Elmwood: The Wines of François-Xavier Barc – Complices de Loire
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: The Wines of François-Xavier Barc – Complices de Loire

This section of the email is meant to be accompanied by this song. (We'll wait patiently while you click and come back.) Oh hey there, back already? Bum stiggedy bum stiggedy bum... FX Barc's wines are in the house this Friday night at Elmwood!

Having been the winemaking wizard behind one of Chinon's premiere estates (our own Kermit Lynch's famed Charles Joguet), François-Xavier Barc decided to leave in 2010 to create his own project, Complices de Loire. He decided he'd rather work with his network of badass farmer 'complices' (accomplices) -  and make amazing wine at reasonable prices - than spend all his money on his own estate.

And that's just what he and his merry band of complices have achieved! Join us this Friday night as we host FX Barc representative and friend of the store Nick Roche. He's pouring four of our most beloved (and delicious) values in the shop: FX Barc's Sauvignon Blanc, his Chenin Blanc, his "Jus de Gamay,"and a value-priced Pinot that makes most Sancerre rouges blush in shame.
Only at Elmwood. Only $5!

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Solano Cellars: Bubbles & Meringues with Floraison, VALENTINES DAY
Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Bubbles & Meringues with Floraison, VALENTINES DAY

Back by popular demand! Whether you're celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's or none of the above, everyday is a good day for a mouth-watering bubbly pairing. 
Taste the meringues of Svetlana Royzen (Unlike anything you've ever tried, these are less like cookies, and more like cherub-biscuits. Think: Sage. Coriander. Beets. Rose with pistachios. All hand-dipped in a variety of chocolates!) next to small lot bubbles (and cider!)... aaaand die and go to heaven.
• Domaine Serol 'Turbullent' Natural Sparkling Rosé
• Domaine Sulauze 'Super Modeste' Natural Sparkling Vin de France
• Sylvain Dittière 'La Porte St. Jean, Six Roses' Dry Sparkling Rosé (macerated
with 6 varieties of estate-grown roses!)
• Julien Thurel Cidre Sec 'Champetre'

Only $15 at Solano Cellars!

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Elmwood: Winemaker Sisto Tessari of La Cappuccina, Veneto, Italy
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Winemaker Sisto Tessari of La Cappuccina, Veneto, Italy

We head to the Veneto, as we host one of the region's greatest producers of Soave (pronounce it 'swah-vay,' just like you wanna) visits us: La Cappuccina. Winemaker Sisto Tessari and good friend Angelino Sandri will both be on hand, pouring two different versions of Soave (arguably Italy's most popular white wine, and secretly one of its most serious), a Sauvignon Blanc grown on intensely volcanic soils, two reds (one priced for a weeknight, and one to show off with) and their sweetly stunning Recioto, made from dried Garganega grapes.

Only $5!

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Solano Cellars: Craft Austrian Tasting with Craft & Estate
Feb
7
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Craft Austrian Tasting with Craft & Estate

Friend of the Cellars, – Emily Kaplan, will be on hand to help uncover some of the best kept secrets in wine! Austria produces some of the cleanest, most vibrant, and tantalizing whites and reds the world over. You've probably (whether knowingly or not!) tasted Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Austrian Riesling. But have you tasted sparkling Grüner made in the Champagne method? Some of the most minerally Pinot Noir that rivals Burgundy's finest Premier Cru vineyards? Zwei-what? Didn't think so! Come on in and be charmed by these 5 gems:

• NV Szigeti Brut Gruner Veltliner
• 2017 Lorimer Kamptal Riesling Trocken
• 2015 Weininger Pinot Noir
• 2017 Lust & Leben Zweigelt/St Laurent
• 2017 Paul Achs Blaufrankisch

Tasting fee: $10


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Elmwood: Wonders of the Ligurian Coast
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Wonders of the Ligurian Coast

Wonders of the Ligurian Coast

Tomorrow at Elmwood: we're excited to welcome the greatest grandchildren winemakers of the Ligurian coast: Il Torchio!

Having taken over the reins from Giorgio Tendola, the legendary Ligurian winemaker and the champion of Liguria's Colli di Luni appellation, grandkids Gilda and Edoardo have quickly become known as the winemakers to watch in Italy's amazing coastal wine region.

At 12 hectares (with only 9 planted to vine), Il Torchio may be small... but they're one of the only contiguous estates in Liguria, and one of the only natural winemakers there, too! These are exciting wines, and dynamic winemakers, and we're thrilled to play host.

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Elmwood: Catalonian Superstar Francesc Escala
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Catalonian Superstar Francesc Escala

Catalonian Superstar Francesc Escala

Okay, so as boxing nicknames go, we'll admit: it may leave something to be desired. (He calls himself a "romantic butcher and gastro-wine passionate," but that lacks a bit for brevity.) The thing is, though? Francesc Escala is on the very, very, very short list of winemakers who have made Catalonia (and Penedès, within it) of the most exciting spots in the vinous world these days.

