Vine Street: Salcheto with Chiara Fe!
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Salcheto with Chiara Fe!

Even by Tuscany's standards for idyllic magic? Salcheto is something special. One of the most environmentally conscious wineries in all of Italy, Salcheto works organically and biodynamically, and has an “off-grid” cellar that winemakers from all over come to study as a model of efficiency and technological innovation.

But... how are the wines?

Unsurprisingly, with that level of meticulousness? They're stone-cold Tuscan wonders. The winemaking is sulfur-free and made with natural yeast, but they're clean, pure, complex and age-worthy. (For the scoremongers among you? They also have a habit of garnering 90+'s on their report cards.)

Tomorrow at Vine we're honored to welcome Chiara Fe of Salcheto from the heart of the heart of Tuscany. Join us as we taste through an impressive line-up of Salcheto Wines: OBVIUS rosato! OBVIUS Bianco! Organic Chianti and not one, not two, but THREE different Vino Nobile di Montepulciano -- including one from 2007!


Salcheto at Vine!

Tomorrow, 9/12. 5:30 PM.
Six Wines for $10.
Only at Vine.

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Solano Cellars: Piedmont!
Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Piedmont!

Tomorrow at Solano! Journey through some of Piedmont's most coveted wine regions, along with a some playful twists on old classics. We're featuring 3 of our favorite Piemontese producers, all poured by our friend and walking wine-cyclopedia, Blaine Verde.

Sparkling Nebbiolo
! Arneis! Barbera! And three different Nebbiolos, including a 2014 cru Barbaresco and a 2013 Barolo!

Piedmont!

Blaine Verde in the House!
Tomorrow, 9/12. 5:30 PM.
Six Wines for $15.
Only at Solano.

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Elmwood: Txakolina with Bidaia Winemaker in the HOUSE!
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Txakolina with Bidaia Winemaker in the HOUSE!

Bidaia Txak-full o' Sunshine!

TXAKOLINA. Nope. It's not an elaborate dance you need to learn. But it is a tongue-twister you'll want to master. Because when uttered (chock-oh-lee-nuh!) at the right time and place? *BAM.* A Rumpelstiltskin-esque magic is summoned down out of the hills, and you are transformed into a being of light: as shot through with bright Basque Country sunshine as you are laced up with a salty Atlantic breeze!

If you've been in the store recently (especially on a hot day, or at least what passes for one in the Bay Area)? Then you know: there's one summer quencher we've been heard to recommend over all others: the Txakolina made by our new fave Basque producer, Bidaia.

Traditionally poured in Pais Vasco from a height several feet above the glass, it's at once a pure and brainless summer brain-refresher... and the wine that gets used to wash down the best food in the world. (Seriously. The best.)

Having recently visited the winery (see below), we came back more smitten than ever. But what's more? We convinced the winemaker to come on her first-ever trip to California... and to pour for us! Tomorrow night, she'll be pouring the Txakolina that set our world on fire this year, her rare Txakolina rosé, and a special new Basque-made Rioja as well!

The Txakolina of Bidaia!

Winemaker in the House!
Thursday, 9/5. 6 - 7:45 PM.
Only at Elmwood.

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Solano Cellars: Bubbles 101!
Sep
5
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Bubbles 101!

Wanna brush up on your knowledge of all things bubblicious? Able to tell your Cremant from your Cava? Your Champagne from your Prosecco?

Thursday night? It's Back to (Bubbles) School night at Solano! Prosecco! Cava! Cremant de Loire! Cremant d'Alsace! And (naturellement) Champagne!


Bubbles 101.

With Jessica Smith!
Thursday, 9/5. 5:30 PM.
Only at Solano!

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Vine Street: Wines of Lazio vs. Campania!
Aug
30
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Wines of Lazio vs. Campania!

Soccer's greatest pleasures don't always come from watching Manchester United square off with Barcelona...
and it's the same with wine.

True vinous fun resides not in score-chasing, nor pledging one's allegiance to Burgundy or Barolo. A true lover of the game knows: the most fun is had on the margins.

So this Friday? Forget Napa United vs. Atletico Rioja, and their whiney million-dollar players! Look forward instead to a heated Friday-night all Italian showdown: Lazio vs. Napoli! Will the ancient city of Rome (Lazio's beating heart) once more reign supreme? Or is Naples just beginning to, um, heat up?

