So sorry for the delay in posting part two of my San Francisco trip. I started in writing the original much too late in the evening and then got to busy to finish it this week. I've been a little under the weather over my weekend and have spent much of it snuggling with Cassidy and watching Netflix. So, without further delay, Part Dos:
When my mom originally told me about coming down to visit, both of us instantly decided we had to go to the SF MOMA to see the How Wine Became Modern exhibit. After all, I gained much of my interest in wine from my mom. I have been to the MOMA a couple of times before so on this trip I only checked out two other exhibits besides the wine exhibit.
|Total Nerd Alert!|
It was a fun and lighthearted look at how wine as become modern, or popularized over the years, and boy, was I ever geeking out during the exhibit. Several times I had to walk up to my family saying, "watch out, nerd alert!"
There was an installation of soil from different vineyards around the world with placards that gave info on the climate, elevation and composites of soil.
One of my favorite instillation was on the poetry of writers and critics, but was accompanied by a smell instillation. There was a row of glasses attached to a funnel and pump so that you could pump the aromas from the wine and smell them. It was funny because above each glass was an elegant descriptor that a critic, writer or winemaker would say about some intense aromas. For example, there was a NZ Sauvignon Blanc, which I mostly would describe as smelling like cat pee, was so delicately described as grass and gooseberries. The instillation made it a point to laugh at these idiosyncrasies.
|Smells like cat pee.|
|25 yr old vine and rootstock from CA.|
|You down with DRC?|
On the recommendation of our concierge, we had dinner at a Catalan tapas restaurant called B44 it's on an alley street, Belden Place, filled with restaurants and wine bars. Unfortunately, I have no photos of dinner since it was so dark in there, but trust me when I tell you it was amazing! We had morcilla sausages, cod cheeks, mussels, tiger shrimp, leg of lamb brochetta and rabbit paella. Everything was so amazing. We had a stainless steel age (unheard of) Priorat and a Catalan red on the recommendation of our server. We had spotted a nearby table drinking Cava from a porron and asked our server about it. He told us it was a Spanish tradition, mostly practiced in Catalunya. Where families and friends share from this one wine carafe, usually with Cava, but is also served with any wine. Next thing we knew he showed up with our table for one of us to share. On my first try I was reserved, but did not spill a drop, however, the second time around I was a little overzealous trying to tip the porron back further and ended up splashing Cava all over my face! It was a great dinner and highly recommend this cute Tapas restaurant if you're in SF.
The next morning we went to church at the Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption. The cathedral was beautiful with some amazing architecture. According to my brother, it is the same architect who designed the chapel on the University of Portland campus. Afterward, we met my uncle and his better half after she ran the Emerald Across the Bay 12k run. After having breakfast and doing some shopping on Filmore we headed down the peninsula to see their new home in Half Moon Bay. Along the way we stopped for a happy hour cocktail at an amazing Peruvian restaurant right on the beach.
|First sunny day of the trip, on my last day.|