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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 9

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I guess everyone had their fair share of Champagne over the past few weeks, and are now looking s little farther south towards Burgundy — at least that’s what this week’s tasting calendar would indicate.  Consider it a warm up for those of you lucky enough to be attending La Paulee in February (oh, and if you can score me a seat for any of the tastings, dinners, or seminars, lemme know!).

I also wanted to let you know that the organizers of In Pursuit of Balance have announced dates for this year’s tastings:  March 19 in San Francisco and April 18 in New York City.  This was one of the best tasting events I went to all last year, and tickets sold out quickly (not surprising given the producers at the event, including Littorai, Peay, Failla, Hirsch, Cobb — among others).  I highly recommend that you sign up on the IPOB mailing list and buy tickets as soon as they are released.  Tickets are $75, and

My wrap-up of last year’s tasting can be found here.  

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Wed., Jan. 11: Burgundy Tasting @ FPWM (Embarcadero)

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm – $45 for one ounce pours, $90 for two ounce pours

Although the price for events at FPWM are a bit steep, there’s no denying that they host some unique tastings.  Plus, you get a 15% discount on any bottle of the wines being poured. This week, Martine Saunier (Founder of Martine’s Wines) shares some wines from her portfolio of wines from Burgundy (3 village wines, one grand cru, one 1er cru).  Here’s what’s being poured:

2008 Domaine Leroy Volnay
Retail $187.50, 5oz. glass $50.25

2009 Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin
Retail $112.50, 5oz. glass $31.50

2009 Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin
Lavaux St. Jacques 1er Cru
Retail $210, 5oz. glass $55.75

2008 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Grand Cru
Retail $292, 5oz. glass $76.25

2008 Domaine Leroy Chassagne-Montrachet Baudines 1er Cru
Retail $126, 5oz. glass $34.75

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Thurs., Jan. 12:  Chambolle-Musigny Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Want to continue swimming in a sea of Burgundy?  Roll on over to Arlequin to taste a selection of wines from Chambolle-Musigny, including wines from the following producers:  Meo-Camuzet, Michel Gros, Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, Philippe Pacalet and Hubert Lignier.

For some added inspiration, here’s what Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay have to say about Chambolle-Musigny in Secrets of the Sommeliers:

“The wines of Chambolle-Musigny can … be haunting, stirring in their transparency and fluidity.  But that does not mean they are soft.  They can also have a firmness, even a combativeness, surprising for such a fine-boned wine.  Because of this multifaceted, modestly fickle nature and because of their elegance and sometimes pale, rosy color, many people think Chambolle is the ideal expression of Pinot Noir.”

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