Delicious Mexican from a Truck Wednesday, Feb. 2
Track down the delicious Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile truck at the Palo Alto Farmshop this Wednesday from 3:30-6:30pm. Sample one of their daily specials or get something off the regular menu like: molotes, fresh corn masa, filled with chorizo and potato, the mole negro dinner with chicken or vegetable of the day, churros, or Oaxacan hot chocolate. Yummy!
Wine from Argentina Wednesday, Feb. 2
The Mendoza Province of Argentina is one of the most important wine regions. It is located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, with vineyards planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world. The Criolla Grande and Cereza grapes account for more than a quarter of all plantings but Malbec is the region’s most well known grape, followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. Taste what the region has to offer at UnWined wine bar and shop and give your Wednesday an international flare. This tasting will be $15 ($10 for Wine Club members).
Santa Clara Farmers’ Market Saturday, Feb. 5
Here’s a fun and free idea for your Saturday afternoon: grab a basket, kids, your loved one or just a good pair of walking shoes and head over to the Santa Clara Farmers’ Market. Stock up on fresh, local organic produce not available in stores, chat up a few farmers and have lunch at one of the many food trucks that gather here, or just sample your way through the booths until you’re full. Happy Saturday!
90 Point+ Wine Saturday, Feb. 5
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to try six 2009 vintages, rated 90 points or above by wine guru Robert Parker. These wines come from Spain, Italy and France and are being poured this Saturday, Feb. 5th at Gene’s Fine Foods in Saratoga. For a tasting fee of $4, enjoy the following: Eric Louis Sancerre, from Loire Valley, France; Jose Pariente Verdejo, from Rueda, Spain; Montebuena Rioja, Spain; Mordoree Cotes du Rhone, famous Chateauneuf du Pape producer from Southern Rhone; Escaravailles Cotes du Rhone.
Best Wines of Italy Saturday, Feb. 5
Since it’s Superbowl weekend, why not get yourself in the mood with a little Italian wine competition at Artisan Wine Depot from 2-5pm. Taste the best of what Italy has to offer from its two most prominent wine regions. Sunday will be all about Green Bay Vs. Pittsburg, make Saturday Piedmont Vs. Tuscany. Acting as referee will be Italian expert and Sommelier Ken Knox. Along with the wines, there will be an assortment of artisanal cheeses and charcuteries with fresh Acme bread. Some of the wines being poured include: Giacomo Borgogno Barolo Riserva 1996 (Piedmont), Tolaini “Valdisanti” Tenuta San Giovanni Toscana 2006 (Tuscany) and Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (Tuscany). Walk-in ticket price: $24.71, advanced ticket price: $19.22. Five dollars of your tasting fee will be credited back towards a purchase of any of these wines.