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Wine Events: Week of March 20

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Big week people, all being topped off with the Rhone Rangers seminars, dinner, and Grand Tasting!  I’ll be at the tasting on Sunday, and will be tweeting some highlights using the #RRSF hashtag.  Follow along, and let me know what you tasted.


Thurs., Mar. 24:  Copain Tasting at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)

Wells Guthrie, one of the winemakers featured in next week’s “In Pursuit of Balance” conference and tasting, will be pouring his wines at Arlequin on Thursday night.  Per the Arlequin website, this includes some of Guthrie’s “new collection of blended wines” – which I assume means his Les Voisins Syrah and Pinot sourced from Anderson Valley.  If you haven’t tried Copain wines before, you’re in for a treat — this is one of my favorite California producers.


2009 Viognier ‘Tous Ensemble’ Mendocino
2009 Rose of Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble’ Anderson Valley

2009 Pinot Noir ‘Tous Ensemble’ Mendocino
2009 Pinot Noir ‘Les Voisins’ Anderson Valley
2009 Syrah ‘Tous Ensemble’ Mendocino
2009 Syrah ‘Les Voisins’ Yorkville Highlands


Thurs., Mar. 24:  Iberian Wine and Cheese Night at Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA

(6:45pm – 8:00pm – $40)

Kirstin Jackson — the wine slingin’, cheese totin’ goddess at Solano Cellars — just signed a book deal!  Celebrate with her, and enjoy an educational evening featuring wine and cheese from Spain and Portugal.

PS – here’s her summary of the upcoming book (excerpted from Kirstin’s very entertaining blog, It’s Not You, It’s Brie.

“It’s Not You, It’s Brie: Behind the Wheel, A Guide to Unwrapping American Cheese & Culture” will guide people through the historical and cultural stories of selected American cheeses and explore how some of our most stand-up dairy gems came to be (and taste!). I’ll stray far from the classic 8 styles of cheeses, keep it lively and literary, use my cultural anthropology and professional cooking background to shape cheese stories, attempt on occasion to move beyond humor only a mother could love, and include recipes and pairing suggestions.


Thurs., Mar. 24:  SF YMCA Mission Sip & Savor Benefit (SoMa)

Mercedes-Benz of San Francisco Dealership
500 8th Street, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm ($80 general / $140 VIP – tix here)

Help support day care and after school programs at the SF YMCA Mission location.  This Thursday, several restaurants and wineries (including Arnot Roberts and others) will be serving up a storm, and all for a good cause.  Plus, Mercedes-Benz-SF, the event sponsor, will have some vintage cars on display (which, I have to admit, is kind of cool)


Sat., Mar 26 – Sun., Mar. 27:  Rhone Rangers Seminars, Dinner and Grand Tasting in SF

Fort Mason (various times – see below)

Way too much to cover in this simple write-up, but please see our earlier contest for additional details on this weekend-long event.  Individual prices listed below, but you can buy a full weekend pass for $150 (all tickets available here).

SATURDAY SEMINAR # 1 – 1:00 – 2:15 PM ($45)
Green Rangers – Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Rhones

SATURDAY SEMINAR #2 – 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM  ($45)
Mourvedre on the Move

15 top Rhone Ranger wineries (including Bonny Doon, Clos Saron, Quivira, Qupe, Ridge, and Tablas Creek) will pour current releases and some special library wines during a tasting and dinner (food provided by Sonoma’s girl & the fig).  Only a limited number of tix available, and they must be purchased in advance.

SUNDAY SEMINAR – 11 AM – 12:30 PM ($100)
Wild Wines and the Stories of How they Came to Be (i.e., winemakers that are pushing the envelope) [Ticket includes early VIP access to the Grand Tasting from 12-2pm along w/ invited members of the trade and media]

SUNDAY GRAND TASTING – 2pm – 5pm ($45)
100 Wineries – Over 500 wines.  Think you can cover this much territory in a three-hour time slot?  Reminder:  for all Fort Mason events, I suggest you buy your tickets ahead of time and show up early!


Sat., Mar. 26:  Qupé Winery Tasting at SF Wine Trading Co. (West Portal)

SF Wine Trading Co.
250 Taraval
San Francisco, CA

2:00pm – 5:30pm ($10)

Qupé is one of California’s well recognized producers of Rhone varietals, and winemaker Bob Lindquist will be on hand Saturday afternoon to talk about his wines.  Giants fans: be warned that Bob is a lifelong Dodgers fan.  Don’t hold it against him.


Sat., Mar. 26:  Robert Camuto at Omnivore Books (Mission)

Omnivore Books
3885 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA

4:00pm – 5:00pm ($10)

I do love me some Sicilian wine.   Pour me anything from Cos, Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, or Occhipinti, and I’ll be yours forever.  And now I have the perfect book to accompany my drinking:  author Robert Camuto has penned Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey, and he’ll be at Omnivore Books this weekend.  Oh, extra-special bonus:  A16’s wine director Shelly Lindgren (who is a finalist for a James Beard Award) will be on pouring some juice to make this event just a little boozy.

“From the craggy vineyards of Mount Etna to the tiny moscato-producing island of Pantelleria, and from every angle of its wine hierarchy, Mr. Camuto extracts fascinating and illuminating details about Sicily, bringing to life the characters, conflicts and family dynamics that define a culture and its wines. It s a beautiful, enthralling work, eternally wistful and hopeful, much like Sicily itself.” –Eric Asimov, New York Times

PS – East Bay Peeps:  Camuto will also be at Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Ave. Berkeley for a free reading and talk on Thursday, 3/24 from 7-8pm.  But the real kicker:  there is a wine tasting and book signing later on at Oliveto Cafe 5655 College Ave, Oakland, 510-547-5356.  More details here.


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