This Thursday! Come taste at least seven (7!) wines from one of Paris's most sought-after natural winemakers, Brendan Tracey -- the ex-punk rocker turned French radio station owner turned garage winemaker! This is a guy whose wines people fight to get in Tokyo and London -- and we have one of the biggest allocations in California! Come taste the electrifying natural wines made by the guy Parisian somms know and love as "le punk Californien." 6 - 7:30, $10 for 7+ wines!
We Bring the Alsatian Wine... and Nabolom Bakery Brings the Alsatian Tarte Flambée!
Come taste a selection of Alsatian gems as they're meant to be tasted... with Alsatian food! We'll do a flight of at least five Alsatian delights, and our friends around the corner will be bringing the Flammenkueche!
Only at Elmwood.
6 - 7:45 PM, Friday, 2/16.
Local boy makes good (wine)! Come taste the new releases of rising star natural winemaker (and neighbor) Jason Charles of Vinca Minor. Jason's getting deserved attention all around the world (you might have seen him in that recent New York Times article about natural wine) -- come taste his new stuff before he heads off to London's RAW Wine Fair and sells it all!
Only at Elmwood.
6 - 7:45 PM, Thursday, 2/15.
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and the love is overflowing... at least at Vine St.! We'll be pouring a flight of love-bombs, including a Cremant d'Alsace rosé, Ovum's "Love Me or Leave Me" Gewurztraminer, Broc Cellars "Love Red," a Napa Cab from Terra Valentine, and more! (No discount given for picking up on our encrypted theme here!)
This Friday at Elmwood:
the Brilliant Burgundies of Charles Audoin!
When Cyril Audoin took over his father's domaine in 2000 the world sat up. The wines had always been celebrated as some of the best values in Burgundy... but suddenly they seemed more, well, *alive.* Get to know the next generation of Burgundian vignerons, as we demonstrate how good Burgundy can be... at prices you don't have to sell your blood plasma to afford! A flight of four glorious Burgundian beasties.
Only at Elmwood.
6 - 7:45 PM, Friday, 2/9
Ask any wine-lover the single best way to find vinous astonishments? Well, first they'll tell you to find a great shop. (We know a few, if you're looking.) But the second thing they'll tell you, and the real "pro tip"?
Look for the importer on the back of the bottle. Importers are the unsung heroes of wine, with the horrible job of having to travel to the beautiful places that we don't have enough vacation days to visit ourselves. Imagine: there are people out there whose lives are solely dedicated to the effort of dilating your frontal lobe with delight!
One of the unquestioned greats? Martine Saunier, of the eponymous Martine's Wines. Along with a fellow named Kermit, she revolutionized the importing of French wine into America, and also based herself here in the Bay. The woman responsible for discovering greats like Henri Jayer (which under her became one of the world's most sought after Burgundies), Chateau Rayas (the top estate in the southern Rhone), and others.
Tomorrow at Elmwood? We'll be pouring a wide lineup of her wines, in tribute to one of the greatest French portfolios in America.
Tomorrow! 6 - 7:45 PM.
Only at Vintage Berkeley Elmwood.
Umbrian Winemaker in the House!
The wines of Cantina Fratelli Pardi: old-school Umbrian magic. Tonight? The winemaker will be in the house with us, pouring two different vintages of his white wine, and three of his classic reds.
Tongue-tied in the presence of a great winemaker? Topics for discussion: the richest grape in the world (Sagrantino), why one writer called Rosso di Montefalco "Sangiovese on Crack"), and why your next vacation should be to Umbria.
Tonight! 5:30-7:30 PM.
5 Wines for $5. Only at Solano Cellars.
This Saturday? We're having a proper Wine Festival over here at Elmwood. 8-10 Wines (!) from Calder and Deux Punx! With both winemakers present to chat about how they make the magic happen.
You want to taste the wines of Calder, made by rising star Rory Williams, the scion and ex-manager of Frog's Leap vineyards? He'll be there, with his wines!
What's that? You're eager to try the wildly natural wines ofDeux Punx, having had them by the glass at some of the Bay Area's swankiest restaurants? (Hey, Punks can rent tuxes, too!) Winemaker Dan Schaaf is here!
