Vine Street: Weygandt-Metzler Brings You France
Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Weygandt-Metzler Brings You France

Friend of the shop, and representative of one of the best lists of imported wines in any town, Andrew Miramontes will be in house to share some awesome and unique wines from the four corners of France. Or make it six corners. Bandol in Provence, Picpoul de Pinet in Languedoc,, Côte de Gascogne, Chinon in the Loire, Morgon in Beaujolais and Arbois in Jura. in all six regions, six great wines.

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Vine Street: Bob Marr of Marr Cellars – Tasty California Wine
Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Bob Marr of Marr Cellars – Tasty California Wine

Bob Marr started Marr Cellars in 1997. In his first year, Bob produced a Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel and a Rhone blend. He named this wine Cuvée Patrick after his son. Then in 2004, Bob produced Cuvee Selena, naming that wine for his daughter. Bob works in Sacramento and has a small winery in Woodland, just north of Davis, where he resides. His wines are a Vintage Berkeley favorite. Come by and say hello.

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Elmwood: Get Geschickt. Alsatian wines
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Get Geschickt. Alsatian wines

Geschickt's wines are pure & classic, while others push the boundaries of what the region's known for: each one of them is a vinous event unto itself, and a wine unlike any you've ever tasted: The "Obi Wine" Pet Nat! Their sparkling, mineral-driven zero-sulfur Cremant! Their Riesling! Their astonishing Grand Cru Kaefferkopf! Their "orange" Phenix, an extended skin-contact Pinot Gris with a smidge of Gewurztraminer! And their Pinot Noir!

Get Geschickt. Six Geschickt-isms for $6!

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Elmwood: Five Piedmontese Pleasures!
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Five Piedmontese Pleasures!

Elmwood heads to one of our favorite lands in all the world of wine: the Nebbiolo-laden hills of Northern Italy's Piedmont. We'll be pouring 5 Piedmontese delights. What? You want unfiltered Arneis? Why you little weirdo! You get unfiltered Arneis! You want to compare Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte and Barolo? Damn you drive a hard bargain!

This is an event not to miss! One funky Piedmontese white and one impeccably elegant one. The best Dolcetto you'll have in 2018. And a Nebbiolo-off you'll tell your grandkids about. With Piedmontese expert Szymon Sipowski in the house!

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Vine Street: Wines of Portugal
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Wines of Portugal

Join us as we travel to the magical vineyards of Portugal. In a land that is made for the vine you will find delicious and affordable wines that are made for enjoying. Portugal has so many wine styles and flavors that you can find nowhere else in the world. Whatever the occasion, whatever dish you wish to prepare, you need look no further than the Regiòes Vinícolas de Portugal for your wine.

$5 for Five Wines – Club Members may taste for free. Join us Friday night.

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Elmwood: Xavier Weisskopf – Le Rocher des Violettes – Loire Wine
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Xavier Weisskopf – Le Rocher des Violettes – Loire Wine

Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 after studying winemaking in Chablis and Beaune and earning his degree in viticulture and oenology. He went to work for Lous Barruol at famed Gigondas producer Chateau de Saint Cosme and rose to the rank of chef du cave, making 4 vintages during his tenure. His love for Chenin Blanc drew him to Montlouis, where he acquired 9 hectares of old vines and immediately converted the farming to certified organics, with the aim to allow these precious old vines to speak without obfuscation.

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Solano Cellars: The Wines of Las Canarias
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: The Wines of Las Canarias

Explore wines from the Canary Islands

Hot and humid tropical conditions – the Canary Islands are not, in theory, ideal for growing grapes for wine. But climatic and topographical features make wine production possible. The altitude, from 500 to 1000 meters, ensures freshness and acidity; the soil, which is largely derived from the islands' volcanic activity, imparts mineral and subtle, salty notes to the aromatic local wines.

