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Wine Events: Week of June 7

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very, VERY excited about Saturdays tasting @ Terroir

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Thurs., June 10:  Champagne @ Arlequin Wine Merchants (Hayes Valley)
Arlequin Wine Merchants
284 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

Time: 6pm – 8pm – $25

Who doesn’t love bubbles?  One of my favorite wine stores in the city is hosting a tasting of biodynamic and natural champagne producers.

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Sat. June 12:  Bay Area Natural Wine Consortium @Terroir (SoMa)
Terroir Natural Wine Merchant & Bar
1116 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA

Time:  4pm – 8pm – $30 (15 wines)

Wow.  No, no — WOW.  This event features four Bay Area natural wine producers.  What’s that you say?  Natural wines?  Don’t sneer — two of these guys, Donkey and Goat and Edmunds St. John — were recently named among the country’s 10 best Syrah makers by NY Times writer, Eric Asimov.  He labeled these as “wines that emphasize balance and savory aromas and flavors rather than power, concentration and fruitiness.”

Other wineries include Broc Cellars (which makes one of my favorite mourvedres) and Dashe Cellars (Sonoma-based zins).

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Sat. June 12:  Slow Foods Golden Glass @ Fort Mason (Marina)
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

Time:  1pm -5pm – $60 (unlimited wine / 5 food tastes)

OK, so I’ve never been to this event, but my favorite weekly food newsletter, tablehopper, is highly recommending it.  I trust Ms. Hopstress, so will take her word for it.  Here’s her write up:

A wine event I look forward to every year, ~THE GOLDEN GLASS WINE EVENT~ is celebrating its seventh anniversary. You’ll be able to taste over 100 sustainable and “slow” wines from around the globe, including wines from our own backyard (Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino), paired with culinary specialties from Bay Area chefs and artisanal food producers. Participating restaurants include: A16, Acquerello, Betelnut, Delfina, E Tutto Qua, Frantoio, Il Cane Rosso, LarkCreekSteak, One Market, Perbacco, Plum Restaurant, Ristobar, Shokolaat, the girl and the fig, Thirsty Bear, and many others. There will be sample-sized plates of their signature dishes, charcuterie, cheeses, olive oils, seasonal fruit, breads, pastries, and gelato presented in a market-style atmosphere for attendees to savor throughout the afternoon.

Chaired by local sommelier and educator Rebecca Chapa—and judged by a panel of acclaimed national wine experts—the 2010 Golden Glass Competition will award golden glasses (as well as silver and bronze distinctions) to the best “slow” wines the world has to offer. Participating wines reflect the Slow Food principles of “good, clean and fair” production practices—whether organic, sustainable, or biodynamic. Restaurant participants will pair up with winemakers to offer prix-fixe menus during the week of The Golden Glass, like Acquerello, Ristobar, and Ottimista Enoteca-Café. More information can be found here.

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