Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Morgan Twain-Peterson founded Sonoma’s Bedrock Wine Co. in 2007 in a 550 square-foot, former chicken coop with 8 foot ceilings and no fermentation space. Since then, they have moved to more spacious digs, but their ethos remains the same: “To dream big but keep production low.” 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.
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 Tuesday, December 10th, Comal will welcome Twain-Peterson for a special dinner showcasing a broad 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 Peterson and learn firsthand about his winemaking approach.
This is the fourth in an ongoing series of wine producer dinners (previous dinners include Wind Gap Wines, Arnot-Roberts Wines and Donkey & Goat Wines) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo. All previous events have sold out in advance.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $100 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, click here
ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
Chilled Dungeness crab cocktel avocado, ruby grapefruit
2012 Ode to Lulu Rosé, California
Sunchoke soup hoja santa, green apple salsa
2012 Campagni Portis Heritage White, Sonoma Valley
Chile relleno en nogada walnut sauce, pomegranates
2012 Evangelho Heritage Red, Contra Costa County
Beef brisket tamale mole coloradito
2012 The Bedrock Heritage Wine, Sonoma Valley
Flan traditional candied kumquats
2011 Monte Rosso Botrytized Semillon, Sonoma Valley
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!
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Berkeley, CA; August 1, 2013 – Donkey & Goat was recently singled out by NY Times wine critic Eric Asimov as being among the leaders of a wine renaissance happening in CA:
A new wave of energetic California winemakers has helped to push stylistic boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times or out of fashion.
He praised their minimalistic style and made special note of their manifesto, which eloquently describes their uncompromising and rigorous approach to natural winemaking.
On Tuesday, August 27th, Comal will welcome Donkey & Goat Winery owners, husband-and-wife team Jared and Tracey Brandt, for a special dinner showcasing a selection of their wines from the El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversation with Jared and Tracey and learn firsthand about their winemaking approach.
This is the third in a new series of producer dinners (previous dinners include Wind Gap Wines and Arnot-Roberts Wines) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo. Both previous events sold out in advance.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/339921
ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
Early Girl tomato gazpacho cucumber, papalo
2012 Grenache Gris Rosé, “Isabelle’s Cuvée” El Dorado
Jamón Serrano cantaloupe, chile arbol, mint
2012 Chardonnay, “Improbable” El Dorado
Goat and chepil tamal mole amarillo, queso fresco
2012 Grenache Blanc, 100% Skin Fermented, El Dorado
Oxtails in ancho chile adobo fresh shelling beans
2012 Grenache Noir, El Dorado
Oaxacan chocolate budin Maldon salt, whipped crema
About Donkey & Goat:
Donkey & Goat is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley, California. Tracey and Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhône varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, and the undiscovered El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills. Named one of five “Winemakers to Watch for 2011” by Jon Bonné at the San Francisco Chronicle, Tracey and Jared trained in France, and their maverick winemaking has helped pave the way for the natural wine movement.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Tonight we host what we hope is the first of many pairing dinners in Abajo, our private dining room. I can think of no better winery than Wind Gap to kick things off. Pax and Pamela Mahle are good friends and make delicious wine, so when we opened Comal I reached out to them about occupying one of our tap slots, which they’ve done for the past year to rave reviews. Pax has cultivated relationships with some of the most legendary vineyards in northern California, from Paso Robles to Sonoma, many of which grow interesting, lesser-known varietals, and with these grapes he crafts distinctive wines with great finesse.
The dinner tonight has been sold out for some time, but I couldn’t resist sharing some recent rave reviews that Wind Gap received from the Wine Advocate for two of the wines Pax will be pouring tonight.
2010 Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard, Chalone (95 Points):
…one of the great wines of the year. Crushed rocks, gun flint, graphite, lemon and green pears are all alive in the glass. The 2010 is ultimately all about energy, tension and pure minerality, qualities that aren’t often associated with California Chardonnay, but that are very much present here.
2011 Pinot Noir, Gaps Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast (92 Points):
Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, spices and licorice all flesh out in an expressive, generous Pinot Noir that captures the very best qualities of the year. In 2011, 75% of the wine was aged in concrete eggs, an unusual approach with Pinot that yielded stark, naked expression of fruit that is remarkable for its purity.
Congrats Pax and Pamela – should be a memorable night!
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Wind Gap wines have been a fixture at Comal since the day we opened, with both the Arinto and Bastardo Blanco regularly featured on our wine taps. On Tuesday, April 30th, Comal will welcome Wind Gap owner and winemaker Pax Mahle for a special dinner showcasing a selection of his wines paired with dishes by executive chef Matt Gandin. Dining in Pax’s company, dinner guests will have the opportunity to meet him and hear the story behind each wine selection and his vision at Wind Gap.
This is the first of a new series of producer dinners, to be held in our private dining room, Abajo. In the future, Comal will welcome brewers, tequila and mezcal producers, and farmers in celebration of products and produce used at the restaurant and the people behind them.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30 PM
PRICE: $90 per person, inclusive of dinner, wine pairings and gratuity
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, click on this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/254703
Hog Island Sweetwater Oysters habañero chile mignonette
2012 Trousseau Gris, Fannuchi-Wood Road Vineyard,
Russian River Valley
Local Halibut Crudo fava beans, black olive-Serrano chile salsa
2010 Chardonnay, Brousseau Vineyard, Chalone
Chilpachole de Jaiba Dungeness crab, tomato-chipotle broth
2011 Pinot Gris, Windsor Oaks Vineyard, Chalk Hill
Wood-Roasted Pork Loin pipian verde
2011 Pinot Noir, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Oaxacan Chocolate Budin Maldon salt, whipped crema
About Wind Gap:
Wind Gap is the latest project by Pam and Pax Mahle. The winery was started in 2006 in a historic winery building in Forestville, CA. Wind Gap makes honest, authentic and compelling wines from special vineyard sites that have received critical acclaim from Robert Parker, Steven Tanzer and The Wine Spectator, among others. Wind Gap is currently producing Trousseau Gris, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.