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Wine Events: Week of September 17

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No time for an intro– am crashing on getting this presentation together for the Delectable / Beaujolais thingy tomorrow night. But here’s what you’re really looking for — this week’s wine events!


Wed. Sept. 19:  Charles Neal Selections at William Cross (Russian Hill)

William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $15

William Cross is hosting importer Charles Neal for some  Jura, Savoie, and Bugey.  I’m particularly fond of the Labet.

NV Domaine Labet Cremant du Jura
2010 JP & JF Quenard Chignin Savoie
2009 Domaine Labet Fleur de Savagnin Cotes du Jura
2009 Julien Labet “Grains Nobles” Savagnin Cotes du Jura
2011 Maison Angelot Gamay Bugey
2010 Charles Trosset et Fils Vin de Savoie Arbin Prestige des Arpentes
2010 Bernard Rondeau Bugey Cerdon


Thurs., Sept. 20:  Corsican Wines @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

Kermit Lynch never ceases to amaze me.  Just when I think I’ve got a handle on the wine world, he brings in producers from a less heralded region and forces me to keep exploring.  Such is the case with Corsica.  I’ve only had the Abatucci Cuvee Faustine Rose, but whoo-weee — that is one heck of a wine. Anyhow, Matt Gerloff from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants will be at Arlequin on Thursday, pouring 9 wines — at least one from each of the seven Corsican producers in the Kermit portfolio.  Here are the wines for the night

2011 Gioielli Cap Corse Blanc
2011 Leccia Biancu Gentile
2011 Arena Patrimonio Blanc ‘Carco’
2011 Clos Canerelli Corse Figari Blanc
NV Abbatucci Gris Imperial
NV Abbatucci Rouge Frais
2011 Maestracci Corse Calvi Rouge ‘Clos Reginu’
2011 Leccia Ile de Beaute Rouge
NV Ministre Imperial Rouge (out of magnum!)


Sat., Sept. 22:  Beaujolais Tasting at SF Wine Trading Co. (Bernal)

San Francisco Wine Trading Co.
250 Taraval
San Francisco, CA

2:00pm – 5:30pm – $10

You saw my little ode to Beaujolais last week, so I need not tell you again how much I love these wines.  If you want some yummy glou glou, stop by SFWTC on Saturday.  Well worth the trip for the Foillard Fleurie and Cuvee Corcelette alone! Looks like there’s a lot of 2009 being poured, so read this to get yourself ready.


Sat. Sept. 22:  Riesling Party @ Vintage Berkeley (East Bay) 

Vintage Berkeley-Elmwood
2949 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705


The good folks at Solano Cellars/Vintage Berkeley know their Riesling.  And they’ll be sharing their knowledge and wines with the rest of us on Saturday afternoon.


Tues., Sept. 25: Do California Wines Age Well ? @ SF Wine Center (SoMa) 

SF Wine Center
757 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA

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

Taste some wines from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s and see how they’ve held up over time.  The class will be led by Food & Wine Magazine Guide to Wine author Mary Burnham and “will focus on California’s terroir, key varietals, winemaking practices, and all other factors that’ll help us find the keys to unlock this important mystery.”  Take a look at this article from a recent issue of F&W for a little primer.



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