Fall Weather Style Whites

As the cooler weather approaches, crips whites may not sound as appealing, but at an event you will always have white-wine-only drinkers! The key is to find the right kind of white, that can offer the texture to stand up to both the heartier food and cold weather to come. Here are some regions, style and varieties to look out for this Fall.

 

white rioja

Yes, the Rioja region makes white wine too! These wines are generally made from the Viura grape and if from a high quality producer, these wines can have a luscious body and are a great alternative for Chardonnay fans.

sandlands chenin blanc
 

chenin blanc

This style of grape is made most famously in the Loire Valley in France. It's a total reflection of Fall as it's common for the variety to show a slight amber hue and its nose often screams of apples and pears. It is an aromatic grape variety that can range from bone dry to sweet on the palate. You can find great New World examples of it as well, such as this Sandlands Chenin Blanc or Lo-Fi. 

 

ribolla gialla

This Italian grape comes from Northern Italy, where traditionally it's made with a touch of skin contact. This technique can add body and a slight tannic grip to it that makes it feel like a light red, but tastes like a white. The California Ribolla Gialla made from Matthaisson offers this traditional style. 

oxidative champagne
 

"oxidative" champagne 

Bubbles are a great choice for celebrations, although not all Champagne will offer that fresh verve with brioche flavor that livens you up. There are two main techniques used to make Champagne; one being the "reductive" style wherein less oxygen is used during the winemaking process, this results in crisper fresher styles of wine.  The other style is "oxidative", with this style as you can imagine, oxygen is very much welcome,  resulting in a creamier style with a hint of caramelization, exotic spices, and dehydrated fruit flavor. A good example of this style is Bollinger or another richer style of Champagne is Aubry


wine for events

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Notable SF Event Venues

We're constantly scouting interesting venues to recommend for client events.  Recently, we did a full 2-day tour of venues in San Francisco for an east-coast based client seeking the perfect space for a reception of 100+ guests.  Several venues stood out to us as great locations for wine-centric events. Below is our recap.

 

ONE KEARNY CLUB

Photo Credit:  One Kearny Club

Photo Credit: One Kearny Club

This space was impressive to us for it's sleek, modern feel, and rooftop patio. The space offers a full kitchen, several separate meeting spaces, a large projector, and they allow outside wine without corkage, which is a big plus! 

 

DIRTY HABIT

Photo Credit:  Wedding Wire

Photo Credit: Wedding Wire

Dirty Habit is a restaurant located on the top floor at Hotel Zelos. It offers an industrial-rustic feel and a great wine list!  They separate the space very well using their rustic barn doors, which allows for several different rooms to be utilized for wine tastings and food stations. This is also perfect for a smaller group or for private dinners. 

 

NOVELA

Photo Credit:  The Perfect Spot

Photo Credit: The Perfect Spot

Novela is a quirky cocktail bar located in SoMa. Their theme is literary and all their drinks are named after characters from classic novels.  Its vibrant colors and fun atmosphere make it a unique spot for celebrations.  They also have their own house-made punch on tap!  This could be a fun element to complement our wine experiences.


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A (Couple) Day(s) in NYC: June Edition

Gina took a month off from her NYC travels in May, which we made up for in June!  Here are some of the highlights from her last trip:

View of Central Park from one of the meeting rooms at  10 on the Park .

View of Central Park from one of the meeting rooms at 10 on the Park.

Our day began with a beautiful view of Central Park from the event space 10 on the Park.  Gina and I coordinated many events at the Mandarin Oriental in the past, but never had the chance to work with 10 on the Park, which is also located in the Time Warner Center.  The spacious property is perfect for small to mid-size corporate events, but we thought the Circle Room could also be really nice for an intimate tasting or dinner.

The retractable roof at  Rock & Reilly's  can be completely removed on beautiful days.

The retractable roof at Rock & Reilly's can be completely removed on beautiful days.

After a quick bite at Bouchon, we took a tour of the new Rock & Reilly's rooftop bar located within the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel near Madison Square Garden.  We were impressed by the sheer size of the restaurant's outdoor space and the many options for hosting private and semi-private events.  The space is super-flexible with setups and menus and has been non-stop since they opened in March!

Next, we made our way to 620 Loft & Garden to set up for a client event.  We love working with this space and its blank canvas and outdoor garden.  This is our fourth year producing our client's summer party and every year it's even more beautiful.  We can't speak any higher of all our vendors: Petal Design Studio, Taylor Creative, and Creative Edge Parties.  Thank you for helping to make this event such a success!

Gina engaging with guests at  Primary .

Gina engaging with guests at Primary.

The next day began with a few client meetings followed by a lovely Global Summer Sipper wine tasting at Primary, a new co-working space focused on bringing health and wellness to the workplace.  We met a great group of entrepreneurs and poured some delicious, refreshing wines including NV Graham Beck Brut, From the Tank Rosé, Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Mourvèdre, and a kosher white, Hagafen Riesling.

The Oeuf Norvegien at  Le Cou Cou .  Magnifique!

The Oeuf Norvegien at Le Cou Cou.  Magnifique!

Our day ended with cocktails at the new hotspot the blond (which doesn't really get started until 11pm) followed by an epic dinner (with a David Chang sighting!) at new French restaurant Le Cou Cou.  We enjoyed so many wonderful things, but the Oeuf Norvegien won us over with its poached egg, smoked salmon, and artichoke deliciousness. The restaurant was buzzing with an excited energy and the service was top notch.  We can't wait to return!

