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Wine Events: Week of June 27


It’s time for fireworks and grilled food!  I know a lot of folks are looking around for BBQ wines, and usually the consensus is to go with Zin to celebrate the Fourth of July.  But let me throw out a couple of suggestions for those of you looking to open up some domestic wines this weekend.  First, if you’re looking for something chilled, you can’t go wrong with the Cep Sonoma Coast Rosé.  It really is an outstanding bottle of wine, and for the $20 price point, you’d be hard pressed to find a better domestic pink.   Second, for those of you looking for a red to go with grilled meats, skip the high alcohol wines that will make you feel like you’re breathing fire.  Two suggestions for reds that clock in at under 13% ABV and will hold up with grilled food:  (1) Wind Gap Wines North Coast Syrah (recently touted in this WSJ article for its “restraint, elegance and finesse”) and (2) Broc Cellars Carbonic Carignane (which you can read about here).  Help other readers out by noting your favorite BBQ wines in the comment section below.

Happy Fourth!


PS — I’ll be announcing some exciting news later this week on what you can expect from SF Wine Blog this summer!  A bientôt!


Wed., June 29: Clos Saron Winemaker Dinner (Mission)

Local:  Mission Eatery
3111 24th Street
San Francisco, CA

Three courses = $36, plus $12 for wine pairing.  You can add some older vintage wines for an additional $6.

Gideon Bienstock, winemaker at Clos Saron, will be in town to pour wines to accompany fare from Local: Mission Eatery.   This is a real treat:  Clos Saron makes about 100 cases of biodynamic wines from the Sierra Foothills each year, and Gideon’s dedication to minimal intervention in the cellar make for some very unique wines.  They ain’t your typical California wines.  Full menu here.

Also, check out this interview with Gideon in the upcoming documentary, “Wine from Here.”  You’ll get a good sense of his personality and drive.  


Thurs., June 30: Oliver McCrum Wine Dinner @ Foreign Cinema (Mission)

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Four courses and wine paring $100 (tax and gratuity not included).  Call 415.648.7600 for reservations.

For the past few weeks, Foreign Cinema’s Wine Director Zach Pace has led a dozen students (including a certain blogger) through the world of wine as part of the 18 Reasons Sommelier Summer School.  Zach is an excellent teacher, and was kind enough to bring in a bottle of 2005 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo for us to taste earlier this week.  So the dude not only has great taste, but is extremely generous!  Anyhow, he’s hosting wine importer Oliver McCrum for a dinner this week, and the following wines from Italy’s Piemonte region will be poured:

• Germano Ettore Riesling, Herzu, Piedmont 2007
• Tenute Sella Rosato di Nebbiolo, ‘Majoli’, Piedmont 2009
• Castello Verduno Pelaverga, Piedmont 2010
• Germano Ettore Barolo Riserva, ‘Lazzariti’, Piedmont 2004
• La Caudrina Mosacto d’Asti, Piedmont 2010


Thurs., June 30: Ed Kurtzman at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $15

Locavores unite:  SF’s own Ed Kurtzman will be pouring wines from his Roar, August West, and Sandler labels.  Ed is also the winemaker at Freeman, a winery well known for its Pinot Noir.


2 thoughts on “Wine Events: Week of June 27

  1. Eagerly awaiting the exciting news about your summer plans!

  2. Great post, but I have to mention my favorite rose under $20 (well, under $20 on VineCrowd.com, at least): k.furtado McGinely Vineyard Santa Barbra Rose of Syrah. Thanks!

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