2 Years Later September 22 2016
As of September 20th it has officially been 2 years since we opened! Time does fly.
We celebrated with a private event with one of the best pairings known to man. Fried Chicken and Champagne!!
It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at the event! We are so truly lucky to have such amazing customers/friends! We even had a little back alley sabering to make sure the party was complete. (Slow-mo always makes videos so much more impressive)
So here's to many more years to come of familiar faces and new, coming together to drink great wine! Thanks Pacifica, lets keep growing to together.
CSA Thursday's Recipes and Wine Pairings June 05 2015
Roasted Brussels Sprouts/Squash/Apples (w/ pork option)
214 Antichi Vinai “Petra Lava” Etna Bianco
2011 Antichi Vinai “Petra Lava” Etna Rosso
2014 Folk Machine Monterey Chenin Blanc
2013 Dexter Lake California Red Blend
September 10th (Eric Danch & Blue Danube Pouring)
2014 Familie Maier Zweigelt, Kremstal
and 2014 Bernreiter Heuriger Field Blend, Vienna
Suggested Wine Pairings:
2013 Piquentum, Malvasia, Croatia
2014 Fuedo Di Santa Tresa, Frappato, Italy
August 13th (With Holly from Oliver McCrum Wines pouring)
2014 Piero Mancini Vermentino Di Gallura
2013 Il Mimi Nebbiolo Rosé
2014 La Fraghe Bardolino
2013 Domaine de Montine Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc
2011 Rocche Costamagna Dolcetto d’alba
July 30th (With Vias Wines pouring)
2014 Purato Terre Siciliane, Sicily
2014 Feudo di Santo Tresa Frappato, Sicily
paired with 2014 Tendu Cali Red, Aglianico/Barberaand, California
paired with 2014 Črnko,Laški, Rizling/ Sauvignon Blanc/ Ravenec, Slovenia
2013 Troupis “Fteri,” Moschofilero, Greece
2013 Hervé Villemade Cheverny, Pinot Noir/Gamay, France
2012 Italo Pietrantonj Trebbiano D’Abruzzo
2010 Bibbiano Di Fattoria Sangiovese Toscana
2013 Gilet Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley France
2012 Weingut Schäfer Rhienhessen Red, Halbtrocken
2013 Leiner Riesling Trocken, Pfalz Germany
June 18th with Special Guest Eric Danch & Blue Danube Wines:
PAPRIKA POTATOES- Hungarian
2009 Vylyan Pinot Noir, Villany Hungary
2014 Santomas “LNG” Refošk, Slovenia (Liter)
Bagrationi 1882 “Classic” Etra Dry Sparlkling Georgian Rayal Tradition
2013 Piquentum Blanc Malvaziji Istarska, Istria
2012 Füleky Pallas Tokaji Late Harvest, Tokaj Hungary
2008 Bauer Gruner Veltliner
2013 Pittnauer “Pitti” Zweigelt/Blaufrankisch
2013 Illahe Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, OR
2013 Taillandier "Laguzelle" Cinsault, Minervois, FR
2012 Masseria Del Fuedo "Ilgiglio" Inzolia/Grillo, Sicily, IT
Today was a good day;)
We got to be mad scientists and figure out our line up for this Sunday. Our Mother's day Mom-Mosa tasting shall be glorious! It's a widely known fact that anything having to do with sparkling wine is right up my alley so I was set up to win from the get go. Let me just tell you now, Sunday is going to be straight up deloysious!
Got to open up the Torley from Hungary and I was pleasently surprised with its tasty-ness for being described as a sweet sparkling wine. I was worried it would be too syrup-y sweet, but it was nicely balanced and easy drinking. The "cork" is super exciting too. I had Katie open this one. It was a little daunting.
Then this happened...
Dinner at the shop is getting better and better. We figured we were here all the time anyways, why not start cooking dinner here too. Yum!
Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend! Friday is organic wines, Saturday will be a selection of tastey wines for Mom, and Sunday Mom-Mosas!
Table WINE blog #3 September 23 2014
Hey everyone! We're Open!!
Saturday, September 20th, we opened officially to the public!
We celebrated with Rosé, obvi.
A line up of 6 delicious variations on a theme that included: Baron de Seillac Brut Rosé from Limoux, HuGo sparkling Zweigelt/Pinot from Austria, The Essential Provence Rosé by Richard Betts, Baldassari Rosé of Pinot from the Russian River Valley, Broadbent Vinho Verde Rosé from Portugal and to change the mood completely a bone dry Neromaestri Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna.
