By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov
Q1 2013 is not an abbreviation for some space mission. It stands for the first quarter of the year at the “Hyatt Culture Club.” The Club is free and open to the public in the soaring atrium lobby of Hyatt Regency San Francisco in a form of quarterly displays highlighting the cultural icons, artistic entities and popular attractions of the SF Bay Area.
Currently, hotel guests and the city dwellers can enjoy an exhibition of the Alpha Omega Winery – a boutique winery located in the Rutherford appellation. Winemakers Jean Hoefliger, born and raised in Switzerland, and Michel Rolland, who owns wine estates in Bordeaux, France, utilize historic vineyards of Napa Valley to produce elegant and balanced wines, like the one on display in a humongous 18-liter bottle, named after Solomon, the biblical King of Israel, son of David. Besides the wine bottles of various sizes and explanations on how they relate to a glass and a case of wine, the exhibition features real grape vines, and a large screen video about the Alpha Omega property, its history, vineyards, and the winemaking process.
At the exhibition opening, the best of the handcrafted wines were paired with food prepared by the Hyatt Regency San Francisco culinary team. Unoaked Chardonnay Napa Valley 2011, Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010, Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2009, and Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 complimented an array of cheeses with California dried fruit and honey; shrimp and grits, pork cheeks with polenta and butternut squash; and dessert treats like lemon meringue, apple, and berry pies.
All Alpha Omega wines are available for public and private tastings at the winery known for its rustic beauty, fountains and mountain views as well as for its award-winning wines. www.aowinery.com
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s Hyatt Culture Club has its displays in America’s largest atrium lobby, of over 42,000 square feet, and partners with some of Northern California’s beloved venues such as Jelly Belly Candy Company; the ExplOratorium; San Francisco Symphony; Monterey Bay Aquarium; Cable Cars; Ghirardelli Chocolates; Alcatraz; Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!; Beach Blanket Babylon; and Napa Valley Wine Train.
Other partnerships for 2013 include:
Q2 2013 Alcatraz Prision – a replica exhibit of the famous prison
Q3 2013 The ExplOratorium – an interactive display of the museum’s most popular innovations
Q4 2013 Holiday Snow Village exhibit with cascading lights display and indoor snowfall.
Situated on the Embarcadero Waterfront, across from the Ferry Building with ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon and Alameda, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the city’s most accessible hotel. It is close to the beginning of the California Street Cable Car line and to the Embarcadero Center’s shops and restaurants, Financial District, Downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, South of Market, AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants) and Embarcadero’s waterfront walking and jogging trail. As the city’s largest luxury waterfront hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts 802 rooms and suites. Guest services and amenities include Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, 24-hour automated business center and newly constructed 24-hour StayFit @ Hyatt Fitness Center. The Eclipse Café in the lobby serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring classic interpretations of local cuisine. More information at: www.sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com
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