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September 10, 2019

The future home of Palm City Wines. Photo courtesy of Palm City Wines.

San Francisco really has some fantastic wine shops and bars these days, and there’s another one due to join the party: ~PALM CITY WINES~ is going to be a wine shop and bar coming to the Outer Sunset before the end of the year (they’ll also be serving beers and bites). It’s from the husband-wife team of Dennis Cantwell and Monica Wong, who have both spent years working at some of San Francisco’s most beloved establishments: Dennis at Nopa and Zuni and Monica at A16 and Bar Agricole, as well as High Treason. They’re excited to take what they’ve learned and share it with their Outer Sunset community they adore so much (Monica is the third generation of her family to live in the home they reside in!).

As for the name, Palm City was a nickname given to the California Midwinter Exposition that took place in parts of the Sunset and Golden Gate Park in 1894 and surrounding area. Dennis tells me the name was used to encourage guests to visit the western end of San Francisco that was still yet to be developed or even named.

I’ll keep you posted on their opening. 4055 Irving St. at 42nd Ave.


Champagne, caviar, done. (At The Riddler.) Photo: Kassie Borreson.

Some bubbly updates for you: ~THE RIDDLER~ is reopening this evening (Tuesday September 10th) after completing their city-mandated seismic upgrade. They also refreshed the interior a bit, and the menu has some new additions, as well as the brunch menu. Time to pop Champagne!

On Saturday September 28th, there’s a caviar and Champagne tasting with The Caviar Company at MICHAEL MINA from 4:30pm-7pm. Menu and tickets here (it’s $195).

Coming up on Thursday October 10th, is the 16th annual Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting, featuring the Top 100 Wineries of the Year, with bites from some fantastic Bay Area restaurants named in their annual SF50 Top of The List, plus oysters, local cheeses, and an array of artisan specialties. Wine & Spirits Top 100 benefits San Francisco Baykeeper, an organization helping to protect local water resources and supporting initiatives to fight water pollution. VIP admission at 5:30pm, GA at 6:30pm. Don’t be late, the event ends at 8:30pm. Tickets here; $135-$185, plus fees. City View at METREON, San Francisco, 135 4th St., 4th floor.

July 30, 2019

The bar at Little Creatures. Photo: Grace Sager.


Part of the dining area. Photo: Grace Sager.

Now open in Mission Bay is a microbrewery and restaurant from Australian craft brewery ~LITTLE CREATURES~. There are 36 taps (24 behind the bar, 6 in the Brew Lab, and 6 in the To-Go Café for crowler takeaway), featuring beers brewed exclusively on-site by head brewer Dennis Stewart, and beers imported from Australia, plus an all-day menu from chef Ian De Leoz and weekend brunch. It’s in the middle of all the action, adjacent to Oracle Park and near the Golden State Warriors Sports and Entertainment Center.

They’re opening with their flagship range (pale ale, session ale, original pils), and XPA, Rogers, Bright Ale, and the James Squire Orchard Crush Cider, and will soon be adding a number of rotating offerings, guest taps, and collaborative brews. There are also wines on tap (from American, Australian and New Zealand producers).   De Leoz’s menu includes Aussie wedges (seasoned and battered russet potatoes) served with sour cream and sweet chile sauce; Turkish bread with dukkah, hummus, and olive oil; lamb ribs with gochujang, scallion, and sesame; plus a fried chicken sandwich; beer- steamed Salt Springs mussels with Little Creatures pale ale and chorizo; and pizzas, like a Margherita, forest mushroom, or merguez with lamb sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, red onion, and arugula. Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun brunch 9am-2:30pm and open all day until 11pm. One Mission Bay, 1000A 3rd St. at Channel, 415-870-9082.


Spring CUESA cocktails. Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography.


The chic and clean design of DecantSF. Photo: Joseph Weaver.

A quick round of shots: Ripe: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market is on Wednesday August 7th to benefit CUESA. Plan for a night of peak-season drinks from 13 of the Bay Area’s most talented bartenders in the iconic Ferry Building’s Grand Hall (plus some market-fresh bites). There will be peaches!

Save on tickets when you bring your friends! Tickets: $60. With the Party Pack ticket option, you’ll unlock a $5 discount per ticket when you purchase 4 or more tickets.

Want to learn more about wine? Check out the lineup of events happening at the new ~DECANTSF~ in SoMa, from a Back to Basics class to SOMMSundays with guest sommeliers for weekly, winemaker-led seminars featuring wine flights and bottle specials.

Co-founders and sommeliers Cara Patricia and Simi Grewal are also partnering with executive chef Jessie Lugo of nearby ALX for the first event of their Female Chef Food and Wine series on Friday August 9th, 6:30pm-8pm. Live cooking demo (of a vegetarian dish), bites, conversation, and pairings; $34.