This past weekend, I drove through Napa with the windows rolled down and the Beastie Boys’ “Brass Monkey” playing on the radio. Felt slightly subversive. I highly recommend it.
But enough about me. Here are a few recommended wine events for this week. And for those of you who like to plan ahead, keep Tuesday, May 3 open for a special Jura tasting at The Punchdown in Oakland. Details coming soon.
Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA
6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)
If you follow the Twitter feed, you’ve heard me rave about some funky orange juice from Georgian wine producer Pheasant’s Tears Winery. This stuff has become the jus de jour in wine geek circles. Shoot, rumor has it Randall Graham of Bonny Doon snuck in a bottle of this wine to a Rhone Ranger’s dinner in San Francisco. Arlequin will be pouring wines from PT and from another Georgian winery, Vinoterra, this Thursday.
Thurs., Apr. 21: Bonny Doon Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Barolo (Pacifica)
404 San Pedro Avenue
7:00 p.m. ($65 per person (includes wine pairing))
A four course meal paired with Bonny Doon wines, and a chance to meet Randall Graham, all for $65 per person? You’ve got to be kidding me. If I didn’t already have a sunset sail and dinner planned, I’d be all over this event (I know. Tough life right?). Call (650.355.5980) or email email@example.com to reserve your seat. Here are the four wines being poured:
- Albarino 2009 Ca’ del Solo Estate, Monterey County
- Dolcetto 2007 Ca’ del Solo Estate, Monterey County
- Nebbiolo 2006 Ca’ del Solo Estate, Monterey County
- Vinferno 2008 Beeswax Vineyard, Arroyo Seco
Sat., Apr. 23: Ridge Monte Bello Assemblage (Santa Cruz)
17100 Monte Bello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ($40 per person – tickets available here)
Admit it — you like move trailers, sneak previews, and generally being “in the know.” Well have I got the wine event for you. Be one of the first to taste the acclaimed Ridge Monte Bello Estate Wines — a classic California Cabernet Sauvignon blend — straight from the barrel, along with some library wines so you can see how well Ridge wines hold up over time.