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The Salon is back.

With noble roots in the Italian Renaissance, the Salon was once considered the most important place for the exchange of ideas. Hosts in 17th Century France said the goal of every Salon is "either to please or to educate". Today, we do both. 

Winemaker Salon is the perfect evening for people who love wine. We bring outstanding winemakers into private homes and share the stories behind each bottle along with perfectly paired bites. You’ll discover new wines, meet their makers, mingle with other wine lovers, and have access to top-notch, small production wines.

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Come for a delicious and educational evening of food, wine and community in private homes throughout the Bay Area. Sign up to be notified when Salon tickets go on sale.


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Perfect for friends, family or co-workers. We'll do all the work while you enjoy being a guest at your own party. Drop us a line to learn more!

Our next Salon...


with Pax Mahle of Pax Wines

Thursday, June 14, 2018

At a private home in Buena Vista Park, San Francisco

Pax is a new label that has come full circle for Pax and Pam Mahle. The Mahles launched the original Pax label in 2000; the wines produced were Syrah dominant, from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The wines were big, rich expressions of Syrah that were highly regarded and sought after, establishing Pax as one of the premiere California Syrah producers. 

After a falling out with their investor partner, the Mahles dissolved the brand in 2008 and put the Pax label on hold for several years, focusing their energy on their other label, Wind Gap. Wind Gap has gained market recognition in a short period of time, lauded for its savory-styled wines from coastal sites influenced by the wind gaps throughout the state of California. Like many young winemakers, Pax Mahle’s winemaking style has slowly evolved throughout the years, and that evolution is evident in the Wind Gap wines. Winemaking at Wind Gap is traditional, with some experimentation (skin contact, esoteric varietals, use of concrete for fermentation and aging). 

2014 heralded the return of the Pax label. Unlike the original brand launched in 2000, “Pax 2.0” is no longer Syrah-dominant. The new Pax label reaches beyond Syrah and other Rhone varietals to bottle Chenin Blanc, Carignan, and even Gamay Noir, released in 2018 from the first vineyard planted to the varietal in the Sonoma Coast appellation. While still largely traditional, the evolution of Mahle’s winemaking translates to a more elegant style of wine, still fruit-driven, but with less intensity than the original Pax wines. 

There are many similarities between Pax and Wind Gap; both labels crush by foot, ferment whole cluster, use native yeast for primary and secondary fermentations, source from organically farmed vineyards with low yields, with minimal use of new oak. Unlike Wind Gap, there is very little use of concrete in the Pax wines; instead the wines are aged in mostly neutral French Oak barrels. 

Pax is an homage to the classic Syrah sites of the original wines: Alder Springs, Castelli-Knight and Griffins Lair Vineyards. The wines have a purity of fruit and expression of place, impressively structured yet incredibly balanced. 

We will be pouring

2016 Chenin Blanc, Buddha’s Dharma Vineyard
2016 Gamay Noir, Sonoma Coast
2015 The Vicar, North Coast (95% Grenache 5% Syrah)
2013 Syrah Griffins Lair Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
2013 Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch, RRV

$75 per person

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 Photo by Leigh-Ann Beverley

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*Tickets are non-refundable  |  Sorry, no dietary requests


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Our salons happen monthly, in private homes throughout the Bay Area. This certificate is good for any Salon during the 2018 season.
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Our Team

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Cynthia Hogan


Cynthia is an east coast transplant obsessed with food, wine and sharing with others. What started as a summer job at 13 working for a catering company on the New Hampshire seacoast evolved into a lifelong passion.  Backpacking through Europe after college exposed her to further flavors and customs that prompted a desire to move to San Francisco to learn about wine. After a few detours in the business world Cynthia finally returned to the food and wine world as a sales rep with Illy Espresso. This subsequently morphed into the wine department at Canyon Market in San Francisco where she had the pleasure of tasting some of the finest wines and connecting with exceptional winemakers. Today, The Winemaker Salon is a culmination of all of her desires to bring people together. It's an opportunity to learn the story behind the wine and to try new delicious pairings, all while bringing back the beauty of the salons of yesteryear….


Joshua Clever


If six years of living in Paris taught Joshua Clever anything it was to appreciate seasonal, local and sustainably grown food. Highly influenced by the therapy and value of a whole foods diet, Joshua decided to return to California and pursue a career in the culinary arts. He became a certified Natural Chef at Bauman College in 2008, a culinary program based on holistic nutrition. Being an avid yogi, Joshua was interested in marrying his two passions, food and yoga. After working years as a private chef under his own company, Urban Provisions, he decided to bring a third element into the mix, wine.  Life is about balance and for Joshua, yoga + food + wine is the perfect combination to achieve just that. Joshua continues to work as a private chef, co-hosts yoga retreats down the California coast, leads health & well-being inspired culinary classes, and offers food & wine pairing events in the Bay Area.

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Anne Olson


Anne Olson is a private chef with over ten years of experience in the food industry. While attending Princeton University, Anne returned to her native Bay Area to work as a summer intern downstairs at Chez Panissse. Under the tutelage of then Executive Chef, Chris Lee, Anne’s passion for cooking developed in to a desire to focus on food as a career. After graduation, she pursued her dream and moved to Italy, where over the course of six months she honed her culinary skills at Ristorante Muffaffe in Forli, Emiligia Romagna; and at ItalCook, the school of regional Italian Cuisine in Jesi, Marche, established by the Slow Food headquarters. Anne now runs her own business here in San Francisco, where she executes high-end events for private clients. Her menus are inventive, in season and will make you hungry for more. 


Brooke Lewy


Brooke Lewy found her way into a professional kitchen at Delfina Restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, in 2012. Working her way up the line from guarde-manger to the grill/sauté station and eventually to pastry assistant, Brooke built upon the skills she developed as a passionate home cook and learned classical technique, recipe development and flawless execution. In the past several years, she has become immersed in San Francisco’s food community. In addition to working with us at the Winemaker Salon, Brooke is consulting for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the organization that runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and volunteering for the nonprofit 18 Reasons. She is also in the midst of developing a cookbook for Chronicle Books.

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