John Taylor
 
November 5, 2020 | John Taylor

Celebrate Merlot Day With Some Unexpected Food Pairings

Just in time for National Merlot Day, we're thrilled to announce the release of our 2017 Napa Valley Merlot to our Cultivar Wine Club!

This is the first Merlot we've created since the 2012 vintage, but we felt that the fruit was so gorgeous this vintage that we couldn't pass it up. Merlot, one of the six Noble Grapes and one of the five Bordeaux varietals, is known for it's lucious character of red fruits, its easy tannins and soft finish. At Cultivar, we think these "easy drinking" qualities make Merlot one of the best wines to pair with a wide variety of dishes.

So, we caught up with our own Chef David and Nick Barker of Cultivar SF to ask them about the dishes they think our Merlot would compliment the best. 

You may not think at first that an Autumn Salad would pair with Merlot, but we love the combination. Featuring spinach, Granny Smith apples, Bosc pears, Cultivar bacon, pepitas, dried cranberries, and golden balsamic dressing, it's a perfect combination of sweet and savory.

Our Ricotta Dip is another suprising choice: Caspar Estate Vegetables, peccorino romano, and melted mozzarella & ricotta give this dish a gooey decadence that punctuates the bright acids in our merlot. Chef David comments that the earthiness of the chanterelle mushrooms and the spinach pair make it a natural for Merlot. Nick loves this hearty, warm, winter dish and that it balances the medium body of merlot with a touch of fruit.

Chicken Mole? Yes, please! Chicken, homemade mole, polenta, cilantro cream, micro oregano and cotija cheese create an explosion of flavors. Our Napa Valley Merlot refreshes the pallate and brings alll the incredible flavors to the fore. Chef David particularly likes the spices of the mole with the Napa Valley Merlot.

Come in to Cultivar SF on Sunday, November 15th to celebrate the public release of the Napa Valley Merlot and taste these pairings for yourself. When you order a glass of our 2017 Merlot you will receive a surprise paired bite.

Cheers!

Time Posted: Nov 5, 2020 at 10:05 AM
John Taylor
 
October 30, 2020 | John Taylor

'Tis The Season for Shopping Early!

The Holidays are right around the corner! If you're like us, you love this time of year, but it always manages to sneak up on you somehow. That's why we've prepared a wide selection of gifts to make Holiday shopping for the wine lovers on your list quick and convenient. 

Choose from our Caspar Estate olive oil and honey box, our Cultivar Wine two-packs, our elegant Caspar Estate Cabernet gifts or even Gift Certificates to Cultivar San Francisco. There's something for everyone!

We've matched up our best-selling wines into two-bottle sets to pair with the tastes of your favorite wine lovers. The Cultivar Wine Sampler features our 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with our 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, providing a sample of Napa's wide-ranging style and terroir. The Pinot Pair, which will delight any lover of Pinot Noir, includes our 2018 Sonoma Coast and 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs. And if your list includes someone who truly appreciates fine Napa Valley Cabernet, we offer Napa Valley's Finest, a collection of our limited edition 2016 Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon alongside our acclaimed 2018 St. Helena Cabernet.  Each two-pack is delivered in our beautiful Cultivar Gift Box.

Need gifts for teachers, co-workers or the other essential people in your life? Caspar Estate Honey or Caspar Estate Olive Oil is perfect for everyone. We feature sets with wine and without wine. Another great idea is to purchase a case of honey jars so that you always have a simple elegant gift ready to hand out.

Here's a great idea for our local San Francisco friends with teenage kids (or nieces & nephews): give them a Gift Certificate to Cultivar SF, our restaurant in the Marina District. Let them go with a friend and have the grilled cheese and tomato soup or the sliders and fries. You'll be supporting local businesses, too! 

