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Natural Wine from All Sides at A16 and SPQR

August 24, 2010

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?

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco
Tel: 415-771-7779

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.

A16

2355 Chestnut Street
San Francisco
Tel: 415-771-2216

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SF Natural Wine Week: By the Glass Edition, part 1

August 10, 2010

File Under: Time to organize a natural wine crawl in SF!

Nopa will be pouring the astonishing Champagnes of Vouette & Sorbée by the glass all week. In the words of wine director Chris Deegan: “Bam!”

(For more about Vouette & Sorbée, check out Peter Liem’s contribution to last year’s 31 Days of Natural Wine.)

Nopa
560 Divisadero
San Francisco
Tel: 415-864-8643

Shelley Lindgren and Ehren Jennings will be pouring Italian and North American natural wines by the glass all week long at both A16 and SPQR.

A16
2355 Chestnut Street
San Francisco
Tel: 415-771-2216

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco
Tel: 415-771-7779

In addition to an evening of domestic natural wines at Arlequin on Thursday, August 26, Hayes Valley’s Absinthe Brasserie & Bar will feature an international selection of natural wines by the glass throughout the week.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street
San Francisco
415-551-1590