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Wine Events: Week of July 5

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!  I was back in Mendocino / Anderson Valley for a wedding, and picked up another bottle of Drew Pinot (this time their Gatekeeper Pinot).  It didn’t make it back to SF b/c I have absolutely no will power, and opened it up to sip &  share around the fire pit on the 4th of July.

Anyhow, this week features two East Bay wineries — a great chance to check out some of my favorite local small producers.  I’ll keep an eye out for additional events during the week, and if you’d like updates, please sign up for my twitter feed:  sfwineblog@twitter.



Thurs., July 8:  Donkey and Goat Winery @ Arlequin Wine (Hayes Valley)
Arlequin Wine Merchants
284 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

Time: 6pm – 8pm – $15

Named by the New York Times‘ Eric Asimov as one of the top California Syrah producers, the husband-wife team behind A Donkey And Goat are no longer one of Berkeley’s best kept secrets.  I love the style – restrained, elegant, earthy syrah; some cool and refreshing whites; and one of my favorite rosés.  If you missed them at the SF Natural Wine Alliance tasting a few weeks ago, this is your chance!


K&L Wine Merchants

Sat. July 10: Wines of Argentina and Chile @ K&L Wine (SoMA)

K&L Wine Merchants
638 4th Street

Time:  noon-3:00pm – price TBD

Neither Argentina or Chile made it into the semifinals of the World Cup, but man do these countries pump out some good wines at reasonable prices.  Come check out K&L’s faves from the southern hemisphere.


Broc Cellars

Sun. July 11:  Broc-tacular Food & Wine Event @ Broc Cellars (Berkeley)

Broc Cellars
805 Camelia St
Berkeley, CA

Time:  1:00-5:00pm – $20

I have been looking forward to this event fo months.  Back in December, the boy-wonders behind SF’s Naked Lunch (which recently got a shout out from Travel & Leisure Magazine) and Berkeley’s Broc Cellars teamed up to host a food and wine pairing event.  And it was good.  It was oh so good:  I’ve had dreams about the Grenache / Pork Belly combo.  (Pls excuse as I wipe drool off the keyboard).  Seriously, this was one of the most memorable food-and-wine experiences I’ve ever had and a bargain for the price.  So brave the trip across the bridge, and pick up what I’m sure will become one of your favorite bbq wines:  Broc’s recently released Carignane.


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