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Saturday Tastings


     All tastings are from noon to 3pm in San Francisco, 1 to 4pm in Redwood City and 3 to 5:30pm in Hollywood - No Person Under 21 Permitted in Tasting Bar.

  • August 19: Wines of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    A Taste of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa


    2016 Auntsfield Estate "Single Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc Southern Valleys Marlborough $15.99
    2016 Craggy Range “Te Muna Rd” Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough $17.99
    2016 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough $22.99
    2016 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills $19.99
    2015 Shaw + Smith “M3” Chardonnay Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2015 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2013 Glaetzer-Dixon Family Wines "Mon Pere" Shiraz Tasmania $24.99
    2014 Springfontein "Terroir Selection" Chenin Blanc Walker Bay $19.99
    2015 Rustenberg Chardonnay Stellenbosch $16.99
    2013 Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $19.99
    2012 Rustenberg "John X Merriman" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch $29.99

    Hollywood will be pouring:
    2016 Auntsfield Estate "Single Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc Southern Valleys Marlborough $15.99
    2016 Craggy Range “Te Muna Rd” Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough $17.99
    2016 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough $22.99
    2016 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills $19.99
    2015 Shaw + Smith “M3” Chardonnay Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2015 Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2014 Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills $29.99
    2015 Rustenberg Chardonnay Stellenbosch $16.99
    2013 Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch $19.99
    2012 Rustenberg "John X Merriman" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch $29.99

    Line up subject to change. Walk in only.
  • August 26: Beers of Summer in all three stores! - All three stores will finish the Summer with a different, and hugely popular, type of bubbly...beer! Special summer releases and staff favorites will be poured.

    San Francisco will be pouring:

    Older and Farther Away - Beer Tasting


    - Paradox Beer Co. "Skully #48 (The Cherished)" Sour Brown Ale w/ Dark Cherries & Cocoa Nibs Aged in Brandy Barrels, Colorado (500ml) $14.99
    - Epic Brewing Company "Oak & Orchard" Dark Sour Ale aged in Oak Barrels w/ Plum, Utah (375ml) $13.99
    - The Rare Barrel "Across the Sea" Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels w/ Coriander & Sea Salt, California (750ml) $21.99
    - Anchorage Brewing Company "Tide & Its Takers" Triple, Alaska 750ml $13.99
    - Upright Brewing Company "Shades" Oak aged Ale w/ Rainier Cherries, Oregon (750ml) $19.99
    - Brasserie Fantôme "Strange Ghost" Saison Ale, Belgium (750ml) $15.49
    - The Libertine Pub "Sea Shepherd" Gose aged on Blood Orange & Kelp, California (750ml) $16.99
    - Mother Earth Brewing "Four Seasons - Summer" Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, California (22oz) $13.99
    - Grimm Artisanal Ales "Super Shine" Oak Conditioned Dry Hopped Gose Gose, New York (22oz) $11.99
    - Mikkeller San Diego "Waves" IPA, California (16oz cans) $3.29
    - Modern Times "Fortunate Islands" Hoppy Wheat Beer, California (16oz cans

    Hollywood will be pouring:
    Victory Brewing Co. "Prima Pils" Pilsner, Pennsylvania (12oz) $1.79
    Reissdorf Kölsch, Germany (500ml) $4.99
    Modern Times "Ice" Pilsner, California (16oz Cans)
    Unsung Brewing "Citrique" IPA, California (16oz cans) $3.99
    Mikkeller San Diego "Waves" IPA, California (16oz cans) $3.29
    Beachwood BBQ & Brewing "Amalgamator" IPA, California (12oz) $2.39
    Cellador Ales "Saison de Chuchotements - Melon" Saison aged in Chardonnay Barrels, California (375ml) $7.99
    Bottle Logic Brewing / Superstition Meadery "Iridium Flare" Strong Ale w/
    Honey & Marionberries Aged in Bourbon Barrels, California (500ml) $26.99
    Le Père Jules Poire Cider Normandy $12.99
    North Coast Brewing Co. Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Ale, California (12oz) $3.49
    Modern Times "Devil's Teeth - Quadruple Flowers (Four Roses) 10 Year Old K&L Barrel" Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels, California (22oz) $29.99

    Lineup subject to change.
  • September 2: Bordeaux in all three stores. $20 - All three stores will start this month with a Bordeaux tasting highlighting the new 2014 arrivals (for red and Sauternes). An older vintage or two will also be featured.
  • September 9: New domestic releases in all three stores. - Fall is upon us and there are many, many newly released wines coming out of California. So, we will feature newly released gems and collectibles as well as more down to earth selections.
  • September 16: Rhone/French Regional wines in all three stores. - As we move further into Autumn, it is the perfect time for wines of the Rhone. Heartier foods, cooler nights and versatile wines of this region all go together perfectly!
  • September 23: Wines of Italy in all three stores. $20 - As with the rest of this month, we move into Fall featuring (primarily) red wines. This week, we are off to Italy to try the newly arrived red wines from Tuscany, Piedmont and other regions.
  • September 30: Wines of Burgundy in all three stores. $20.00. - What better way to end the month? Throughout the Summer and Fall, we have been receiving many new releases and special lots of Burgundy and it is time to update yourself with what is new. The 2014 vintage (red) and the 2015 vintage (white) will be highlighted.

