Pleasure & Purpose Post-Discussion Dinner                                    September 25th, 8:15pm, Heirloom Café

salad of Devoto apples, chicories, toasted walnuts, parmesan                             2018 Sancerre, Domaine du Nozay

wild local salmon, crispy potatoes, sungold tomatoes, basil béarnaise              2013 Chardonnay ‘Hanzell,’ Lioco

Giampero’s al forno Bandiere pasta, parmesan and fresh ricotta, Roveja wild peas, spigariello, roasted baby artichokes                                                        Early Girl tomato-roasted Tuscan meatballs, currants and pine nuts               2009 Syrah ‘Estate,’ Baker Lane (from magnum)                                             2012 ‘Cuvée Mistral,’ Baker Lane                                                                        2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Tradition,’ Bois de Boursan (from magnum)

Majkin’s pear-huckleberry crisp                                                                            2003 Vouvray Moelleux ‘Reserve,’ Foreau


Note: Dinner tickets don’t include admission to the panel discussion, which can be purchased via the link below.

Pleasure & Purpose: 40 Years of Wine in America

Wednesday, September 25th, 5:30 wine reception 6:30 panel discussion

ODC Theater 3153 17th Street, San Francisco


Please join us for a panel discussion featuring three esteemed figures in the American wine industry: Kevin O’Connor, Stephen Singer and Neal Rosenthal, each of whom has decades of experience telling the story of wine to American consumers. We’ll engage in a conversation about wine in the United States, about the recent history of domestic production and imported selections.

Kevin O’Connor was the sommelier at Spago Beverly Hills for eight years, where he managed a renowned cellar with thousands of domestic and imported wines. In 2006 he co-founded the California winery Lioco, which produces site-specific wines from Sonoma and the Santa Cruz Mountains. His own acclaimed Santa Monica restaurant, Aestus, closed in 2016, and he now works as a wine and restaurant consultant in California and Arizona.

Through almost forty years of working with wines in the contexts of restaurants, retail, and his own winery, Stephen Singer has a rare perspective on American wine and its production, sales and consumption. Stephen was for many years a board member and the wine director of Chez Panisse, he opened the iconic San Francisco wine store Singer & Foy in 1983, which was credited for introducing Bay Area oenophiles to great European wines, and he has been the proprietor and winemaker of Baker Lane Vineyards in Sebastopol for fifteen years.

Neal Rosenthal has been an importer of European wines and specialty food products for forty years, with a portfolio of more than 100 growers and producers which is now distributed in forty-four states. From its inception in 1977, the company that Neal founded with his partner Kerry Madigan has advocated sustainable and organic agriculture, as well as for the concept of ’terroir,’ which has been central to its pursuit of first-quality wines of place. Among lovers of fine wines around the world, the name Rosenthal has become synonymous with wines of concentration, purity of flavors, and clarity of expression. Neal’s memoir, ‘Reflections of a Wine Merchant,’ was published in 2008.