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Wine Events: week of July 19

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An impromptu escape to Sonoma on Sunday has be hankering for more wine.  Thankfully, our good German and Austrian friends are hosting a series of great events this week to quench your thirst — ah yes, Summer of Riesling has landed in San Francisco.  Enjoy!

(My apologies to the peeps at BiRite and 18 Reasons — had hoped to get this out in time to include a post about tonight’s Italian Wine Tasting.  Anyhow, looks like you guys had a full house for a fun night of exotic varietals.).

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Tues. July 20:  Summer of Riesling Kickoff @RN74 (SoMa)
301 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 10:00pm – pay as you go

On the heels of their festive Bastille day celebration, RN74 is becoming summer party central.  This week, you’ll be swimming in Riesling at RN74 as they officially kick off The Summer of Riesling— 30 plus rieslings by the glass, small bites, and live jazz.

For a full list of participants in the Summer of Riesling celebrations (which go on all week) click here.

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Sat. July 24:  Joli Vin Wine Imports @ Vintage Berkeley (Berkeley)
2113 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA

1:00pm – 3:00pm at Vintage Berkeley-Vine Street store
3:30pm – 5:30pm at Vintage Berkeley-Elmwood store

One of the best ways of experimenting with  old world wines is testing out the portfolio of a trusted importer with a keen eye for talent:  Kermit Lynch, Louis Dressner, etc.  So after trying a Crozes Hermitage (Emmanuel Darnaud) at Heart Wine Bar in the Mission this weekend, I asked for the bottle so I could figure out who was responsible for bringing this lip-smacking good wine state-side.  Low and behold — Joli Vin.  A small, local importer of lesser known wineries.  According to the JV website, their “mission” is to “represent[] artisan winemakers from France, both from some of the well known wine regions as well as the lesser known, winemakers who are all passionate about their work and whose wines express their unique origins and true sense of place.”  Solid.  Check out their wares in Berkeley this weekend.

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