Guided Italian Cheese and Wine Pairing Class
Sep
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Guided Italian Cheese and Wine Pairing Class

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

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Visit us at Flowerland!
Aug
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Visit us at Flowerland!

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.

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The German and Austrian Wines of Terry Theise
Aug
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

The German and Austrian Wines of Terry Theise

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!

 (Interested in our club?  Email us at mail@solanocellars.com)

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Island Wines Stay-cation
Aug
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

Island Wines Stay-cation

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.  

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Two Italians walk into a wine shop...AGAIN.  The wines of Grifalco and La Staffa
Jul
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

Two Italians walk into a wine shop...AGAIN. The wines of Grifalco and La Staffa

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.  

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Three Italians walk into a wine shop... The wines of Balgera, Grifalco, and La Staffa
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Three Italians walk into a wine shop... The wines of Balgera, Grifalco, and La Staffa

You don't want to miss this winemaker event.  Three Italian Winemakers in one place. So much arm waving. So much sass.  So much DELICIOUS WINE.  Balgera makes some of the most delightful juice coming from the steep terraced hills of Valtellina in Lombardy.  

Known for wines made from Nebbiolo, Paolo Balgera keeps the wines in large barrels for up to ten years (!) before bottling, yet they are fresh and delicious, showing the brambly bright lacy quality that Nebbiolo can show in this Alpine area.

Grifalco is King of Aglianico, the best known 'Big Red' grape in Southern Italy. Some of the most famous examples are grown in Basilicata, where the wines are bold, tannic, and richly textured.  

Lastly La Staffa, located in Castello di Jesi of the Marche is known for distinctive, flavorful Verdicchio.  Refreshing and layered, this wine has been a staple at Vintage Berkeley for years.  Meet the winemakers.  8 Wines for $8 -- or FREE for club members.  

1 DAY ONLY DISCOUNTS!   Location: Vintage Berkeley College Ave

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The King of South African Wine: Neil Ellis!
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

The King of South African Wine: Neil Ellis!

You can hardly have a conversation about South African wine without mentioning the wines of Neil Ellis.  A South African wine industry icon, Neil Ellis is one of the early pioneers to bring quality levels up to world class standards. The winery sits 5 miles east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley. Founded in 1993 with the philosophy to source grapes from the top growers of the region, the eco-friendly winery produces wines from the regions of Stellenbosch, Darling, Darbanville and Elgin.  Please join us to taste Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, and Cabernet from these stellar sites with the winemaker himself. $5 for 5 wines!  Free for club members

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The Many Labels of Kenny Likitprakong
Jul
12
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Many Labels of Kenny Likitprakong

The man, the myth, the legend!  Kenny Likitprakong is in Da House at Solano Cellars, pouring up some of the tasty wines under his labels Hobo, Folk Machine, Banyan, and Ghostwriter.  These wines have been Vintage Berkeley staples for years, so come on by for a pleasant evening with this skateboarder-turned-winemaker. Some of our favorite Californian juice around!  $10 per person, free for club members.

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The Wines of Thee & Thou!
Jul
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Wines of Thee & Thou!

Skyscraper building engineer turned straight-up natural wine badass, John Donaghue is in the house! A protégé of Clos Saron's Gideon Beinstock, John has quickly become one of California's brightest young stars.  

Making wines that are light on their feet and yet ineffably complex, we're proud to host John this Friday at Elmwood... for the world premiere of two of his newest wines!

Only $5 for the whole Thee & Thou lineup!   Special One Night-Only Discounts!
Friday, 7/8. 6-7:30. Only at Elmwood!

 

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FREE tasting with Bill Easton of Easton and Terre Rouge!
Jun
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

FREE tasting with Bill Easton of Easton and Terre Rouge!

Join us tomorrow night from 6-7:30 as we welcome founder and esteemed winemaker, Bill Easton back to our humble environs. In our THIRTY-NINTH YEAR as purveyors of fun and wonderful beverages, we still take our inspiration from Bill's enterprising and inquisitive palate. What better way to celebrate a great run than to have him back, and showing off his excellent range of wines from the Sierra Foothills. 

Bill will showcase his new rose, Grenache Blanc and red Rhone blend Tete a Tete -

AND - 

Will bring a pair of great Zinfandels as well as two of his top Syrahs! 

