Thursday, September 11, 2008

San Francisco Whisky Week

WhiskyFest is coming back to San Francisco on Friday, October 10th.
Get your tickets now, they are selling fast and you don't want to miss this event. The show presents a chance to try hundreds of whiskies and the list includes:

Compass Box
Benromach Organic
George T. Stagg 
Van Winkle
High West
Le Daig
Isle of Jura 

among many, many others. I can't list them all, but you can see a more complete list here.

Since all the distillers, ambassadors and brand representatives will be in town, there are plenty of special events set around the show.

Sunday, October 5th

Signatory/ Edradour/Tullibardine tasting

Conducted by Ed Kohl, Traverso’s Santa Rosa,  2:30pm - 4:30pm,707- 542-2530,

Tuesday, October 7th 

Battle of the Independent Bottlers (Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail) sponsored by K&L Wine

Come and join Ed Kohl with Signatory and Michael Urquhart with Gordon & MacPhail for the Single Malt Battle Of 2008!  This is a great opportunity to taste and compare single malts from four different regions of Scotland.  This tasting will of course include K & L Wine & Spirits’ two exclusive casks! There will be a special discount on malts that are purchased the night of the tasting.

La Boheme Restaurant, 1425 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, Cost: $50 (paid in advance)

Time: 6 to 9 pm, For reservations, contact Susan Purnell at K&L Wines: 800-247-5987 ext. 2727 or

Wednesday, October 8th

Rye Cocktail competition featuring Michter’s

Ten of San Francisco's best bartenders will compete for cash and bragging rights.  The event is open to the public and there will be complimentary Michter's cocktails and appetizers.

Rye, 688 Geary, 415-474-4448

Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail tasting

Conducted by Ed Kohl and Michael Urquhart and sponsored by D&M Liquors

Presidio Golf Club Clubhouse, 8 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118

For reservations, contact D&M Liquors at 415-346-1325,

Compass Box dinner at the Paragon

Join Compass Box Founder John Glaser for an evening of Whisky and Food pairings at the Paragon Restaurant in San Francisco.  Chef Spencer O’Meara has prepared a 3-course dinner to complement the Compass Box portfolio.  They will also be debuting the US release of Hedonism Maximus and The Peat Monster Reserve Magnum.

6:30 pm: Whiskey cocktails and amuse bouche

7:00pm: dinner (menu to follow)

$60/person plus tax and gratuity

Please RSVP

Four Roses Tasting

Elixir, 16th and Guerrero, 7 to 9pm, 415-552-1633

Thursday, October 9th

Wild Turkey Tasting with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell

Elixir, 16th and Guerrero, 6 to 8 pm, 415-552-1633

Tasting of all Cooley’s Irish whiskies

Elixir, 16th and Guerrero, 8 to 10pm, 415-552-1633

Willett Tasting at Rye Bar

Rare barrel samples and one-of-a-kind products being poured

Rye Bar, 688 Geary, 415-474-4448

Yamazaki tasting with Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson at Lingba

Tasting of different Suntory Yamazaki expressions. Space is limited to 35 guests.

Lingba, 1469 18th St., 6 to 9 pm, Cost:  $20 and includes appetizers, RSVP:

Gordon & MacPhail/Benromach tasting

Conducted by Michael Urquhart

Ledgers Liquor,

Willett Tasting at Absinthe

Absinthe, 398 Hayes St., 415-551-1590

Signatory / Edradour Tasting

Conducted by Ed Kohl, Coit Liquor, 415-986-4036,

Friday, October 10th  

San Francisco Marriott
4th & Market, San Francisco.
6:30 to 10:00 pm
General Admission $110.00
VIP Tickets $150.00

Tickets on-line at Malt Advocate. Or call (800-610-MALT) (6258)

More info about all the events, plus updates are available at the website.

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