Exciting news this week. First, we have launched a Facebook Page to keep you up to date on additional events and news that may come up between our weekly blog posts. Click on this link and “like” the page to stay in touch. Also, later this week we’ll be announcing a contest to win a ticket to the Rhone Rangers San Francisco Grand Tasting on March 27.
And last but not least, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at upcoming events which may sell out quickly, so please sign up soon if you’re interested:
- March 10: The NPA Release Party @ Barbacco – Natural wines in Kleen Canteens paired w/ Barbacco’s delicious Italian fare. The always entertaining Hardy Wallace will be on hand, along with winemaker Kevin Kelley. Call ahead for reservations. 415-955-1919.
- March 11: Unusual Pairings – Chinese Food and Wine @18 Reasons – Trac Le pulls steps up to the challenge of picking wines to pair with Chinese dishes. Tickets available here.
- March 16: Littorai Wine Dinner with Ted Lemon @ Saison – Ted Lemon crafts balanced and nuanced California Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, and is a semifinalist for a James Beard Award this year. These food friendly wines will pair well with Chef Joshua Skenes’ inspired menu. Call the restaurant for reservations 415.828.7990.
And now, this week’s picks!
Tues., Mar. 1: Austrian Wine Tasting @ Biondivino (Russian Hill)
1415 Green Street
San Francisco, CA
6:00pm – 8:00pm ($10)
Yet another opportunity to expand your palate brought to you by Biondivino, this time reaching out to the land of the Sound of Music (think dry whites such as Grüner Veltliner and Riesling). They’ll be pouring the following Austrian wine:
- Weingut Prager (Wachau);
- Weingut Fred Loimer (Kamptal);
- Heinrich (Neusiedlersee);
- Wieninger (Vienna).
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants
San Francisco, CA
4:30pm – 7:30pm ($25 for flight)
Oakland’s Dashe Cellars is crossing the Bay Bridge this Wednesday and joining the crowd at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants. Dashe has gained a fair amount of acclaim for making single vineyard zins, but has a much broader portfolio. If you miss ’em this week, you can always check out their tasting room (a few blocks form Jack London Square in Oakland)
- 2009 Dashe Cellars Riesling, Potter Valley, Mendocino
- 2009 Dashe Cellars Grenache L’Enfant Terrible, Dry Creek Valley
- 2009 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
- 2008 Dashe Cellars Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch, Alexander Valley
- 2006 Dashe Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Wed., Mar. 2: Weird White Wine Tasting @ Solano Cellars (East Bay)
1580 Solano Ave
6:30pm – 8:00pm ($32)
Gotta love the name of this event (and if you’ve read my taste profile, you know this is just the type of event i love to attend). Solano’s Kirsten Jackson will be selecting a funky fresh list of “esoteric” and “unusual” whites.
Thurs., Mar. 3: Patrick Piuze at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)
Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA
6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)
Psst. Want to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new Chablis producer? Join the Arlequin peeps in welcoming Patrick Piuze (former winemaker for Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard) and his first vintage under his own label. [SIDE NOTE: I admire people who strike out on their own and are willing to put their name on a product. Takes guts. Congrats Patrick!]
Fri., Mar. 4 – Sun. Mar. 6 (and Fri., Mar 11 – Sun., Mar. 13): Russian River Valley Barrel Tasting (Sonoma)
$20 In Advance – $30 At The Door (Price Is Per Person, Per Weekend)
NOTE – Reidel Tasting Seminar (at the Fountaingrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center): March 5, 2011 ~ 10am – 11am. ($90 includes glassware to take home)
Every year, the RRV wineries open up their doors to consumers to come in and taste the next year’s vintage straight from the barrel. The event runs over the course of two weekends, and different wineries are featured each weekend. This year, there will also be a Reidel Tasting Seminar — try out some fancy glassware, and determine for yourself if drinking out of the right stemware makes a difference.
Sat., Mar. 5: A Donkey and Goat Spring Release Party (Berkeley)
2323 B 4th Street
12:30pm – 4:30pm ($18 in advance, $25 at the door – tix here)
I love this little urban winery, which is getting a lot of attention in SF and NYC for making elegant, restrained, natural wines, including killer white and red Rhone varietals. Food will be provided by Berkeley’s Gather Restaurant, and bites are paired with each wine. Here’s what they’ll be releasing out into the wild:
- 2009 The Prospector Mourvedre (El Dorado)
- 2009 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay (Chalone)
- 2009 Four Thirteen Red Blend (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache
& Counoise) (El Dorado)
- 2010 Isabel’s Cuvee Grenache Rose
- 2008 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah (El Dorado)