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Wine Events: Week of Nov. 7

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Every now and then, an oddball bottle gets thrown into a tasting lineup and steals the show.  This past Thursday, I strolled over to Arlequin for the LIOCO tasting, looking forward to tasting their well-respected Chard and Pinot, but was happily surprised by their Pinot Blanc sourced from the Chalone AVA.  A real, mineral-driven head turner.  Put it on your “to do” list.

Get your liver ready:  here’s this week’s event list!

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Wed. Nov. 9:  Oliver McCrum Tasting @18 Reasons (Mission)

18 Reasons
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – $40 for members / $50 for non-members (tix here)

Importer Oliver McCrum is getting you ready for the change of seasons by walking you through wines that pair well with Fall / Winter cuisine.  Plus, you can figure out how to properly pronounce some of these Italian varietals, such as Lagrein and Aglianico.

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Wed., Nov 9: Sicily’s Vinicola Benati @ Biondivino (Russian Hill)

Biondivino
1415 Green Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – $10 for a pre-selected taste of 6 wines / $25 for the whole shebang.

It’s true:  I am a big fan of anything Biondivino.  But how can you blame me when they keep bringing in interesting producers and give you the chance to try some older vintages?  26 wines being poured, including some from the mid/late 1990s.  More details here.

NOTE:  Benati is also doing a wine dinner on Tuesday, November 8 at Farina in the Mission!

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Thurs., Nov. 10:  Paolo Bea Tasting at Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

BEA!  I get giddy just saying it.  So I’ll say it again.  BEA!!!  I have a soft spot in my heart for these wines, as they helped introduce me to wines from Umbria.  For more info on Bea, check out this write up from Master Somm Jesse Becker of PWM Wine.

UPDATE – Here’s the lineup

2009 Coenobium Lazio Bianco
2009 'Rusticum' Coenobium Lazio Bianco
2007 'San Valentino' Umbria Rosso
2005 'Signa San Valentino' Montefalco Rosso
2005 'Pipparello' Montefalco Rosso Riserva
2005 'Rosso de Veo' Umbria Rosso

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Thurs., Nov. 10 – Sun., Nov. 13:  Bi-Rite’s Wine Blitz (Mission)

Bi-Rite Market
3639 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

I’ll be stocking up on wine at Bi-Rite this week, and hope you’ll do the same.  Remember:  20% off if you buy a case or more, and free delivery in SF.  If you’re looking for a lighter bodied red wine to throw in the mix, pick up a bottle of Olivier Lemasson’s Vins Contés Poivre et Sel (a blend of Gamay and Pineau d’Aunis from the Loire).  It was a stand out wine from last week’s preview tasting.

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Mon., Nov. 14:  The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine at Omnivore Books (Mission)

Omnivore Books
3885 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 7:00pm – FREE

Join authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg as they discuss their latest book, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine.  Per the publisher:

“At the heart of this indispensable reference, formatted like the authors’ two previous bestsellers The Flavor Bible and What to Drink with What You Eat, is an encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hundreds of different wines by their essential characteristics-from body and intensity to distinguishing flavors, from suggested serving temperatures and ideal food pairings to recommended producers (including many iconic examples). The book provides illuminating insights from dozens of America’s best sommeliers via informative sidebars, charts and boxes, which complement the book’s gorgeous four-color photography. Another groundbreaking work from two of the ultimate culinary insiders, this instant classic is the perfect gift book.”

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