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Bong Su offers complimentary tastings

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, July 5th, 2007 at 11:47 am in Uncategorized.

If you like Vietnamese food and want to learn more about the wines that marry well with it, definitely hit up Bong Su in San Francisco. They’ve opened up Wine Director John McDaniel’s time to the public, at no charge, as long as you have a dinner reservation. He consulted at my birthday dinner in February, helping me settle on a Gruner Veltliner that was a hit with the shaking beef, aromatic curries and shrimp cupcakes the 10 of us ordered.

Basically, guests are invited to arrange a tasting with McDaniel in Bong Su’s glass-enclosed tasting room — stocked with boutique selections from around the world — prior to their meal. 5:30 is a good time, and you can bring up to eight people, I’m told. The tasting typically lasts around half an hour, and you will sample anywhere from thee to 10 wines.

While you nibble on small bites from Chef Tammy Huynh, McDaniel guides the group through
a tasting of wines open for the evening, hoping to tease your palate into ordering some with the upcoming meal, and turning you on to new wines and novel pairings. You may know what you like with crab and noodles (Taltarni Brut Rose, please!) but what about pho?

Check it out.

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