Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton
In addition to Jean-Charles Boisset’s six wineries and vineyards in Northern California, wine connoisseurs can now also taste the purveyor’s wines in the City by the Bay at the elegant JCB Tasting Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
The brand-centric lounge specializes in flights, each tailored around a different theme. Celebrate with the Sparkling Collection for $35, which includes JCB Brut, JCB 39 Brut Blanc de Blanc, and a JCB 13 Brut Rose, all from Burgundy. The Burgundy-inspired flight ($50) comprises a wine from Burgundy (the JCB Brut) and four NoCal wines that may as well also be — JCB 33 Chardonnay and JCB 6 Pinot Noir, both from the Russian River Valley; JCB 22 Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast; and the Burgundy-Russian River Valley blend, JCB 3 Pinot Noir. The top-of-the-line Ultimate Job ($75) includes JCB 39 Brut Blanc de Blanc, JCB 33 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley), JCB 3 Pinot Noir, JCB 1 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) and The Surrealist by JCB, a Napa cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot.
The intimate lounge, which only seats 14, also offers small bites from the hotel’s Parallel 37 restaurant. Savory bites include dishes such as flank steak steamed bun with horseradish; and date jam and crispy Liberty Farm Duck fritters with kumquat relish. On the sweeter side, there’s blueberry pate de fruit with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate, as well as nectarine bonbons.
Visitors can also indulge in the JCB lifestyle by shopping Baccarat jewelry and glassware, parasols, candles, perfumes, coffee-table books, and a line of unisex broaches designed by Boisset, the luxury collective of wineries. That sparkly jewelry inspiration is carried through to the design of the lounge with purple velvet sofas, dark lighting, and leopard-print carpeting.
This weekends-only lounge is the perfect spot to sample wines from around the world (though we wouldn’t blame you if you’d prefer to visit the wineries instead!).