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Wine Events: Week of Feb. 14

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By Derek Mims

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hopefully you are celebrating and enjoying a nice bottle tonight; whether an effervescent bubbly, a sweet white, or a sumptuous red (or perhaps all three) – enjoy!  Once you emerge from your blissful fog, consider some of these upcoming events (including one “sneak peek”):


Tuesday, Feb. 15: Monsters of Chateauneuf-du-Pape @ Solano Cellars

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm ($50 per person)

The pope, a castle, and a glass of wine.  No setup for a bad joke, but a good summary of what most of us know regarding the significance of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Well, fear not, as our own Rhône ranger Greg charts out the key context for understanding this delicious and mysterious wine.  Greg will offer guidance in understanding the makeup of the wine (13 allowed grapes?), producer profiles, traditions maintained and innovations emerging.


Wednesday, Feb. 16: Peay Vineyards Dinner @ Saison

Saison (Mission)
2124 Folsom Street (at 17th)
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saison has achieved local and national stature as one of San Francisco’s most inventive, creative and refined dining experiences. The jewel-box sized restaurant is nestled mid-block in a cozy, bohemian space where chef/owner Joshua Skenes puts out dazzling, fresh, seasonal cuisine.  Peay Vineyards is known for their Burgundy and Rhone varietal wines, including Pinot, Syrah, and Viognier.


Thursday, Feb. 17: Mountain Wine and Cheese class @ 18 Reasons

18 Reasons
593 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA

7:00pm – 9:00pm ($50 for members; $60 for general public – SOLD OUT)

The definition for “terroir” should just be a picture of a mountain cheese and a glass of wine. Foods produced in these high altitude, isolated areas taste of the grasses, dirt, and bacteria specific to that particular land and cannot be reproduced elsewhere. It is natural, then, that the cheeses and wines from each region taste amazing together.   Join Bi-Rite wine buyer Trac Le and cheese buyer Anthea Stolz as they explore five different pairings with you during this two-hour class.


Thursday, Feb. 17: Broc Cellars tasting @ Arlequin

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)

Chris Brockway, one of the Tenderloin’s greatest winemakers, will pour his new releases, including a skin-contact Roussanne, Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah.


Friday, Feb. 18: Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah event @ Rock Wall Wine Company

Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch Street, Suite 300
Alameda, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm ($63)

No, not that one – the Petite Sirah group!  The mission of PS I Love You is “to promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a noble variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness.”  The event will feature over 40 wineries and 30 fabulous Napa and Bay Area restaurants and/or caterers.


Friday, Feb. 18: Nature vs Nurture tasting @ The Winery SF

The Winery SF
200 California Ave (Treasure Island)
San Francisco, CA

7:00pm – 9:30pm ($50)

Nature vs. Nurture – which matters more?  Can an urban winery that buys all of its fruit produce a wine that is just as good as those wineries that grow the fruit themselves?  Does it matter if the wine is made in a warehouse?  Or does the wine need to be surrounded by nature as it ferments and ages?  That is the question we’ll answer on February 18th.  Come and blind taste Nature vs. Nuture head to head: Chardonnay and Cabernet.

******Sneak Preview – Buy your tickets early******

Saturday, Feb. 26: Pinot Noir Summit @ Hilton SF Financial District

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA

Full Day: 11:30 AM to 6:45 PM

Sparkling Wine Reception: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Grand Awards Tasting: 4:45 PM to 6:45 PM

Winemakers Dinner: 7:00 PM

$80 for Grand Awards Tasting only; $125 for full day; additional $125 for winemaker dinner

The Pinot Noir Summit returns to the Bay Area for its 9th year on February 26, 2011.  Pinot Noir can be mysterious and somewhat intimidating. This event creates fun, excitement, and allows people to trust their own palates.  Full day includes tastings, workshops, reception, and more; full schedule of events here.  There are a limited number of tickets, so we suggest buying tickets early.


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