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Wine Events: Week of Jan. 30

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I am nothing short of giddy this week not just because of the abundance of great wine events in the next few days, but because of this:

Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé 2011

The Arnot-Roberts Touriga Nacional Rosé is the first of the wines I worked on this past harvest to be bottled. I’ve been doing a little happy dance ever since because it’s a great feeling to see a wine you helped shepherd through fermentation get to this stage.  And it is LOVELY — lively, bright, and a touch of salinity. I will be writing more about this wine in the next week.

I have to lay low over the next few days to prepare myself for the Pats game on Sunday (guess who I’m cheering for), but will hopefully see some of you at the Golden Glass event.  One other thing to keep on your calendar:  18 Reasons is hosting a four-part course starting February 6 called “Defining Value in Wine” led by Pamela Busch.  The goal:  provide participants with “tips and tools to find and identify high quality, reasonably priced wines in wine shops and at restaurants.”  More info here.


Wed., Feb. 1:  Jura/Savoie/Bugey @ William Cross Wines (Russian Hill)

William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $15

OK, I admit:  these wines from the French Alps may not be for everyone.  But if one of your new year’s resolutions was to expand your wine palate, this is a great tasting to attend.  The Jura wines can be a little oxidized, giving it a hint of sherry-like aromas, which throws some people off.  But if you like the funky, this is going to be a game changer of a tasting for you.  If I can make it to the event, I’ll be picking up a little Comté from Cheese Plus beforehand to pair with the Vin Jaune (and I highly recommend you do the same — this is a classic cheese and wine pairing).

2010 Rene et Beatrice Bernard Apremont Vieilles Vignes Vin de Savoie
2010 Jean-Pierre et Jean Quenard Chignin Bergeron Vin de Savoie
2009 Domaine Labet Fleur de Savagnin Cotes du Jura
2010 Julien Labet Metis Poulsard-Pinot-Trousseau Cotes du Jura
2009 Famille Peillot Monduese Bugey
2004 Chateau Chalon Vin Jaune Cotes du Jura


Wed., Feb. 1:  Ridge Monte Bello Vertical Tasting @ Solano Cellars (East Bay) 

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA

6:30pm – $65 – tickets available here

Ridge Monte Bello — one of the most historic California wines.  Taste through some older vintages (1990, 1994, 2001 and 2008) to see how this legend ages in bottle.


Wed., Feb. 1:  Mas de Daumas Gassac food/wine pairing event @ 18 Reasons  (Mission) 

18 Reasons
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

$40 members / $50 non members – tix here

This is a true family affair.  Winemaker Simon Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac and his sister in law Alison Bailey Vercruysse  (founder of 18 Rabbits) will bring their crafts to the table on Wednesday night.  Bonus:  the owners from MDG and 18 Rabbits will be on hand to talk about the evolution of sustainability and the food and wine world.  You may recall that Aime Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac was featured prominently in the documentary Mondovino,  in which he boldly declared “le ven est mort.”  Should be interesting!


Thurs., Feb. 2:  Matthiasson Wine Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Matthiasson wines are gaining well-deserved praise for the balanced and nuanced style.  Jus last week, the New York Times’ Eric Asimov referred to Matthiasson as “one of [his] favorite California producers.”  While I’ve only tried the Matthiasson red and white blends, I’m excited to check out the full portfolio.  Here’s what you can expect on Thursday.

2009 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
2010 White Blend Napa Valley
2007 White Blend Napa Valley
2006 White Blend Napa Valley
2005 White Blend Napa Valley
2009 Refosco Napa Valley
2009 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
2007 Red Blend Napa Valley
2003 Red Blend Napa Valley (from magnum)


Sat., Feb. 4: The Golden Glass hosted by Slow Food SF (Marina)

Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA

1pm-5pm – $80 – tix here

If you put together food from A16, Acquarello, Delfina, Wo Hing General Store, and Zero-Zero (among others) in one space, you’ve got a good thing going  Add 250 wines from producers who who strive to protect, nurture, and revive the indigenous and classic varieties of their regions,” and you’ve got The Golden Glass.  Here’s a snazzy video from the event organizers to get you psyched about drinking on Saturday afternoon (WARNING – it may cause you to drool on your computer).


Sat., Feb. 4:  Wine and Wishes @ CityView Metreon (SoMa)

CityView Metreon
101 4th Street
San Francisco, CA

5:00pm – 7:30pm – Gourmet Tasting – $150
7:30pm – 11:00pm –  Winemaker Dinner – $350

Tickets available here.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Francisco’s annual fundraiser brings together some of California’s most noted wineries and Bay Area Restaurants for a fun-filled evening.  You’ll recognize many of the names who will be serving at the Grand Tasting:  Merry Edwards Winery, Williams Selyem, Barbacco, Epic Roasthouse, and The Slanted Door, to name a few.  Full listhere.  I was lucky enough to attend the tasting last year and had a lot of fun.  And if you stick around for dinner, there are plenty of top notch somms who will be pouring, including Paul Einbund of Frances, Shelley Lindgren of A16, and Christie Dufault of RN74.


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