighs with Spicy Basque Ketchup

To guarantee the quality of your experience, seating is limited. Reservations are required, and will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. We will gladly refund your reservation with at least 48 hours notice. Please call the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant at 415-391-9400 or email nick@fpwm.com.

Stay tuned for these exciting classes coming up very soon:

Napa Cabernet Intensive With Andy Erickson and Annie Favia on May 5th $70

Pinot Noirs from the Hirsch Vineyard with David Hirsch on June 2nd $55

Also, don’t miss the complete schedule of our highly popular Ferry Plaza Wine Classes in San Francisco, at 6:30 pm in the Ferry Building’s Port Commission Hearing Room.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Fritz Winery Invites You to Become a Winemaker for a Day! at Press Club (Tasting 50)


 

Join Fritz Winemaker Brad Longton on May 15th from 3pm-6pm at the Press Club for a one of a kind experience in winemaking where you will create your very own Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Each participant will blend their own wine through sampling, experimenting and using the actual tools of the trade. You will be provided with tastes of the newly released Fritz & Lost Canyon 2008 Pinot Noirs to expand your palate and various food pairings to awaken your senses. Following the event Fritz Winery will bottle your Pinot Noir and ship you 2 bottles just in time to show off to your friends or submit to Robert Parker…

The cost for this special event is $150.

Space is limited to 15 guests, so please make sure to reserve your seat early!

To reserve your seat in person, please visit Press Club:

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Nirvino Wine Series (Tasting 49)


 

I did say I post all event notices I receive……………

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“Urban Wineries”

Why fight traffic all the way to Napa when you can taste amazing wine made right here in the city?

On Tuesday, March 30th, we’ll be hosting an exclusive tasting on wine made at Urban Wineries in San Francisco, Treasure Island and Oakland. Next time you’re looking for a first-class wine tasting experience, you’ll now have the in with some of these distinctively Urban Wineries which don’t require a long drive or an expensive night’s stay in a B&B.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: SOM. (2925 16th Street – between Mission & South Van Ness)

Tickets: $10 with RSVP, $20 at the door with no RSVP

RSVP HERE

Urban Wineries Participating (more TBA):

Blue Cellars
Vie Winery
JC Cellars
Dashe Cellars
Donkey And Goat Winery
Periscope Cellars
Tayerle Wine
Wattle Creek Winery
Foggy Bridge Winery

Small bites by Bar Bambino

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Celebrate the new Calistoga AVA with Chateau Montelena at Press Club (Tasting 44)


 

Here is more tastings of local wines.

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Don’t forget this week Chateau Montelena is hosting a very special Happy Hour. In recognition of Calistoga becoming the 15th AVA in Napa Valley, Ryan will be pouring a 3-year vertical of their acclaimed Estate Cabernet. In addition, Fritz is offering barrel samples of their upcoming vintages. Don’t miss out, we’ll see you Thursday. See below for full details.

Celebrate the new Calistoga AVA with Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena would like to invite you to join us on March 11th in celebration of the newly appointed Calistoga AVA, the 15th appellation in the Napa Valley. 7 long years ago our winemaker, Bo Barrett, on behalf of Chateau Montelena petitioned to have Calistoga formally recognized as an American Viticultural Area, and as of January 2010, we are proud to say that it has been approved. To celebrate this achievement, we will be pouring a 3-year vertical of our acclaimed Estate Cabernet.

One of the most significant contributing factors to making a wine unique is the place that the grapes are grown, and our vineyards in Calistoga and their diverse soils are what make our Estate wine special and exemplary of the essence of the Calistoga AVA. For our vertical tasting we will be pouring the 1997, 1998 and 1999 vintages of the Montelena Estate Cabernet and will be offering a charcuterie selection to accompany the wines.

In addition we will have maps and information to educate you about the Calistoga area and how it influences our winemaking style. This is a rare opportunity to taste 3 highly acclaimed vintages side-by-side and space will be limited. Tickets will go on-sale Wednesday February 24th and will be $40 per person. The tasting will take place in the Private Dining Room at Press Club and will begin at 6pm and we will pour until 8:30pm.

Tickets will be available exclusively at Press Club from the Chateau Montelena representatives or through a retail associate. We will be pouring some of the wines from large format bottles and we will be raffling off an empty 3 liter of our 1997 Estate Cabernet with a beautiful etched label to anyone who joins our mailing list at the event.

Please see a Montelena representative or email ryan@montelena.com with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th!