A vast range of indigenous grapes are grown for wine, and international varieties are largely absent. Listan Blanco (Palomino), Malvasia, Marmajuelo, Listan Negro and Tintilla are just some of the authorized grapes. The local varieties are suited to the sub-tropical climate and achieve high must weight, a reason the trend has been to produce sweet wines, including fortified ones aged oxidatively. Some are regarded as being of extremely high quality and demand high prices due to their complex nature. The production of quality wines is aided by the islands' overall growing conditions as well as the age of the vines (phylloxera never reached here and imported rootstock was not needed).

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Elmwood: Come to Awe-stria.
Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

Elmwood: Come to Awe-stria.

The good thing about American ümläütöphöbiä? It seems to keep the prices down on some of our favorite things! Elmwood heads to Österreich: the "Eastern Kingdom" we call Austria... and wine nerdlingers call "Shh, don't tell everyone about this place or prices will go up, you big dummy."

Come journey with us from A (ustria) to Z (weigelt) and back! Whites that strike you like a laser beam to the frontal cortex! Reds that'll make you cheat on Pinot and never look back! The glorious dry bubbles they spell "Sekt" (but pronounce Zekkt)! Exquisite Rosés! And maybe even some wines from neighboring Germany, because our ümlautophilia is now incontinent and knows no bounds!

Come Get Awe-struck.

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Solano Cellars: Preston-Kalogiros Pre-Release Party!
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Preston-Kalogiros Pre-Release Party!

Thursday September 27, 5:30-7:30pm $10 - all proceeds go to wild fire relief.

Lineup:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc fermented in Amphora
2017 Sauvignon Blanc \ Viognier skin and co-fermented
2017 Roussanne / Grenache Blanc skin and co-fermented 
2017 Grenache Noir whole cluster fermented
2017 Cinsaut / Mourvedre co-fermented 

About Preston | Kalogiros
Preston | Kalogiros is a collaboration between artists maggie preston and jason kalogiros. They bring both a curiosity and creativity to their winemaking, considering aspects of history, materiality, nature and culture. Working with estate-grown organic grapes from their family farm in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, they practice a minimalist approach in the vineyard and the cellar.

Solano Cellars
mail@solanocellars.com 
1580 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94707
(510) 525 - 9463

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Elmwood: Natural Wines of Italy from Critical Mass
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Natural Wines of Italy from Critical Mass

This Friday at Elmwood, we're pouring a selection of exciting new Italian wines from one of the coolest new wine portfolios to hit our shores in years: Critical Mass Selections. A sparkling wine ("Col Tamarie") that will change what you think you think about Prosecco. Two wild wines from Franco Terpin, one of a handful of "orange" winemaking legends along the Italian/Slovenian border. A Barbera that tastes like none other we know. And more!

Friday, 9/21, 6 PM. At Elmwood.

Vintage Berkeley in the Elmwood District
2949 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
510.549.9501

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Vine Street: The Wines of Greece
Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: The Wines of Greece

Discover the rich world of Greek wine with friend of the shop Emily Kaplan. We will taste through a variety of regions and styles. This is a great opportunity to experience these wonderful wines and for you to find out why Greece, with its unique style, great quality and value, is one of the fastest growing premium wine producers. Five Wines for, $5.00  Club Members are FREE

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Elmwood: Get Jurassic with three wines from Benoît Mulin
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Get Jurassic with three wines from Benoît Mulin

This Thursday – Elmwood Gets Jurassic.

This Thursday? Elmwood becomes Jurassic Park! We're pouring three wines from Benoît Mulin, one of the rising stars of France's Jura region. The region's idiosyncratic white wines often get top billing there (the ones with the rich, funky oxidative notes that can remind you of Sherry), but it often means people overlook some of the most thrilling red wines in France, and some of the only things that can give Burgundy a run for its money... for half the money!

Come join the vinous velociraptor himself, Cory Gowan, as he pours his friend Benoit Mulin's wines! Special deep discounts on the day of the event only! Come Get Jurassic! Thurs, 9/20. 6 PM. Only at Elmwood!