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings


     Hollywood - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm - No Person Under 21 Permitted in Tasting Bar.

  • August 17: Vivanco Wines: Rioja $5 - Winemaker Rafael Vivanco Sáenz grew up in a Spanish wine family, which led him to reflect deeply about what La Rioja and its terroirs are capable of giving. Today, Vivanco – an expressive wine producer from heralded Briones, Rioja – hopes to show the world that viticultural heritage, from native grape varieties to micro-climates. Thursday, we will be pouring those authentic wines for you!

    Featuring:
    2010 Vivanco Reserva Rioja $24.99
    2012 Vivanco Crianza Rioja (Previously $19) $13.99
    2015 Vivanco Blanco Rioja $12.99
    2016 Vivanco Rosado Rioja

    Walk-in only. Line-up subject to change. Last ticket sold at 7:00pm.
  • August 24: Champagne Thursdays - Krug and Ruinart! $5
  • August 31: Wines of Baja Mexico $5
  • September 7: Jardesca End-of-Summer Garden Party $5

San Francisco Thursday Night Tastings


     San Francisco Store - Thursdays from 5 to 6:30pm - No Person Under 21 Permitted in Tasting Bar.

  • August 17: A Taste of Spain with Vivanco Wines - $5

    Featuring
    2015 Vivanco Blanco Rioja $12.99
    2016 Vivanco Rosado Rioja $13.99
    2012 Vivanco Crianza Rioja $9.99
    2010 Vivanco Reserva Rioja $24.99
  • August 31: Chateau Montelena Vineyards. - One of California's most famous vineyards will be in our SF store to feature their newly released red and white wines. Don't miss this tasting!
  • September 7: Carrick Vineyards. - This popular New Zealand producer will be pouring their current line of red and white wines.
  • September 14: Bollinger and Ayala champagnes! - We double hit tonight with the great, great champagnes of Bollinger and Ayala! They will feature Brut NV, Brut vintage and Brut Rose. Champagne lovers rejoice tonight!

San Francisco Friday Night Tastings


     San Francisco - Friday Night Tastings from 5-6:30pm - No Person Under 21 Permitted in Tasting Bar.

  • August 18: Charles de Cazanove Champagne! - This boutique producer will be in our SF store to feature non-vintage, vintage and Rose champagnes. Beautiful bubbles at beautiful prices!

Redwood City Friday Night Tastings


     Redwood City Store - Fridays from 5 to 6:30pm - No Person Under 21 Permitted in Tasting Bar.

  • August 18: Blue Danube: Georgian Wines - Curious about the origins of wine? Wonder what an “Orange Wine” is all about? At the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is considered the homeland of viticulture and wine making. Georgia is also the place made famous for its long skin contacted white wines, aka Orange Wines. Please join us as eclectic vendor Blue Danube pours some of the best this ancient wine powerhouse has to offer. Featuring:

    2015 Gotsa Mtsvane Kartli Republic of Georgia (Qvevri) $23.99
    2015 Gotsa Tsitska Kartli Republic of Georgia (Qvevri) $23.99
    2014 Doqi Rkatsiteli Kakheti Republic of Georgia (Qvevri) $17.99
    2007 Shavnabada Monastery Rkatsiteli Kakheti Republic of Georgia (Qvevri) $32.99
    2007 Shavnabada Monastery Saperavi Kakheti Republic of Georgia $32.99

    Walk in only. Line-up subject to change. $5 to taste.
  • August 25: Champagne Friday
    Line-up posted week of event. Stay tuned!
    Walk in only. Line-up subject to change.
  • September 1: Winemonger: Austrian Wines
    Line-up posted week of event. Stay tuned!
    Walk in only. Line-up subject to change.

Other Events and Resources

Want to Put on Your Own Event? Here are a few people who can take your concept and craft it into an exceptional experience for you and your guests:

  • Courtney Cochran - Courtney Cochran is the Founder & Principal of San Francisco-based wine consultancy Your Personal Sommelier as well as HIP TASTES Events, through which she offers fun and stylish wine tastings to the general public in San Francisco. Courtney holds her sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild and the American Court of Master Sommeliers. She has been profiled as a hip young sommelier in Vogue magazine, Daily Candy, and Business Week Online. Read more and contact Courtney at CourtneyCochran.com and HipTastes.com
  • Don Davis (Uncorked Events) - Whether you are learning to pair champagne with food in an intimate sit-down gathering, attending a Pinot Noir tasting at a new art gallery or at a majestic company party in the heart of Napa Valley, Don can put together a great event for you. With years of experience at putting together some of SF's most lavish events, Don will help you customize something special. Read more and contact Don at 415.307.6235.

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