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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 10

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Sometimes being a wine fan in SF is like being a pig rolling around in mud.  As usual, some really great events, topped off with Winter Wineland up in the Russian River Valley.

OH – and as you’ll see from my twitter feed, it looks like Spencer & Daniel’s has some really great deals right now on Argentinean / Chilean wines, including 2000 & 2002 Achaval Ferrer Alta Malbec ($12.99) and 2002, 2003, 2004 Montes Folly Syrah ($21.99).  These are coveted wines that usually go for over $80 retail.  Stock up while you can!


Sun., Jan 10 – Bin 38 Oregon Wine Tasting (Marina)
3232 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

3 – 6pm – $20 tasting

Oregon is well-recognized as a top-notch pinot producer, but Northwest winemakers have expanded their arsenal, and are now churning out all sorts of tasty varietals.  Come by to try eight different wines from the following producers:  A to Z, Abacela, Bethel Heights, Penner-Ash, Rex Hill and Solena.  (and hit the Penner-Ash early and often!).


Tues., Jan. 12:  Chateau Montelena Tasting @ Four Seasons (SoMa)
757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

5:30pm – 7:30pm – $35 tasting

Back in 1977, Cheateau Montelena’s chardonnay won a wine competition in Paris, announcing to the world that California was producing world-class wines.  Come meet winemaker Bo Barrett, learn more about this historic winery, and before you go, consider reading The Judgment of Paris or seeing the movie Bottleshock.


Wed, Jan. 13:  Spanish Wine Tasting @ Ferry Plaza (FiDi)
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA,

4:30PM – 7:30pm – $25 for flight of 6 wines

Wine importer Jorge Ordonez — well known for his affable and excitable personality–  is often credited for the popularity of spanish wines in the U.S.  Meet Ordonez, and try an exciting mix of wines that will allow you to see that Spain offers much more than just rioja.



Wed, Jan. 13:  Red Wine Sensory School @ Crushpad (Dogpatch)
San Francisco, CA,

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Ever want to learn more about wine but felt it would (a) cost too much or (b) take too much time?  Crushpad has a great solution.  This Wednesday, they are offering a “Red Wine Sensory Analysis” class  While this sounds intimidating, it really boils down to this:  learn the general vocabulary to describe what you smell and taste when you drink red wine.  Simple enough, no?  And the kicker is, you can then know what it means for a wine to be “smokey,” “fruit forward,” or “meaty.”

NOTE – I’m now told that this class is sold out.  Keep an eye on Crushpad’s events page here for future classes.


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

1pm – 5pm – $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.  For a great write up and recommendations on where to go, check out this Sonoma local’s blog:

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


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.


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