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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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