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Wine Events: Week of Oct. 18

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So many fun events in SF and Sonoma this upcoming weekend.  Sadly, I’ll be out of town, but if you have a chance to attend any of the following, drop a comment.

Owen RoeOwen Roe Tasting @ William Cross Wine Merchants (Russian Hill, SF)
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Wed., Oct. 21, 6pm-9pm – $15

Owen Roe is at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest’s wine revolution, making some serious Syrahs, Pinots, and Cabs.  And even better – they offer some great value wines, too.  I was giddy when I picked up a couple of bottles at K&L a few weeks back, and now they’ll be showing their wares at a great lil’  wine shop in Russian Hill.  This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the types of wine coming out of Washington and Oregon.


Pinot Tasting @ Piazza Market Wine Bar (North Beach, SF)
627 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA 94133

Wed., Oct. 21 – 6pm-8pm – $15

In anticipation of Sunday’s big event, taste some Pinots from one of the Obama’s favorite producers – Hirsch Vineyards (story here).  I was lucky to have some to accompany a whole hog barbecue and…well…wow.  What can I say?  It was good.  Oh so good.  They’ll also be pouring Pisoni, B. Kosuge, and Tyler.  As an added bonus — 25% off any bottle they pour that night.


Vintge BerkeleyFree Wine Tasting @ Vintage Berkeley
2113 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA

Sat., Oct. 24 – 1pm-3pm – FREE

Two words that sound great together:  free + wine.  Even better free + Domaine Select Wine. One of the premier importers comes to one of the most enjoyable wine stores in the Bay Area (focuses on wines under $25/bottle)  for an afternoon of free tasting.  I’m not privy to what they’ll be pouring, but DS has a broad portfolio, so I’m sure it will be fun.


Pinot on the River Festival Grand Tasting (Russian River Valley)
Rodney Strong Vineyards
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Sunday, Oct. 25 – Noon-4pm – $69 (plus service fee)

So many pinots, so little time.  Enjoy the scenic Russian River Valley w/ some of the best pinot producers in the country.  Highlights include:  Roessler Cellars, Kosta Browne, Littorai, Failla, Kanzler, Peay, Merry Edwards….OK, now I’m thirsty.  Trust me — this is an impressive array of wines, and well worth the price of admission.  Get there early!


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