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Weekly Events: Week of March 14

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Wednesday is looking like wine-a-palooza right now:  an amazing array of events to get over hump day.  Rock on!


Wed., Mar. 16:  Littorai Tasting @ FPWM (Financial Dist.)

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

4:30pm – 7:30pm ($32 for flight)

One of the country’s most esteemed winemakers, Ted Lemon, will be pouring his wines at FPWM this Wednesday.  Littorai is well known for his elegant pinots and chardonnay, which should be know surprise since Ted was the first American to work as a winemaker in Burgundy.  Here’s what the Chronicle had to say about Ted in naming him winemaker of the year this past December:

“Littorai wines are among the purest, most long-lasting expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the New World. They have earned Lemon a reputation not as a Burgundian interpreter of California, but as a true American master. ” – Article here.


Wed., Mar. 16:  Littorai Dinner @ Saison (Mission)

2124 Folsom
San Francisco, CA

7:30pm – 9:30pm (call restaurant for details – 415-828-7990)

In case you missed the FPWM event, and you’re up for a bit more of a spendy night, head over to one of SF’s hottest restaurants to see Ted’s wines where they really belong:  at the dinner table.


K&L Wine Merchants

Wed., Mar. 16:  Domaine Rouge Bleu Tasting @ K&L (SoMa)

K&L Wine
638 4th Street
San Francisco, CA

5:00pm – 6:30pm ($5)

Natural wines from a blog-savvy Rhone producer.  Winemaker Jean-Marc Espinasse will also be there, adding a personal touch to this tasting event.  You’ve only got to look at the pics of the vineyard to get me on board to try out these wines.  Here’s an old K&L interview with the winemaker.


Wed., Mar. 16:  Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Tasting @ Biondivino (Russian Hill)

1415 Green Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm (5 wines- $10)

I am extremely excited about this tasting.  There’s been a lot of focus on the volcanic soils of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, and you’ll see why when you taste these wines.  Check out this WSJ piece.  The owner, Marco de Grazie, can answer them at the tasting.  More details here.


Sat., Mar. 19:  Bordeaux Tasting at K&L (SoMa)

K&L Wine
638 4th Street
San Francisco, CA

12:00pm – 3:00pm ($20)

K&L hasn’t announced what exactly they’ll be pouring, but word on the street is that some 2007 and 2008s will be part of the mix.


Sat., Mar. 19:  Auslese Party @ Solano Cellars Vintage Berkeley (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA


Vintage Berkeley, 2949 College Ave, Berkeley

Details not out yet, but word on the street is that the crew over at Solano Cellars (which hosts a ton of educational and fun tastings) is putting together a S-I-C-K Auslese (select / late harvest) party for Saturday.  Keep an eye out on our twitter feed and Facebook page for more details.

UPDATE – party starts at 8pm and will be at Solano Cellars’ sister store, Vintage Berkeley.



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