Solano Cellars: Get Your Greek On!
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Get Your Greek On!

Please join us Thursday at Solano for a nigh-mythical lineup of wines from Greece... the original heart of European wine.


For millennia these ancient wines have inspired poets, playwrights, priests, peasants & pontificates alike... and now? It's time to count yourself among the exalted. It's time to, as Missy sang, come Get Yr Greek On.

We're showcasing a wide range of wines from the entire Grecian landscape: a blanc de noir made from Xinomavro... a Cretan wine (not to be confused with a wine for cretins) made from Vidiano, an amphora-aged Limniona, and two more!

Come explore the 6500-year-old tradition... that's somehow responsible for some of today's most exciting wines!

Get Yr Greek On!

Only at Solano.
5:30 - 7:30 PM.
$10 for 5 Wines.

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Vine Street: Champagne Dreams with Ployez-Jacquemart in the House!
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Champagne Dreams with Ployez-Jacquemart in the House!

This Thursday, October 17th? Vine Street welcomes Laurence Ployez, the 3rd-generation winemaker behind the family-run, Champagne house of Ployez-Jacquemart!

Based in Montagne-de-Reims, Ployez-Jacquemart hand-manages a tiny amount (2 hectares!) of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in Ludes and Mailly-Champagne. They are beloved by bubbleheads the world over for its terroir-focused, vintage-driven winemaking. As wine critic John Gilman wrote recently:

"[These are] one of the best-kept secrets in the realm of world-class bubbly. The wines have never varied from their classic, complex and beautifully balanced style that emphasizes stunning purity of fruit, superb minerality, gentle leesy tones, very refined mousse, and simply stunning complexity.

Laurence will be pouring three of her wines -- come taste, and get a master class from a real-life Champenoise!

Ployez-Jacquemart in the House!

This Thursday. Only at Vine!
5:30 - 7:30 PM.
$10 for 5 Wines. ($5 Refund on Purchase.)

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Elmwood: King of Crozes David Combier in the house!
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: King of Crozes David Combier in the house!

This Wednesday? Elmwood welcomes David Combier, direct from the northern Rhone: the spiritual homeland of Syrah, and the place where it still achieves apotheosis.

Together with his father Laurent, Combier is justly famed as one of the two or three greatest producers in the northern Rhone's famed appellation of Crozes-Hermitage. As "Somm" sommelier Ian Cauble recently wrote? "Combier’s 'Clos des Grives' vineyard isn’t merely one of the most prized sites in Crozes-Hermitage—it ranks among the greatest Syrah plantings in the entire northern Rhône."

We are beyond stoked to host David for his first-ever East Bay tasting! Come taste a line-up of 4-5 Combier wines, ranging from a sneak preview of his white wines, and Syrahs ranging from his affordable "Purple Label" to his rare and elusive "Clos des Grives," from vines planted in 1954. (Come prepared: this is the sort of Syrah that switches your frontal lobe off, your brainstem on, and force-elicits throaty reptilian chumpfs... and we won't be held liable for your pleasure-noises.)


Combier in the House!

Only at Elmwood!
This Wed, 10/16. 6 - 7:30 PM.
$10 for 5 Wines. ($5 Refund on Purchase.)

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Vine Street: Winemaker Louisa Sawyer-Lindquist of Verdad joins us!
Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Winemaker Louisa Sawyer-Lindquist of Verdad joins us!

Tomorrow at Vine? We Get Truthy.

We welcome one of California's most pioneering winemakers, Louisa Sawyer-Lindquist, to the shop! One of the earliest champions of biodynamic viticulture, she's also the winemaking force behind both Verdad Wine Cellars and Lindquist Family Cellars (a partnership with her husband Bob, the founder and animating force behind Qupé).

Verdad (Spanish for "truth") is the project Louisa launched to highlight Spanish grape varietals. Having fallen in love with Spanish wine, she couldn't quite grock how no one was working with these grapes here... and true to her pioneering spirit, she decided to rectify that herself!

One of the first to plant and bottle Albariño (heck, when she released her first bottling almost 20 years ago, she couldn't put the name of the grape on the bottle - the government hadn't yet permitted the grape variety for an American wine!), and still one of the only winemakers in CA to make a Graciano, we are stoked to have Louisa in the house!

She'll pouring a Cal-Iberian quintet: her Garnacha rosé, her Albariño, and her Graciano, Tempranillo and Garnacha. Organically and biodynamically farmed, naturally fermented and not fussed with in the cellar, these are pure, expressive and balanced wines that convey the cool climate sites she sources from on the Central Coast.


Come Taste the Truth!

Tomorrow 10/10.
Five Verdad Wines for $10!
Winemaker in the House!
Only at Vine Street.

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Elmwood: Wine Walk!
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Elmwood: Wine Walk!

The Elmwood turns into Wine Country.

That's right! On Sunday, October 6th, the biggest little wine festival in Berkeley returns! The Elmwood Wine Walk is an all-Sunday, all-neighborhood wine festival, devoted to your favorite wines! (All proceeds go to Emerson Elementary School, and to improvements around the Elmwood district!)

Come sample well over 50 wines... from local winemakers (Broc Cellars! Gearhead! Yamakiri! many more!) and globetrotting importers alike!

In four hours in the Elmwood? You'll be able to sample more wines than you could try in an entire weekend up in Napa!

Get Your Discount While You Can!

On the day of the event, admission is $35, which is a steal. But advance tickets are only $25! Buy tickets here.

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Solano Cellars: Taste the Other Spain.
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Taste the Other Spain.

