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.
As some of you may know already, I spent the middle of January in the balmy climes of Miami. It is a ritual these past few years to participate in judging at the American Fine Wine Competition. Lucky for you as well that I have some splendid results for your perusal. This is a partial list, but you can check the AFWC website for final results in the next few days.
The 2018 Top Awards CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE TOP WINNERS
BEST OF SHOW
Sparkling Wine Domaine Carneros 2011 Le Reve, Carneros ($110)
White Wine Fox Run Vineyards 2015 Riesling, Finger Lakes ($18)
Red Wine Carol Shelton Wines 2013 Petite Sirah “Florence”, Dry Creek ($40)
While the trade portion gets going earlier in the week, you can still get the Zinfandel Experience with tickets to a few events that are not already sold out!
Flights: January 19, 10:30-1pm
Moderated by Joel Peterson, winemaker of Ravenswood Winery.
Aimed at the true wine aficionado with a keen curiosity, this seated seminar-style tasting allows attendees to experience the true character of Zinfandel through the eyes of experts.
Grand Tasting: January 20, 11am-5pm
The weekend’s main event is the Grand Tasting, where you will meet the winemakers at the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world and experience a selection of sumptuous culinary samples from restaurants and winery chefs.
Winemaker Auction & Dinner: January 19
Unfortunately this event is already SOLD OUT. However, if you happen to be a lucky ticket holder be sure to look for my special Auction Package #20 and bid high! The live and silent auctions will showcase one-of-a-kind lots, rare bottles, and winery experiences with proceeds benefitting ZAP’s programming.