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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 24


SHAZAM!  This is BIG week for SF wine fans:  the first wine festival of the new year will find Zin-fans flocking to the city by the bay for the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) annual shindig.  I’ll be skiing in Utah, so y’all will have to drink some extra wine for me.



Thurs., Jan. 28:  Tercero Wine Tasting (Fish. Wharf)
Winery Collective Tasting Room & Wine Bar
485 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

5:30p-8:30p – $15 in advance / $20 at the door

Disclaimer:  I’ve never tried Tercero.  But I want to.  This lil’ winery has gained a reputation for making rich rhone varietals from Santa Barbera County.  Winemaker Larry Schaffer — recently labeled a “winemaker to watch” by the SF Chronicle (article here) — will be on hand, pouring seven wines, including some grenache and syrah.


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 ($69 at the door)  and starts at 2pm

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.  The lines get long later in the day.

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


Sat. Jan 30:  CAV Wine Bar Introduction to Wine Class
1666 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

2pm – 4pm — $40 per person

Hard to think of a better venue to learn about wine — Cav has gained a good reputation for the diversity of their wine list.  Cav has selected 8 wines to illustrate different components of taste:  tannin, acidity, body and a variety of aromas and flavors.  If only my college had more classes like this.


2 thoughts on “Wine Events: Week of Jan. 24

  1. Thanks for mentioning this event! If you have a chance, please do stop by! Would love to put a face with a name – and share more of my wines with as many people as I can!

    I will be pouring both of my whites that night – my Grenache Blanc and my Outlier, a dry Gewurztraminer. These, in addition to the Grenache/Mourvedre rose I’ll be pouring, are all acid driven, as I like to make all of these wines food friendly . . .

    I’ll also be pouring grenache, syrah, a petite sirah/syrah blend, and more!


    • Thanks Larry! I’m planning to stop by the tasting after work, and am really looking forward to trying your wines.

      BTW – I followed the Twitter/TasteLive tasting hosted by Hospice Du Rhone that you participated in December. I think its great that you guys are using some creative ways to reach out to consumers!


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