Wine term of the week: “Shep Naches” it’s Yiddish for deriving pleasure from someone else’s success. Which we do — from Bayview’s own Gratta Wines, a double gold recipient out of 3,500+ entries at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
Oh, we’re also saying “I told you so.”
Why? Because we said it was good and now Gratta’s 2010 Sonoma Cabernet is one of only TWO Cabernets in that competition to receive double gold – no small shakes for wine from a tricked out garage.
Fine, fine, wait to hear from the international judges. But there’s not much of that Cabernet and you can enjoy it at Mugsy’s.
We’re gearing up for a Mugsy reunion with more highbrow wine drinking on the patio of San Francisco’s favorite dive bar venue (google it if you don’t trust me)… And Barbara Gratta will be there in a tiara with a limited amount of her fancy Cabernet plus new and delicious offerings available in a tasting flight or by the glass.
We’ll also serve some bubbly. Because bubbles give me naches. A sparkling wine, Comte de Bailly Rosé made by the French with grapes from the Spanish: let’s call it Frenchie La ‘spana, and local Rock Wall Wine’s winning Blanc de Blancs and perhaps a bit of White or Rosé Betelgiuse from Brown Estate.
Sound good? I thought so. All you have to do is show up at El Rio on Friday, May 31 between 5:30-8:30 at the back patio of El Rio. We’re working on the food, but think Salumi and it may come true.
The Weekend Guide
Take the A train.
San Francisco Trolley Dances
What: Local dance companies go off the rails in this annual dance celebration inside Muni stations and on the T line.
Why: Admission sets you back no more than the $2 Muni fare.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Tours leave every 45 minutes.
Where: Intersection for the Arts/5M Project, 925 Mission St., at 5th St. (415-626-2787).
What: The man behind Sweden’s critically acclaimed restaurant Fäviken Magasinet promotes his new cookbook, Fäviken, at Omnivore.
Why: Can’t jet-set to northern Sweden for a taste of Nilsson’s daring cuisine? His first cookbook offers an insider’s look plus take-home tips.
When: Tonight, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., at Church St. (415-282-4712).
What: The pop-up wine bar closes out the year with a special treat — Barbara Gratta’s award-winning cabernet blend, made in her Bayview garage.
Why: Arrive early to snag a few of El Rio’s free Friday oysters or grab an Italian flatbread sandwich from La Piada Randagia.
When: Fri., 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission St., at Precita Ave. (415-282-3325).
This Old Bag: the Power of the Purse
What: It’s handbag heaven — bid on more than 250 purses (some autographed) donated by top designers, athletes, and A-list actors.
Why: All proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, which keeps low-income individuals battling cancer afloat when they’re too sick to work.
When: Fri., 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd St., b/t Mission & Howard Sts. (415-284-4000). Tickets ($125) at givedirect.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Epiphany Productions
From Mugsy - by the way… Gratta Garage Blend is just releasing - so not award winning - YET!