The Baldassari and Neromaestri were the clear front runner favorites. Though, now that I think about it, we did sell out of the Seillac sparkling (my personal favorite), so maybe there were 3 winners for the day.
The sun graced us with its presence for a few hours and we were immensely grateful for it. But even without the sun shining down people stopped in. Friends, family, and the curious perused our walls as well as a few Gamestop hold outs hoping that their beloved video games had returned. (Our location used to be a Gamestop. It closed about 2 years ago.)
Atticus kept himself and the kids busy while their parents tasted.
With an assist from his bud, Clay.
He also did a little studying during his shift.
We even had a surprise visit from our handy woman/Jane of all trades Emily! (Katie's lil sis)
And we made sure to get a few shots of us with our finished product.
And Emily with her masterpiece...
Yes, folks she made that island herself! No better way to display the bargain wine.
The response from our patrons was so heart warming and positive. We look forward to the coming months and really establishing ourselves in the neighborhood!
We have to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to our pals Erin (@EastBayCru) and Tom (@TomCapo57) for slingin' pink wine for our big day! (Sadly, we got no shots of either of them in action. Next time!)You guys are the best.
So onward and upward. Excelsior! Looking forward to our next exciting tasting in the not too distant future. Stay tuned...
table WINE blog #2 August 26 2014
I know what you're thinking. "Tasting wine for the shop must be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. What's not to love about drinking all day?" And you would be correct on a Sunday Funday, but to tell the truth tasting all day is pretty tiring. After a recent day of appointments, with various reps who all brought 12-24 wines at a time, Katie heard me utter the words "I really don't feel like drinking tonight."
Let me break it down for you:
The rep shows up at 10 am. Usually they pour you their samples in order from sparkling/white to red. You take a little sip, swish it around in your mouth. You know, do what wine snobs do, and horror of all horrors, SPIT. Ok, emphasis added by me. I'm not really into the spitting of wine and before this point all I could picture myself doing was dribbling it down my chin in front of "the professionals".
After each pour and taste Katie would asses the wine. An exciting array of swishes and slurps could be heard. I'm not so good at this part of the tasting. I chalk it up to the fact that my tasting and smelling senses are just not as heightened as hers. She's been doing this for almost 9 years while I have just been reaping the benefits from what she brings home and the great restaurants we go to. Her hand would hurriedly scribble down the descriptors her mind was coming up with.
Now imagine doing this for each wine in the line up, with a new rep popping in every half hour to every hour. You aren't getting drunk because you're spitting and dumping, but the physical and mental process that goes into it is enough to wear you out. Now I understand why that one great bottle of wine at dinner is so much more enjoyable. You truly get to savor what you're drinking. You get to enjoy it.
It's been educational and I have enjoyed being part of the process, but I'm glad I have Katie to make the final decisions of what is going into the shop. Her knack for knowing exactly what someone will want in a wine is uncanny. I've seen her do it time and time again for friends and family.
I'd rather just sit back, sip my bubbles and watch her make the perfect match between wine and customer. That doesn't mean I've given up on learning more it just means I know where my true talent lies. ;)
table Wine Blog #1 August 10 2014
Now that construction has begun in the future site of table Wine we thought we'd send out a little update. Partly because we want everyone to know that our grand opening is imminent and mostly because we're super excited!! Its been a long, exciting, stressful and often times aggravating road to get to this point, but here we are.
The state of things in the shop right now. She's not much to look at, but she's ours.
This here is what lay beneath the ugly slat wall placed by GameStop.
Here is Katie's wine bottle sketch on the slat wall so she could get an idea as to where the bottles would end up standing.
Many required hurdles have been met over the past few months:
Placing the ABC notice!
And getting a thumbs up from the City Council of Pacifica!
We have a lot of ideas and are trying to focus them all into one cohesive plan for the shop, for example...
We're keeping the wild edge and mill marks on the cypress tasting bar. So looking forward to seeing the finished product!
The shelving will be made of dark piping. Here's Katie demonstrating why she will need a ladder to reach the top shelf.
And I'm doing my part in the DIY department. We had a successful trip to the Alemany Flea Market last weekend and found a great little oil lamp that had been converted into a plug in lamp at some point. It needed new wiring. Nothing a trip to Ace Hardware and a google search couldn't fix.
So there you have it. The beginning of our new beginning. Stay tuned for our actual opening date. We hope to see you there and guide you in taking home the perfect wine for the perfect price. Next up, a little taste of what it's like choosing the wine and beer soon to be featured in table Wine.