I rarely get down to the Embarcadero and sometimes it is superfun, particularly when I get to have fantastic Pisco Sours and delicious Peruvian bites at a place like LaMar. Great deals on affordable wines by the glass, like a non-overly oaky Chilean Chardonnay, abound. And the Peruvian restaurant’s divine cocktails are also affordable in that before 5pm timeframe.
Here’s some insight on bubbles and Pinot Noirs that won’t break the budget. So I probably shouldn’t tell you this: I found a Mendocino Country-produced Pinot Noir that costs less than $10 a bottle (retail) and is absolutely amazing. It is the Limited Lot Pinot Noir 2011 produced and bottled by Eagle Rock Winery. Bring it to your friends ‘ houses for parties but don’t tell them what it costs, or that you heard it from me.
Another great find as we wind down from the holiday season remains Gruet’s sparkling wines, made in New Mexico. They are classy, refined and will confuse every guest you might have over as to where they are produced.
A couple other things not to miss in the next handful of months include some of my upcoming events:
My upcoming event at Canela on the 31st is sold out (which is great news). Our follow-up tasting will take place on Feb 28th, featuring a slightly different lineup of great Spanish wines and food.
I will also be talking about editorial experiences on the drinks trail (from Vegas to Olso) at Think Drink, a writers’ collective curated by Kara Newman the New York-based author and drinks writer. Other writers will include the irrepressible Camper English and Virginia Miller.
You will also be able to find Liza the Wine Chick at K&L in SOMA on March 28th tasting wines under $20 retail and on April 11th featuring wines that pair with ethnic food. Please come down and have a glass with me.
Liza the Wine Chick