Two Winemakers in the House.
Only at Elmwood. 3:30 - 6:30.
Did you miss our three-store event this past Saturday? The one where we offered deals of up to 33% off the usual price on some of our favorite things? Well, we're doing it again. All three stores will be popping 8+ bottles of favorite things... and discounting them to the point where you'll question whether we ever took a math class.
Come Blow it Up With Us.
All Three Stores.
This Friday, January 26th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
Tonight. 6 - 7:45 PM.
6 Wines from a Loire Master.
Only at Elmwood!
The Vinous Holy Grail: what is it? Ask a crowd and you'll get as many different answers as there are people. One man's Cult Cab's another woman's occult sparkler. For us, though? The true grail is affordable magic, and it's an endless pursuit.
Enter Hervé Villemade. These are some of wine insiders' favorite things: natural wines made from a Loire master that totally over-deliver on price-per-astonishment.
Hervé works in a tiny village named Cellettes, in the Loire's Cheverny appellation. Until the late 90's he made wines conventionally, just as he'd been taught to in school. Then, a two things happened in quick succession: 1) he met natural winemaking legends Thierry Puzelat and Marcel Lapierre, and tasted their exquisite wines, and 2) an illness made him swear off chemicals and sulphur.
Within a few years? His wines were better than they'd ever been, and the world took notice. He makes a wide range of wines: some worthy of reflection (wait till you try his Romorantin)... and others designed for pure gulpability:
Hervé's good friend and ours, Wolfgang Weber, will be in the house pouring six of his wines. These are natural wines at awesome prices, and they range from pure glou-glou to things you could plausibly save for your daughter's 21st birthday.
Don't Get Mad; Get Villemade!
Tonight, 1/25! 6 - 7:45 PM.
6+ Wines for $6. Only at Elmwood.
It's that time again! Come by Solano Cellars Saturday evening for a tasting with the charming man behind many of California's best natural wines. Gideon is driving down from the Sierra Foothills to pour a flight of some of his new releases and some old favorites. Lucky us!
5:30PM - 7:30PM - 6 Wines - $10 - Only at Solano Cellars
1.) 2015 Carte Blanche
Albarino 50%, Verdelho 50%. Organically grown. 100% Foot-stomped whole-cluster.
2.) 2015 The Pleasant Peasant
Century-old vines, 100% Carignan. 100% Foot-stomped whole-cluster.
3.) 2013 Pinot Noir “Home Vineyard”
100% foot-stomped whole cluster.
4.) 2013 Syrah “Stone Soup”
Syrah 91%, Viognier 9%. 100% foot-stomped whole cluster.
5.) 2010 Spring Frost
Merlot 40%, Petit Verdot 27%, Cab Sauvignon 21%, Syrah 6%, Sauv Blanc 6%.
6.) 2006 Syrah “Old Man’s Reserve”
Syrah 96%, Roussanne 4%.
Aged 4 years in 1200 liter oval and 5 years in bottle prior to release.
This Saturday from 3:30- 6, we'll be tasting some of our favorite Italian wines from Berkeley-based importer, Oliver McCrum. Everything from crushable pizza wines.... to sexypants Barolos from Cavallotto!
A flight of 8+ wines! With resident McCrum representative and all-around awesome person, Tom Switzer in the house! You never pass up a chance to hang out with Tom!
Saturday, 12/16, 3:30-6!
Only at Elmwood.
In October Vintage Berkeley and Solano Cellars raised over $2000 for North Bay Fire Relief efforts. But the work up there is just beginning. As attention spans turn naturally toward other disasters (the Thomas Fire down south, the garbage fire in Washington, DC), we want to keep things going for our vinous neighbors up north.
This Friday Elmwood will donate the entirety of its tasting fees to fire relief efforts... And we have two of our favorite new Californian winemakers in the house: Chad Hinds ofMethode Sauvage, and Brian Jessen of Irene!
We'll be tasting six of their wines including some that have just been released!
Friday, 12/15, 6 - 7:45!
Only at Elmwood, and only $6!
Taste though the glorious white wines of Germany with Certified Sommelier Julie Tesar!