Tonight? [Insert breathless panting here.] He's in the house! Yes, one of the men behind Raventós i Blanc (one of the oldest continuous winemakers in the entire world, and the bubbles many consider to be the greatest in all of Spain)... and the man behind Can Sumoi (his high-altitude project for still and wild natural wines) is at Elmwood, ready to pour an octet of Catalan wonders!

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Elmwood: Ian Brand is in the House!
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Ian Brand is in the House!

Way, way before the San Francisco Chronicle recently enlaureled him as their Winemaker of the Year? Vintage Berkeley customers knew: Ian Brand was one of the winemakers defining our state.

Elmwood is beyond thrilled to host him this Friday evening as he pours through a wide lineup of his wines: wines from P'Tit Paysan, La Marea, and I.Brand & Co. And if it's not enough to meet a rising superstar in the flesh? For one night only there will be special, best-in-California, best-in-history pricing on some Ian's wines as well!  

Only $1 per wine!

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Vine Street: California Love!
Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: California Love!

Vine Street welcomes everybody to the wild, wild west. 
Wine that’s untouchable like Elliot Ness. 

We are rollin' up on the new year February 1st and putting the focus on our home state pleasure. So park your ride, stroll in and say hello. We are going to enjoy some easy-to-enjoy wines and a couple of delicious surprises.  California love! 

Five wines for $5, Club Members Free.

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Solano Cellars: Roman Wine History & Tasting  with Vito Fabrizio
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Solano Cellars: Roman Wine History & Tasting with Vito Fabrizio

Italian Wine History Class & Tasting with Vito Fabrizio,
Owner of Aemilia Imports, Thursday January 31
The session will repeat with the program starting
at 6pm and then again at 7pm

Please email mail@solanocellars.com to rsvp for either the 6PM or the 7PM seminar

Description: Learn the rich history of Roman wine production, commerce, and its evolution into your glass, while tasting 6 unique wines spanning Italy:

  • Pedrotti 'Bouquet' Brut, Metodo Classico, Trentodoc

  • La Tosa 'Sorriso di Cielo' Malvasia, Colli Piacentini

  • Marengoni "Casa Bianca" Barbera/Bonarda, Gutturnio Riserva 

  • Piacentini 'Rigel' Barbera, Colli Piacentini

  • Moganazzi 'Don Michele' Rosso Etna, Sicily

  • Solenghi "Danza del Sole" Malvasia Passito, Emilia Romagna

We will host two sessions, so both early arrivals and latecomers can partake! Please be on time.

Tasting / Class Fee: $15

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Elmwood: Greek Out!
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Greek Out!

We head to Greece, both to once more dedicate ourselves to the proposition that there is more to the vinous world than Chardonnay (Liatiko! Moschofilero! Xinomavro! Unite!)... and to explore one of the oldest continuous - and most presently exciting - winemaking traditions in the world! (Ed.: We reserve the right to recycle that sentence when we go to Georgia, btw, in a few weeks!)

Come join us and resident GreekGeek™ Szymon Sipowski as we pour through a septet of mythic wonders, all made from Greek varietals saved from extinction by modern demigods!

Greek Out! $7 for 7 Wines!

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Solano Cellars: Sherry Wizard Alex Russan in the House!
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Sherry Wizard Alex Russan in the House!

Alex Russan is an obsessive. Famed as a man with a nigh-monomaniacal devotion to unearthing some of the most superb, old, dry Sherries in existence, we like to point out that's far from all he does. This is also a man who makes his own Californian wine, blends his own sherries, and imports a wide range of Spanish wonders. Does he sleep? Preliminary studies have been inconclusive.

Come meet one of the greatest founts of vinous knowledge we know, as Alex Russan pours three Sherries, two freakily rare Spanish white wines, and not one but two Mencias!

$15 for 7 Wines!

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Solano Cellars: Northwest Passage – Wines of the pacific Northwest
Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Northwest Passage – Wines of the pacific Northwest

We found the magical throughway to the vinous wonderland known as The Pacific Northwest! With the help of intrepid Captain Szymon Sipowski, we aim to take you deep into the vinous wilds of the Pacific Northwest... that fabled land to the north, where the wines are balanced and the flannel grows on trees.

Tonight at Solano Cellars? We're pouring six wines... for $10!

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Elmwood: Monsters of Italian Wine with Blaine Verde
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Monsters of Italian Wine with Blaine Verde

No: we're not showing the remake of Suspiria. We're instead highlighting Italy's vinous monsters: the beasts that have made Italy the world's most Implacable Vinous Force... for over two millennia! Aglianico from just outside Taurasi (aka, the "Barolo of the South.") Not one but two Cru Brunellos., from one of the undisputed masters of the region. A famous, point-smacking Cru Barbaresco, at half off MSRP?!? (Not to mention an aged Greco, and holiday party-worthy bubbles, too!)

Join our friend and master of the Italian dark arts, Blaine Verde, as he unlocks some of Italy's greatest and most powerful vinous energies for us this Friday!

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Elmwood: Canary is a Goldmine
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Canary is a Goldmine

Our friend Jehan Hakimian, winemaker and Canarian expert, takes us on a guided tour of the region and its wines -- replete with a housemade paella!

5-6 Canary Island Wines! Special One-Day Deals!