 Our Caspar Estate Wine Collection is sure to impress clients, employees and the loved ones on your list who enjoy the finest that Napa Valley has to offer. This year, we've done something very special: we've opened up our Caspar cellar for a limited time to the public. This season only, you don't have to be a Club Member to give and enjoy our highly-acclaimed Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Planning a special Holiday meal? Why not make it fun by featuring a large format bottle. We have a wide selection of vintages and varietals, from Magnums of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc to Methuselahs of 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet - that's half a case of wine in one bottle. Now that's the way to make an impression!

 

We are a small company and we are thrilled when we see the orders come in. On any given day Deborah, Dianne, Richard, or Jody might be in the warehouse packing up your gifts. So please let us know if we can help you with all of your shopping or gift giving. We can ship to multiple locations simultaneously and work within your budget. Drop us an email and let us know how we can help. We make Holiday shopping fun and easy. We can help you stay organized with our Shopping List - Download it here.

Happy Shopping!

Time Posted: Oct 30, 2020 at 10:15 AM
Gingy Gable
 
October 21, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Host Your Next Private Party at Cultivar San Francisco

Cultivar San Francisco offers a unique ambiance in an upscale Marina District venue. Our back patio has a fireplace, overhead heaters and festive lighting, perfect setting for a private dinner or a celebration. The patio can be rented out on its own or with the interior as well. In the 2 years since opening Cultivar SF there have been many fabulous private events.


Photo by Nick Vides

From wine release parties to sit down dinners, to standing receptions, wedding showers, baby showers and wine tastings, birthday parties and family reunions. Please see the photos for some table set up options, from all the tables set for meals to a buffet and bar set up to removing all of the tables. We have flexibility depending on your needs.

Our capacity is 30 for a seated lunch or dinner or more for standing receptions. As you can see there is a lot of variety it how we can make the space fit your specific needs.


Seated winemaker dinner with Julian Fayard.

We offer a selection of Cultivar Wines on tap – see the decanters on ice as well as our Cultivar Wines, Caspar Estate wines, along with locally produced sparkling California wines. Additionally we have large format bottles that you can have your guests sign so that you will have a memento!

As thank you presents for your guests we offer several gift options. We have Cultivar bottles of wine, olive oil, vinegar or Caspar Estate olive oil or honey or gift boxes or a gift certificate to Cultivar SF.

 

Our cheese and charcutier boards are always popular, offering a selection of local cheeses and fruit and Caspar Estate honey. All pair nicely with our wines.

Should you wish to take over both the interior and patio, our long brass bar makes an excellent place for a buffet. Our cheese and charcuterie on olive wood platters are always a hit. The hummus and fresh vegetables is also very popular.

Whether you are planning a corporate party, intimate private dinner or lively celebration, Cultivar San Francisco offers a unique ambiance in an upscale Marina District venue. Our events manager will work with you to ensure all of your needs are met. We look forward to your event!

Here is a sample menu and to fill out an event request form. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, please call 415- 962-4200 or contact events@cultivarsf.com. Thank you!

 

Time Posted: Oct 21, 2019 at 1:39 PM
Gingy Gable
 
May 13, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Celebrate Rosé Day with our 2018 Rosé Release at Cultivar SF

2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Release Day
Saturday, June 8th
National Rosé Day

Make reservations on Open Table to join us at Cultivar SF or
email us to purchase as soon as it becomes available.

Tasting notes for the 2018 Napa Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
A beautiful light color of Rosé reminiscent of an early garden pink rose. Dried cranberries, roses and citrus create its delicate nose.  From the glass to your palate the wine is bright fresh richness of cranberries and soft spices. The Cultivar 2018 Rosé will be the perfect match for springtime brunch, summer barbecues, on the boat, beach, pool or picnic. 

Time Posted: May 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM
Gingy Gable
 
January 28, 2019 | Gingy Gable

Named in Top 5 Best Place for Business Lunch by SF Business Times

 

Cultivar SF is honored to be named in the Best Bay Area Spots for a Business Lunch by SF Business Times!

San Francisco Business Times Article January 18, 2019

Here are the best spots in the Bay Area for a business lunch

Jan 18, 2019, 1:00pm PST

In search of the perfect venue for a business lunch? Check out our slideshow on the top-rated local restaurants for a midday business meet-up, via rankings from online reservation tool OpenTable.

