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Wine Events: Week of Dec. 12

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I’m still recovering from what ended up being an all out farmer fizz drink fest at Arlequin last Thursday.  Seriously — I don’t know how I’m still standing after that event.  Great turnout, fantastic wines.  This week promises more of the same, with Champagne flowing on both sides of the Bay.


Tues., Dec. 13:  Champagne & Sparkling Wine Class @ SF Wine Center (SoMa)

SF Wine Center
757 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm – $60 (reserve ahead of time)

Join Jordan Mackay (co-author of Secrets of the Sommeliers) for a class on Champagne and Sparkling wines.  The class will focus on the varietals, the winemaking methods, vintage vs. non-vintage, sparkling vs champagne, and the recent influx of grower Champagne.


Thurs., Dec. 15:  Northern Rhone Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Thierry Allemand.  The dude has found away to put lightning in a bottle. His Syrah is nothing short of electric.  The fact that Arlequin is pouring Allemand on Thursday should be enough to get you over there.  But if you need other reasons, I hear rumors they are pouring some wines by other folks you may have heard of:  Clape and Texier (among others).


Thurs., Dec. 15:  The NPA visits The Punchdown (Oakland)

The Punchdown
2212 Broadway
Oakland, CA

$15 per person / flight of three wines

I’ve really enjoyed having the chance to tasted some of the wines Kevin Kelley makes under his Salinia and NPA labels (as well as the  wine he made while at Lioco).  This guy really knows how to push the envelope.  Try a flight of his wines delivered milkman style in Klean Kanteens at my favorite East Bay wateringhole, The Punchdown.  Rumor has it Kevin may also bring down some of his new sparkling wine for you to try!

Check out this recent write-up on The NPA from 7×7 Magazine:  http://www.7×7.com/eat-drink/refill-please-fresh-wine-delivered-sonoma-weekly


Thurs., Dec. 15:  Magnum Party at Vintage Berkeley (East Bay)

Vintage Berkeley
2113 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA

$10 per person

Go big or go home.  Or go big and go to Vintage Berkeley.  Lots of wine being poured out of tall boys on Thursday.  Magnum Lineup:

2010 Col Vetoraz Prosecco – Italy, $58
2009 Alfaro Chardonnay “Lindsay Paige” – CA, $58
2009 Raousset Morgon — Beaujolais, FR $45
2010 Occhipinti SP68 – Sicily, $55
2007 Felsina Chianti Classico – Italy, $52
2005 Clos Saron Syrah “Heart of Stone” – CA, $80
2007 Unti Syrah – CA, $80
2009 Banshee Pinot Noir “The One” – CA, $100
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel – CA, $78
2008 Banshee Cabernet “The One” – Napa, CA, $120


Fri., Dec. 16:  Champagne/Sparkling Tasting @ 18 Reasons (Mission)

18 Reasons
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

$15 per person

Kick the weekend off with your friends and neighbors at 18 Reasons.  Check out some wines, and get 10% off your order of sparkling wines and Champagne at Bi-Rite.


Sat., Dec. 17:  Champagne / Sparkling Tasting @ Solano Cellars (East Bay)

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA

$20 per person – two different times 5:30 and 7:15pm

Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Crémant — you name it, they’ve got it.  Promising a dozen wines, some cheese and chips, Solano Cellars hopes to put you in the holiday spirit by plying you with bubbles.  Dress up and receive a $5 bottle credit towards a sparkling.


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