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Vine Street: Bordeaux is Back and Very Cool
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Bordeaux is Back and Very Cool

James Sichel, of Maison Sichel will bring Bordeaux to Vine. We will share Château Argadens and Château Angludet of Margaux along with a few other wines from their selection. Château Argadens is proof that a larger producer can focus on quality and the environment. Château Argadens practices Integrated farming. Château Argadens was one of the first Bordeaux vineyards to be certified  ISO 14001, in 2011, and obtained HVE 3 certification in 2014.

Join us as we taste the wines of this iconic producer.
Five Wines for, $5.00  Club Members are FREE

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Elmwood: The Bard of Barolo. Fernando Burani of Barolo producer, Mauro Molino
Sep
14
5:30 PM17:30

Elmwood: The Bard of Barolo. Fernando Burani of Barolo producer, Mauro Molino

This Friday, Fernando Burani, one of the magicians behind the curtain at Piedmont's iconic Barolo producer, Mauro Molino, is in the house! We'll be pouring a wide range of goodies, ranging from the Barbera you can afford on a Monday night... to a suite of Barolos so magnificent, the 1% will envy you for one fleeting moment! (They're out of Barolo on St. Barth's.)

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Elmwood: Prosecco to Piedmont! with Italian wine expert, Costanza Maag
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Prosecco to Piedmont! with Italian wine expert, Costanza Maag

$2K for a plane ticket. $300 to rent the Alfa. That -- and 6 nerve-wrecking hours on Italy's A21 autostrada -- and you're all set for one of the days of your life! You'll taste with one of the finest Prosecco houses (Case Paolin)... and one of the most insider-y producers in Barolo (La Morra's Eraldo Viberti)... in the same day!

Wanna do that for about $2290 less? Without staring down almost certain automotive death in between tastings? While reducing your carbon footprint to zero? We've got you covered.

Because this Thursday at Elmwood? The irrepressibly ebullient Italian wine expert, Costanza Maag, will be in the house, making the drive for you. She'll be pouring an all-star trans-Northern-Italian lineup: taste three of Prosecco's finest bubblies, and three or four of Piedmont's finest reds!

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Elmwood: Inconnu Wines
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Inconnu Wines

INCONNU is a one woman project. Laura Brennan Bissell is dedicated to making low intervention wines from ethically farmed grapes. These wines are meant to be enjoyed every day — not just on special occasions. Inspired by the French tradition of vin de soif, or "wine of thirst." the wines are pleasurable and light, but still express great care and devotion to craft. Contact Vintage Berkeley in the Elmwood District for more details.


Vintage Berkeley in the Elmwood District
2949 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
510.549.9501

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Solano Cellars: Amy Chappellet of Chappellet Vineyard
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Amy Chappellet of Chappellet Vineyard

Chappellet Vineyard is on the rocky eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. There, on Pritchard Hill’s serene hillsides the Chappellet family has cultivated their mountain vineyard to produce some of the Napa Valley’s most acclaimed Bordeaux varietal wines. Since being founded in 1967, Chappellet has established Pritchard Hill as one of California’s most revered winegrowing sites.

Solano Cellars in the Solano Avenue Shopping District
1580 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94707
510.525.9463

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Vine Street: Giro d’Italia – Toscana
Aug
31
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Giro d’Italia – Toscana

Marciare marciare marciare, nonostante i fiumi siano in piena, fai marciare quei vitelli, frusta di cuoio, Rawhide!  All the things I'm missin' good riddles, love and kissin' are waitin' at the end of my ride – Move 'em on! Head em' up! Rawhide. The Giro keeps on rollin' and we'll be rolling through some of the best cattle-country in the world. Tuscany! And the wines are incredible too. Joining us will be friend of the shop and Tuscan wine lover, Jessica Smith. She will be sharing some unusual wines from the region and stories of her recent visit to this great wine region. Five Wines for, $5.00  Club Members are FREE

