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Nov 21, 2009 03:51 PM

Cyrus dilemma-Wine or Cocktails?

Have a 6:00 res. and am going for the large tasting. I really love the new cocktail revolution but i'm also trying to expand my wine knowledge. Any ideas?

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  1. I shared a wine pairing with my father at Cyrus, but could not resist stealing a few sips of cocktail from my mother and husband during dinner.

    For me, cocktails win. Each one was unique, delicious, and I don't think I've seen them replicated anywhere.

    The wines were all lovely and well paired, but if you're not already a wine lover I think there's only so much you can learn from a wine pairing at a long dinner like that. There's already so much going on--the meal is so exciting and you'll be enjoying good conversation--it's just not very conducive to much learning. My dad only drinks California cabs, and I know he enjoyed the wine pairings but learned zilch during our meal.

    There are literally thousands of places to taste and learn about wine in the Bay Area, but Cyrus really has something unique going on with their cocktails. Enjoy it!

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    1. re: Pei

      Do both if you have the stomach and the head (and the wallet)! At Cyrus, the wine pairings are thougtful and unusual; the cocktails are adventuresome and tasty.
      I remember a sake tasting paired with a fish dish that rocked my world.

      1. re: Cecelia

        Wish I had just had a drink and left! What a waste of $500! I will wait a bit before I write a full review but I have not felt this ripped off since getting mugged. An 8 course tasting that would fit in a cereal bowl. A wine pairing where the oldest vintage was 2005. A loud, cramped room and a "Keystone Cops" approach to service that was both intrusive and obsequious. Worst of all the food was boring!!!! and as Woody Allen would say "And such small portions" I am so angry! However my partner did have a cocktail and it was wonderful. Small comfort.