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Sunday thru Thursday 5:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30-11pm
Front bar opens at 5pm nightly

Comal welcomes back Pax Mahle of Wind Gap Wines for a Winemaker Dinner on June 9th

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 9.38.05 AMOn Tuesday, June 9th Comal will welcome back Wind Gap’s owner and winemaker, Pax Mahle, for another special dinner showcasing a selection of Wind Gap wines paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Pax and learn firsthand about his winemaking approach.

Wine lovers know Pax Mahle from his first winery – PAX – which garnered high scores and much notoriety.  Though he has always been influenced by French styles of winemaking, it was the bold, powerful syrahs that first brought praise and attention to Pax in his new chapter as Sommelier-turned-Winemaker.

At PAX, fruit was sourced from a number of different vineyards within Northern California.  One year, a particular vineyard had an unusually cool growing season.  Fermenting the fruit in single barrels, Pax found that the wines produced from this cooler site had the alluring freshness he had always loved in French wines.  He believed they were the kind of wines one could drink every night with dinner, regardless of season.  Pax continued experimenting with fruit from cooler growing regions and began harvesting at lower sugar levels, resulting in the creation of the Wind Gap label in the mid-2000’s as an outlet for his new direction. According to Pax, “Wind Gap is all about classically styled wines that represent the new California.”

This is the latest in an ongoing series of wine producer dinners (previous dinners have featured Bedrock, Arnot-Roberts, Unti, and Donkey & Goat) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo. All previous events have sold out in advance.

Details:

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30 PM

PRICE: Tickets are $110 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity

RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/863011

ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

Dinner Menu

Cured local anchovies capers and chile arbol-oregano oil Chenin Blanc, North Coast 2014

Peruano bean-quelite soup Soif Red Blend, North Coast 2014

Hoja santa wrapped grilled wild king salmon corn, black olive, and cherry tomato salsa Skinny Jeans, Sonoma Coast 2013

Ribeye steak asada grilled summer squash and green rice Syrah, Sonoma Coast, “Nellessen Vineyard” 2013

Oaxacan chocolate budin whipped crema




Winemaker Dinners with Sonoma’s Bedrock Wine Co. at Comal

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.07.12 AMBedrock Wine Co. was founded in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop with eight-foot ceilings and no fermentation space. After six years of Bedrock being a one-man-show, Morgan was able to talk his best friend, Chris Cottrell, into moving to California from New York to join him. They now happily have a little more space to move around in but share the same objectives that guided the winery from the start.  The son of Ravenswood Winery founder Joel Peterson, Morgan made his first batch of wine at the age of five and has never looked back.

 Morgan was named 2015 co-winemaker of the year by The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné, who credits Morgan with being “responsible for some of the most significant, and critically successful, wines in California.”  Bedrock makes over twenty different wines, ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay to Rosé, Zinfandel and a number of blends featuring a dizzying array of little-known heirloom varietals.  As Peterson said in a recent interview with Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat, “My goal with Bedrock has always been to make delicious wines of place, usually sourced from very unique vineyards.”

 On Monday and Tuesday, March 23nd and 24th, Comal will welcome back Morgan and Chris for two more special dinners showcasing a selection of Bedrock wines paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversation with Morgan and learn firsthand about his winemaking approach.

 This is the latest in an ongoing series of wine producer dinners (previous dinners have featured Wind Gap, Arnot-Roberts, Unti and Donkey & Goat) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo.  All previous events have sold out in advance.

Details:
DATE/TIME:  Monday and Tuesday, March 23nd and 24th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $110 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity
RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow these links:
Monday March 23
Tuesday March 24
ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
 
 

Dinner Menu

Under the Wire “Brousseau Vineyard” Chalone 2011

Scallop crudo Serrano chiles, verdolagas, and hoja santa oil

Ode to Lulu Old Vine Rosé, California 2014

Requeson, shaved raw artichokes and asparagus lemon and epazote

Cuvée Karatas, Sonoma County 2012

Mushroom tamal mole coloradito

Bedrock Vineyard Heritage, Sonoma County 2013

Chile mulatto braised lamb favas and black olives

Hudson Vineyard Syrah, Carneros 2009

Oaxacan chocolate budin whipped crema

Bedrock Wine Co. Objectives:

  • To channel the fruit of ancient vines into powerful, elegant, and distinctly Californian wines.
  • To spread the gospel of Syrah in California by sourcing fruit from great terroirs throughout the North Coast.
  • To proclaim the greatness of Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by sparing no expense on wines of uniqueness and personality.
  • To reclaim rose’ from the excesses of saignee and focus on precision, delicacy, aromatics, and food friendliness.
  • To make fascinating and quixotic white wines from unique sites and interesting varietals.
  • To dream big but keep production low!



Morgan Twain Peterson, owner of Comal mainstay Bedrock Wine Co., is named co-Winemaker of the Year by the SF Chronicle

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Congrats Morgan!

PS – stay tuned for a winemaker dinner at Comal with Morgan in the coming months…

Click here for the full article in the SF Chronicle.

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