Blaine Verde, our good friend and rabid Italophile, will be on hand to referee: will Lazio's Roman aplomb (star players: Bellone! Biancolella! Cesanese!) prove too much for Naples? Or will the Neapolitan squad's drive (star players: Falanghina! Greco di Tufo! Aglianico!) be too, well, volcanic for Lazio to contain?

Lazio vs. Napoli!

This Friday at Vine St.
5:30-7:30 PM.

Blaine Verde in the House!
$10 for 6 Wines!

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Solano Cellars: Tyler Wines Tony Cha!
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Tyler Wines Tony Cha!

What were you doing when you were 23?

Learning to shotgun cans of Bud Light Clamato Chelada™? Cutting your own bangs? Putting Champagne in the microwave, just to see?

Well, while you were waiting for your frontal cortex to firm up? Justin Willett was getting ahead of you. Like, way ahead. There you are, drunk-dialing your high-school girlfriend with your special Saturday night thoughts... and there Justin is, creating a soon-to-be legendary winery... as a 23-year-old!

Now, 16 years on? He's recognized as one of the youngest reigning kings of Californian wine. This Thursday we host his comrade-in-arms, Tony Cha (recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of America's "Best New Somms" at the same time Justin was launching Tyler - damn these kids!). Tony will pour five of their annoyingly over-performing wines, including two Chardonnays, two Pinots, and a Cabernet! (Non-prodigies welcome!)

The Wines of Tyler.

This Thursday at Solano.
5:30-7:30 PM.

Tony Cha in the house!
$15 for 5 Wines

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Elmwood:  Piemontese Winemaker Simone Scaletta in the House!
Aug
24
4:30 PM16:30

Elmwood: Piemontese Winemaker Simone Scaletta in the House!

Simone Scaletta: Hustler of Piedmont.

Imagine you're a hyper-talented winemaker; one obsessed with one of the greatest regions in the entire vinous world. Now? Imagine you have slightly less than, say, 100 million Euro at your disposal.

Please meet Simone Scaletta: one of Piedmont's undisputed rising stars... and a man who lived in his RV (for years!) while he amassed enough capital to buy the kind of fruit and vineyards that were worthy of his talent.

A native of Turin, a little over a decade ago (after working his @$$ off),Simone acquired a few hectares of vineyards in the village of Monforte d’Alba, where he now runs a micro-winery.. and where he makes the kind of classic Barolo that surprises us jaded & grizzled old Piedmontophiles: Who is this? Why haven't I heard of him? How can it be this mindblowingly good?

A hand-made, craftsman-style vignaiolo, Simone manages to find elegance in a Barolo zipcode that's often known more for its power than for its finesse. We are delighted to make his acquaintance (to say nothing of his wines), and we are honored to be hosting his inaugural East Bay visit!

New Kid on the Block:
The Wines of Scaletta! 

Winemaker in the House!

This Saturday. 4:30-7 PM.
Only at Elmwood. $5.

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Vine Street: Taste the Martian Wines of the Canary Islands!
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Taste the Martian Wines of the Canary Islands!

Vineyards in moonscapes. Scraggly vines popping up and out of ashen craters, seeking relief from the unrelenting North African winds.

No, this isn't a vision of the post-apocalypse; this is in fact one of the most exciting (and most unlikely) sites in all the world of wine: the Canary Islands.

This is a special place, and the wines reflect it: grapes you've never heard of, planted close to the ground (or in small moats, called hoyos) in ash fields on the side of a volcano: we ain't in Kansas anymore, Toto, and we love it.

At Vine this Friday? We're serving up five alien wines...

Canaries in the Gold (V)ine!
This Friday. 5:30 PM.
Only at Vine Street.

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Elmwood: Lambrusco Dinner at Nabolom!
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Lambrusco Dinner at Nabolom!

Our First-Ever Lambrusco Dinner!
This Thursday at Nabolom.


Once Upon a Time in Emilia-Romagna?
They really messed a thing up.