That's SEVEN WINES - and FREE FOR CLUB MEMBERS!

Don't miss it!  FREE TASTING!

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Wine 101 Three Part Series @ Solano Cellars
Mar
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Wine 101 Three Part Series @ Solano Cellars

Go from Wine Weak to Wine Geek in three wine-filled Thursdays @ Solano Cellars!

We will go over wine basics and composition, to develop a vocabulary and shared rubric for assessing wine and most importantly to develop a language to describe your preferences and wine styles.  We will go on to discuss major wine regions, and discuss their generalized characteristics, cultural context, stylistic evolution, and differences between "old world" and "new world" wines, with the wines that best represent the styles and tradition of these compelling regions.  We will help navigate restaurant wine lists, finding the best values and other Somm secrets!

3 Part Educational Series $150, Purchase Here!

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Tre Venezie with Blaine Verde of Siena Imports! @ Solano Cellars
Feb
8
5:30pm 5:30pm

Tre Venezie with Blaine Verde of Siena Imports! @ Solano Cellars

Taste the Tre Venezie
with Blaine Verde of Siena Imports


In Italy's Northeast corner Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Verona make up the Tre Venezie, what was once the Venetian Empire.  Lemme tell you, this is one empire that did not fall from lack of good wine. Don't believe us? Come by this Wednesday to taste these iconic and diverse wines from Italy's yummy upper thigh region.
From Italy's most northerly wine region, situated in the foothills of the Alps (see above!), we have two lovely white wines from Alto Adige. From Friuli on the Slovenian border we have a charming red and food-friendly orange wine.  Next up, a large and in charge, Amarone and Ripasso from Valpolicella.  Oh, and of course, a bright and tasty Prosecco to start. 

Here's the Lineup:

NV Andreola Verv Prosecco
2015 St Michael Eppan Pinot Bianco
2014 Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer
2012 Primosic Ribolla Gialla Riserva
2012 Casali Maniago Refosco
2013 Cesari Ripasso Bosan
2010 Cesari Amarone Il Bosco


This Wednesday, February 8th
5:30 - 7:30pm
Solano Cellars
a meager $5 per person


and SPECIAL ONE-DAY ONLY DISCOUNTS!

 

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French Cheese & Wine Pairing Class!
Jan
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

French Cheese & Wine Pairing Class!

Together wine and cheese make the perfect pairing. But French wine and cheese? Sacré Bleu. Join cheese expert and "It's Not You, It's Brie" book author Kirstin Jackson and sommelier Julie Tesar for an bonne nuit of cheese and wine bliss. We'll pair the traditional cheeses of France (like oozing, creamy cremes and sweet Alpines) to the regional wines that love them. Expect classic pairings and some surprises. 

A Perfect gift for that Cheese and Wine loving special someone in your life!

Sign up today! $45 per person

 

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Ancient Wine Seminar @ Solano Cellars
Jan
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Ancient Wine Seminar @ Solano Cellars

A Tour of Wine in the Ancient World: Thursday, January 12

Solano Cellars' very own Dr. Dana DePietro and Dr. Jeff Pearson (who live double lives as professional archaeologists) will be giving a seminar on the history of wine in the ancient world, tracing the story of vitis vinifera from the world's first known winery, discovered in a cave in Armenia, to the Romans' celebrated "Opimian vintage" of 121 BC.

The seminar will feature 10 exciting and surprising wines from around the Mediterranean, including COS “Pithos Bianco”, Angelicus “La Montata”, Porto Carras “Limneon” and the legendary 1999 Chateau Musar “Gaston Hochar”. The wines will be accompanied by regionally inspired small plate food pairings.

All proceeds from the event will benefit S.H.A.R.E., a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses archaeology as a tool to promote peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine. S.H.A.R.E.’s current conservation project in the seaside town of Jisr az-Zarqa provides opportunities for Arab and Jewish youth to engage with the past, the present, and one another on their own terms. 

Tickets are almost sold out, so be sure to reserve your place for this special event before it becomes a thing of the past!

Sign Up Here!   

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Kermit Lynch At Solano Cellars
Dec
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Kermit Lynch At Solano Cellars

This Saturday at Solano: 
KERMIT LYNCH HOLIDAY TASTING!


