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Wine Events: Week of Mar. 12

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IPOB Public Tasting at RN74 (2011)

While everyone else is guzzling green beer on Saturday, I’ll be prepping my liver for the second installment of In Pursuit of Balance.  Last year’s inaugural event brought together a mind-blowing assortment of talented Pinot producers (Ted Lemon, Ross Cobb, Gavin Chanin, John Raytek, and Pax Mahle to name a few), and  this year brings more of the same PLUS some well-regarded Chardonnay producers.  That’s right, I said California Chardonnay. There will be plenty of wines that will defy the buttery, pour-me-over-the-popcorn style that has dominated supermarket shelves. And you folks in the “Anything But Chardonnay” crowd might just find something you’ll enjoy drinking.


Thurs., Mar. 15:  IPOB Preview @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Can’t wait to taste some lean, nervy California Pinot and Chardonnay?  Get a jump on the festivities by attending this preview tasting at Arlequin.  Here are the wines they’ll be pouring:

2009 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2009 Hirsch Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2009 Hirsch Vineyards ‘San Andreas’ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2008 Cobb ‘Coastlands’ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2008 Cobb ‘Rice-Spivak’ Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2010 Calera ‘Mt Harlan’ Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
2009 Calera ‘Ryan Vineyard Mt Harlan’ Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
2008 Ojai ‘Bien Nacido’ Santa Barbara Chardonnay
2008 Ojai ‘Bien Nacido’ Santa Barbara Pinot Noir


Sat., Mar. 17:  Bordeaux Tasting @ K&L Wines (SoMa)

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

noon – 1:30pm – $50 (tickets here)

I admit it:  I know next to nothing about Bordeaux.  But the staff at K&L surely does.  Join them as they open up the following wines:

2009 Ch. Le Gay
2009 Ch. Pichon Lalande
2008 Hosanna
2008 Ch. Leoville Las Cases
2008 Ch. Pichon Baron
2008 Ch. Pape Clement
2006 Ch. Haut Brion
2008 Ch. Montrose
2007 Ch. D’Yquem Sauternes


Mon., Mar. 19:  In Pursuit of Balance (Financial District)

Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St.
San Francisco, CA

6-9pm – $75

See above.

NOTE:  The March 20 IPOB dinner at Heirloom Cafe featuring Ceritas and Chanin Wine Co. is now sold out.

Participating wineries:
Alta Maria / Anthill Farms Winery / Arnot-Roberts / Au Bon Climat Winery/ Calera Wine Company / Ceritas / Chanin Wine Company / Cobb Wines / Copain Wine Cellars / Evening Land Vineyards / Failla / Flowers Winery / Freeman / Freestone / Hirsch Vineyards / Kutch Wines / LIOCO / Littorai Wines / Miura / Mount Eden Vineyards / Native9 Wines / Peay Vineyards / Red Car / Sandhi Wines / Soliste Cellars / The Ojai Vineyard / Twomey Cellars / Tyler Winery / Wind Gap Wines


Mon., Mar. 19:  Finding Values in Wine  @ 18 Reasons (Mission)

18 Reasons
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

7-9pm — $60 per person

18 Reasons is hosting a series of classes aimed at providing attendees with “tips and tools to find and identify high quality, reasonably priced wines in wine shops and at restaurants.”  This class will focus on wines for long-term aging.


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