It's true. Sometime back in the 80's? A gang of tastebud-deficient businessmen took a gorgeous, old-school wonder of a wine - a truly lovely thing, as versatile as it was delicious - and turned it into an industrial swillbanger. One that resembled the original glory as much as a Ding Dong™ does your grandmother's chocolate torte.

First? They robbed the wine of its deep, rich, gorgeous natural color.Next? They added treacly gobs of sugar, and abandoned traditional closures in favor of screwcaps. The indisputable deathblow? Ads like this.

The good news? Decades later, out of the scorched earth of ersatz yodelers, two-dollar robots, vaguely racist "Eskimos," and some B-grade mimes (you didn't click the link up there, did you? Here, there's still time!), a renaissance was born.

Are you surprised? Really? You think the honorable and highly discerning people of Emilia-Romagna - the same folks who brought you Parmesan cheese, Balsamic vinegar, tortellini, Prosciutto di Parma, and Bolognese sauce, et many al. - would drink anything less than gobstopperingly good wine?

Come taste the real stuff with us. (Though please, feel free to wear your yodeling outfit!) We're gonna explore different Lambrusco grapes (yes! it's both a style of wine and the oldest family of Italian grapes... and all of them are slightly different!) like the elegant & salmon-pink Lambrusco di Sorbara, the deep violet Lambrusco di Salamino, the inky-purple Lambrusco di Maestri, and more!

And because Lambrusco is the ultimate food wine (nothing pairs with fat and salt better; ask the next nattily dressed gentleman from Ferrara you meet!)? We've partnered with our friends at Nabolom to demonstrate! For just $15, you'll get a tasting flight of 4 Lambruschi, two slices of pizza caponata (eggplant, tomato, fennel, olive), a Little Gem salad, and dessert! (With glasses of whichever Lambrusco you want to pair with your dinner starting at only $5... and special day-of discounts on the bottles besides!)

Our First-Ever Lambrusco Dinner!
At Nabolom Pizzeria.
This Thursday. 6 -8 PM.


Location: 2708 Russell St. (Just around the Corner.)

Deal: $15 for a Tasting Flight of Four Lambruschi...
Plus Pizza, Salad & Dessert!

And: $5+ Glasses! Special Discounts on the Wines!
(Vecchia Modena! La Collina! Il Saliceto! Podere Magia!)

Reservations not required...
but please email for parties of 6 or more!

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Solano Cellars: Wines of Moshin!
Aug
22
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Wines of Moshin!

It's a timeless tale, really: Former Math Professor Abandons Alogrithms, Buys Vineyard Land.

Astonishly? It all computed! When former mathematician Rick Moshin traded valleys (Silicon for Russian River) in 1989, few could have predicted the cult that would develop. But now, 30 years on? His prized Goldridge-soil Pinot Noir vineyards are celebrated for yielding some of the Russian River's most classic expressions. Still family-owned and -operated, Moshin remains focused on hand-crafting wines that show off some of the Russian River Valley AVA's greatest spots.

This Thursday at Solano? We're opening five of their wines: theirSauvignon Blanc, their Rosé (which just won Double Gold in the SF Chronicle's Wine Competition!), two different Pinots, and their "Westside Crossing" Bordeaux Blend.


The Laws of Moshin.
$10 for Five Wines.
Only at Solano. 5:30 PM, 8/22.

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Vine Street: Idlewild Winemaker Sam Bilbro in the House!
Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Idlewild Winemaker Sam Bilbro in the House!

This Friday at Vine Street taste the wines of Idlewild with founder and winemaker Sam Bilbro!

Idlewild has a relatively concise aim within a broad context: to produce wines of exceptional balance and beauty. It is a journey to pursue Italy’s Piedmont in the elevated hills of Mendocino County, and to find the sides of these varieties that are intriguing, delicious, and haunting.

Each wine is unique and treated as such, though the common thread is balancing depth and seriousness with vibrancy and joy. Emphasis is on the vineyard followed by minimalist winemaking techniques. While not dogmatic in practice, Sam believes an honest and sustainable approach is fundamental in making wines of purity.

Idlewild

Friday 8/16, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Only at Vine Street

7 wines for $7.

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Vine Street: Savoie Faire!
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Savoie Faire!