Fritz Barrel Tasting

Thursday, March 11th Fritz Winery is bringing Sonoma County’s famed
Barrel Tasting Weekend to Press Club! Join Fritz Winery President, Clay Fritz as he samples the Fritz 2009 Estate Reserve Zinfandel and 2008 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon direct from the barrel and into your glass.

Samples are FREE with glass purchase of the current vintage. So…buy a glass of 2006 Estate Reserve Cab Sauv or 2007 Zinfandel and get a barrel sample of the 2008 Estate Reserve Cab Sauv or 2009 Zinfandel Free!

Tasting will be available all evening-from 4pm to 9pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase futures of these limited-edition wines, as well.

Late Night at PC

Press Club is continuing to pack it in on the weekends. Thank you all for stopping by during our late night hours, Friday and Saturday nights. Our DJ’s have brought Press Club to a whole new level! In case you haven’t made it here yet, come check us out.

Our weekend hours are:

Friday’s 4pm -12am and Saturday’s 2pm-12am. DJ starts at 9pm!

This week’s featured DJ’s are:

Friday Night – DJ Noel

Saturday Night- Vu

Lastly…Press Club will be closed for a private event Tuesday, March 9th. For future closures, please refer to our website www.pressclubsf.com . Click Contact Us, then Hours.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

Barrel Tasting at Press Club (Tasting 41)


 

Thursday, March 11th Fritz Winery is bringing Sonoma County’s famed
Barrel Tasting Weekend to Press Club!

Join Fritz Winery President, Clay Fritz as he samples the Fritz 2009 Estate Reserve Zinfandel and 2008 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon direct from the barrel and to your glass. Samples are FREE with glass purchase of the current vintage. So…buy a glass of 2006 Estate Reserve Cab Sauv or 2007 Zinfandel and get a barrel sample of the 2008 Estate Reserve Cab Sauv or 2009 Zinfandel Free!Tasting will be available all evening-from 4pm to 9pm.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

Robert Sinskey and His Fabulous Wines (Tasting #27)


 

I have never met anyone who has not really liked Robert Sinskey wines except for the print wine reviewers. I don’t know what the current scores are but WS and the like do not give high scores to Sinskey (or did not) but the following speaks of something else. I give 85 to 88 for the Cabs and Merlots I have tasted. That is a couple of vintages back.

Robert Sinskey and his fabulous wines
Host:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Type:
Party – Bar Night
Network:
Global
Date:
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time:
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Location:
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Street:
One Ferry Building, Shop 23
City/Town:
San Francisco, CA
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Description
Join us on Wednesday, February 10th, from 4:30-7:30pm, as we welcome special guest Rob Sinskey, Principal and Winemaker at Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Rob Sinskey has been making wine for 20 years. His philosophy is that to enjoy wine to the fullest, it must be considered with food. To that end, the vineyard relies heavily on a grape that supports those beliefs. “Pinot Noir is a grape that requires food,” says Rob, who plants over half of his nearly 200 acres in Pinot Noir.

Since 2001 Sinskey Vineyards has been certified organic. Now they are working toward biodynamic certification. The Sinskey wines have a clean, bright focus that we believe is the result of the winery’s attention to detail in the vineyard and their stewardship of the land they love.

We are sure you will enjoy meeting this charming and witty winery owner and vineyard pioneer and there is no doubt you will love tasting the wines of Robert Sinskey Vineyards at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. It’s a Party!!

Super Bowl Party on Sunday as well!!

This Sunday come on down to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and join us in watching the Super Bowl. The fun will be starting at 3pm as we show this sports extravaganza on our 2 large flat screen HD TV’s in the Wine Bar. Kick back with your favorite wine or even a tasty draft beer, nibble on some incredible food from the Ferry Plaza and watch the Super Bowl with us.

If the Super Bowl finds you in wine country, swing by our sister store, Oxbow Wine Merchant, where we will also be showing the game on our 52″ flat screen HD TV. We have 5 local beers on tap, plus an array of great wines by the glass at our Wine Bar. Enjoy some tasty treats from our food menu as well. We hope to see you at one of our spots.

Also, for you Olympic fans out there:

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, will be featured at both of our Wine Bars from Febraury 12th to the 28th. So come on down and enjoy the excitement. See you there!

 

The featured wines are served as two ounce glasses. If you would like a full glass just ask your bartender. The wines will also be available for retail purchase while supplies last….

