A big THANK YOU to all that took the time to vote and grant me this honor.
I look forward to seeing you at a wine event or two over the next year, but in any case be sure to check out my Wine List at Gravenstein Grill when you get the chance: Raising a glass to all my amazing supporters!
You know where I will be! Enjoy a little bubbly from MY WINE LIST to pair with the amazing menu by Chef Bob Simontacchi. Make your reservations by calling (707) 634-6142. (Then walk it off with a refreshing visit to Ragle Ranch, just down the road.)
Follow this LINK to view the special Easter Brunch menu!
Yes, YOU, but also Petite Sirah! Next weekend on Sunday March 18th get ready for the P. S. I Love You event put on by the Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization at the Culinary Institute of America’s COPIA campus in Napa.
The Petite Masters class that I will be leading is already sold out and the tickets to the public tasting that will follow are moving fast. So get yoursTICKETSasap!
For those not in the know (yet), here is a trailer for the much anticipated artsploitation film by my friends Daedalus Howell and Karen Hess. Read more about the project at the Pill Head: The Website. Set for an early-fall release date! Be sure to catch the suave fellow who portrays The Sommelier. Keep posted here or at the Pill Head Facebook Page.
Here is a quick and easy way to listen to my short discussion on KGO 810AM at 5:30pm with Chip Franklin from February 8th! Just kick back with cup of something warm and your device now to hear about the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Competition results.
Are you ready to #GoMendo? Join me this weekend at the 13th Annual Aromatic White Wine Festival in Anderson Valley: A celebration of Alsace varietals from around the globe. (Formerly known as the Alsace Festival).
It all begins Saturday morning, February 24, with Educational Sessions, then the afternoon Grand Tasting with over 100 aromatic white wines, perfectly paired with locally prepared small bites. Followed by an evening Winemaker Dinner at Scharffenberger Cellars focused on locally sourced ingredients and perfectly paired with exquisite wines. Sunday February 25 commences the Winery Open Houses, at participating tasting rooms. See the list of wineries and purchase tickets HERE!
An easy way to impress, make your reservations at Gravenstein Grillfor this fabulous Pre-Fix Dinner for Valentines Day, next Wednesday, February 14th! Reservation required so please call 707.634.6142: Be sure to peruse the detailed menu options following!
Psst! If you cannot make it that night then plan to try Chef Simontacchi’s Signature Tasting Menu on any weeknight for $30 featuring signature & seasonal dishes using local ingredients. (See delicious examples way below!)
Valentine’s Day Menu
A morsel from Chef Simontacchi to whet your appetite
Soup or Salad Choices
Organic Local Mixed Baby Lettuce Salad with Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Orange Segments, Almonds
Lobster Bisque with Meyer Lemon Creme Fraiche
Dungeness Crab Salad with Grapefruit & Avocado
Braised Wild Mushrooms with Creamy Mascarpone & Chive Polenta
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Soba Noodle Salad & Citrus Soy Broth
Main Course Choices
Grilled Filet Mignon with Asparagus, Potato Gratin & Chimichurri Sauce
Swiss Chard, Caramelized Shallot & Pine Nut Ravioli with Meyer Lemon & Bellwether Farm’s Ricotta Buerre Blanc, Fennel Pollen
Seared Dayboat Scallop Saffron Risotto with Smoked Tomato Coulis
Assortment of Mini-Cookies
from Pastry Chef Hannah Meeker
During my Zinfandel Experience this year I ran into The Cork Dorks: This team consists of Adam Montiel and Jeremy West, part of a weekly program on The Krush 92.5. Take a little break to listen and watch this recounting of their ZAP adventure! (And yes, you will hear my voice in spots there as well. . .)
To followup, the list of big winners will be posted in the Sunday issue of the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb 11 and the Grand Tasting of the winners will happen on Sunday, Feb 18. It is a great Valentine Day Weekend gift idea! Info is available at www.winejudging.com.