Before WW1 these were the most coveted and expensive wines in the world, come and taste why. From kaleidoscopic, expressive and enrapturing to poetic, nuanced and charming, these wines are always delicious, interesting, and have a story to share!
Please join us with Julie Tesar, German wine obsessed Solano Cellars alum representing Terry Theise Selections, here this Thursday from 5:30 - 7:30pm!
She will be focused on Riesling (of course!) with a couple extras, from bone-dry to sweet and everything in between from the Mosel, Pfalz and Rheingau and will tell us a story of Germany wines with this thoughtful and yummy lineup!
Oh, and did we forget to mention (oh no we didn't!) there will be pan-seared weinerschnitzel bites to pair with your new favorite German white wines!
1.) Muller-Catoir Scheurebe
2.) Muller-Catoir Haardt Scheurebe
3.) Spreitzer Oestricher Muschelkalk Riesling Trocken
4.) Vols Saar Riesling Feinherb
5.) Christoffel Erben Kabinett
6.) Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling "Anrecht"
The end of the year is here and it's time to bust out the bubbly! We always look for a good excuse to celebrate, and since we've just finished our re-model at Vintage Berkeley Vine Street, we thought it was high-time to celebrate with some of our favorite French sparkling wines!
Featuring 8+ wines from Champagne, Alsace, the Loire, & the Jura, all imported by (and being poured by!) our good friends at Sacred Thirst Imports and Vintage 59 Imports.
Thursday Dec. 14th -- ONLY at Vintage Berkeley Vine Street
$12, or free for club members!
Elmwood's Winemaker of 2017: The Jurassic Wines of Domaine Courbet
Come taste an entire lineup of wines from the winemaker that blew our collective mind more than any other this year! Wines from the Jura are unlike any other -- and Domaine Courbet's are as scintillating as any we've ever tried. With Beaune Imports founder Michael Sullivan in the house! Seven wines for just $7!
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Only at Vintage Berkeley Elmwood - 2949 College Ave
Ben Stewart of Bonhomie Wine Imports will be in the house at Elmwood! He's showcasing three wines from three producers: one from Puglia, Italy, one from Valencia, Spain, and one from Pfalz, Germany. Tasting-day-only discounts mean some of these wines will be as low as $10 -- so you can load up for the holidays!
Taste 9 wines for $10 -- with tasting fee refunded on purchase!
Natural Sierra Highs.
Tomorrow at Elmwood? We'll be pouring the totally ineffable & mostly implausible wines of everyone's favorite ex-punk rock bassist turned natural winemaker, Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine.
Tempranillo. Mourvedre. His electrifying Petit Manseng (one of Dan's favorite Californian whites) and his extended skin-contact "orange" Albariño , the "Al Basc" -- as elusive as it is delicious.
Some of these wines are hard to get. All of them are amazing expressions of one of the best (and most undersung) pieces of Californian terroir.
Only at Elmwood.
Don't be afraid to let this guy get your goat.
"The wines of La Clarine are defiant and different, and are helping to rewrite the story of the Sierras."
- Jon Bonné, SF Chronicle
"La Clarine makes wines that are alive in the glass. I love their minimalist approach in the vineyard and the cellar, and I've loved every single one of their wines."
-Eric Asimov, New York Times
"Is someone else doing anything as insanely stupid as we are?" -Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Wines
You want local wine? We'll give you local wine. It doesn't get much more local than the wines of Broc Cellars, with a tasting room less than 2 miles away! Eric Brockway is the man behind the operation, and to say he has kind of a cult following is an understatement. You may recognize many of his wines because they are staples of the VB/SC store domain, from his classically delicious Love Red and Love White, to his Valdiguie, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay. Chris Brocway's mission is to harvest grapes that speak deeply of place, with organic and biodynamic farming practices and minimal intervention in the winery. If you haven't tried these, you're in for a real treat. And if it's not your first rodeo, I know you'll be linin' up just like the rest of 'em. 5:30-7:30PM $10 tasting, with same day discounts available!
Tonight we take our show on the road, and head to theLost Art Salon... armed only with our wits and a few cases of our favorite Champagnes.
