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Pictures of Fifth Floor's Sommelier Luncheon at SF Chefs

Lunching With the Bay's Best Sommeliers

One of the highlights of the SF Chefs festival was a special lunch hosted by Kendall Jackson at the Fifth Floor. The winery invited some of the Bay Area's top sommeliers, like Shelley Lindgren of SPQR and A16, to enjoy the meal. Each sommelier sat at a different table and led us diners through the five-course meal. It was informative but fun, and I loved hearing about how my master sommelier, Jesse Becker, got his start.

Don't the glasses look so pretty all lined up in rows?

White wine on ice.

When I arrived at the restaurant, I was greeted with this mushroom corn appetizer.

My favorite white wine was Kendall Jackson's Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

The menu for the meal. At the table I enjoyed lively conversation with Jesse the sommelier, Jay Barmann of Grub Street, and the team behind Mendocino Wine Co.

To take a look at the food and the wine, browse my photos after the jump.

Don't the glasses look so pretty all lined up in rows?

White wine on ice.

When I arrived at the restaurant, I was greeted with this mushroom corn appetizer.

My favorite white wine was Kendall Jackson's Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

The menu for the meal. At the table I enjoyed lively conversation with Jesse the sommelier, Jay Barmann of Grub Street, and the team behind Mendocino Wine Co.

First course was a beautifully plated citrus shiso crudo and Armenian cucumber.

This upscale take on a BLT involved heirloom tomatoes, purselane, chicharrones, and a pancetta vinaigrette.

Chef Jennie Lorenzo's delicate plating of this lamb dish with fresh beans was almost too gorgeous to eat.

My favorite red was KJ's Vitner's Reserve Pinot Noir.
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