SF Wine Blog

Exploring wine in and around San Francisco.

Taking the show on the road


After staying on top of the local San Francisco wine scene for close to two years, the time has come to take the show on the road.  And thanks to friends I’ve met through the wonders of social media, I’ll have the chance to explore wine regions in France, Germany, and (potentially) Spain and Italy over the next few weeks. If all goes according to plan, I’ll also be lending a hand with harvest in both Burgundy and Sonoma.

I am unbelievably giddy about this opportunity to visit some of the most storied wine regions in the world, and I look forward to sharing some tales, factoids, and photos with you along the way.  First assignment:  Paris.  I touchdown in CDG early next week, and plan on exploring the wine bar scene — that is unless some old car pulls up and transports me back to the 1920s (Woody Allen fans should get this reference).

As you may guess, this trip will lead to a temporary change in blog programming.  It takes a good number of hours to cull through all the wine events in the city, determine which ones to feature, draft a summary of each event, and create the necessary links.  While I won’t be able maintain this routine while I’m on the road, I’ll be keeping track of what’s going on in SF and posting on the Twitter feed and Facebook page.  I encourage you to “follow” and “like” in order to keep getting your regular dosage of wine event info.

San Francisco — I will miss you, but I look forward to catching up when I’m back in town!

[Apologies for the tardiness in alerting you to the events below, but I take off on Friday, and have been scurrying around subletting my apartment, getting stuff in order, and planning for this trip.]


Thurs., July 7: Chateau Rayas Tasting at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $25

This is an absolute MUST attend event for any fan of Rhône varietals.  Rayas is a legendary producer, and these bottles ain’t cheap.  The $25 entry fee is a tremendous value given the lineup.

Here’s what’s being poured

2008 Domaine des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
2008 Chateau des Tours Cotes du Rhone
2007 La Pialade Cotes du Rhone

2006 Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone
2006 Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape
6 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape


Thurs., July 7:  SFWTC French Cheese  Class (Bernal Heights) 

SF Wine Trading Co.
250 Taraval
San Francisco, CA

$20 (includes 4 wines to taste)

Every tasting that I’ve attended at this wine shop is accompanied by some tasty cheeses selected by Kelly Christensen.  Now Kelly get’s to take center stage, providing an educational seminar focusing on 4 different French regions, and pairing those cheese with wine.  Call 415.731.6222 to reserve a seat.


Sat., July 9: Rhone Tasting @ K&L Wine. (SoMa)

K&L Wine
638 4th Street
San Francisco, CA

12:00pm – 3:00pm – $20

K&L’s specialist has picked a selection of 2009 red and white wines from both Northern and Southern Rhone to kick start your weekend.


3 thoughts on “Taking the show on the road

  1. Looking forward to your reports from on the road. Have a fabulous trip (how could you not? 🙂

  2. Congrats! You’re probably lading now. Have fun!

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