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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 23

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No better way to forget about a few botched punt returns than to down a few glasses of wine.  Whether you like the new breed of California wines, big-powerful reds, or old world wines with a little age on them, here are a few events that will help you get over the Niners’ game.

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Wed., Jan. 25:  Island Wines @ William Cross Wines (Russian Hill)

William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $15

Islands in the stream.  That is what we are.  Nothing in between — except for 3 Sicilian wines, 2 Sardinian wines, and one Tasmanian devil.  William Cross is pouring wines from island destinations, and while I wish there were a few Canary Island wines on the list, I’m happy that Graci, Planeta, and Tenuta delle Terre Nere (a Sicilian trifecta) will be poured.  Here’s what $15 bucks gets ya:

2010 Piero Mancini Vermentino di Gallura
2010 Graci Etna Bianco
2009 Pirie SOUTH Pinot Noir Tasmania
2010 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso
2006 Capichera Assaje Isola dei Nuraghi
2006 Planeta Santa Cecilia Nero d’Avola di Sicilia

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Thurs., Jan. 26:  Salinia Wine Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

You want small production wines from a talented winemaker who is gaining national attention?  Then join Kevin Kelley (the founder of the Natural Process Alliance and former winemaker at LIOCO) as he pours wines from his Salinia label, including Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.  For more in-depth information re Salinia and the NPA, check out this post from NOPA wine director Chris Deegan.

UPDATE – here’s what’s being poured (note that The NPA Petillant is not yet released)

2006 Salinia ‘Heintz Ranch’ Chardonnay
2006 Salinia ‘W.E. Bottoms’ Pinot Noir
2006 Salinia ‘Heintz Ranch’ Syrah
2010 Natural Process Alliance Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma
2010 Natural Process Alliance Pinot Gris Sonoma
2010 Natural Process Alliance Red Blend Mendocino
2011 Natural Process Alliance Petillant Naturel

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Thurs., Jan. 26 – Sat., Jan. 28:  ZAP! Tasting and Events 

Various Locations
San Francisco, CA

The annual Zinfandel Advocates & Producers tasting takes place this week.  Lots of dinners, tastings, and seminars, all culminating in the Grand Tasting that takes place on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street (at Brannan)  [NOT at Fort Mason].  As with any large tasting, I highly recommend getting there early before the crowds arrive and before people start getting a little too boozy.

Where will I be? I’ll be checking out wines from Bedrock, Bucklin, Easton, and Ridge (among others).

For a full list of events, please see the ZAP website.

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Sun. Jan. 29:  Heirloom Cafe Class and Tasting (Mission)

Heirloom Cafe
2500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Wine Basics Tasting Seminar ($30)
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Tasting ($10 plus per-taste fee)

Heirloom Cafe is well known for owner Matt Straus’ wine list and cellar.  This weekend, Heirloom is hosting a series of events, including a wine class (starting at 1pm) and a tasting (at 4pm).  The two hour class is led by Matt (one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Top Sommeliers of 2011) and is meant as a basic introduction, covering grape varietals, appellations and major growing regions.  Participants will taste six different wines.

Then, starting at 4pm, Matt & Co. will be pouring a diverse selection of wines, each priced from $1-$5 per ounce.  Here’s the list (though I wouldn’t be surprised if a few additional bottles are opened during the course of the afternoon!):

$1 per ounce:
2009 BOUZERON ALIGOTE, DE VILLAINE
2007 CUVEE SACHA, PUFFENEY
2009 BOURGOGNE ROUGE ‘EN MONTRE CUL,’ BOUVIER
2009 MORGON ‘COTE DE PY,’ PIRON

$2 per ounce:
2006 VOUVRAY SEC, FOREAU
2001 RIOJA CRIANZA ‘GRAVONIA,’ LOPEZ DE HEREDIA
2007 UMBRIA ROSSO ‘SAN VALENTINO,’ PAOLO BEA
1999 CHATEAU SIMARD

$3 per ounce:
2006 CHABLIS GRAND CRU ‘CLOS,’ MICHEL
2002 RIESLING SPATLESE ‘WEHLENER SONNENUHR,’ WEINS-PRUM
2002 PINOT NOIR ‘REVELES,’ ICI/LA-BAS (from magnum)
2004 ALOXE-CORTON 1ER CRU ‘LES VALOZIERES,’ CORNU

$5 per ounce:
1997 CHARDONNAY, HANZELL

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