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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.

  • August 8: California New Arrivals. - Our stores will feature new releases from California, inclusive of well-known wineries and small-estate vineyards.
  • August 15: Bordeaux! - All three stores will pour Red and white Bordeaux, primarily red and one Sauternes. The focus will be upon the 2012 vintage with some older vintages, as well.
  • August 22: E-mail newsletter special tasting-Explore wines of the "old" Old World in all three stores. - This tasting will feature territories such as Hungary, Greece, Croatia and parts of France, among others. This will be an excellent opportunity for self-education and an opportunity to taste some very unique wines.
  • August 29: Wines of Chile and Argentina. - All three stores will finish the summer by pouring wines from these two popular South American countries. Both reds and whites will be features. Yes, we will have a malbec or two, but, they will not dominate this tasting! We promise.
  • September 5: Wines of Italy in all three stores. $20 - We start of the Fall with a spectacular selection of new wines from Italy chosen by our buyer Greg St. Clair.
  • September 12: Wines of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. - More than "down under", this tasting will feature some fantastic wines and new releases from these three countries.
  • September 19: Affordable Bordeaux tasting-Redwood City and Hollywood Tasting Bars. - No, that isn't an oxymoron! There are plenty of good value wines coming from our beloved Bordeaux! Our Redwood City and Hollywood stores will host in-house tastings of great value Bordeaux. Our San Francisco store will host theirs at Alexander's steak house (near the SF store) with appetizers.
  • September 19: Affordable Bordeaux Event-San Francisco store at Alexanders Steakhouse. - Our SF store will have an off-site affordable Bordeaux tasting at nearby Alexanders Steakhouse. This ticketed event will feature many Bordeaux selections and appetizers. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • September 26: Burgundy! - Fall is the perfect time for new arrivals of red and white Burgundy and we plan to make the most of it! This tasting will feature both "value" Burgundy (yes, they do exist!) and higher end, collectible wines and selections for the cellar.

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings

     Hollywood: - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7pm:

  • August 13: Bordeaux Tasting with Helene Garcin - 5:30-7:00pm - only $5!
    Come and taste a few Bordeaux wines with Helene Garcine, proprietor of Château Haut-Bergey, Clos l’Eglise, Château Barde-Haut, Château Poesia, Château Branon and Bodega Poesia.
    We will be tasting:
    2013 Haut-Bergey Blanc, Pessac-Léognan - $34.99
    1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan - $24.99
    2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan - $29.99
    2010 Barde Haut, St Emilion - $34.99
    2010 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan - $34.99

    Tickets sold in advance. Limited availability.
    Purchase tickets here...

San Francisco Thursday Night Tastings

     San Francisco Store - Thursdays from 5 to 6:30pm:

  • August 6: Champagne Drappier with Charline Drappier! $10.00 - Our SF store will be having a tasting of the latest releases of NV and vintage champagne from this first-class Aube producer. Charline Drappie,r of the Drappier family, will be our gracious host. This is a tasting that Champagne lovers should not miss!

    We will be pouring:
    Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne $39.99
    Drappier Charles de Gaulle Brut Champagne $69.99
    2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne $99
    Drappier Rose Brut Champagne $54.99
  • August 13: Banshee Vineyards. - Banshee is one of our most popular vineyards and they will be featuring their latest releases of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. This is a great opportunity to try their high-quality and extremely popular wines!
  • August 27: Amici and Olema Vineyards. - A very special treat with a tag team tasting of Amici and Olema vineyards. New releases of cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay will be featured from each vineyard.
  • September 3: Champagne Bollinger and Champagne Ayala. - Selections from both of these premium (and popular) Champagne houses will be featured.
  • September 10: Silver Oak and Twomey Vineyards. - These great (and famous!) cabernet sauvignon and merlot producers will be in our SF store to pour their latest releases.
  • September 24: Honig Vineyards. - This world-renowned sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon producer will be in our SF store to pour their latest releases of these varietals.

Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings

     Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings

  • August 6: Thirsty Thursdays - NO BEER TASTING THIS THURSDAY
  • August 13: Thirsty Thursdays - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!
  • August 20: Thirsty Thursdays - Lineup posted week of the tasting. Stay tuned!
  • August 27: Thirsty Thursdays - Lineup posted week of the tasting. Stay tuned!
  • September 3: Thirsty Thursdays - Lineup posted week of the tasting. Stay tuned!

Redwood City Friday Night Tastings

     Redwood City Store - Fridays from 5 to 6:30pm:

  • August 7: Champagne Drappier with Charlene Drappier. $10.00 - Join us this Friday for a special event Champagne Tasting! This Friday we are joined by Charlene Drappier, 7th generation Champagne producer for a special tasting of the Drappier wines. We will pour:

    Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne $39.99
    Drappier Charles de Gaulle Brut Champagne $69.99
    2006 Drappier "Grande Sendrée" Brut Champagne $99
    Drappier Rose Brut Champagne $54.99

    Walk-in only. Lineup subject to change. $10 to taste.
  • August 14: Poseidon & Obsidian Ridge
  • August 28: Champagne Friday #7 with Gary Westby

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 or at UncorkedEvents.com

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