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Wine Events: Week of September 10

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My summer had a couple of unexpected –but very exciting– twists and turns, which kept me away from doing the weekly updates.  But with so many great events coming up, it was high time that I got back on the horse.

I also wanted to share some news I’ve been gushing about for the past week.  As many of you know, I spent part of last year working harvest with Duncan and Nathan of Arnot-Roberts Winery in Healdsburg.  I can’t say enough about these guys: not only do they make great wine, but they are amazingly warm and friendly people.  So I was very excited to see them featured front-and-center in this New York Times article by Eric Asimov.  In this piece, Asimov acknowledges the “superb wines of balance and restraint” coming from Arnot-Roberts, and (rightfully) praises Duncan and Nathan for making wine from an off-the-beaten-path variety, Trousseau Noir.

“Like the best Jura trousseaus, the Arnot-Roberts trousseau is a paradox. It’s pale (almost as pale as a dark rosé) and light-bodied, yet it’s intense, with a firm tannic grip. It’s also energetic, floral-scented and uplifting with a lovely refreshing bitterness.”

I have always had a lot of respect for the risk Duncan and Nathan took in making wine from a variety that only the geekiest of wine consumers is familiar with.  It was a bold move.  The fact that they’ve made such compelling wine from Trousseau (and that a paper with the New York Times readership and clout has praised their effort) should help continue to pave the way for other winemakers to experiment and try to figure out what else California terroir is capable of producing.

It is this possibility of continued exploration that makes me excited about the California wine industry.  There’s an ever-growing sense that we, as a relatively young winemaking nation, are just starting to scratch the surface of our potential.  And the future looks bright!

Congrats, D&N, and thank you!

Arnot-Roberts 2011 Trousseau tank w/ J. Puffeney


Tues., Sept. 11:  Maximin Grunhaus Tasting @ Biondivino (Russian Hill)

1415 Green Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – $10

Summer of Riesling gets extended at least through Tuesday, as Biondivino hosts winemaker Dr. Carl von Schubert from noted German (Ruwer) producer Maximin Grunhaus.  This is a real treat:  these wines are widely praised as some of the best in the Mosel.  Four wines from 2010 and 2011 vintages will be poured.


Thurs., Sept. 13:  Pinot In The City @ Golden Gate Club (Presidio)

Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $65 (tix here)

Over 70 Oregon wineries drop in, bringing loads of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with ’em.  Some highlights include Eyrie Vineyards (a historic winery with a stellar lineup), Brooks, and JK Carriere.


Thurs., Sept. 13:  Importer Acid Inc. Selections @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Having tried a good number of the wines in the Acid Inc. portfolio, I’m excited to see what they’ll be pouring on Thursday night at Arlequin.  If you stop in, make sure to say hi to my friend Jay Latham while you’re there!

UPDATE:  I’m excited about this line-up.  Have had a fascination with the Zidarich wines for quite some time now, and I brought a bottle to dinner in DC last week (it was a hit!).  And the Dettori wines are also striking.  A few weeks ago, I had the Bianco at La Ciccia — a perfect place to explore Sardinian food and wine.  

2009 Zidarich Malvasia
2009 Zidarich Vitovska
NV Dettori Renosu
2009 Dettori Bianco
2007 Dettori Otto Marzo

ALSO — Acid Inc. will be pouring wines from Italy’s Casebianche on Wednesday September 12 at Biondivino.   


Sun. Sept. 16:  Hirsch Vineyards Dinner @ Heirloom Cafe  (Mission)

Heirloom Cafe
2500 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA

$105 for 6 wines / 5 courses (tix here)

David Hirsch planted Pinot and Chardonnay north of Jenner on the Sonoma Coast back in 1980, when few people thought this area was hospitable to vineyards.  Today, Hirsch Vineyards is considered one of the premiere sites for California wines.  Jasmine Hirsch will introduce the wines, paired with a meal prepared by the Heirloom team.  Full menu below:


comte gougeres and bubbles
scallops, English peas, carrots, corn, mint
2010 Hirsch Estate Chardonnay
wild salmon, thyme-roasted lobster mushrooms, beurre rouge
2010 Hirsch “Bohan Dillon” Pinot Noir
potato gnocchi, kale, hijiki, fennel sausage, parmesan
2009 Hirsch “San Andreas Fault” Estate Pinot Noir
2010 Hirsch “San Andreas Fault” Estate Pinot Noir
Liberty Farms duck breast, corn spoonbread, bing cherries, mizuna
2010 Hirsch “West Ridge” Estate Pinot Noir
2010 Hirsch “East Ridge” Estate Pinot Noir
simple sweet and coffee

One thought on “Wine Events: Week of September 10

  1. That Arnot-Roberts Trousseau is absolutely fantastic. Those guys are truly making some of the most exciting wine in the state. I only wish I had a greater opportunity to drink it up here in B.C.

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