Jaynes New Tuesday Wine Flight Series. Tonight: Italy

We are very excited to announce the start of our Jaynes Tuesday Night Wine Flight Series.   This week we have dug out 3 stellar bottles that you likely won't find anywhere else here in San Diego.  The flight is $16.   Please read on about these fantastic wines.

The first wine in our flight is from the Liguria region in northwest Italy also known as the Italian Riviera. We first enjoyed this last spring when Kate Macwilliamson from Kermit Lynch Wines had dinner with winemaker Palio Ruffino at Jaynes. The Ruffino family has been working the vineyards carved out of the treacherous cliffs above the ocean for nearly 500 years. The region produces about 75 different types of wine from approximately 90 different grape varieties. Some of these such as Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese are recognized internationally, while other lesser known grapes like Cruvin, Pigato , Albana, and Rossese present beautiful examples that are distinct and worth seeking out.  Tonight we will be serving the 2009 Punta Crena Cruvin.

For our next selection we travel to Piedmont and one of the most noble grapes in the world Nebbiolo.  Hear the pronunciation here by Nebbiolo king Aldo Vacca from Produttori Del Barbaresco. It is grown within the Langhe east of Barolo and is inspired by "la nebbia" or the fog that rolls into the area during fall delaying the ripening process. The producer Sylvio Germano (who is not even listed in the phonebook) shared with our friend Jeremy Parzen at dobianchi.com "I'm in no hurry to let people know about my wines".  Tonight we will be serving the 2009 Giamello Villa Gentiana Langhe Nebbiolo. We'll let the wine speak for itself, Sylvio.

Down to Tuscany to  Diego Molinari's small estate of Cerbaiona. The winery consists of just 1.5 hectares or roughly 4 acres and produces only 500-600 cases a year of some of the world's finest Sangiovese. Diego's philosophy of low yields and organic farming help to create wines that fully express the terroir or sense of place.   The grapes are harvested by hand and fermentation takes place in cement tanks. The Brunello is aged in casks for four years and is bottled with no filtration to age for at least six months before being released. Tongiht we are pouring the 2002 Cerbaiona Brunello Di Montalcino.  We shared this with friends at the bar a few weeks ago and the wine expressed flavors of dried porcinis, wet leaves, and stewed berries.   Good Brunello in a wine flight?  Get your butt down here...

Thank you for helping us become a wine destination and we look forward to sharing a glass and hearing your thoughts.

Heaven Sent Desserts - Is it from Heaven or is is from H--l ...?

An all time favorite at Heaven Sent Desserts is the special offering for the 30th on 30th this month! The heavenly Bourbon Street Bread Pudding is the richest, the tastiest, the most scrumptious bread pudding you have ever tasted.

It is moist, it is flavorful, it has texture (being made from flaky buttery croissants it has the lightest texture - none of that stodginess of other puddings ...) and it has that temptation sauce from ... we are not sure ... which puts the finishing touch (and kick) on this true New Orleans Bourbon Street Bread Pudding!

And, just for you the price will be $5.25 instead of the usual $7.00 - so bring your best friends, your date and yourself, then indulge!

South Park Walkabout Tonight 3/26

Things will be hoppin' all over South Park tonight for the annual Spring Walkabout. For a complete Guide to what's happening, visit the Walkabout Website, or click the image.

St Patrick's Day Celebration at Jaynes! $3 Guinness, $4 Jameson and Full UK Breakfast!

Come celebrate St. Patricks day tonight at Jaynes with $3 Guinness 20oz Pints, $4 Jameson and a Full UK Breakfast of 2 Eggs, Black Pudding( aka Blood Sausage), pork sausage, fried tomatoes, UK Heinz Beans, Toast and a little HP sauce.

This celebration is in honor of my old friend and St. Patrick's day drinking mate Tyler Hicks who is missing right now in Libya along with 3 fellow journalists. Get home safe buddy!

March-ing on 30th St

The Ritual Tavern has been a St. Patrick’s Day destination since we opened, so we’re ready for anything this Thursday. We have lots of Niman Ranch Beef Brisket Corning. The beef will braise with Suzie’s Farm Organic Fingerling Potatoes and Cabbage for a traditional Corned Beef plating with a Ritual twist.

St. Patrick's Day revelry is always fun, but remember you can have a relaxed and eventful experience the day before as well. If you were to visit the Ritual tonight, for example, you might enjoy locally caught Corvina Fish and Chips, or our signature Shepherd’s Pie, paired with Avery Out of Bounds Stout, or Stone Levitation Amber Ale. Both of those beers are HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT! The DrinkAbout Bus runs TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 3/16, you can hop aboard FOR FREE and visit another neighborhood bar (or two) a day before the big crowds converge.

Open at 4:30 during the week! (We're still closed on Mondays.)

Later in March watch for Cask Conditioned Manzanita Ale on our beer engine. We're making plans to celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, with rare Eel River Organic Ales and another one of our famously delicious Brewer's Dinners.