This Friday at Vine, we explore the wines of one of our favorite off-the-beaten path regions: Savoie. France's true mountain wine region, it's a magical and mostly unspoilt land that seems to have more dairy cows than people (its only 'city,' Chambéry, has a population of 60,000).

Once upon a time these wines were considered worthy only of après-ski quaffing, and/or washing down a fondue with. Now? Some of the most sought-after wines in France are emerging from this little corner, and it's no wonder why.

The whites taste as alpine as their origins, loaded with minerality and bitter-herb flavors one finds in all the local spirits (think Chartreuse and génépy). And the reds, often made from the grape called Mondeuse, are loaded with an herb-laced combo of mountain red fruits (think tart red plum skin, bitter cherries, and spice notes to boot).

Tomorrow we taste 7 alpine wines (for $7!)... and are led by Berkeley's own master alpenhornist, Tom Switzer!

The Wines of Savoie.

Only at Vine Street.
Friday, 8/9. 5:30-7:30pm
7 wines for $7 .

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Solano Cellars: Burgundy from North to South!
Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Burgundy from North to South!

Tonight at Solano! Throw your GPS out the window, and allow Burgundy maven (and longtime Solano Cellars resident!) Julie Tesarto take you deep into one of the greatest regions in wine.

She'll start in the north (Chablis!) with one of our favorite female winemakers in the region, and end in the south (cru Beaujolais! yup: that's Burgundy, too!) from an organic producer with one of the best sites in Morgon.

Along the way? Classics will be explored (Côte de Nuits! Côte de Beaune! the Mâcon!). Questions will be answered. (What is 'cru Beaujolais'? Can I adore white Burgundy and still retain my hatred for Chardonnay, or is that a conflict that needs resolution?) And glorious juice will be consumed.

Burgundy from North to South.

With Julie Tesar of Skurnik Wines.
Tonight. 5:30-7:30.
$10 for 5 Wines.
Only at Solano.

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Vine Street: The Wines of Francesco Cirelli!
Aug
2
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: The Wines of Francesco Cirelli!

This Friday at Vine, we explore the wines of one of our favorite wild winemakers: Francesco Cirelli. Francesco presides over a wild wonderland in Abruzzo: a certified organic farm (teeming not just vines, but with olive trees, garlic, spelt, wheat, barley, figs, geese and more) that's enveloped by almost 60 acres of wild southern Italian landscape.

This Friday at Vine, we're not just exploring Cirelli's wines; we're diving deep into a discussion of amphorae, and how fermentation in those ancient clay vessels can change a wine. (Cirelli ages some wines in terracotta amphorae and some in, well, vessels they didn't have millennia ago, and we can think of no better producer to demonstrate the difference!)

We're pouring seven of his wines! Come taste through his amphora and non-amphora renditions of Trebbiano d'Abbruzzo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, his Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo rosé... and probably some of his "Anarchy" bubbly if we're feeling frisky. 
 

The Wines of Cirelli.

Only at Vine Street.
Friday, 8/2. 5:30-7:30pm
7 wines for $7 .

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Vine Street: Winemaker Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia in the HOUSE!
Jul
26
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Winemaker Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia in the HOUSE!

Pietro Buttitta. He's back... and he never even left.

For some he's a rising star winemaker (like that little magazine the Wine Enthusiast, where his wines are perennial "Editor's Choice" selections). Others know of him as that bad-ass chef, running that cool tasting room on Temescal Alley. To us, though? He's our friend and former co-worker, and the man who cracks us up like few others.

Tomorrow at Vine? He's back, and pouring a full line-up of his Prima Materia wines! A labor of love and lunacy, Pietro hand-planted most his vines at 1,450 feet of elevation on a 12-acre parcel of obsidian-strewn red volcanic soil. (In Lake County’s Kelsey Bench AVA.) He farms organically and crafts criminally small batches of two to ten barrels each. (As always, we're not above cashing in on our friendship with him to get our annual stashes in!)

Tomorrow, come taste the full range! His smokey Sangiovese Bianco and textured Tocai Friulano! His elegant Sangiovese Rosso and his bold Aglianico! (Plus four more!)

Pietro's Back.

Tomorrow. 5:30 PM.
Eight Wines. $8.
Only at Vine.

