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Monday, December 29, 2008

a few more great prizes and the final days of Menu for Hope V

Mfh5smallMenu for Hope has quietly crept up to over $47K now, with just under three more days to go.  I am blown away and also ever-so-humbled by the generosity of everyone even in times like these. 

We have four more prizes to add to the West Coast and Wine blog list today.  I think these are fantastic prizes that should be enough to entice more of you to donate $10 or $20 (or another $10 if you've already given) to help us help the WFP this year.  These prize entries might be late, but they are really favorite

UW40: Dinner for two with wine pairings at Michelin-2-star Coi in San Francisco

Uw40 My friend the talented chef (and also a contributor to the NY Times Food Section) Daniel Patterson will treat a lucky winner of this Menu for Hope prize (plus her/his even luckier friend) to a scrumptious tasting menu at Daniel's two Michelin stars restaurant Coi in San Francisco.  The post dinner sojourn next door is on you, however - wink, wink.  If you've never been to Coi, this is your chance to try.  I know I'm biased, Daniel and his gorgeous wife Alexandra are very dear friends of ours, but I'm telling you, Coi is the most exciting restaurant in San Francisco--there is nowhere else I'd rather eat at the moment.  Drop a tenner and try your chance?

UW42 Barrel Tasting & Vineyard Tour at Windy Oaks

Uw42 Windy Oaks Estate Winery and Vineyards is located at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, 1,000 feet up on a ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay.  They also happens to be one of my favorite wine makers, not locally but anywhere.  They make delicate, elegant wines with judicious use of oak and fruit.  Just delicious, delicious stuff that's also very food-friendly.  They are offerring to host a private cheese and barrel tasting of their award-winning, highly rated estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, for 8 people.  Judy & Jim Schultze, the proprietors and winemakers, will lead the tour and provide the barrel tasting.  The afternoon will consist of a walking tour of the beautiful 15-acre vineyard, with wine tasting on the ridge overlooking the Monterey Bay.  Artisanal cheeses and local breads to complement the wines will accompany the sample tasting.   After the walk, you will return to the winery, nestled in the redwoods, and taste from our unreleased vintages still in their French oak barrels. Jim, the master winemaker, will explain his Burgundian style, innovative all-gravity winemaking techniques, from harvest and crush, through to barrel aging.  The event will last approximately 2 hours.  This is a perfect event for anyone who is interested in how premier grapes are grown, and artisan wine is made, in a small family estate vineyard and winery.

UW41: two tickets to the Lexus Grand Tasting, the finale event at Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Uw41_2 Sunday's Lexus Grand Tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the final event of this sure-to-be fantastic weekend.  The impressive chef line-ups include Traci Des Jardin of Jardiniere in San Francisco; Bill Corbett, Pastry Chef at Restaurant Michael Mina in San Francisco; Michael Mina; David Myers of Sona in Los Angeles; Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco; and Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington DC.  Enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world's most prestigious wineries.  There will also be opportunities for book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend's chefs.  I look forward to be at the event and hopefully meet the lucky winners of this prize!

UW35 Rancho Gordo gift set

Uw35_3 Our good friend the rancho gordo Steve himself offer this prize, which includes a selection of his world-renown beans plus his fantabulous new book, Heirloom Beans.  He's promised to sign it for you too, in the most elaborate Rancho Gordo manner, even.

check out the entire list of prizes here (updated as of now), or check out prizes in your local region by going directly to the local hosts:

Europe *including* the UK
Sara of Ms.Adventures in Italy

US: West Coast
Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites

US: East Coast
Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

Meena Agarwal of Hooked on Heat 

Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand
Ed Charles of Tomato 

and, last but not least, our special Wine Blog Host
Alder of Vinography 

Or, if you're ready to give now, just go on to our donation site at FirstGiving.


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