The bubbles start flowin’ on Thursday, and they just keep on goin’. Hope to see you at some of these upcoming events! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out SF Chron’s Jon Bonne’s Top 100 List for 2010, you should: always an interesting read, and much more insightful than the picks from industry magazines (you know who I’m talkin’ about).
Thurs. Dec. 9: Arlequin Champagne Tasting (Hayes Valley)Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102
6:00pm – 8:00pm – pricing $50
Thurs. Dec. 9 – Sun. Dec. 12: Bi-Rite Market Wine Blitz (Mission)593 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and…..BLITZIN! One of the best lil’ wine shops in SF offers you 20% off a mixed case of wine from their phenomenal selection, plus free delivery to anywhere in the city during this weekend’s Wine Blitz. Not a bad deal! I had a chance to sample some of the goods with friends this past Thursday, and listed the favorites below. Keep an eye out for these under -$20 bottles:
SPARKLING: NV Domaine Montbourgeau Cremant de Jura (Normally $21.99, $17.59 w/ case discount): Light, snappy, and refreshing, this chardonnay-based bubbly comes from one of the “it” spots of the moment: Jura. This is a great wine to start off the night, and the price is right!
WHITE: 2009 Valle Isarco Alto Adige Eisacktaler Kerner (Italy) (Normally $19.99, $15.99 w/ case discount): The name is a mouthful, and so is this wine: full bodied and bright, this is a wine that just pops, but has enough mineral to it to keep it from crossing the line.
RED: 2008 Palacios Camins del Priorat (Garnacha/Carignane/Cab Blend) (Spain) Normally 22.99, $18.39 w/ case discount): Wine maker Alvaro Palacios is a bit of a wine superstar, so nice that he has a sub-$20 bottle to offer us common folk. This was a bit too big and bold for me, but was a huge crowd pleaser. The high “yummy”-rating on this wine, plus the purrty label make this a great wine to bring over as a dinner party gift.
If you like your wines a little funky, check out the following:
FUNKY WHITE: 2009 Do Ferreiro Albarino Rebisaca (Treixadura and Albariño blend) (Spain) (Normally $19.99, $15.99 w/ case discount): It’s like puttin’ the ocean in a bottle . This wine transports you to a rugged beach side — the kind you walk around on a 70-degree, partly cloudy day with a light sweater to shield you from the wind. OK – I realize I said a bunch of shit that tells you nothing about how this wine tastes. Salty. Its salty. With a lil’ grapefruit to it. Happy? Now let me get back to my beach, and get me a plate of gampas a la plancha ASAP.
FUNKY RED: 2009 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso (Italy) (Normally $19.99, $15.99 w/ case discount): I admit I didn’t like a lot of Etna’s about two years ago. but these wines have something special that just grows on you. That Sicilian-volcanic soil gives these wines an edge that’s hard to find, and crazy aromas.
[OH – AND PICK UP ANY LIOCO OR WINDGAP WINES IN STOCK!]
Sat. Dec. 11: K&L Champagne Tasting (SoMa)K&L Wine Merchants
638 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
12:00pm – 3:00pm – pricing $50
buy tickets ahead of time here
See our bubbles post.
Sat. Dec. 11: Skrewcap Selections Sparkling & Dessert Wine Tasting (Fort Mason)Fort Mason
San Francisco CA
1:00pm – 4:00pm – pricing $20 ($15 if you pre-order by Wednesday: R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org)
A new bubbles event to add to the list! Check out a wide range of sparkling and dessert wines from Eastern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, and other far off locations, all brought to you by Pamela Busch, formerly of CAV Wine Bar on Market Street. Many local importers will be there, including Vinos Unicos and Blue Danube Wines.