Sicily may seem worlds away from California – 6,500 miles, as the Hoopoe flies - but we share many traits with this sun-drenched, blood-soaked, triangular island. We both possess cultures rich with the diversity of a constant influx of immigrants, similarly shaped by towering mountains, fertile plains and surrounding sea. They have castles and canoli; we have San Simeon and See’s Candy. And, of course, we are both blessed with a balmy, Mediterranean climate.
There are five million Sicilians on ten thousand square miles, while we, the People of the Bay, are close to eight million on seven thousand square miles. For sheer wine production volume, Sicily has us well beat: at over 150 million gallons in 2018, the island is the fourth largest wine producer in Italy (the world's largest wine producing country) after the Veneto, Puglia, and Emilia Romagna. California produces only about 15.3 million gallons of wine, but this is nearly 90% of our country’s wine, and grape growing and winemaking are an integral part of our cultural identity. Interestingly, only about 15% of Sicily’s wine is actually bottled; the rest is sold ‘sfuso’ in bulk to other regions, or on site to the locals.
Join us this weekend to taste and compare some of these delicious wines! We’ll be pouring California Rosés this Saturday and Sicilian tasting flights on Sunday. We’re also delighted to welcome Brendan and Nicolette’s friends and family for a grand old Saturday afternoon pre-wedding celebration. Come one, come all; it’s bound to be lively!
TONIGHT: Thursday Night Flights! Italian Whites & Chilean Pipeños. Frascati, Favorita, Garganega, and a whole lotta País. Flights $12 from 5-9 and wines by the glass until 9pm.
SATURDAY 7/27: CALIFORNIA ROSÉ Tasting Flights from 2 to 6pm AND Brendan and Nico’s Prenuptual Party from 3 to 6!!!– Dry rosés from Phantome Cellars, Cote West, and Arnot-Roberts, $15 flights until 6pm and wines by the glass until 9pm.
SUNDAY 7/28: SICILIAN Flights: Catarratto, Etna Bianco, Frappato, & Etna Rosso. Flights $15 from 2-6 and wines by the glass until 8pm.