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Solano Cellars: Schuss the French Alps!
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Schuss the French Alps!

Thursday 7/25 at Solano! Come sample five micro-production wines from the French Alps, alongside their importer, Gregoire Montot!

Wines from the Savoie and Hautes-Alpes regions used to be considered mere après-ski fare, but no longer; wine geeks now seek these out with a fervor once reserved for regions your parents have heard of. Tonight, come join us for five different alpine wines, and chat with the man responsible for being the first to bring these glories stateside!

Come Schuss With Uss!

Tonight. 5:30 PM.
Five Wines. $10.
Only at Solano.

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Vine Street: Two Shepherds Winemaker William Allen in the House!
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Two Shepherds Winemaker William Allen in the House!


One of the greatest challenges of the wine shop life? Finding Californian wines that can actually compete with their Old World counterparts on delight-per-dollar.

Wanna meet our Old World Slayer of the year? Tomorrow night, please meet William Allen of Two Shepherds! A micro-producer on the rise (Jon Bonné championed him as one of the faces of the "New Californian Wine," and the SF Chronicle declared him "one of the must-visit wineries of 2018"), he makes infinitesimally small lots of some of our favorite Cali whites and reds both. These are wines we'd happily take to a Rhone-off in France... and they come in at prices that compete with their harder-to-pronounce counterparts!

Come taste William's Vermentino! His Pastoral Blanc blend! Picpoul! Trousseau Gris! Grenache! And two wildly different styles of Carignan (including his "carbonic" Carignan, an eminently chillable red that has become our summer 2019 recipe for brain delight.)

The Wines of Two Shepherds.

With William Allen!
Friday, 7/12. 5:30 PM.
7 Wines for $7!

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Vine Street: Ole! A night of Spanish Wines!
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Ole! A night of Spanish Wines!

Don't wear white! Because Vine Street's welcoming in Spanish importer Olé for an all-night celebration of Spanish juice. (Well, not quite a Spaniard's idea of "all night" - we're not pouring till 4 am). A Mencia rosé and Godello from Spain's northwest. A head-to-head comparison of Tempranillos from different regions. And we'll finish with Vermut: Spain's answer to that tricky '-th' sound that comes at the end of 'Vermouth'!

8 wines for $8!

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Solano Cellars: You Conduit!
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: You Conduit!

Our man Aaron Bryan's back! A classically trained economist, Aaron got wine fever while at UCSB, and refused to give it up; what started as a garage project in SF's Mission District turned into one of CA's newest coolest small producers. In 2013 he made the leap to full time and has been producing wines (Conduit and Divergent Vine) and ciders (Tag + Jug) ever since.

Aaron works naturally, and his style is clean, balanced, food-friendly, and built to last. He only works with family-owned vineyards that follow conscious, sustainable farming practices. We're pouring hisMarsanne/Rousanne blend, his Viognier, his Russian River Zin, his Dry Creek Syrah, and his deliciously dry wine/cider blend!

Conduit Comes to Solano.
THursday 7/11 5:30 PM. ($10.)

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Vine: Gamay Partaaay!
Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Vine: Gamay Partaaay!

This Friday, July 5th? We're celebrating an outlaw grape! That's right... 624 years ago this month, the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe the Bold, woke up in a bad mood and blamed it on a grape. He outlawed the cultivation of one of our most favorite things, calling it the "disloyal Gaamez," due in part to the variety's occupation of land that could be used for the more "elegant" Pinot Noir.

Sixty years later? Another Duke named Philippe -- Philippe the [so-called] Good -- issued yet another anti-Gamay edict (did they have anything else to do? Remind you of anyone?), stating prissily, "The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation."

Tell all the Philippes you know that we don't give a damn about our reputation! We think Gamay's just about the perfect summer red: light-bodied, fruity, floral and sometimes earthy - and (if so inspired) perfectly chill-able!

Join us while we celebrate the grape with one of our favorite vinous outlaws, Cory Gowan! Sparkling pet nat! Rose! And more Gamays than a Duke would know how to ban!

Gamay Partay.

Vine Street. Friday. 5:30 PM.
5 Wines... for $5!

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Elmwood: First-Ever Comedy Night!
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Elmwood: First-Ever Comedy Night!

