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Weekly Events: Week of March 28

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The week started off with a bang.  First, there was Sunday’s Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting, and that was followed up by the “In Pursuit of Balance” Pinot Noir events. Thankfully, despite copious amounts of wine being consumed in the Bay Area over the past 48 hours, there’s plenty more to be had.


Wed., Mar. 30: Corison Winery Tasting @ FPWM (Financial Dist.)

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

4:30pm – 7:30pm ($35 for flight)

Corison Winery stands out as a prime example of elegant and balanced Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.  (Check out my recent write up of a visit with winemaker Cathy Corison.)  The folks at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants seem to agree:

“If you are a fan of classic, perfectly balanced, not over the top Cabernet Sauvignon then this tasting is for you. With all the bombastic, uber-ripe, high alcohol Cabernet garnering much of the critics’ attention and absurd scoring these days, it is always refreshing to revisit the wines of Cathy Corison and be reminded of what Napa Valley wines can be.”

Here are the wines scheduled to be poured at Wednesday’s tasting:

  • 2001 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2002 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2007 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Corison Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


Wed., Mar. 30: The Natural Process Alliance Dinner at Local Mission Eatery (Mission)

Local Mission Eatery
3111 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

One of my favorite winemakers, Kevin Kelley (LIOCO, Salinia, The NPA), will be pouring three Natural Process Alliance wines at Local Mission Eatery as part of the restaurant’s monthly winemaker’s dinner series.  “The NPA” has a very unique style and business model, delivering their wines to local restaurants and wine bars via Klean Kanteen.  Check out the fun video promo here.  Call the restaurant at 415-655-3422 for reservations. (Picture from The NPA).

Thurs., Mar. 31: Clos Saron Tasting at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)

There are some really interesting wines being sourced from the Sierra Foothills, from the likes of La Clarine Farms, Donkey and Goat, Terre Rouge, and Edmunds St. John.   One of the stand out winemakers from this up-and-coming AVA, Gideon Beinstock of Clos Saron, will be pouring his wines on Thursday at Arlequin. Gideon has a knack for making very unique wines, but unfortunately they are a little hard to find. Having him host a tasting in the city is a real treat.  HINT:  Keep an eye out for Gideon’s 2010 “Out of the Blue” 50/50 Cinsault Syrah blend — one of my favorites from the Rhone Rangers tasting.


Thurs., Mar. 31: Burgundy 101 at Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA

(7:00pm – $50)

I’ve attend multiple Pinot tastings recently, and have heard the word “Burgundian” bandied about way too often, I figured it was time to get a little more educated on the topic, and am turning to Solano Cellars to learn me some Old World wines.


Thurs., Mar. 31: Radio Coteau Winemaker Dinner at Foreign Cinema (Mission)

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

6:30pm – 9:30pm ($100)

Winemaker Eric Sussman pours his highly sought-after Radio Coteau wines as part of a four course tasting menu. If you’re a fan of cool climate wines, you’re in for a treat.   Also, pork belly is on the menu.  Need I say more?  Call 415.648.7600 fokr reservations.   Space is limited to 27 guests; $100 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

They had me at “pork belly.”


Sat., Apr. 2: East Bay Vintner’s Alliance Passport Weekend (Various East Bay Locations)

12:00p.m. – 5:00pm
$40 in advance / $45 at the door –  tickets here

Support local winemakers by attending this weekend’s East Bay Vintners’ Passport weekend.  6 locations along the “wine trail,” and multiple wineries pouring at each.

55 4th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
*Additional wineries: Aubin Cellars, Eno Wines,  Stage Left Cellars & Tayerle Wines.

100 Webster St.
Oakland CA, 94607
Additional Wineries: Andrew Lane Wines, Irish Monkey Cellars

(at Linden Street Brewery)
95 Linden St. Ste 7/8
Oakland, CA 94607

2301 Monarch St. Ste 300
Alameda, CA 94501
*Additional wineries: Blacksmith Cellars, Carica Wines, Ehrenberg Cellars, JRE Wines & R&B Cellars.

2900 Main St.
Alameda, CA 94501

Additional winery: Prospect 772

621 4th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
*Additional wineries: Adams Point Winery, Stomping Girl Winery & Urbano Cellars.


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