SOURCE: Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate

Cavallo Point - the Lodge at the Golden Gate

August 01, 2012 12:00 ET

Murray Circle's Wine Director, Gillian Ballance, Achieves Worldwide Ranking of Master Sommelier -- One of 18 Women in the U.S.

Stimulate and Broaden Your Palate at Cavallo Point's Murray Circle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2012) - Murray Circle at Cavallo Point Lodge is pleased to announce its wine director, Gillian Ballance, has received the prestigious worldwide ranking of Master Sommelier and invites guests to come and broaden their palates with the tasting menu wine pairings showcasing Ballance's knowledge and the lodge's monthly Drink & Dine Local events.

The restaurant's tasting menu, designed by Executive Chef Justin Everett, allows guests to expand their culinary horizons through a series of seven courses, each distinctly paired by Ballance with a wine that complements the dish. Murray Circle provides a natural setting for guests to enjoy the meal, including vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, city skyline and marina; surrounding Marin headlands; stunning nightscapes; and verandas to dine or just relax outside. The wine cellar boasts one of California's deepest and most diverse collections, featuring more than 2,000 options.

Cavallo Point Lodge also offers monthly Drink & Dine Local events, encouraging guests to savor locally sourced, farm-fresh dishes and sample wines from local wineries, hand-selected by Ballance, or beer from local breweries.

"Gillian Ballance's wine expertise and world-class ranking provide an opportunity for guests to expand their knowledge and culinary experience," said General Manager Euan Taylor. "She ensures guests have a pleasant, informative and unique dining experience by assisting them in navigating our extensive wine list. She selects and pairs wines with Murray Circle's French-inspired, ingredient-driven Northern California cuisine."

The Master Sommelier Diploma is considered the highest distinction a professional can attain in the fine wine and beverage industry. To obtain the Diploma, candidates must successfully pass three stages of the Court of Master Sommeliers' educational programs. Ballance is one of just 18 women in the U.S. to achieve the title of Master Sommelier and one of 197 professionals worldwide to receive the title.

Ballance brings 15 years of experience in the fine dining and hospitality industry to Murray Circle, where the talented culinary team creates food culture through a passion for new techniques and draws inspiration from local, fresh ingredients. The lodge is the perfect destination for those looking for an enriching and enjoyable wine and food experience. With wine country just a short drive away, and a world-ranked expert on staff, guests can learn about and enjoy all that wine culture has to offer in a beautiful setting.

About Cavallo Point Lodge
Cavallo Point Lodge is an upscale and environmentally sustainable lodge set within Golden Gate National Parks at the foot of the famed Golden Gate Bridge. Once the Fort Baker military base, today meticulously restored turn‐of‐the‐century and sensitively designed new buildings reflect the site's stalwart history and majestic natural setting.

Opened in the summer of 2008, Cavallo Point Lodge is a "base camp" where the city's urban edge meets the rugged Marin coast. Since opening, it has earned much recognition, including LEED Gold certification, and was named one of America's top new national landmarks by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

A member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Cavallo Point Lodge was developed by the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC. Passport Resorts LLC or its affiliated companies manage Cavallo Point Lodge, the award-winning Post Ranch Inn and Sea Ranch Lodge. For more information on Cavallo Point Lodge, visit or its Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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