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Wine Tasting, Anyone? Fiddlehead is coming to RN74

Fiddlehead is a small production winery specializing in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc out of Santa Barbara County, CA and North Willamette Valley, OR.  Kathy Joseph established her winery in the “Lompoc Wine Ghetto” (also home to Nicolaysen Family Vineyards) in 1989 and I had the to pleasure visit the winery and taste a few of her amazing Pinots and Sauv Blancs.

Why am I posting this?  Because Fiddlehead is coming to San Francisco!

The theme is Sta. Rita Hills, where some of Kathy’s Pinot Noir is grown, and will take place on Monday April 2, 4:30 – 7:30 pm at RN74 (301 Mission Street, San Francisco).

I’m not promoting this, but at $25 per person, you’ll be able to try some amazing wines from several wineries, including Alma Rosa, which were featured in one of my favorite movies, Sideways. If you’re into a bit of movie trivia, Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc was featured in the movie, and was pointedly named as having a female wine maker. Girl Power!

Here’s the link to  Santa Rita Hills Events and Fiddlehead Cellars.  Cheers!

(par’ – a – dime) An example that serves as a pattern or model. A pattern for perfection.

Manhattan. Friends. Perfection.  I dined with 9 amazing friends, some of which I’ve known since childhood and others just met that evening, and boy did we go big.  Among the bone marrow, steak tartare and bone-in ribeye we ordered 2006 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon three bottles that evening.  The first was just that single bottle, as we wanted to try it before committing, but by the end of that bottle we had no other choice but to order two more.

This wine fills your mouth with a silky blanket of robust, yet still smooth, flavor. And with the food pairing, perfection.  I’ve since garnered the respect of my friends, and now wear the title of  “the one who orders the wine”.

Paradigm is a small production winery located in Oakville (in the Valley) and the winemaker, Heidi Barrett, is responsible for some of California’s most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle.  As such, there is an extensive waiting list, the winery does not accept visits to the winery and it’s difficult to even find a bottle to procure.   Paradigm Cab is the bottle you want.