Back from Peru, and happy to see so many pre-holiday season wine events in the SF Area. A few highlights below. Hope to see you there!
No More Nouveau Tasting @ Arlequin Wine Merchants (Hayes Valley, SF)
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Thurs., Nov. 19, 6pm-8pm – $15
True francophiles may resent this event, but god bless Arlequin for putting a new twist on an annual tradition. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, merchants around the world release the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. I tend to find these wines overly fruit forward and sweet, so tend to avoid release parties, but Arlequin has a solution to the problem: a tasting meant to highlight the broader range of wines from the region. And, lucky you, Arlequin really know how to put together a great tasting events–I attended an Unti tasting at Arlequin this past Saturday, and let’s just say the staff enjoys giving very generous pours.
Beaujolais Nouveau Release @ Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant (Berkeley)
1605 San Pablo Ave
Sat., Nov. 21 11AM – 4PM
You’d be hard pressed to find a better guide to French wines than California’s Kermit Lynch — Berkeley’s resident expert, and one of the nation’s leading importers. Join Kermit and other East Bay wine lovers for this great tasting event (and seek atonement for skipping the Nov. 19 release parties).
PinotFest @ Farallon Restaurant (Financial District, SF)
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
Sat., Nov. 21, 3pm-6pm, $100
Wow, what a line up — it’s like a who’s-who list of domestic pinot producers. You want Oregon wines? Adelsheim, Chehalem, Domain Drouhin and Domaine Serene will all be there. Prefer California pinots? Littorai, Kosta Browne, Peay, and Radio Coteau on hand, too. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While the price tag is steep, this is a really special event, and worth the price of admission.