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Wine Events: A look ahead to Jan. 2010

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With everyone getting ready for the holidays, there’s a drop in the number of wine-related activities over the next couple of weeks.  But this will gives us all some time to rest up before January sweeps in with a slew of wine sippin’ events.  Here’s a look ahead to the new year.

Happy Holidays!


Sat.-Sun., Jan. 16-17: Russian River Valley’s Winter Wineland (Sonoma)
1pm – 5pm
Multiple Wineries

$40 for both days/ $30 Sun. only

I love the Russian River Valley – rolling hills, beautiful farm land, and–oh yeah–great wine. Lots of the areas pinot and zin producers (including some up in the Dry Creek Valley) are participating.   Many places will be pouring new releases and library wines.

Buy your tickets in advance (before Jan. 11) by going here.


K&L Wine Merchants

Sun., Jan. 17:  K&L’s Fete du Bourdeaux (FiDi, SF)
One Market Restaurant
San Francisco, CA


Tasting followed by dinner, and featuring some amazing producers.  This ain’t a cheap event, but its a really impressive line up, if you can swing it.  Special guests:  Anthony Barton of Langoa- and Léoville-Barton, Jean-Bernard Delmas and Nicolas Glumineau of Montrose, and Jean Charles Cazes of Lynch-Bages. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT.


Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 28-30:  ZAP 19th Annual Zinfandel Festival (Fort Mason, SF)
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

Multiple events; Saturday’s Zin tasting is $59 (in advance)

The premier event in the country for those who choose to live in Zin.  Multiple events each day, with the grand tasting (featuring over 250 wineries) being held on Saturday.  Hint:  buy your tickets early, and show up as soon as the gates open for the grand tasting.

A few producers I’m always happy to see:  Acorn, Orin Swift, Ridge, Turley



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