This Saturday at Elmwood, from 8 - 9:30 PM: come join us for our first ever comedy showcase! Six of our fave up-and-coming local comics are coming in for what will surely be an anarchic night of wine and comedy.

Roman Leo! Tito Gonzalez! Marcus Howard! Alissa Lindquist! Ben Kolina! And Dan Lewis (of the locally infamous"Stoner Chef's Table" skit)! These are comedians who have performed at places like the SF Punch Line, The Setup, and/or Cobb's... but why not catch them at a place that serves better wine?

Unoaked Jokes.

Only at Elmwood!
This Saturday. 8 PM.
(Wines by the Glass!)

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Elmwood: Blue Danube Dinner!
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Elmwood: Blue Danube Dinner!

The Wild Wild East: It's What's For Dinner.

Friday at 7 PM? A special thing happens.

We're hosting Eric Danch, the famed importer behind Blue Danube, as he pours through some of the greatest vinous wonders of Mitteleuropa. And as fun as our usual in-store splash-n'-slosh routine usually is? Some wines are too special not to pay attention to: so we've partnered with our friends down the street at Baker & Commons to create a night of perfect pairings.

Together? We've created a 5-course meal, served with 8 wines, for only $90 (service included) + tax! It's a deal as astonishing as the wines that come with it!

We'll be drinking wines from Slovenia, Serbia, Austria and Hungary, all paired with Chef Miles' take on Central European classics. These will be special dishes, served with extraordinary wines.
The Menu:

First course: Sparkling Vitovska from Slovenia served w/ seasonal pickles and cured sausages;

Second course: two Hungarian wonders (including a hyper-rare Szamorodni!) served w/ chilled beet purée & dill cream;

Third course: organic Furmint from the Serbian/Croatian border, and an exquisite Hungarian Kadarka, served with a Halibut Paprikash;

Fourth course: a naturally made Austrian red blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt, and St. Laurent, and a skin-contact Hárslevelűserved with beef cheeks and Hungarian dumplings;

Fifth course: 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú (the wine Louis XIV called "the king of wines, and the wine of kings") served with a Hungarian Bing Cherry cake, topped with kirsch-laced whipped cream!

This will be a special night. As entertaining a raconteur as any you'll meet this year, Eric's also as passionate a vinous ambassador as any we know. There won't be a better meal, or a better value to be had in the East Bay this weekend!

The Wild Wild East Dinner.
At Baker & Commons.
(2900 College Ave.)

7 PM, Friday, June 28.


SPACES LIMITED; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Please reply to info@vintageberkeley.com with your telephone number and number of people in your party!

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Vine Street: Birichino Winemaker John Locke in the House!!
Jun
28
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Birichino Winemaker John Locke in the House!!

This Friday at Vine Street? We're thrilled to host Birichino winemaker John Locke!

Established in Santa Cruz in 2008, Birichino (biri-kino: Italian for "naughty & mischievous") sources from some of the greatest old-vine vineyards in California... yet manages to keep their wines freakishly affordable. Their grapes come from carefully farmed, family-owned, own-rooted 19th and early 20th century vineyards... and a few from the late disco era.

Join us this Friday for the naughty fun! The beautifully aromatic yet completely dry Malvasia Bianca; the cloudy with a chance of amazeballs Malvasia Pet Nat; their Vin Gris made with old-vine Mourvedre and Cinsault from the historic Bechthold Vineyard, Grenache from the equally ancient Besson Vineyard; Their Saint Georges Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, both sourced from a vineyards planted 1800' up in the Chalone AVA... and more!

Come taste the lineup, and meet John Locke: every bit as philosophical as his namesake... only with better wine!


Be Birichino!

Only at Vine Street.
5:30 PM, Friday, June 28.
$7 Wines... for $7!

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Elmwood: Austro-German Alliance.
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Austro-German Alliance.

Austro-German Alliance.

Militarily? A nightmare. Vinously? A dream you've always dreamed of dreaming. We got Skurnik Imports, one of our favorite importers of Austrian and Hungarian wines, to offer us some special deals on some of our favorite wines for an epic event... and we're offering them up to you for one night only! Stay tuned tomorrow for details, but trust us when we say that we'll be opening some symphonic Teutonic tonics, at never-before-seen prices. A night not to miss!

