New York Times Wine School, Provencal Rosé

Eric Asimov’s most recent New York Times' Wine School is online: Provencal Rosé. And again, we’ve got all three of the wines he featured! Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015, $18.99 (compare to $20 quoted in the Times) Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé 2015 $14.99 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2015 $29.99 We even have the Pibarnon in half-bottles for $16.99. These are long-time favorites at the shop. In fact we offered the Pibarnon in last week’s newsletter, and the Commanderie de Peyrassol earlier this month. What’s more, we’re having a free tasting tonight (Friday, May 2017 5-8pm) featuring another of the wines he mentioned, Terrebrune’s ... Read More »

SF: Cain Vineyard Tasting with winemaker Chris Howell

Saturday April 16th, 3-5pm If you've ever been up to visit Cain, you'll know that the vineyard sits on one of the most beautiful locations in Napa on the crest of Spring Mountain.  Just one look at the perfect vines and you'll come to have a sense of why the wines are so singular and delicious.  Drawing inspiration from his time in France, winemaker Chris Howell has been at the helm of production since 1990, and carries with him many traditions of old world winemaking.  Unlike many other Napa producers who abide by the "more is always better" philosophy, Howell and his team at Cain tend to pick their fruit earlier, so that the brightness and juiciness of the grapes are not lost to a later ... Read More »

SF: Loire tasting with Arnaud Lambert, Chateau de Breze

Thursday April 14th 5pm-7pm This week we are visiting the Saumur region of the Loire,  known for producing some of the most sought after Cabernet Francs in the world.  Chateau de Breze is located on the hill of Breze, a very unique location due to the soils and climate that meet here. Arnaud Lambert controls nearly 80% of the hill of Breze in Saumur and alongside Guiberteau, Rougeard and now Collier.  Come learn about the unique history of this region and sample some of the singular wines produced from Chateau de Breze. Read More »

SF Tasting: Banshee Wines with Noah Dorrance

Wednesday April 13th 5pm-7pm As we've already witnessed here in San Francisco, Banshee is one of our producers that consistently flies off the shelf as soon as it's stocked.  Started by 3 friends with a shared passion for wine, their goal was to fill a growing demand for high quality, delicious pinot noir and chardonnay at reasonable prices.  We think they've done quite a job and this week you can taste for yourself and meet owner/winemaker Noah at the shop! Read More »

SF Tasting: A trip to the Balkans

Thursday April 7th 5pm-7pm Feeling a bit adventurous and want to taste some truly unique wines from one of the oldest producing wine regions in history? Next Thursday we have a real treat, eastern European wine expert Eric Danch from importer Blue Danube will be in the shop pouring a plethora of indigenous varietals from Georgia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Come and learn the history and stories behind these unique wines, we promise they won't disappoint. Read More »

Meet the Wine Maker: Lorenzo Mocchiutti from Friuli

Friday, April 1st, 5:30-8pm, New York City We kick off the weekend with another winemaker dedicated to putting local, indigenous varieties back on the radar. Lorenzo Mocchiutti and his wife, Federica Magrini manage a winery in Friuli and have been committed to the practice of biodynamics since taking over a vineyard they inherited in the late Nineties. The vineyard is planted mostly with old vine, ancient varieties like zippy Schioppettino, peppery Refosco, and rich Malvasia Istriana. The one and only Lorenzo Macchiutti will be here himself to pour these ancient beauties. We will be tasting: Vignai da Duline, Friulano “La Duline”, 2014- $44.99 Vignai da Duline, Malvasia Istriana “Chioma ... Read More »

Natural wine tasting with Donkey and Goat

Thursday, March 31st 5pm-7pm San Francisco Donkey and Goat are one of the most talked about labels in the the current California natural wine scene. But if you hear natural in conjunction with wine, and it makes you think of something cloudy that tastes vaguely of cider, let Tracy and Jarod show you the light. Through their hyper minimalist approach to winemaking, they craft expressively elegant wines from some of California's most unique vineyard sites. These are the yardsticks that other California natural wines now measure up to. Read More »

Napa tasting with Bruce Neyers

Tuesday, March 29th 5pm-7pm San Francisco Looking for naturally produced Napa wines that are farmed organically and affordable? Look no further than Neyers Vineyards.  Bruce Neyers and his wife founded their vineyards in 1992, and prior to that Neyers had been in the industry for over 20 years working with names like Kermit Lynch, Macayamas, Heitz and Joseph Phelps.  His wines are delicious and approachable now yet ageworthy, some of the best value we carry in California!   Read More »