Last weekend, Fort Mason hosted the winners of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, with more than 4,000 entries judged by 60 wine professionals. Of the Best In Class winners, we chose seven very affordable California vintages. Troubled times demand good (but not expensive) vino. Print this list out for your next pre-dinner party grocery run.
1. 2006 Mandolin Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, $12.
2. 2007 Mandolin Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $12.
3. 2007 South Coast Winery Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles County and Temecula Valley, $14.
4. 2005 Pedroncelli Estate Vineyard Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, $14
Daylight savings, which goes into effect early Sunday morning, isn’t the only reason to spring forward this weekend. Here are three more:
Get a leg up on the season’s latest trends in footwear courtesy of Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York. The well-known arbiter of style touches down in San Francisco today especially for this afternoon’s event highlighting must-have shoes for spring 2009. Prepare to drool over showstoppers from such designers as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. To attend, RSVP to the number below.
I found myself at Zuni Cafe last Sunday. It was my first visit in months, and the first time on a weekend in even longer. Among other things Zuni is famous for (its chicken, its caesar salad, its shoestring fries, its oysters, its ricotta gnocchi, its espresso granita--jeez, that's a long list) is its Balsamic Bloody Mary.
The other day we braved the crowds loitering outside Nopalito (mostly young, hip, good-looking people, mind you), on Broderick in between Fell and Oak, to get some Carnitas. Yes, Carnitas, that staple of, oh, every single tacqueria and burrito joint in San Francisco. But Nopalito's were supposed to be better, and in fact its entire, authentic Mexican menu was said to be very, very good.
No official declarations were made last night at the Hotel Kabuki, site of the (presumed gubernatorial) “I Knew Him When ...” fundraiser for Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Nonetheless, some 500 folks ponied up the price (from $100 to $5K, or $25 smackers for the under and unemployed), to learn more about this potential candidate. And hopefully, hear a few fun factoids from those who knew Newsom when.
Ladies in red were the star of the annual SF fashion parade, otherwise known as the “Paint the Town Red” gala hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on Feb. 28 at City Hall. Co-chaired by gadabouts Roberta Economidis and Kelly Bryson Murphy, the sophisticated soiree, which raised $300,000, featured a live auction, three-course sit-down dinner (courtesy of McCall Associates), dessert buffets and dancing. Among the 450 guests, local fashion designers Cari Borja, Stephanie Verrieres and Kimie Sako turned out to support the cause, donating gowns they designed for the pre-dinner silent auction.
For the past few years, we've noticed that felt is making a major comeback in the home. What's not to love? it is versatile, durable, and oh so soft. This week Rare Device will be hosting an art opening for their new exhibit by Arounna Khounnoraj and a trunk show from Papaver Vert. Both use felt in their works, from pieces dispersed in Khounnoraj's mixed media art to Papaver Vert's bright and bold home accessories created entirely of the material. The event will be going down this Friday (March 6th) from 7 to 9PM at Rare Device, 1845 Market St.
Shopping strategies for the new (read: bad) economy abound. Some we can get behind. Others are just silly. Among the more ridiculous notions is the shop your closet trend. We’re willing to wager that, for any item of clothing stuck in the dark depths of a dresser drawer, there’s a reason we forgot the item in the first place. Nor can we quit shopping completely. The economy may have come to a veritable stand-still, but our lives are still moving on. No matter how cinched our budgets become, we still need new items of clothing from time to time.
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