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Wine Events: Week of Nov. 27


Hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving and found a few new favorite wines along the way.  I know I did.  A Thanksgiving guest brought along a bottle of the 2009 Foradori “Fontanasanta” Nosiola (Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT).  This Italian white wine was fermented on its skins for 8 months and aged in clay anfora, adding a extra texture and tannins to go along with some zippy acidity.  This is not a shy wine, and it easily stood up  to a rich, butter-bathed turkey.  I *heart* guests with great palates!

It seems that every retailer in the city is hosting some wine tasting event this week, hoping to inspire you to buy a few bottles for your holiday parties.  The fun begins tomorrow!

PS – Broc Cellars and Edmunds St. John — two of my favorite Berkeley-based wineries — will be pouring at an event in the East Bay on Sunday from noon – 5pm at Gillman & 9th Street in Berkeley (Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company).  I’ll post the details as soon as I get them.  


Wed. Nov. 29:  Bi-Rite Wine Blitz Tasting @18 Reasons (Mission)

18 Reasons
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – $10 for members / $15 for non-members

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, but Christmas and New Years are only a few weeks ahead, so its time to restock the cellar.  Thankfully, Bi-Rite’s second Holiday Wine Blitz (20% off a mixed case) is taking place next week.  Preview some of the goods this Wednesday, and start setting aside a few bottles for your holiday festivities.


Wed. Nov. 29:  La Clarine Farm Dinner @ Local Mission Eatery(Mission)

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

Four courses for $36 / add’l $18 for three-wine pairing

Hank Beckmeyer has built up quite a name for himself as the owner/winemaker of La Clarine Farms. Often cited as one of the best examples of quality wines coming from the Sierra Foothills, LCF has garnered geek status for its minimal intervention practice.  Menu here.

Check out this entertaining and informative write up about LCF.  


Thurs., Nov. 30:  Sherry Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

I admit that I know next to nothing about Sherry.  But hey, it’s what all the hep cats in New York are drinking, so I’m down with checking out this tasting.  More importantly, when else are you going to have a full range of different Sherry in front of you to be able to tell the difference?  I’ll be the dork in the corner furiously scribbling notes.


Fri., Dec. 3:  SFWTC Calvados Tasting / Charles Neal Book Signing (Bernal)

San Francisco Wine Trading Co.
250 Taraval
San Francisco, CA

Add Calvados (brandy distilled from apples) to the list of things I’ve been meaning to learn more about.  Thankfully, all-star importer Charles Neal recently penned a book, Calvados:  The Spirit of Normandy, which has some useful information to brush up on the subject.  He’ll be on hand to sign copies and there will be a Calvados seminar starting at 6:45pm.

For more on Calvados, check out this NYTimes article.  


Sat., Dec. 4:  Kermit Lynch Tasting @ Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA

2:00pm – 5:00pm – $20 ($10 for extra VIP wines)

You’ve heard me rave about Kermit Lynch’s portfolio before.  We are truly lucky to have such a noted importer in our back yard.  This Saturday, Solano Cellars pays tribute to Kermit, hosting a tasting of the following 18 wines, and offering you 10% off of 6 bottles, 15% off a case.

2010 Meyer Fonne Pinot Blanc Vielles Vignes, Alsace $20
2009 Domaine de la Cadette Vezelay Blanc, Burgundy $22
2010 Regis Minet Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley $23
2010 Domaine de Terrebrune Rose, Bandol, Provence $30

NV Meyer Fonne Cremant d’Alsace Brut $24
NV Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs Champagne $47
2002 Paul Bara Grand Cru Brut Champagne $68 

2010 Guy Breton Morgon, Beaujolais $32
2010 Thivin Brouilly, Beaujolais $23
1999 Gombade-Guillot Pomerol, Bordeaux $62 
2009 Regis Bouvier Montre-Cul, Burgundy $26
2009 Follin-Arbelet Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy $57
2009 Baudry Grezaux Chinon, Loire Valley $28
2007 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rouge, Provence $34
2009 Telegramme Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Southern Rhone $44
2009 Faury Saint Joseph Rouge, Northern Rhone $29 

2010 Domaine Durban Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge, Southner Rhone $19

2009 Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes 375ml, Bordeaux $24


Sat., Dec. 4:  Holiday Wine Tasting @ K&L Wines (SoMa)

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

noon – 3:00pm – $12

Try some of the wines from K&L’s holiday buying guide, then stock up in time for the holidays.  BTW – K&L carries some different ciders made by Eric Bordelet, which I served to top-off my Thanksgiving meal.  Delicious stuff!


Sat. Dec. 4:  A Tribute to Grace Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

3:00pm – 6:00pm – $15

Need a post-holiday shopping drinking session to calm those nerves?  Join owner/winemaker Angela Osborne on Saturday afternoon at Arlequin to try her praise worthy Grenache — one of the SF Chronicle’s 10 most memorable wines of 2010.


Sun. Dec. 5:  Heirloom Cafe Wine Dinner (Mission)

Heirloom Cafe
2500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA

5:30pm – call 415.821.2500 for ticket information ($125 pp, 6 courses)

Matt Strauss has really done a great job pulling together a fascinating wine list at Heirloom, including old vintages of some fine wines.  He’ll be digging deep, and opening some fun bottles this Sunday, including:  2004 Riesling Kabinett ‘Musbacher Eselshaut,’ Muller-Catoir; 2004 Cour-Cheverny ‘Cuvee Renaissance,’ Cazin; 2002 Chardonnay, Hanzell; 1996 Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Bosconia,’ Lopez de Heredia; 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hafner; 1964 Gattinara, Antoniolo.

Full menu and wines here.


2 thoughts on “Wine Events: Week of Nov. 27

  1. I’d love to know more about the Edmunds St. John tasting in Berkeley this Sunday. Any news?

    • Ria – Here’s all the info I have so far: Sunday, December 4th 2010 From Noon -5pm, at Emmett Eilands’s, 1326 Ninth St., in Berkeley. Broc Cellars, Edmunds St. John, and Eno Wines will be pouring. I don’t believe there is any fee. Hope to see you there.

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