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Wine Events: Week of August 2

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August is clearly starting off on the right foot:  I spent Sunday tasting a great selection of gamays at Terroir SF, and followed that up with a $40 wine pairing dinner at Namu, featuring Pax Mahle’s Wind Gap wines.  Lucky for all of us, there’s plenty more great wine events this week.  Enjoy!

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Tues. Aug. 3:  Donkey and Goat Wine Dinner @Maverick (Mission)

Maverick
3316 17th Street
San Francisco, CA

3-course Pre-Fixe paired w/ wine
One seating:  8:30pm – $60
Reserve in advance; 415-863-3061 or on Open Table.com

The annual music fest, Outside Lands, is also hosting one of the best wine tastings ever during this year’s concert.  In order to whet your appetite, they are also hosting a couple of special dinners for you to taste the goods ahead of time.  Lucky us.  They started on Monday w/ a dinner at Namu (see below) and will continue on Tuesday w/ Maverick’s finger-lickin’ good comfort food paired with Donkey and Goat’s wines. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I have a soft spot for this Berkeley-based winery, which is making some really interesting and

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Wed. Aug. 4:  Wind Gap Wine Dinner @Namu (Richmond)

Namu
439 Balboa (at 6th Ave)
San Francisco, CA

3-course Pre-Fixe paired w/ wine
Two seatings:  6pm and 9pm – $40
Reserve in advance – dl@namusf.com

Namu made its name by serving great korean fried chicken and tacos (a fast-growing national trend) at the Ferry Building.  They also own a small space in the Richmond, where they dole out other tasty, korean-inspired dishes.  Tonight, they’ve paired three courses with Wind Gap wines — a Forestville based winery (started by Pax Mahle and his wife) that’s getting widespread praise.  I went on Monday, and devoured the following three courses:  a seared tuna appetizer paired with the WG ’08 Central Coast Chard (sourced from two great vineyards:  James Berry and Brousseau);  mushroom dumplings with the WG ’08 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir; and a short rib dish with the WG ’07 Sonoma Coast Syrah.  OK – just writing that made me hungry.  Anyhow, the food and the wine are fantastic, and for $40 this is a steal.

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Thurs., Aug. 5:  Ojai Vineyards@ Arlequin Wine Merchants (Hayes Valley)
Arlequin Wine Merchants
284 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

Time: 6pm – 8pm – $15

Before we get to this week’s tasting event at Arlequin, i owe Ian and his team in Hayes Valley a huge thank you.  Their tasting last week of Pyramid Valley Vineyard wines was amazing.  For $15, I tasted some amazingly interesting and soulful wines — and yes, I was shocked they were from New Zealand.  In short:  if you ever get a chance to taste the Pyramid Valley ’07 Angel Flower Pinot Noir, you’re in for a real treat.

This week, they are bringing in Ojai Vineyards from Santa Barbera.  Ojai sources from some top-notch vineyards (Bien Nacido, Thompson, Clos Pepe), so you know the raw product is good.  And recently, Ojai has started turning away from their big-bold-wine profile, according to this article.  I’m looking forward to trying out the revamped juice.

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Sat.. Aug. 7:  Bonny Doon Vineyards Wine Dinner @Maverick (Mission)

Maverick
3316 17th Street
San Francisco, CA

3-course Pre-Fixe paired w/ wine
One seating:  8:30pm – $60
Reserve in advance; 415-863-3061 or on Open Table.com

And yet more from our friends at Outside Lands.  This time, Maverick will be pairing their food with, well, a real wine maverick: Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards.

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