It's the most anticipated tasting of each and every year, with good reason!  Our friends over at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant import some of the finest French wines around and rarely get a chance to pop corks like we do at Solano!  This annual tradition brings the best of France's farmstead wines to your waiting glass, at best-ever pricing!  Time to load up for holiday gifts, special meals, and maybe snag a few goodies for the cellar!  All the favorites - Bandol, Gigondas, Pomerol, Pouilly-Fuisse - and of course, Champagne!  Special discounts for half-cases and case purchases, too!
 

4-7 PM. 12/17. Solano. $25

FULL TASTING MENU:

SPARKLING:


Paul Bara Brut Rose Champagne
Champalou Vouvray Brut

WHITE/ROSE:

Chateau d'Epire Savennieres
Perusset Macon-Farges
Robert-Denogent Pouilly Fuisse La Croix
Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rose

REDS:
Lapierre Morgon
Boillot Bourgogne Rouge
Abbatucci Faustine Rouge
Faury Syrah
Durban Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge
Pallieres Gigondas Racines
Louis Barruol Hermitage
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge
Belles Graves Lalande-de-Pomerol
Gombaude Gillot Pomerol

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Winter Fair! At Solano
Dec
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

Winter Fair! At Solano

Please join us for our Holiday Fair and get acquainted with the offerings of all of our delicious clubs!
We will be sampling nibbles from our Cheese Club and pours from our Grand Tour Wine Club, Special Selection Club, Explorers Club, and even our Beer Club!
Our clubs are quite possibly the freaking best and make for thoughtful, delicious gifts. A brief abbreviated description:
Super yummy affordable wines on crazy discount? Check, Grand Tour's got you covered.
A fancypants and allocated wine selection designed just for you? That's the Special Selection, treat yo self!
An assortment of artisan beer, from classic to wacky and always delicious? Beer Club, all the way. 
A trio of fantastic cheeses with a story and pairing guides? Who can resist the cheese club? No one, that's who.
A couple bottles to aid in the discovery of the many varied wine regions in this beautiful, troubled world that will lead you towards meditative clarity and gratitude to be alive? The wine explorers club has got you covered. 
This event is completely complimentary.  No reservations necessary.
 Hope to see you there! 

 

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Drink Loire Day! at Elmwood
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Drink Loire Day! at Elmwood

The international celebration of Loire wines!

Visit us we indulge in our favorite wines from France's "bargain garden" - the Loire Valley. Renowned for fresh, invigorating, food-friendly wines all year round, the Loire we'll celebrate here are its mineral-driven reds and lifting sparkling wines. Try a selection of 6 wines for just 10 francs, er bucks. 

À santé!

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Drink Loire Day! at Vine Street
Oct
7
4:30pm 4:30pm

Drink Loire Day! at Vine Street

The international celebration of Loire wines!

Visit us we indulge in our favorite wines from France's "bargain garden" - the Loire Valley. Renowned for fresh, invigorating, food-friendly wines all year round, the Loire we'll celebrate here are its mineral-driven reds and lifting sparkling wines. Try a selection of 6 wines for just 10 francs, er bucks. 

À santé!

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Central Italy: A Guided Tasting
Oct
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

Central Italy: A Guided Tasting

Find yourself in the warm and welcoming embrace of Central Italy as you get a tour of the region's top regions and wine styles with the guidance of our own Julie Tesar and Chloe Lefler of Winebow! Six wines will be presented with fascinating detail and context.

$15 for the guided tasting. Call Solano Cellars for tickets: 510.525.9463. 

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Local winemaker Kent Rasmussen
Sep
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Local winemaker Kent Rasmussen

Come meet the winemaker, namesake, North Berkeley resident, and raison d'être of some of our absolute favorite Californian wines.

Back in 1983 Kent Rasmussen decided it was time to do a career 180-degree turn, morph a hobby into a profession, and get into the world of wine. He earned his degree in Enology from UC Davis, traveled the world gaining experience at different wineries, and in 1986 began his own label here in Northern California.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Decades of incredible vintages of Pinot Noir and other amazing California favorites followed. Some long time Vintage Berkeley customers may even remember Kent's epic, deeply-hued 2004 Touriga Nacional that we still get inquiries about. More recently, North Berkeley's recycling bins have become well-acquainted with greedily emptied bottles of Kent's delicious Esoterica and Ramsay releases of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, and more from California's North Coast and Napa/Carneros regions. 

