Dilek Sezen is an Istanbul-born jewelry designer whose custom fine jewelry has earned her many prestigious awards. Her approach is one of couture art so that her unique creations are an exquisite blend of contemporary designs and traditional jewelry of ancient civilizations. Dilek’s international clientele is eager for her hand-crafted one of-a-kind pieces which distinguish her from other designers.
This event is $65 per person and $50 for Club J members.
To make reservations or for more information, please contact Jackie Friend at 707.431.5430.
As in: small wineries, small vineyards, small amounts of wine.
That isn't to say you won't find familiar names among the Top 100 Wines, but much of the most interesting winemaking on the West Coast is increasingly taking place on a small scale. These aren't cult wineries - it's more about vintners who prefer to focus on modest projects they can control from budbreak to bottle.
Most Pinots that I tasted were from 2008, a memorable year in California and Oregon - for very different reasons. In Sonoma and Mendocino, '08 was grueling; first frost, then wildfires, wiped out a lot of fruit, and many wineries declassified their bottlings. There was still extraordinary wine, but much less of it.
With Pinot more popular than ever, there's a surprising amount to go around. This is the Top 100's largest category by far, and it is a big, impressive field of contenders.
Ever more, the finest examples are coming from small, focused labels that work with tiny amounts of fruit.
That rewards the experienced Pinot lover. In a way it returns to the way Pinot was before its celebrity status: a tricky grape whose top examples require a hunt to root out. And while prices are still steep for the best versions, there are still terrific deals to be found - if you know where to hunt.
This San Francisco native is one of the most important people of the wine and food industry. As the son of chef and author Joyce Goldstein, Evan began his career at a young age in the kitchens of some of the most highly regarded restaurants of the bay area and beyond. In 1987 he became the youngest person ever to pass the Master Sommelier examination and his wine lists have received countless awards. His extensive abilities and thorough knowledge of the wine and hospitality industries have allowed him to lead educational seminars all over the world. He’ll be signing his two books: Perfect Pairings and Daring Pairings, A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with recipes from His Favorite Chefs. Be sure to stop by to purchase a copy!
Visitors may join us in the J Balcony Lounge at 2pm for an informal discussion with Evan Goldstein followed by a meet & greet with this enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on wine and food alike.