Thanks to Wine and Spirits Magazine and Barbara Haimes for the lovely writeup in the New & Notable Restaurants section!
Thursday, September 11: Quinta do Vallado at The Barrel Room Rockridge
Taste the wines of Quinta do Vallado with João Ribeiro from 5-8pm! We will be pouring the 2011 Douro Red, 2010 Touriga Nacional, 2011 Douro Reserva, and the 10 year Tawny Port in a special tasting flight for $20.
The Quinta do Vallado estate, now in its sixth generation, has been family-owned since 1716. It was originally owned by the legendary Doña Antonia Adelaide Ferreira. Today the winery is owned by João Ferreria Alvares Ribeiro, Francisco Ferreira and Francisco Olazabal. It is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro region. Two thirds of the vineyards are planted in terraces with a single row of vines and pruned according to the double cordon system. The old vines, which make up almost 40% of the vineyards are at least 80 years old. A new state-of-the-art winery was built in 1997 and a newly built, ultra-modern hotel was completed in 2012 making Quinta do Vallado a travel destination in the Douro Valley.
Monday, September 29: La Vida Local at The Barrel Room San Francisco!
Join us for a “Locals’ Love-In” where we’ll be pairing Norcal wines with local cheeses and chutneys. We’ll be trying five different cheeses from the region and discovering which wines love them and how to expertly add chutneys to this party. This is a curated seated event, where each person will get their own pairing flight of these local delights. Over the course of the evening we’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t and how to create perfect pairings at home. You’ll try new cheeses, chutneys and wine. You’ll leave merry.
Come and learn the tricks of the trade from our wine, chutney, and cheese pros: The Barrel Room owner and WSET Level 3 Advanced certified sommelier Sarah Trubnick, McQuade’s Chutney founder Alison McQuade, and founder of Curds and Cuts and cheesemonger Marshka Kiera.
This event will take place from 7-9pm. Tickets are available here and must be pre-purchased; the event is closed to walk-ins.
Sherry is a little-understood wine that is currently experiencing a resurgence throughout the world. One of Spain’s most renowned creations, Sherry in all of its forms is a classic food pairing wine that adds a delicious and exciting dimension to any dinner course.
Join us at The Barrel Room Rockridge for a special dinner of perfectly paired dishes that will highlight the different types of Sherry, featuring the wines of Alexander Jules. A Sherry flight will also be available, sans pairing menu. Alex Russan, owner of Alexander Jules, will be on hand to discuss his wines and answer any questions about the fascinating world of Sherry.
Alex Jules Russan started the Alexander Jules label after having worked in specialty coffee and being a sherry lover for many years. As an independent bottler, he’s trying to ‘highlight’ outstanding casks that are normally being blended away. Alexander Jules stresses the minimum of treatments to the wine (fining, filtering, stabilizing, etc.). The wines are essentially bottled en rama, with just a cellulose plate filtration at time of saca (May 2013) and a 1 micron filtration at time of bottling. None of the wines are fined, cold stabilized or exposed to active carbon.
This is a unique and extraordinary event that will change the way you view Sherry!
For reservations, click here.
The Barrel Room in Oakland will be hosting a program of wine classes taught by Sarah Trubnick (WSET Advanced Certified Sommelier) that will debut on Sunday, July 20 with “Sherry: Spain’s Little-Known Treasure.” This first in a series of four classes will enable participants to tour the region of Jerez in Spain to learn about the history of sherry, its unique style, and its ability to accompany almost any meal. The various styles will be presented and paired appropriately.
To reserve your spot, click here!
Located in the Côte des Blancs, Champagne André Robert sits on prized terroir, much of it in the grand cru territory of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. A ll of the wines are made on the estate from estate-grown fruit.
We will be offering a flight of the NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and two vintage Champagnes: 2005 and 2006. The flight will be available alone or with a special pairing of small plates. These are delicious Champagnes for incredible prices. Taste them and meet the winemaker!
Special flight: $15
Full 4-course pairing menu: $65
Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us!
Rockridge – We have crafted a romantic 5-course prix fixe dinner for two with wine pairing options for a perfect Valentine’s night, complete with complimentary Champagne and roses! Vegetarian options are available.
$85 per person, $35 optional wine pairings. Make your reservation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify your preferred seating time (5:30pm or 8pm). Reservations are highly recommended.
San Francisco – Looking for a pre- or post-V day dinner spot for a delicious bottle of Champagne? Stop by The Barrel Room for a bottle of bubbly and your choice of a 3-cheese platter or a dessert plate of XOX truffles and Port-infused, Scharffen Berger chocolate-dipped figs. Complimentary roses too! $85 per couple. Reserve your table by emailing email@example.com.
Take a trip to the Pfalz with winemaker Dominik Sona of Koehler-Ruprecht! He will be at The Barrel Room in Rockridge from Germany pouring his Weissburgunder, two Rieslings, and a Pinot Noir. The complete tasting is $20 and lasts from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Read more about Koehler-Ruprecht here.
Join us for a special dinner featuring the wines of Ludovica and Giuseppe Lusenti and Fratelli Mossio. This 5-course prix fixe dinner is designed to display the adventurous style of Lusenti and the more classic style of the brothers Mossio for a fascinating opportunity to compare and contrast the philosophies of the winemakers. The winemakers themselves will be on hand to discuss their wines and styles. An excellent event for Italian wine lovers!
Vegetarian options included. $80 per person for the menu + wine pairings, 6 wines will be featured. RSVP by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify number in your party and preferred seating time (5:30pm or 8pm).