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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 17

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Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.  I’m in Tahoe, enjoying time with friends, having some aprés-ski red wine to stay warm, and otherwise taking advantage of the extra day off.

I’ve reposted some of the info re the Haiti fundraisers hosted by some folks in the wine industry (earlier post here) and added additional tasting events below.  Also, I’ve added a “look ahead” section for future events that may be worth putting in your calendar now or buying tix now before they sell out.

Off to the mountain.  Enjoy, and hope El Niño doesn’t dampen your weekend!


Mon. Jan. 18:  Wine for Haiti SF Charity Drive @ Presidio Cafe (Presidio)
300 Finley Road
San Francisco, CA 94129

5:00pm – 8:00pm – suggested donation of $50 / preferred donation of $100
***Over 50 wines to be poured***

Charitable Organizations: Sirona Cares Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Partners In Health and the American Red Cross.

The following importers have generously donated to this event:  Vinos Unicos; International Vineyards; Blue Danube Wine Company; Sienna Imports


Wed., Jan. 20:  Bin 38 Fundraiser for Haiti (Marina)
3232 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

4:00pm – 1:00am

Charitable Organization: The What If? Foundation
According to the foundation’s website, “Founded in 2000, the What If? Foundation funds food and education programs for children in Haiti.”

Donation Plan: Bin 38 will donate $2 for each glass of wine or bottled beer sold, and will be collecting donations at the door (so bring our checkbook).


Thurs., Jan. 21:  Bi-Rite Market’s New Year, New Wine @ 18Reasons (Mission)
593 Guerrero
San Francisco, CA,

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Suggested Donation $10 ($5 for 18Reasons Members)

If you’re familiar with this blog, you know I’m a big fan of all-things BiRite, and have discovered some great wines by trusting their wine department, headed by Trac Le.  Join Trac and his team as they present some of their latest and greatest wines — a phenomenal opportunity to try something new.


Sat., Jan. 23:  Austrian/German Wine Class @ Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (FiDi)
Port Commissioner Hearing Room – Ferry Plaza
San Francisco, CA

4:00pm – 6:00pm – $55

Reserve by calling FPWM at 415.391.9400 or email Debbie@fpwm.com

There are a lot of personalities in the wine industry.  And then there’s Terry Theise. Here’s a description of the king of riesling from Michael Skurnik Wines:

If it is true that the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom, Terry Theise has been there and back. A brief perusal of his writing makes it quickly apparent that the man has no reservations about conveying his thoughts and feelings on wine, life, sex, philosophy and general cosmology. In Terry’s world, it’s all inter-related.

Join Terry and the team from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant as they walk you through a dozen wines and tell you more about great wines from Germany and Austria.



The Cheese School hosts great classes on all things cheese (go figure) but they also do a great primer on wine and cheese pairing.  The next one is on February 10, and if past experience is any indicator, it will sell out.  ($65 per person, 6:30-8:30pm).  For you AP level cheese heads, there are classes on cheese & champagne, new world wine and cheeses, and port & british cheeses.

SF Beer Week is from Feb. 5-14.  So why am I writing about beer in a wine blog?  (1) Because I also like beer and (2) because Bin38 is doing a good spirited Beer v. Wine Pairing challenge on Feb. 11 and (3) delicious seafood boite Bar Crudo is doing a similar beer and wine pairing dinner on Feb. 7.  Details to follow, but worth blocking out the date!

And plan a trip up north between Feb. 22-28 for Sonoma County Restaurant Week.  A slew of restaurants are offering three-course meals for $19, $29, or $39.  Make you reservations early (participating restaurants include Dry Creek Kitchen and the girl & the fig).


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