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Weekly Events: Week of January 24

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And we have our three winners for the ZAP Festival Tickets!  Thanks so much for playing along.  We hope to have more event tickets to offer you in the near future.


Tues., January 25:  Lioco Winery / Truffles Event at Farina  (Mission)

Farina Restaurant
3560 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

5:30pm – 10:00pm – Prices vary depending on dish / pairing

I do love me some Lioco, and their Indica blend has become one of my favorite go-to wines for any occasion.  The good folks over at Farina are hosting a special Truffles d’Alba dinner featuring some signature ‘shroom laced dishes, paired with Lioco’s wines.  “My goal for this dinner was not to create food/wine alchemy, but rather to pick an understated wine that can let the truffles shine. LIOCO’s wines are just that: delicate, and not complicated, not obscured by oak and winemaking ‘tricks’.” – Alex Finberg, FARINA Sommelier


Wed., January 26:  FPWM Old Vine Zinfandel Tasting (Financial District)

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

4:30pm – 7:30pm ($29)

Ferry Plaza Merchants’ Debbie Zachareas will be guiding patrons through 6 old vine zins:

  • 2007 Ottimino Zinfandel, Von Weidlich Vineyard, Russian River Valley
    Retail $32, 5oz. glass $11.25
  • 2007 D-Cubed Zinfandel, Korte Ranch, Napa Valley
    Retail $32, 5oz. glass $11.25
  • 2007 Chase Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard, Napa Valley
    Retail $40, 5oz. glass $13.25
  • 2008 Turley Zinfandel, Cedarman Vineyard, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
    Retail $45, 5oz. glass $14.50
  • 2008 Outpost Zinfandel, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
    Retail $46.50, 5oz. glass $15.00
  • 2008 Robert Biale Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma
    Retail $52.50, 5oz. glass $16.50


Thurs., January 27:  Good Wine & Eats at ZAP (Fort Mason)

Herbst Pavilion
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm ($140 per person)

All kinds of deliciousness to be sampled at this “foodie gala,” featuring lots of great Zins paired with dishes from top restaurants, as well as cooking demos and opportunities to talk to the chefs and winemakers.  See the link above for the full run-down!


Fri., January 28: Mas de Daumas Gassac Dinner @18 Reasons (Mission)

18 Reasons
593 Guerrero
San Francisco, CA

7:00pm – 10:00pm ($90 / $80 for members)

We are fairly lucky to be in a city where you can kick off your weekend tasting the wines of one of the most acclaimed French wine producers – -Mas de Daumas Gassac.  Founded in the late 1970’s, Daumas Gassac faced a lot of uphill battles, and at the end of the day, told the AOC to bugger off.  And by sticking to their guns and making the wines they wanted to make, Daumas Gassac became one of the most sought after French wines in the market today.   Winemaker Samuel Guibert will also be on hand to guide everyone through his wines.  Make sure to ask him for an explanation of his father’s declaration years ago that “wine is dead,” and the epic battle he fought against the Mondavi family.


Sat., January 29: ZAP Festival Grand Tasting (Fort Mason)

Herbst & Festival Pavilions
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA2:00pm – 5:00pm ($70 per person) 

That’s right, it’s going to take TWO pavilions at Fort Mason to showcase all the amazing zinfandels this Saturday!  This event is going to be zin-tastic: “Zin-blends, Zin-barrel samples, women Zinmakers, Zinmakers with purple hair, Zins by growing region, older Zins, single vineyard Zins, the list goes on!”  Derek’s picks include D-CubedGundlach Bundschu, Lucas, and of course Robert Biale.  And I’m a big fan of Bedrock Wine Co., Carlisle, Ridge, Saldo (from Orin Swift), Turley Wine Cellars, and  Valdez Family Wines.




Sat. January 29:  Rhone Tasting @ K&L Wine (SoMa)

K&L Wine Merchants
638 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA

12:00pm – 3:00pm – $15

Last week, K&L sponsored a great tasting of domestic Syrah (featuring Gramercy Cellars, Tablas Creek, DuMol, and others). This week, we get the real deal:  a selection of K&L’s Rhone wines.


Wine Bar @ Solano CellarsSat., January 29:  Solano Cellars Tasting of Champions (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

5:00pm -6:45pm / ($20 per person)

During the World Cup, Solano Cellars hosted a country vs. country wine tournament, pitting 16 different wine regions.  Italy won (despite having their soccer team not make it past the first round).  In case you missed out on the fun, Solano Cellars is offering to do it all again, taking the top vote getters from last year and pitting them against each other in a “Tournament of Champions.”


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