The Teutonic Chronic.
Friday 6/21 at 6 PM. Only at Elmwood!
Julie Tesar in the House! (7+ Wines!)

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Elmwood: La Clarine.
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: La Clarine.

"The wines of La Clarine are defiant and different, and are helping torewrite 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

Tonight at Elmwood! We're pouring the utterly ineffable & mostly implausible wines of everyone's favorite ex-punk rock bassist turned natural winemaker, Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine.

The electrifying Petit Manseng (one of Dan's favorite Californian whites) and his Spain-assaulting Albariño. His "Piedi Grandi"(Nebbiolo/Mourvedre), his "Funky Drummer" (Syrah/Grenache/Counoise) and his famed "Sumu Kaw" Syrah, possibly the highest-elevation Syrah in all the vinous world!

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.

The Wines of La Clarine.

With Chris Scanlan in the House!
Tonight at 6 PM.
Only at Elmwood. Only $5.

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Solano Cellars: The Saumur Show!
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: The Saumur Show!

If Saumur is the beating heart of Loire wine production,Brezé, the hallowed Saumur hill chock-full of chalky tuffeau, would be its sino-atrial node. And if an electron microscope suddenly revealed a little man operating the pacemaker's control booth (work with my metaphor here)? That man would be Romain Guiberteau, a new Loire legend in the making, having trained with greats like Clos Rougeard's Nady Foucault.

This Thursday at Solano? We're tasting 5-6 wines from Guiberteau and some of his neighbors. If you've ever wanted to understand the ineffable mysteries of Loire-raised Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc? This is your night.

The Saumur Show.
Thursday at Solano! 5:30 PM. $20
Cerified Saumur Freak Syler Silva in the House!

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Elmwood: Alessandro Cutolo of Marangona!!
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Alessandro Cutolo of Marangona!!

Along the shimmering southern shores of Italy's Lake Garda? There's a wine region few people know about: Lugana. It's thought by some to make some of Italy's finest white wines, period... and it's now in danger of being wiped off the map by a high-speed rail project. Tuesday night? Come taste it while it's still around to be tasted! 

We have the honor of hosting one of the region's undisputed greats,Alessandro Cutolo of Marangona. A master of Turbiano, the local variation of Verdicchio (the very same grape Ian d'Agata called "arguably Italy's greatest native white grape variety"), the greatest Luganas (like Marangona's) are bright and lively beasts, as great for summer lake-lounging as they are for serious food pairing.

Ale, as Cutolo is called, is a gregarious gem of a human being; he alone would be worth diverting a train for! Tomorrow at Elmwood, he'll be pouring at least four of his wines: his classic Lugana, plus older-vine and cement-reared cuvées, and his magnificiently versatile Chiaretto(the rosé we give people who think they don't like rosé).

The Wines of Marangona.

With Alessandro Cutolo in the House!
Tuesday 6/18 at 6:00 PM.
Only at Elmwood. Only $5.

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Elmwood: Winemaker Charlie Miller in the House!
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Winemaker Charlie Miller in the House!

Ever wanted to be the first one on your block? This Friday we're tasting the micro-micro-micro production wines of Charlie Miller, the world-traveling vinous wunderkind who served as vinous henchman toboth famed CA Pinot producer A.P. Vin and our beloved Michael Cruse.

Recently named head of La Honda's winemaking program down on the Peninsula, Charlie also makes an infinitesimally small amount of wine under his Dewey's label. This Friday? We're stoked not just to have him join us, but to peel off a few cases of the less than 200 that exist!

Charlie's pouring some of the only Californian Vermentino known to exist; Carignan from the famed Poor Ranch vineyard (known to fans of Vinca Minor, Martha Stoumen, and La Onda) and his sexy-mf "Kick Rocks" Bordeaux Blend from Mendocino's Alder Springs Vineyard.

These wines are straight-up dope, and in 2029, you'll be that lady at the party who's all like, "Actually I tasted them, like, ten years ago I think? Let's see, I know it was before impeachment...."

Do the Dewey's!

Friday at Elmwood. 6 PM.
Charlie Miller in the House!

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