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Wine Events: Week of April 4


Sorry guys — too busy with my day job to write up a witty intro.  Just a long-distance high five for living in a beautiful city, enjoying some spectacular spring weather, and having our World Series Champs back at AT&T Park later this week!


Tues., Apr. 5: Gary Vaynerchuck, “The Thank You Economy” at Books, Inc. (Marina)

Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA


Gary Vee — as much as anyone else — brought the Internet revolution to the wine world.  Even though this event is less focused on wine, and more focused on Gary’s tips to building a successful business, it is hard to turn down this chance to meet the man behind all the hype.  For more information on the event, see WinoTripping.com.

PS – get there at least 30 minutes early.  This event will be packed, and there is limited seating.


Wed., Apr. 6:Radio Coteau @ Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants (Financial Dist.)

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

4:30pm – 7:30pm ($29 for flight)

Did you miss out on last week’s Radio Coteau winemaker dinner at Foreign Cinema?  Well, you get a second chance to try these wines and meet winemaker Eric Sussman.

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

  • 2009 Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay, Anderson Valley
  • 2009 County Line Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • 2009 Radio-Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • 2004 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah, Sonoma County
  • 2008 Radio-Coteau Timbervine Vineyard Syrah, Russian River Valley


Wed., Apr. 6: Wines of Portugal Tasting (Financial Dist.)

344 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA

5:30pm – 8:00pm ($35 in advance / $50 at the door)

Check it:  you get to taste wines from 45 Portuguese wineries, and at the same time, have all the proceeds go to Meals on Wheels SF.  Not so bad.


Thurs., Apr. 7: The Natural Process Alliance at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)

The Natural Process Alliance (“The NPA”) needs no introduction to regular SF Wine Blog readers.  The NPA makes some incredibly unique and expressive wines.  Need proof?  Check out the color profile to the left (from the NPA Posterous site).  I’ll have an update later in the week on what exactly they’ll be pouring, but keep your fingers crossed:  am hoping some of NPA winemaker Kevin Kelley’s Salinia Wine and assistant winemaker Angela Osborne’s  A Tribute to Grace Grenache will sneak into the line up!


Thurs., Apr. 7: Kermit Lynch Wines @ SFMOMA (SoMa)

151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00p.m. – 8:00pm
Entry plus $3 per pour

Legendary Berkeley-based importer Kermit Lynch will be showing off some of his wines at SFMOMA.  Keep in mind, there is a very cool wine-related exhibit going on until April 17 — “How Wine Became Modern.” Here’s the wine line-up for the night:

2009 Vouvray Sec – Champalou
2008 Bourgogne Rouge – Domaine Boillot
2009 Pigato di Albenga – Feipu dei Massaretti
2008 Monteleccio – Sesti


Thurs., Apr. 7:  Urban Winemaking Panel (SoMa)

Commonwealth Club
595 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. followed by wine tasting and reception
Tickets here – $20

The Commonwealth Club has organized a panel discussion on the wave of urban wineries that have opened up recently.  Afterwards, you’ll be able to sample the goods at a tasting featuring R&B Cellars, Carica Wines, Dashe Cellars, Urban Legend Cellars, Tayerle Wines, Rock Wall Wine Company, Treasure Island Wines, Bravium Wines, Eno Wines, Stomping Girl Wines, Andrew Lane Wines and others.


Thurs., Apr. 7:  Wine Enthusiast’s Toast of the Town (Civic Center)

City Hall
595 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
$169 for VIP and $109 for general admission (tablehopper has the goods on a discount code for ya).

A sizeable number of well-known wineries and restaurants will be on hand at City Hall this Thursday.  Great venue and a ton of recognizable names.  Full list here.


Sun., Apr. 10:  Cobb Wines Tasting @ Jardiniere (Hayes Valley)

300 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA

Noon – 3:00p.m.

The Sonoma Coast is becoming widely recognized as the home of top-notch winemakers, including Ross Cobb, the winemaker at Hirsch Vineyards and Cobb Wines.  Ross’ 2008 Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot was among my favorites from the “In Pursuit of Balance” tasting.  RSVP by emailing ross (at) cobbwines.com.


Sat., Apr. 9 – Sun., Apr. 10:  SF Vintners Market (Fort Mason)

Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. both days
$50 for general admission if purchased in advance.  [Groupon has a 50% discount available through 4/4/11].

The good folks over at the Vintners Market had a grand idea:  let’s give consumer the chance to not only taste wines, but actually buy some bottles on the spot.  Sweet!  Lots of small producers will be at this event, and a great chance to support ’em.  Per the SFVM website:  “With market conditions dire for many smaller wineries, [organizers] Cornelius and Jeffrey realized the need for vintners to get even closer to their customers and offer their wines to larger audiences then can be found in small tasting rooms in wine country. So the idea was born to bring the tasting room to San Francisco and to help smaller brands find even more wine lovers in The City!”


2 thoughts on “Wine Events: Week of April 4

  1. Ask and ye shall receive! Here’s the lineup for The NPA tasting at Arlequin:
    We’ll pour:
    2010 NPA Sauvignon Blanc
    2010 NPA Pinot Gris
    2010 NPA ‘Sun Hank Vineyard’ Red Blend
    2008 ‘A Tribute to Grace’ Grenache
    2006 Salinia ‘W.E. Bottoms Vineyard’ Pinot Noir

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