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New Desserts at Hopscotch, Your Chance to Stomp Wine Grapes & More

Peach melba at Hopscotch in Oakland. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

New Sweets at Hopscotch

Hopscotch, the upscale diner in Oakland famed for its fried chicken, aims to satisfy your sweet tooth, too.

The restaurant, which serves American classics with Asian influences, just debuted a new dessert menu.

Among the treats to enjoy are: Peach melba with Greek yogurt sorbet, fresh raspberries and chervil; fig and almond tart with red wine sauce; and chocolate ganache cake with arare rice crackers and caramel sauce.

All desserts are $8.

Chocolate ganache cake. (Photo courtesy of Hopscotch restaurant)

The Mandarin Oriental Celebrates the Upcoming Moon Festival

Join in the commemoration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, typically held during a full moon close to the autumnal equinox, at a special event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20.

The evening will include cocktails, as well as featured wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, along with Chinese delicacies and a tasting of mooncakes made by Koi Palace. Additionally, guests also will get to take in the view of the full moon from the hotel’s40th floor outdoor SkyDeck.

Price is $85 per person. Click here for reservations.

Sept. 3-20, the hotel will be selling mooncakes from Koi Palace, priced from $25 to $45, depending upon the variety.

Grgich Hills Winery Wants to Get You Stomping

If you’re old enough to remember the iconic grape-stomping scene in the old TV comedy, “I Love Lucy,” Grgich Hills Estate in Rutherford is offering you the opportunity to re-live that moment.

Mike Grgich and a friend stomp away at his winery. (Photo courtesy of Ken Morris)

Through Halloween, the winery invites you to kick off your shoes to get down and dirty stomping grapes. You’ll get a chance to create your own keepsake by imprinting your grape-stained feet on a white “I stomped at Grgich Hills” T-shirt when you step out of the barrel, too. No doubt, since you’ll be parched from all that aerobic activity, you’ll also get to enjoy a tasting of three wines.

You’ll be following in the footsteps of Owner Mike Grgich, who turned 90 this year and stomped his first grapes when he was 3 years old in Croatia.

The stomping opportunity is offered daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30 per person.

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