$10 for paella! $5 for wine pairing (latter free for club members).

(Please RSVP to ensure paella, as quantities are limited!)

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Elmwood: Ciders. Wines. Meringues
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Ciders. Wines. Meringues

We're bringing you a party worthy of the month of December: we're 1) starting with some of our favorite wines from Floraison Selections. Bubbles. Burgundy. Cult reds.

And then 2) we'll have you adjourn to the dessert room, where you'll a) taste the exquisite, brain-dilating ciders of Julien Thurel - a man behind what one wine critic called "one of the most ambitious and exciting projects in France: attempting to resurrect the long history of cider production in the Loire."

Alongside them? 3) Taste (and/or gift!) the most meringues of Svetlana Royzen. (Unlike anything you've ever tried, these are less like cookies, and more like cherub-biscuits.) Think: Sage. Coriander. Beets. Rose with pistachios. More! All hand-dipped in a variety of chocolates!

Skip the Goose!

Importer Nadia Dmytriw in the House! – Baker Svetlana Royzen in the House!

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Vine Street: Cory Gowan, Naturally form Mission Wine Merchants
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Cory Gowan, Naturally form Mission Wine Merchants

First and foremost we want wines that taste like wine, clean and delicious. If you want to call them “natural” because they are made that way we won’t complain. Cory Gowan is the main VB connection to the best of the Natural Wines Scene. He represents Mission Wine Merchants in the East Bay and, if you have been tracking down the tasty pours in that category, you have probably enjoyed something from Mission. They work with producers who are committed to making wines as a genuine expression of the local terroirs and traditions. We will focus on wines that feature minimal intervention in the vineyard and the traditional (natural) winemaking techniques. Five Wines $5.00 and Members of the Wine Club get to come free – and they may bring a guest… also free.

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Solano Cellars: Terraces Winemaker Tasting with Tim Crull
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Solano Cellars: Terraces Winemaker Tasting with Tim Crull

Meet Tim Crull, Winemaker and Proprietor – The Terraces Winemaker

From its days as part of Rancho Caymus in the early 1800s, through the wine production period of the late nineteenth century, and then as source of high quality Zinfandel through the twentieth century, The Terraces has been at the heart of the history of Napa Valley.  The Terraces Winery was created 30 years ago to take advantage of the remarkable Zinfandel grown on the steep terraced hillsides. With the additional plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery released its first wine in 1985. Today, winemaker and proprietor Tim Crull makes wine with a sense of place and responsibility to the land and the story. We will taste Napa Valley Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Tempranillo from Lake County!

Four tastes, $15. 

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Solano Cellars: Kermit Lynch Release Party
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Solano Cellars: Kermit Lynch Release Party

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant will be at Solano Cellars for one of the the most anticipated events of the year: the Kermit Lynch Release party. Come taste through an epic assortment of over 15 wines! Holiday gifts? Check. Special meal pairings? Also check. Snag a few goodies for the personal cellar? Don't mind if you do! All the favorites: Bandol, Gigondas, Hermitage, Pomerol, Pouilly-Fuisse, Vouvray, and many, many more! (And duh: Champagne!)

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Vine Street: Festo del Vino Italiana
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Festo del Vino Italiana

Pair-up Your Holiday Dishes with Wines from Italy

Italy has so many great grapes we can’t ever taste them all. But it sure is fun to try. We are going to throw a few against that Holiday wall and see what sticks. Ever had Bellone Bianco? It is grown mostly in the vineyards around the Italian capital Rome (where it has been cultivated since antiquity), and the one we will share is delightful and delicious. How about Verduzzo Friulano? We have a beautiful passito style that is sweet but not cloying for you to try. To round out the evening we will also have, Carricante, Catarratto, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Glera. Five Wines and only for $5.00 Club Members are FREE!

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Vine Street: Franksgiving Feast
Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Franksgiving Feast

A slew of French wines for your holiday! Whether you're roasting vegetables or birds, baking taters or tarts, whisking simple sauces or the richest of roux, we have the wine for your table! Friend of the shop and known hogger of the gravy boat, Julie Tesar, will be on hand to stir the pot!

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Elmwood: You Don't Know Nouveau!
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: You Don't Know Nouveau!

What we're about to tell you is true: every year, on the third Thursday of November, at one past midnight all over France, one of the most delightful and frivolous rituals in all the world of wine commences anew: Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. (Wine bars are not allowed to open or sell their bottles a minute before then!) We'll have five to six Nouveaux incoming this season! Two of our favorite French producers from Beaujolais (Chermette and Dupeuble), and three of our favorite Californian winemakers (including secret, hard-to-get Nouveau cuvées from J. Brix, Berkeley's own Donkey & Goat... and more!)... because Frenchies don't get all the fun!

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Solano Cellars: Get to Know Nouveau!
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Get to Know Nouveau!

We'll have five to six Nouveaux incoming this season! Two of our favorite French producers from Beaujolais (Chermette and Dupeuble), and three of our favorite Californian winemakers (including secret, hard-to-get Nouveau cuvées from J. Brix, Berkeley's own Donkey & Goat... and more!)... because Frenchies don't get all the fun!

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