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Wine Events: Week of April 30

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There are far too many memorable events from last week to recap in full detail.  But I wanted to give a little shout out to Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and Michael Mina’s Josiah Baldivino for pulling together Saturday’s Languedoc tasting at Cafe des Amis.

This was my first Tablehopper wine event, and I was impressed.  It was well organized, informative, and fun.  The crowd was full of Tablehopper fans, a good number of whom seem to frequent Marcia’s events (the title “Tablehopper O.G.s” was thrown out there at some point).  And they were energized and engaged, not only posing questions to Josiah, but also talking to their neighbors and exchanging notes on their favorite wines.  While I usually turn to Tablehopper for restaurant advice, I’m going to be keeping an eye out for their wine events from now on out. Oh – and a hint from Marcia re Cafe des Amis Tuesday wine happy hour:  50% all bottles of wine.  The wine list is focused on French wines, and offers a good selection of  Burgundy (Raveneau, Dauvissat, Roulot).  NOTE: Out of the interest of full disclosure, I attended this event as a Tablehopper media guest. 

For those of you picking up wine at Arnot-Roberts in Healdsburg this Saturday — looking forward to seeing you there!


Thurs., May 3:  Corison Winery Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

I’ve sung the praises of Corison’s elegant Napa Cabernet Sauvignons before, and I was overjoyed to hear her named SF Chronicle’s winemaker of the year back in January.  On Thursday, you can meet Cathy and taste some of her library wines.

(BTW – I cracked open a bottle of that ’01 Napa Cab on New Year’s Eve, and it was gorgeous!)

2006 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 ‘Kronos’ Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 ‘Kronos’ Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 ‘Kronos’ Cabernet Sauvignon


(c) John Trinidad

Tues., May 8:  White Burgundy Wine Class @ SF Wine Center (SoMa)

SF Wine Center
757 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA

6:30pm – 8:00pm – $75 (reserve ahead of time)

Jordan Mackay will walk you through the wide variety of Chardonnay hailing from Burgundy next Tuesday.  This is a great opportunity to explore the variety of styles coming from different villages, and get a grasp on how terroir impacts the wine.  I’ve attended Jordan’s classes at the SF Wine Center before, and the wines selected tend to be of extraordinary quality.


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