The cost of the flight will be $35 and will feature the following wines:

2008 Sinskey Pinot Blanc, Los Carneros (from Magnums, half bottles only for retail sale)
Retail $21 for 375ml, 5oz. glass $13.75

2007 Sinskey Pinot Noir Three Amigos Vineyard, Los Carneros
Retail $57, 5oz. glass $17.50

2007 Sinskey Pinot Noir Vandal Vineyard, Los Carneros
Retail $57, 5oz. glass $17.50

2005 Sinskey Marcien (blend is never revealed), Los Carneros
Retail $66, 5oz. glass $19.75

2005 Sinskey SLD Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail $85.50, 5oz. glass $24.75

Hope to see you all there!
Peter, Bo, Jeff, Debbie and the entire Ferry Plaza team.

Also, don’t miss the complete schedule of our highly popular Ferry Plaza Wine Classes in San Francisco, at 6:30 pm in the Ferry Building’s Port Commission Hearing Room.

Click Wine Bar for the complete Wine Bar Event Schedule. Many of our wines are available online at FPWM.com

Join our Wine Club!

For questions, comments:
call (415) 391-9400.

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
One Ferry Building,
Shop 23
San Francisco, CA 94111

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

When Will New York Wine Qualify as American Wine? (short piece #13)


 

And the New York wine industry is booming when California wine is not. That should get some blank stares. I think for the most part it fails to have immediate meaning. Wine business has been doing poorly not only in US but worldwide and the fact that NY is doing good is puzzling. What does it mean? It is part of US wine market so if US is doing badly but NY is doing good does it mean that US is now doing good which is not so what does it mean? What is NY wine industry anyway? Media marketing has pushed American wine to be California wine and all the rest don’t count much because they have not been given exposure. How does NY which is not California (which equals American wine) matter in the wine business picture? What does all this mean?

The problem is we have simplified American wine business to what California wine business is by volume and we have a hard time counting other wine regions as part of American wine business. After all, the interests of those with the most money in the wine industry is all that matters. Wine quality and appreciation is mostly talk we have to listen to. If the big boys are doing well, they will be happy and we know about it. If they are not, we shall hear it in the media everyday. They are not happy with how things are. Do they care about wine? Do they care about American wine? Do they care about New York wine as American wine? Do they care about anything but sales of whatever plenty of is in the warehouses they own? No. The answer is no. Wine does not exist in this picture. American wine is just a label for a commodity that is bought and sold so money is made and is not selling any more. Does New York wine business doing good help that this commodity can do better perhaps in the future? Not at this time because the commodity only exists in the media by its image. The image that is manufactured and is marketed is that of something called ‘American wine’ which somehow only California wine qualifies as. Will it not benefit everyone and the wine business to actually acknowledge that California is not the only American wine though volume of 95% may make us believe? I don’t think so. The marketing of wine is not about wine as much as we believe. It is about what we have plenty of to sell and money is made of. Many small producers of California cannot find distributors for the same reason. They don’t mass produce their wines so warehouses can be filled and legions of salespeople can go around marketing whatever quantity can be put on order forms.

Quantity has a great deal to do with what qualifies as legitimate. Quality is a topic that gets in the way. The industry has suffered greatly by the qualify movements. The whole process of manufacturing is not friendly to quality. Producing a product in quantity can easily translate into profits and that is what America is about. California wine equaling American wine means large quantities of American wine available for sale and re-order and next vintage sale. The investment in the marketing of this product pays off great. New York wine has been around forever and has had much great press but is not a quantity business. New York wine cannot fill huge national warehouses so it would make sense to send out armies of salesfolk pitching New York wine as American wine. New York does not make enough wine to qualify for re-orders and next vintage sales. The only thing New York has going for itself is quality, that gets appreciated, and being local which is in the nature of wine.

Wine is agricultural business and locals like to eat and drink their own worldwide for all history. Transportation is a new concept of this past century. Paris used to be home to huge vineyards until railroad brought cheap wines from other parts of France and so is the tale of Paris wine industry. New York booms because the wines are good and the locals who know them drink them. American wine suffers because California wine needs the strong dollar of California spender and that of others but easy money only arrives in prosperous times. If a middle ground existed, quality could actually matter in the functioning of the industry and we could drink good wines in good and bad times. The industry could also accept that what goes up must come down and they would be patient while it is down. However, the marketing dollar was spent on California wine and so California is American wine for now.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.