A (Couple) Day(s) in NYC: April Edition

Last month I had the pleasure of Gina's company as she travelled to NYC for two separate trips. Check out the highlights of our adventures below:

The   Rainbow Room   being set up for an event.  

The Rainbow Room being set up for an event.  

We started and ended our day overlooking New York City.  First, we had a tour of the historic, and recently renovated (2014) Rainbow Room.  We loved every square inch of it with all its beautiful grandeur.  (The window treatments are strings of Swarovski crystal!)  We couldn't help but make our way back to the restaurant next door, SixtyFive (open to the public), for a nice cold glass of wine to end our day.

The stunning view from   SixtyFive  .

The stunning view from SixtyFive.

In between trips to Rockefeller Center, we were able to fit in a few appointments, starting with a special tasting offered by the talented Cloud Catering & Events in Long Island City.  We were impressed by the table presentation (centerpieces custom created just for us!) and the food was fantastic.  Of note, a liquid nitrogen demonstration which resulted in frozen s'mores.  Need I say more?  

Liquid nitrogen station by   Cloud Catering & Events .

Liquid nitrogen station by Cloud Catering & Events.

Our final appointment (before wine) was a site visit at the stunning Morgan Library & Museum. This museum and event space has several venues to choose from for hosting events, which range in size from a small meeting room housed within the historic town home to the massive subterranean theater.  We highly recommend a visit (and if you're around this month, you can enjoy their Warhol by the Book exhibit, which features Andy Warhol's career as a book artist)!

Gina's second trip to NYC included two wine cocktail demonstrations; the first at One World Trade Center and the second at NYC & Co.'s offices. We had the best time encouraging unique wine cocktail combinations using bitters, shrubs, and Schramsberg.  And the participants discovered that chocolate bitters with quince shrubs isn't so crazy after all! 

The artwork at the entrance of One World Trade Center.

The artwork at the entrance of One World Trade Center.

We ended with a light, refreshing meal at Rebelle.  We shared everything and particularly loved the appetizers of white asparagus, buerre blanc, summer truffle and the kohlrabi, daikon, brebis, buckwheat (pictured below).  Until next time!

Crowd Pleasing Wines for Spring

Spring has sprung bringing warmer temperatures and inspiration to get outside more, maybe even enough to host your first outdoor gathering of the season.  In our constant quest for discovering the best wines for every occasion, we've found some delicious crowd pleasers that work perfectly for the season.  Here's our roundup of wines to make your next spring gathering one that everyone will be talking about...until your next one of course. 

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Bubbly Rosé

We love Champagne and it's probably the most versatile wine for food pairings, regardless of the season.  For spring fare where there's a bounty of seasonal green vegetables, rosé champagne tends to work better to offset any bitterness from the greens. NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is a sure bet for this category, but as much as we love our friends, it's hard to splurge on them all the time.  For a lovely, budget-friendly alternative made in the Champagne method, the 2013 Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava is sure to please any crowd.  

2013 Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava 

2013 Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava 

Bright Whites

2014 Anne Pichon Sauvage Vermentino (named after Marc's wife, Anne)

2014 Anne Pichon Sauvage Vermentino (named after Marc's wife, Anne)

If you think about spring vegetables such as ramps, spring peas, and asparagus, consider bright whites such as Sancerre or Vermentino that have lively acidity and a balance of herbaceous and tropical fruit flavors.  A delicious, well priced Sancerre is the 2014 La Croix Saint Laurent Sancerre Blanc.  2014 was a warm vintage in the region, so expect a bit more of a fruit. 

Our team recently discovered a Vermentino from the Rhône Valley which just sings for spring. The 2014 Anne Pichon Sauvage Vermentino is the perfect spring sipper and yes, it's Vermentino from France. Vermentino is known as Rolle in France, but as it's not as widely recognized as the name Vermentino, Marc Pichon (winemaker) decided to keep the Italian name. 

 

Fresh Reds

Think of reds that provide a nice balance of earthiness and fruit, lively acidity, and not too much in the way of tannins.  Reds that are easy drinking and fresh, but are not what some of our friends would call, "watered down" tasting.  These lighter reds taste best with a slight chill, especially when enjoying them with spring fare or sunny activities outside. 

Pinot Noir with a balance of earthiness and berry fruit flavor is sure to please a crowd and works just as well with artichokes or pizza on the grill. A lovely example of one is 2014 Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir.  Copain's Tous Ensemble series offers great value for the quality in general. They also make other styles of wine such as Chardonnay, Rosé, and Syrah in this series.

Hudson enjoying a picnic with Pizza + Pinot at the beautiful Copain property. 

Hudson enjoying a picnic with Pizza + Pinot at the beautiful Copain property. 

For a bit more more heft without harshness, try an earthy red with a silky smooth texture, soft tannins, and lively acidity. Sicily is a region that is crushing it in this department.  2013 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese is a tasty example for an amazing price.  A wine made with organic grapes, by a multi-generation family owned winery, at an affordable price point. What's not to love?

Gunther Di Giovanna presenting his wines at our San Francisco office just a couple of weeks ago.

Gunther Di Giovanna presenting his wines at our San Francisco office just a couple of weeks ago.

They say time is money and the fewer decisions to make, the less stress you'll have in your life.  So, allow us to help you simplify your life and bring you delight with a wonderful selection of wine curated just for you.  

The best wines for the occasion delivered when you need it. You deserve it and so do your guests!  To start enjoying, visit EVENTS or contact us at wine@domainesomm.com.