Come check out the new art of Rob Delamater, the SF-based artist who was recently granted a prestigious residency at Château D'Orquevaux inChampagne, France.
We'll be there, pouring some of our favorite grower Champagnes -- small producers who spend their money on meticulous farming... instead of marketing juggernauts and glitter balls.
Ever loved our Champagnes, but wished you could taste them in a space Gertrude Stein would have felt comfortable in? Now's your chance!
Tonight, 11/30. 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
At Lost Art Salon.
245 South Van Ness Ave., SF.
Remember the well attended Ancient Wines seminar we did months ago? The one you begged us to do again? Well we have HEARD you, and it's BACK. Please join Dr. Dana DePietro, Dr. Jeff Pearson, & Ti Ngo—archaeologists, educators, and wine professionals—on an epic journey through the world and wines of the Odyssey!
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Society for Humanitarian Archaeological Research and Exploration (S.H.A.R.E.), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses archaeology as a tool to promote peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine. Space is EXTREMELY limited, so if you are interested I would suggest signing up SOON.
Please click here for more information on how you can purchase tickets.
$55 general admission with Mediterranean food pairings included.
Take a tour of Spain with a varied selection of crispy whites, unoaked and easy drinking to deep, dark rich reds and refreshing cider. There will be something here for everyone, with an emphasis placed on every day value- so full up your cellar for all those holiday parties!
Solano Cellars alumni Julie Tesar will be pouring and chatting about these special and hand selected wines. 7 wines for $10. FREE for club members!
The Wines of iconic winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive in Beaujolais
Take a guided trip to Italy with the help of Sommelier Kyla Knox and cheese guru Kirstin Jackson. Learn about a handful of delicious wines from all over Italy and how to pair them with selected cheeses to experience the ultimate in Italian delight. This class is capped at 25 participants and will start promptly at 6PM.
Buy tickets here: http://www.solanocellars.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=CHZ-102
We've done it again.
That's right. We've once again hijacked a Kermit Lynch truck and taken it to a neutral location --Flowerland -- to divvy up the spoils!
Saturday, August 26th 5-8PM! Come enjoy a perfect summer evening under the lights in Flowerland's garden as we sample through some of the most iconic wines from the Kermit Lynch portfolio. E.g.:
Lassalle Cachet Or Brut NV Champagne
Deux Rocs Cabrieres 'Premices' 2015
Guillemot Bourgogne Rouge 2015
Savary Chablis VV 2015
Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2016
Bandol Rose 2016 Domaine Tempier
Baudry Chinon 2015
Chotard Sancerre 2016
Pallieres Gigondas 'Terrasse du Diable' 2015
Glasses of wine start at just $8! Please join us.
SOLANO CELLARS WILL CLOSE AT 4:30PM TO PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT.
Join us at Solano Cellars for a sampling of wines from esteemed wine importer Terry Theise. Our own Julie Tesar recently moved on to work for the Terry Theise portfolio through Skurnik Wines and she'd love to show us the stunning wines from this portfolio. Tasty, mineral driven wines like Grüner Veltliner and Riesling (both dry AND sweet!), will make this an event not to miss!
Only $10 for the whole 5+ wines lineup! Special One Night-Only Discounts!
Wednesday, 7/26. 5:30-7:30PM.
FREE for club members!
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Did you get a chance to travel this summer? If the answer is no, you still can!!! Join us for a world class experience traveling with your taste buds to the islands of Greece, Sardegna, Corsica, Sicily, the Canary Islands, and Madeira! (Sunblock and bathing suits optional). $10 for 8+ wines!! One day ONLY discounts, FREE for club members.
Did you miss the Wednesday night event at Elmwood? We understand. You may have needed to go to the gym, or worked late at the office. That's ok, because we're doing it AGAIN. Balgera was already booked, but we decided to bring you the bold and spicy Aglianico wines from Grifalco in Basilicata to the fresh and textured Verdicchio from La Staffa in Castello di Jesi JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM. See the hand waving and the attitude of two passionate Italians talk wine: head on down to Solano Cellars for a repeat. $5 for 5 wines. FREE for club members. SAME DAY only discounts.