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Grapes and Groundbreakers: Wines of the Tower Bridge Dinner

  • Antiquite Midtown 2114 P Street Sacramento, CA, 95816 United States (map)

One of the hottest — and hardest-to-get-into — events in Sacramento is the Tower Bridge Dinner, held on the Tower Bridge, literally, every September. Maybe you tried really hard to buy tickets in the 12 seconds they were available for sale online. Or your eyes bugged out when you looked at the price ($465 for two tickets).

Join us for our Fall Wine Social, our regular (well, our second ) drinks-and-discussion event about California’s groundbreaking wines and winemakers. This time, we’re focusing on some of the local wines and winemakers highlighted at Tower Bridge dinners. Joining us to pour, and to talk about, those wines are some of Sacramento’s top sommeliers who’ve been tasked with selecting and pairing the wines for each course served at Tower Bridge Dinners, including the one being held on


* Amitesh “Tesh” Diyal, sommelier at The Kitchen restaurant for the last three years until just recently, now the Fine Wine account specialist for Classic Wines of California, and part of the Tower Bridge Dinner’s sommelier team for the past five years

* Beth Merrill-Belval, sommelier and tasting room manager at Due Vigne Winery at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, who is soon to be assistant winemaker at Due Vigne while launching her own label, Pair It Wines, and keeping her role as part of the Tower Bridge Dinner’s sommelier team for the third year

* Jeremy Reed, an Advanced Sommelier who has worked at The Kitchen and Ella in Sacramento, followed by La Toque and The Charter Oak in Napa Valley, and is still the beverage director for the Tower Bridge Dinner (i.e, the guy in charge of picking these wines)

* Andrew Willsen, former server, manager and sommelier at Hawks, Mulvaney’s B&L, Taylor’s Kitchen and the Waterboy, who has helped manage the Tower Bridge’s sommelier team for the past two years

• Nostra Vita’s Serendipity Brut Rosé - Clements Hills, Lodi
• The End of Nowhere’s Skin Contact Verdejo - Heringer Vineyard, Clarksburg
• The End of Nowhere’s Carbonic Zinfandel- Trapier Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley (served chilled)
• Due Vigne’s Dolcetto- Cinnamon Hill Vineyard, El Dorado County