2014 Ramsay Chardonnay
2014 Ramsay Pinot Noir
2014 Esoterica Pinot Noir
2010 Kent Rasmussen Estate Carneros Pinot Noir
2014 Ramsay Merlot
2014 Esoterica Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Ramsay Petite Sirah

$15 tasting fee includes snacks prepared by chef and wine guru Tom Switzer!

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Rioja, Ribeira and Beyond! All-Stores Tasting
Sep
2
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rioja, Ribeira and Beyond! All-Stores Tasting

Our Intrepid Wine Team Picks the Best of Spain's Classic Regions

Visit any of our three neighborhood locations and sample a wide variety of classic Spanish wines, including the country's famous Tempranillos. 10 wines will be served at each location, with special one-day sale prices!

Tickets by phone (call your local store) or drop in -- $15 per flight

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The Wines of Eastern Europe
Aug
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Wines of Eastern Europe

Take a guided tour of the most brilliant and appetizing wines now being imported from Eastern Europe, with Eric Danch "The Jolly Tornado", of Blue Danube Wines. For years, these wines were impossible to locate stateside, but intrepid local importer Blue Danube has sourced some of the very best from Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and Georgia. We will be pouring our favorites from these regions! 

Try a selection of 8 wines for $10. Tasting fee refunded with two-bottle purchase of any wine tasted.

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Southern Italy: A Guided Tasting
Aug
23
5:30pm 5:30pm

Southern Italy: A Guided Tasting

Find yourself in the warm and welcoming embrace of Southern Italy as you get a tour of the region's top regions and wine styles with the guidance of our own Julie Tesar and Chloe Lefler of Winebow! 6 wines will be presented with fascinating detail and context.

$15 for the guided tasting. Call Solano Cellars for tickets: 510.525.9463. 

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Drink Loire Day! at Vine Street
Aug
20
12:00pm12:00pm

Drink Loire Day! at Vine Street

The international celebration of Loire wines!

Visit the Vintages Berkeley as they indulge in their favorite wines from France's "bargain garden" - the Loire Valley.  Renowned for fresh, invigorating, food-friendly wines for all year round, the Loire blesses drinkers with Sancerre, Chinon, Vouvray, Saumur and Muscadet, among others.  Try a selection of 6 wines for just 10 francs, er bucks. 

À santé!

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Methode Sauvage Tasting with Chad Hinds
Aug
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Methode Sauvage Tasting with Chad Hinds

Berkeley-based winemaker and super-smiler Chad Hinds will be pouring and chatting about his gorgeous, tiny-lot natural wines under the Methode Sauvage label. Chad went to culinary school and worked as a line cook before realizing his true calling in wine. His extensive background includes sales for Bi-Rite and Selection Massale and winemaking with Pax Mahle, of Windgap, and Kevin Kelley, of NPA and Salinia. He's working on growing his own label and singing the natural wine gospel - it'll be a full choir this Friday when we're tasting the full flight.

2015 Alegria Vineyard Cabernet Franc
2015 Wunderkind North Coast Chenin Blanc
2014 Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc
2013 "Ley-Line" Valdigue-Syrah

$10 tasting fee. Special 6- and 12-bottle discounts at the event. 
 

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Drink Loire Day! at Elmwood
Aug
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

Drink Loire Day! at Elmwood

The international celebration of Loire wines!

Visit the Vintages Berkeley as they indulge in their favorite wines from France's "bargain garden" - the Loire Valley.  Renowned for fresh, invigorating, food-friendly wines for all year round, the Loire blesses drinkers with Sancerre, Chinon, Vouvray, Saumur and Muscadet, among others.  Try a selection of 6 wines for just 10 francs, er bucks. 

À santé!

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The Wines of Dee Vine...at Vine!
Aug
12
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Wines of Dee Vine...at Vine!

Still think all Riesling is sweet? Marion Gretschel, of Dee Vine Wines, and the team at Vine Street are here to help you debunk the myth. 

Taste 4 gorgeous Rieslings, from Trocken to Auslese, and discover why it's often referred to as the Best White Grape, the Gateway White and The Bomb Dot Com. 

To round out the whites and sex up your Friday night, we're throwing in some beauteous Blauburgunder in the indeed divine Dee Vine lineup.

$10 tasting fee. Special discounts this night only!

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