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Wine Events: Week of May 14

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Better late than never!  A slew of great events this week.

Also, get yourself over to St. Vincent (1270 Valencia (Valencia and 24th)).  This new space opened by sommelier David Lynch (Babbo, Quince, Cotogna (yeah, the dude knows what he’s doing)) is a very welcome addition to the San Francisco wine scene.  You can order anything on the list by the half bottle and the list is glorious.  We went from Chablis to Vouvray, did a detour through Cornas (a beautiful briny bottle of 2007 Guillaume Gilles) and then closed the night with a bottle of Champagne from Cedric Bouchard.  Service was outstanding and extremely knowledge.

ONE NOTE:  When you go, ask what they have open by the half bottle already.  And don’t shy away from a wine opened the day before.  A lot of the wines on the list are going to be better on day 2.  For a more in-depth review of the food and space, see this write-up from Tablehopper. 


Wed. May 16: Greater SF/Bay Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser (Union Square)

E&O Trading Co.

314 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

$35 pre-paid ($40 at the door) – per organizers, all proceeds go to charity

Register here

I’m always happy to give a shout out to fundraisers with a wine-related theme. So please keep May 16 in mind, when the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society host a charity wine tasting. If you can’t attend but still want to donate, go to: http://gsf.mwoy.llsevent.org/AlexM


Thurs., May 17: Wind Gap Wine Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $15

Winemaker Pax Mahle made a name for himself making critically acclaimed California Syrah, but along the way, started favoring cool climate vineyards.  He also expanded his portfolio to include oddball varieties such as Trousseau Gris and Blaufrankisch.  Meet Pax on Thursday night and taste the following wines:

2011 Trousseau Gris Fannuchi-Wood Vineyard
2009 Chardonnay Gap’s Crown Vineyard
2010 Pinot Gris Windsor Oaks Vineyard
2010 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard
2008 Syrah Sonoma Coast


Sat., May 19: Partners in Health Fundraiser @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

2:00pm – 5:00pm – $20

The Louis / Dressner portfolio played a formative role in my wine education.  By importing reasonably priced, sustainably farmed / minimal intervention French and Italian wines, the late Joe Dressner opened up a whole new world to me.  Joe passed away last year, and in a tribute to him, many wine bars and retail outlets in New York and SF have hosted events to raise money for one of Joe’s favorite charities, Partners in Health.

Saturday’s festivities will also be a going away party for Jules Measures, Joe’s son, who will be relocating to NYC to continue his work on behalf of Louis/Dressner.

Side note:  At some point that afternoon, a French film crew for a show called “On the Wine Road” will be stopping in to get a taste of the SF wine scene.


 Sat., May 19:  Oregon Pinot Tasting @ Solano Cellars (East Bay) 

Solano Cellars
1580 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA

5:30pm (call Solano Cellars for details on start times and prices, and to RSVP):  510.525.9463

Part of Solano Cellars’ ongoing “Monsters of Wine” summer tasting series.  This month’s focus:  Oregon Pinot.


Image from Cochon 555

Sun., May 20:  4th Annual Cochon 555 (Russian Hill) 

Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

4pm (VIP tickets – $250) / 5pm (General Admission – $125)
Tickets here 

Pig.  Lots and lots of pig.  And great wine from Arnot-Roberts, Matthiasson, Scholium Project and many others.  Add bourbon and beer, and you’ve got a full-on Sunday Funday.


Thurs.-Sun. May 17-20: Bi-Rite Wine Blitz  (Mission)

Bi-Rite Market
3639 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

Bi-Rite’s Spring Wine Blitz (20% off a mixed case) is taking place this week. I’ve already picked out some of my wines, including:  Jean Foillard Cote du Py Morgon; Les Vins Contes R10; Berthet-Bondet Cotes du Jura; Dom. Duplessis Chablis; and the summertime favorite, Ameztoi Rubentis.


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