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Vine Street: Rebuild Wine Country with Vintage Berkeley
Aug
24
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Rebuild Wine Country with Vintage Berkeley

Rebuild Wine Country with Vintage Berkeley Fund-Raiser

Another season of wildfires is devastating our neighbors. To focus attention on this disaster and to support our community we are going to be pouring a great selection of California wines from areas affected by this summer’s wildfires. Your $10 contribution will go directly to Rebuild Wine Country. This great program, through Habitat for Humanity, is providing for the people in wine country who are displaced by these fires. Certainly the fires are affecting vineyards and wineries, but they are also destroying the homes of the workers and people in the service industries that make those communities run. We hope you can join us for a wonderful line-up of wine and help raise the funds to rebuild the homes of those most in need. Five Wines for a donation of $10.00

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Elmwood: Rieflé – The Alsatian Sensation
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Rieflé – The Alsatian Sensation

The vineyards of Rieflé: Come taste the five Alsatian wines we've been waiting for - and talking about - for months! Because we're cuckoo-puffs-level crazy for Domaine Rieflé, the organic winemaker that's been stunning the world with its wines since before Alsace was French!  We're opening up their whole line-up: not one, but two sparklers! Affordable whites! A Pinot Noir that has Burgundy remembering how it used to make wines this good for the price! And their exquisite, limestone-driven Grand Cru "Steinert" Riesling.

Come Alsatianize Your Mind.This Thursday at Elmwood.

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Solano Cellars: Vinca Minor’s Jason Charles
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Vinca Minor’s Jason Charles

This Minor's Major. Vinca Minor’s Jason Charles. He'll Put His Glass Down When You Get Here. Local boy makes good (wine)! Come taste the new releases of rising star natural winemaker (and one of our fave neighbors), Jason Charles of Vinca Minor. These days he's getting attention all around the world (did you catch him in that recent NYT article about natural wine?), with his wines being poured from Tokyo to London and back again: come taste his new stuff with us before they get it all!

Vinca Minor at Solano! This Thurs, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

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Vine Street: Loving The Loire
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Loving The Loire

Join us as we coast France’s longest river and sample wines from the vineyards that run its 1000-kilometer length. Beginning where the river ends with Muscadet, east through Vouvray, Saumur, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. We'll be pouring five wines, sailing through famous spots and lesser known appellations alike; this is a perfect opportunity to discover your favorite French wines for the summer! Only $5, and Only at Vine St!

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Elmwood: Nathan Kandler in the House!
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Nathan Kandler in the House!

Nathan Kandler's been around the block. Plucked from the acclaimed Torbreck winery in Australia's Barossa Valley, he was anointed the winemaker at one of Santa Cruz's most renowned spots: Thomas Fogarty Vineyards, where he serves as only the second winemaker in its storied history! And he consults at a host of great wineries to numerous to list here. But us insiders know a secret -- Nathan saves some of his best work for a side project all his own: Precedent Wines.

Come taste his old-vine Chenin Blanc, one of the few Californian versions we'd take with us to show off in Vouvray. Come taste his Wirz Vineyard white, an out-n-out brain-stunner that emerges from 60-year-old, dry-farmed vines 1000 feet up in the Gabilan Mountains. (We suspect you'll be amazed when you learn the grapes in this one!) His "ancient vines" Victors Zinfandel. And his red from arguably the greatest old-vine spot in all of California, the 1890's vineyard known as Evangelho. Only at Elmwood! Only $5!

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Solano Cellars: Lisa Bauer, Cider Whisperer
Jun
28
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Lisa Bauer, Cider Whisperer

Our friend and beloved winemaker, Lisa Bauer, of Yamakiri Wines refuses to be contained! Not content just to make some of the greatest wines (and greatest wine values) in Mendocino County -- she had to start messing with apples, too! Tonight we're pouring three of her new ciders as well as her show-stopping "Sin Eater" Pet Nat. Come taste all four! Only $5, and Only at Solano!

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