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Wine Events: Week of May 2

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It’s a tough life being a wine fan in Northern California — every weekend seems to require a trip to wine-related destinations.  This past weekend, I skipped out on a day trip to Tahoe, and headed down to Paso Robles for the annual Hospice du Rhône seminars, tastings, and wine-fueled shenanigans.  Two of the most established domaines in France, Domaine Clape and E. Guigal, were on hand during the grand tasting, pouring some beautifully structured wines.  California was well represented, and the biggest surprise for me came from Paso Robles’ AmByth Estate.  Owned by Mary and Phillip Hart, this biodynamic winery is producing unique, expressive wines with Old World sensibilities.  Keep an eye out for them.  Later that night, the event wrapped up with a barbecue.  I was entirely entertained by seeing winemakers, importers, writers, and other members of the trade kickin’ back some juice, cutting the rug, even playing some craps.  If you like Rhône varietals, you should make some time for Hospice 2012 next year.

I’ll be back on the road this coming Saturday to pick up some wines from Peay Vineyards and Anthill Farms Winery.  Tough life.  If you are planning a road trip this weekend, keep two events in find.  First, for you fans of Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Passport Weekend takes place this Saturday and Sunday.  Second, for those of you heading to the Sierras, Clos Saron is having an open house, including a paella dinner on Saturday night.  Details here.

Enjoy!

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Mon., May 2: Passport to Cabernet (Financial District)

The Bentley Reserve
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA

3:30pm – 5:30pm ($45)

The California Cabernet Society is hosting its annual barrel sampling tasting in San Francisco today.  Check out the 2010 samples from Napa wineries, including recent releases.  Corison Winery will be pouring, and I highly recommend you stop by the table and say hi to Cathy!

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Tues., May 3: A16 Hosts Italian Winemaker Andrea Lonardi (Marina)

A16
2355 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA

Winemaker Andrea Lonardi will be pouring five wines from southern Italian wineries Castello Monaci and Re Manfredi.  Well worth stopping by for a glass, a carafe, or a bottle (I became a fan of the Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulure after a dinner at Beretta).

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Wed., May 4: Brunello, Barolo, Barbaresco Tasting (Nob Hill)

The Jug Shop
1590 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA

7:00pm – 9:00pm ($20 – register here)

A great way to explore Italian wines on a shoe string budget — $20 gets you a chance to taste a large number of Brunello, Barolo, and Barbaresco this Wednesday at The Jug Shop.  The event is limited to 45 people, so register early!

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Wed., May 4: Burgundy 101 (Class #2) @ Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm ($50 – tix here)

I really enjoyed the first Burgundy 101 held at Solano Cellars a few weeks back, and am looking forward to continuing my educational pursuits this Wednesday.  Class #2 will focus on Premier Cru wines from the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits.  Seriously people, it would cost you an arm and a leg to buy all these bottles and drink them at home, so $50 for this class is a darn good deal.  (NOTE – There’s no need to have attended the first class in order to attend).

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Thurs., May 5:  Savoie Tasting at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm ($15)

The Thursday night tasting series at Arlequin may be the best bang-for-your-buck in the city.  Multiple bottles costing over $70 were opened up during the past few Burgundy tastings.  This week will be a bit more value focused, as Savoie ain’t the Burg, but it’s well worth exploring.

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Sat., May 7: Bubble Bash @ Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

Two sessions:  5pm and 7pm ($25)

Bubbles of all shapes, sizes, and types will be a-flowin’:  Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Crémants……   Nyum, nyum, nyum.  Kirsten Jackson will be pairing the wines with some creamy cheeses, and if you “dress up,” you get a $5 bottle credit towards a sparkling.  I plan on coming dressed as Mr. Bubble.  Look out East Bay!

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