Shelley Lindgren and Ehren Jennings and their James Beard nominated team of sommeliers have assembled and impressive line up of Italian wines to pour by the glass and guest winemakers from California for this year’s Natural Wine Week.
Over at SPQR in the Fillmore, expect to find a focus on the quirky, lovely orange wines from Italy’s northeastern province of Friuli as well as neighboring Slovenia. Think Gravner, Vodipivec, Movia and La Castellada and you’ve got the idea. Of course, that’s during dinner… Given SPQR’s awesome (and under-the-radar) weekend brunch, the question becomes which orange wine to pair with your breakfast carbonara?
1911 Fillmore Street
And then at A16, expect to find the regular by-the-glass list to lean heavily on Italian natural wines. That focus is complemented by an ambitious calendar of nightly winemaker dinners featuring: Palmina (Monday, 8/23); Robert Sinskey (Tuesday, 8/24); Bonny Doon (Wednesday, 8/25); Unti Vineyards (Thursday, 8/26); Whetstone Wine Cellars (Friday, 8/27); Peay Vineyards (Saturday, 8/28); and Brown Estate (Sunday, 8/29). Each producer will be able to talk at length on the various natural, organic or biodynamic practices they employ, and what it means to work with these methods in California.
2355 Chestnut Street