News and notes from the San Antonio food scene
Wine enthusiasts can start the month off with a swish and a swirl at Circa 1900’s Wednesday Wine Showcase, 5-8 p.m., February 1 (1906 San Pedro). This week’s tasting features Bulgarian wines with Velizar Iliev, native Bulgarian and owner of “Grapes Unlimited,” a local wine distribution company, as the guest speaker.
Bulgaria is the oldest documented wine-producing country in the world; according to tourism websites, its wine was first praised by Homer in the Illiad and the Odyssey. With more than 50 wineries and wine cellars, Bulgaria ranks 13th in the world for wine production and has the capacity to process approximately 700,000 tons of grapes a year. By comparison, Texas grows approximately 9,300 tons.
During the tastings, wines are available in a three-glass “mini flight,” full flights of four glasses, or by the glass for those who can give their palate to only one wine at a time. The Wednesday night tastings are a regular event; visit circsa.com for a schedule.
Azúca owners Pierre Kranzle and Rene Fernandez have opened a new restaurant. Pasión! Latin Bistro and Bar, 1401 Loop 1604 West, combines Latin American and Caribbean cuisine in dishes such as the Cuban Press sandwich and Pilli Pilli Shrimp. True to the port cities of Latin America, Pasión! features a ceviche bar — raw or citrus-cured fish typically prepared with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro — the only one in town. To complement the tangy fish, Chef Fernandez has stocked the bar with a selection of more than 100 Latin American and Caribbean rums. For more information, call 493-6200.
Rumors that Mike Behrend, owner of Lulu’s Bakery and Café, is planning to open a vegetarian restaurant were confirmed this week. A waitress told the Current that, yes, he would be opening a new restaurant, but, no, she didn’t know when. •
Compiled by Francesca Camillo