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Wine Events: Week of April 16

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There’s an interesting trend going on in the local beer and wine scene, with a number of brewers and winemakers making special batches for individual restaurants.  Linden Street Brewery is making beer using Tartine bread yeasts. The NPA has made a special white blend for the new Namu Gaji.  And now Dan Petroski (Massican) has made a special Chardonnay for Acquarello.  I’m excited about this partnership between the beverage and restaurant world, and look forward to tasting the customized brews and juice.

Now — this week’s San Francisco wine events!


Wed., Apr. 18: SPQR hosts winemaker Paolo Vodopivec (Pac Heights)

1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA

“The lesson (again) for me is that so much exciting wine can be found outside the realm of the familiar.” – Eric Asimov re Vitovska

Vitovska might not be the best known grape variety, but it has certainly gained the attention of some influential wine writers.

Winemaker Paolo Vodopivec has dedicated himself to making Vitovska, and aging these wines in clay amphorae.   You can meet Paolo and sample his wines by the taste, glass, carafe, or bottle at SPQR on Wednesday.  For more on Vodopivec, please see this excellent write-up by Cory Cartwright.


Wed. Apr. 18:  Esoteric Wine Tasting at William Cross (Russian Hill)

William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $15

William Cross is breaking out some odd-ball wines this week.  A good way to expand your palate.

2009 Ferrando La Torrazza Erbaluce di Caluso
2010 Domaine Edond Jacquin & Fils Marestel Roussette de Savoie
2010 Weingut Niklas Schiava Alto Adige
2008 Weingut Binz Dornfelder Nackenheimer
2010 Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello Salento
2007 Alois Trebulanum Campania


Thurs., Apr. 19:  Arnot-Roberts Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Y’all know I have a soft spot for Arnot-Roberts.  But can you blame me?  Not only did Nate and Duncan give me the chance to work harvest with them this past year, but the wines are stunning.  Here are some notes re the wines being poured on Thursday night.

2011 Touriga National Rose – “One of the best rosés I’ve tried … perfectly balanced, fresh but complex, low sulfites but still perfectly clean.”

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Fellom’ / 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Bugay’ – “This is far and away the most exciting Cali Cab discovery for me in many years; the Cabs of Arnot-Roberts are delicate, fresh, nuanced, unique… interesting. After tasting at Arnot-Roberts, I left with the overwhelming impression that California Cabernet – one of the most famous categories of wine in the world – could still be sensually exciting, intellectually stimulating and TRUE to terroir, just like any great French Bordeaux.” (re 2008 Cabs)

2010 Syrah ‘Clary Ranch’ – “[T]he best American Syrah I’ve tasted. At 12.2% alcohol and perfectly ripe, this has all the savory flavors of the grape, with great acidity, precision, and clarity for California Syrah.”

2010 Syrah ‘Griffins Lair’“…exceptional energy and minerality… a stunning wine that captures the Arnot-Roberts style at its very best.”


Sun., Apr. 22:  French Wine Tasting @ K&L Wines (SoMa)

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

2pm-5pm – $75 (tickets here)

No need to cross the Atlantic to enjoy the Tour de France.  K&L will guide you through Champagne, Bourdeaux, Burgundy and many other regions this Sunday.


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