Dead leaves, electoral propaganda and so, so many kinds of squash: Yes, it’s fall. No, you are not frolicking across campus searching for a Homecoming date and throwing ping-pong balls into beer mugs. But that’s okay because school just got a lot more fun (in a grown-up kind of way). Whether you are curious about the difference between the Old World and the New; Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay; Grand Cru and just plain ol’ Village, there is a class for you, and, ding ding, it’s in session.
Even snobs drink on the cheap. Here, local wine experts divulge their thriftiest picks.
1. Skouras White 2010 (Greece), $10
“From one of the greatest producers in Greece, this blend of roditis and moschofilero is a super-crisp, refreshing white with tons of peachy stone fruit. It’s perfect for the Indian summer.”
Paul Einbund, Frances beverage director
2. Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2010, Coteaux de Languedoc (France), $11
“This fresh, racy wine is delicious on the deck and pairs well with just about any light food. It’s also fun and out of the ordinary.”
Christie Dufault, Culinary Institute of America wine instructor and Quince sommelier
3. Domaine Chiroulet Cotes de Gascogne 2010, Les Terres Blanches (France), $12
“This perfect aperitif wine comes from the chalky, south-facing hills of Gascony in the southwest of France. It combines all the refreshing citric properties of the Sauvignon Blanc grape with the floral and honey-scented notes of gros manseng while maintaining the bright acidity of Ugni Blanc.”
Eugenio Jardim, Jardinière wine director
When in doubt, give the gift of gluttony. It's party season and that means weddings, housewarmings, graduations, birthdays, and Giants games, are in full effect. And really, do we need an occasion to celebrate? San Franciscans love to party and we love our wine. Enter the perfect priced party prop: Swanson Vineyards' Modern House Wines. At $25 a pop, these conversation pieces will surely impress the party, and the host will love it most.
When SF chef John Fink founded "The Whole Beast," his vision was to celebrate the art of cooking over fire a whole animal that's been humanely grown and prepared in a holistic manner while paying special attention to animal husbandry. Okay, what does this all mean? Basically, from pig to cow, a whole beast is cooked with no waste produced.
Pop-Up Magazine isn't something you page through on the train or scroll through on your phone. Every issue of the magazine is a live performance, one night only, bringing together documentarians, writers of all kinds, photographers, and radio folks for a 90-minute show. The issue "unfolds like a magazine," with short bits first and longer pieces following. Pop-Up doesn't record the show and they don't put anything online, so if you're not there, you've missed it. Next Wednesday, March 17, Pop-Up presents the first staging of their shorter between-issue series, Sidebar, in the atrium of the SFMOMA.
Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.
The holidays have a way leaving little to be desired of stiff skinny jeans, which you may have already traded in for jeggings that stretch for expanding wastelines. Before you bid your denim adieu to Goodwill, learn how to upcycle old jeans into necklaces while you get a taste of jams and spreads from Stephanie Bushnell of Sweets La Petite at Etsy Lab's Craft Bar, Thursday, January 6, 6-9 p.m. Food and workshops take place at Museum of Craft and Folk, at 51 Yerba Buena Lane. Free with $5 admission to the museum.
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group including Out the Door Bush Street and Westfield Centre as well as Heaven's Dog. He also runs the beverage program at Frances, and has worked at Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.
It took me a while to write about the wine exhibit at the SFMOMA "How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now." I look at wine all day, I think about it in my sleep—taste it in my dreams. So what could an exhibit in a museum do for me?