Think you know Spain? Imagine you're hot stuff because you know your Riojas from your Ribeira del Dueros? Ok, we'll give you your pat on the back - but this Thursday? Hora de principiante is over! (Um, that meant 'beginner hour' - you're already failing.)

Bring your porron! We're stepping up your Spanish game with Sumoll (not to be confused with Sumo, although its bunches are similarly broad-shouldered and thick), Trepat, Sousón, Malvasia de Sitges, and other rare varieties to impress your friends with.

The Other Spain.

This Thursday at Solano.
5:30-7:30 PM. $10 for 5 Wines!

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Elmwood: Friuli WIne Dinner!
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Elmwood: Friuli WIne Dinner!

***RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Email elmwood@vintageberkeley.com to reserve your seats!***

We Dine in Friuli.

A Five-Course Friulian Feast,
With Wine Pairings!
Only $90 +tax.
(Service included!)


This Friday, 9/27, 6:30 PM.
At
Baker & Commons.

The hottest wine spot in Italy? It ain't Tuscany, friends. Pros know that "the best wine region you've never heard of...?" is Friuli. And this Friday? We're taking you there, along with our friends at Baker & Commons.

Every region in Italy argues that it has the best cuisine... and often the best red wine, too. (Just try to tell a Neapolitan woman about the virtues of Barolo, or a Piemontese man about the glory of Taurasi!) But there is a freakish, country-wide consensus among Italians that the most elegant white (and orange!) wines in all of Italy? Come from Friuli.

Us? We're not surprised, because we've done the math! Coastal vineyards? Check. Mountain influence, and drying 'bora' winds? Check check! Special marl and sandstone (aka 'ponca') soils, for unequaled minerality? Yes. A massively biodiverse landscape almost entirely untouched by industry? Also yes.

Add to that unique grapes (Vitovska! Schioppetino! Refosco! Tazzalenghe!) and the what's-ancient-is-hip-again revival of extended skin contact techniques (aka "orange" wine) and amphora aging, and suddenly there's just no question you've landed in one of the greatest hotspots in all the vinous world.

The only question: what's stopping you from going?

This Friday we're offering a one-way ticket for just $90! Not just a meal, and more than a tasting; this will be a cultural experience with one of Friuli's most passionate ambassadors. Store friend and native Friulian Alex Corazza will guide us through a slew of exotic and elegant beasts. (A Sauvignon Blanc often considered the world's best; an orange wine from Gravner's neighbor; and red wines you've never heard of and will suddenly feel compelled to integrate into your life for all time. And many more!)

But as these are some of the greatest "food wines" we know, it wouldn't be enough just to have them by themselves. To that end? We've aimed to pair the wines perfectly with Chef Miles' take on Friulian cuisine:

1) Baccalà mantecato with romesco and crostini

2) Squid ink pasta with lobster, tomato & fennel
3) Swordfish in saor
4) Braised osso buco with fresh shell beans
5) Mini fruit crostatas with vin santo cream


This will be a special meal, served with extraordinary wines. Seating is limited, and is by reservation only - please reply to this email (with phone number) to secure your spots!

Come Feast in Friuli!

With Friulian Alex Corazza as our Guide!
Friday, 9/27. 6:30 PM.
Five courses! 5+ Wines!
Only $90 (+ tax, service included).

At Baker & Commons.

***RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Email elmwood@vintageberkeley.com to reserve your seats!***

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Solano Cellars: Hits the Oregon Trail!
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Hits the Oregon Trail!

We Hit the Trail.

Hitch up the wagon, Pa: this Thursday we're making our way to Oregon's Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir reigns supreme. This pristine wine region is famed for producing some of the (so-called) New World's most complex and Burgundian wines, and our lineup is set to stun. (Hint: one producer was recently featured in Somm 3 , turning an already hard-to-get wine into an annoyingly hard-to-get wine. (Back off, somm-bros!).

Solano alum Julie Tesar will serve as our fearless navigatrix, helpfully steering us away from dysentery and toward vinous delight!

Solano Hits the Oregon Trail.

Thursday, 9/26, 5:30 PM.
5 Wines for $15. Only at Solano!

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Vine Street: Dunkerton Ciders!
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Dunkerton Ciders!

Get Dunkerton'ed On.

Tonight at Vine! 5:30 PM.

Tonight at Vine Street? We dare to Dunkerton on you. No: Maria will not be attempting her 360º reverse windmill. Instead? We're opening up a full lineup from one of our favorite producers of your other favorite fermented beverage... cider!

The Dunkerton Cider Mill, one of England's greats, is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge: a bucolic wonderland of woods and hedgerows, where half-timbered medieval English villages come to butt up against the stone market towns of Wales.

It dates back 40 years, when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton fled London (was it Thatcher? or the fact that this was at the top of the London charts?) and bought a small farm in Herefordshire. At the time? Traditional cidermaking had all but vanished, and the area was dominated by two industrial producers.

Ivor and Susie upended all that: working exclusively with traditional varieties of pears and apples (i.e., ones you've never heard of - think 'Brown Snout,' 'Sheeps Nose,' and 'Foxwhelp...' and we're just getting started!), they farmed organically and made cider without chemicals or concentrates - all daring propositions at the time!

Tonight? Come taste their Dry Cider, their Medium-Dry 'Black Fox' Cider, their single-variety 'Breakwells Seedling' Cider and their pear 'Perry' to boot. And for some cross-channel fun? We're adding two other ciders to the line-up from a fave from Brittany, France: Le Brun! All organic and all-delicious, these six ciders are perfect slammers for Indian summer!

Come Slam Dunkerton.
(You wouldn't have resisted that one, either!)

Tonight at Vine. 5:30 PM.
Six Ciders. $10.

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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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