San Francisco alone has more than 4,400 restaurants, according to statistics compiled by the city. There’s enough Michelin star-rated restaurants in the Bay Area (54) to satisfy a year’s worth of weekly outings. But where to take that next crucial client? And where to go outside the city?

SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES

It might be worth finding a new favorite place now that workplace cafeterias could be on their way out. But if you're putting on the most luxurious of business lunches, you'll have plenty to choose from among San Francisco's most expensive eateries.

This slideshow has the top-ranked Bay Area restaurants on OpenTable's "Business Bites" restaurant database. Restaurants working with OpenTable can opt-in to the "Business Bites" section. The restaurants ranked here all have a rating between 4.6 and 4.9 stars out of five.

Alex Barreira

Editorial Intern
San Francisco Business Times

   No. 4: Cultivar // Californian // 2379 Chestnut St San Francisco, CA 94123-2609

 


 

 

Time Posted: Jan 28, 2019 at 9:14 AM
Gingy Gable
 
April 18, 2018 | Gingy Gable

Experience Cultivar Wine in Napa or San Francisco

Traveling to Napa or San Francisco?

We would love to meet you and have you visit us at one of our two locations.

Napa Location

Napa Private Chef Club
We will greet you in the courtyard and you will experience an introductory wine and food pairing. You will then be escorted through the private culinary club kitchen. You will partake in a series of custom food and wine pairings. These pairings are artfully crafted by our private club chef to complement a selection of our current wines. 

16 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc paired with a Salmon Crudo Bite
’13 Carneros Merlot paired with a Chicken with Mole Bites
’13 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Curry Squash Soup Shooter
’14 Leaky Lake Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Short Rib Bites

$42 per person for up to 8 guests.  Allow 90 minutes. 

Looking for more? Create your own custom kitchen experience, learn hands on techniques while cooking with the chef in the professional kitchen. Or coordinate with the chef to create a custom meal paired with wines that is presented to you while you relax. Contact Dianne to create a memorable day, pricing varies.

 



Cultivar San Francisco 
An intimate experience featuring a menu inspired by locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The menu compliments the hand crafted wines and food pairing from the Napa Valley.  You will partake in a series of custom food and wine pairings. These pairings are artfully crafted by our chef to complement a selection of our current wines. 


Terroirs of the Napa Valley
Savor the unique regions of the Napa Valley that inspired a selection of Cultivar current release wines and the Rutherford hills Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a bite of artisan cheese drizzled with our estate honey.
$40 per person


Caspar Estate Tasting 
This is a library tasting of our estate grown wines from the hills of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. Savor the history of Caspar Estate and its family while sipping the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from different vintages. The rich, full bodied estate wines will be paired with specific artisan cheese and charcuterie platter and Caspar Estate honey and olive oil. 
$90 per person

Lunch & Tasting
Enjoy your wine tasting paired with a meal of your choosing. Savor local seasonal salads, or sandwiches, local seasonal plates or two or three course meal. 
Ask us for details & pricing. 
 

All bookings are facilitated by advance reservations only. To reserve your Cultivar Experience, please do so through the link below or call directly 707-400-9280. 

Dianne 707-400-9280 or dianne@cultivarwine.com.

Time Posted: Apr 18, 2018 at 4:03 PM
Cultivar Wine
 
June 13, 2017 | Cultivar Wine

A Special Dinner Among Friends

Almost 10 years ago to the date, Riva Cucina hosted their first winemaker dinner at Riva Cucina with our dear friends, Julien and Elan Fayard. It was a special night indeed, as the four of us were just starting our new ventures. We now have the wonderful opportunity to bring this amazing team together again for another first winemaker dinner, this time at the newly-opened Marina wine bar, Cultivar San Francisco. Massi will be guest chef, pairing his cuisine with Julien's award-winning wines.

We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening, as we celebrate the opening of Cultivar SF and the wines of Julien Fayard.

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2017 at 1:47 PM