Elmwood: Monsters of Italian Wine with Blaine Verde
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Monsters of Italian Wine with Blaine Verde

No: we're not showing the remake of Suspiria. We're instead highlighting Italy's vinous monsters: the beasts that have made Italy the world's most Implacable Vinous Force... for over two millennia! Aglianico from just outside Taurasi (aka, the "Barolo of the South.") Not one but two Cru Brunellos., from one of the undisputed masters of the region. A famous, point-smacking Cru Barbaresco, at half off MSRP?!? (Not to mention an aged Greco, and holiday party-worthy bubbles, too!)

Join our friend and master of the Italian dark arts, Blaine Verde, as he unlocks some of Italy's greatest and most powerful vinous energies for us this Friday!

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Elmwood: Canary is a Goldmine
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Canary is a Goldmine

Our friend Jehan Hakimian, winemaker and Canarian expert, takes us on a guided tour of the region and its wines -- replete with a housemade paella!

5-6 Canary Island Wines! Special One-Day Deals!

$10 for paella! $5 for wine pairing (latter free for club members).

(Please RSVP to ensure paella, as quantities are limited!)

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Elmwood: Ciders. Wines. Meringues
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Ciders. Wines. Meringues

We're bringing you a party worthy of the month of December: we're 1) starting with some of our favorite wines from Floraison Selections. Bubbles. Burgundy. Cult reds.

And then 2) we'll have you adjourn to the dessert room, where you'll a) taste the exquisite, brain-dilating ciders of Julien Thurel - a man behind what one wine critic called "one of the most ambitious and exciting projects in France: attempting to resurrect the long history of cider production in the Loire."

Alongside them? 3) Taste (and/or gift!) the most meringues of Svetlana Royzen. (Unlike anything you've ever tried, these are less like cookies, and more like cherub-biscuits.) Think: Sage. Coriander. Beets. Rose with pistachios. More! All hand-dipped in a variety of chocolates!

Skip the Goose!

Importer Nadia Dmytriw in the House! – Baker Svetlana Royzen in the House!

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Vine Street: Cory Gowan, Naturally form Mission Wine Merchants
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Cory Gowan, Naturally form Mission Wine Merchants

First and foremost we want wines that taste like wine, clean and delicious. If you want to call them “natural” because they are made that way we won’t complain. Cory Gowan is the main VB connection to the best of the Natural Wines Scene. He represents Mission Wine Merchants in the East Bay and, if you have been tracking down the tasty pours in that category, you have probably enjoyed something from Mission. They work with producers who are committed to making wines as a genuine expression of the local terroirs and traditions. We will focus on wines that feature minimal intervention in the vineyard and the traditional (natural) winemaking techniques. Five Wines $5.00 and Members of the Wine Club get to come free – and they may bring a guest… also free.

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Solano Cellars: Terraces Winemaker Tasting with Tim Crull
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Solano Cellars: Terraces Winemaker Tasting with Tim Crull

Meet Tim Crull, Winemaker and Proprietor – The Terraces Winemaker

From its days as part of Rancho Caymus in the early 1800s, through the wine production period of the late nineteenth century, and then as source of high quality Zinfandel through the twentieth century, The Terraces has been at the heart of the history of Napa Valley.  The Terraces Winery was created 30 years ago to take advantage of the remarkable Zinfandel grown on the steep terraced hillsides. With the additional plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery released its first wine in 1985. Today, winemaker and proprietor Tim Crull makes wine with a sense of place and responsibility to the land and the story. We will taste Napa Valley Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Tempranillo from Lake County!

Four tastes, $15. 

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Solano Cellars: Kermit Lynch Release Party
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Solano Cellars: Kermit Lynch Release Party

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant will be at Solano Cellars for one of the the most anticipated events of the year: the Kermit Lynch Release party. Come taste through an epic assortment of over 15 wines! Holiday gifts? Check. Special meal pairings? Also check. Snag a few goodies for the personal cellar? Don't mind if you do! All the favorites: Bandol, Gigondas, Hermitage, Pomerol, Pouilly-Fuisse, Vouvray, and many, many more! (And duh: Champagne!)

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Vine Street: Festo del Vino Italiana
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Festo del Vino Italiana

Pair-up Your Holiday Dishes with Wines from Italy

Italy has so many great grapes we can’t ever taste them all. But it sure is fun to try. We are going to throw a few against that Holiday wall and see what sticks. Ever had Bellone Bianco? It is grown mostly in the vineyards around the Italian capital Rome (where it has been cultivated since antiquity), and the one we will share is delightful and delicious. How about Verduzzo Friulano? We have a beautiful passito style that is sweet but not cloying for you to try. To round out the evening we will also have, Carricante, Catarratto, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Glera. Five Wines and only for $5.00 Club Members are FREE!

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Vine Street: Franksgiving Feast
Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

Vine Street: Franksgiving Feast

A slew of French wines for your holiday! Whether you're roasting vegetables or birds, baking taters or tarts, whisking simple sauces or the richest of roux, we have the wine for your table! Friend of the shop and known hogger of the gravy boat, Julie Tesar, will be on hand to stir the pot!

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Elmwood: You Don't Know Nouveau!
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: You Don't Know Nouveau!

What we're about to tell you is true: every year, on the third Thursday of November, at one past midnight all over France, one of the most delightful and frivolous rituals in all the world of wine commences anew: Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived. (Wine bars are not allowed to open or sell their bottles a minute before then!) We'll have five to six Nouveaux incoming this season! Two of our favorite French producers from Beaujolais (Chermette and Dupeuble), and three of our favorite Californian winemakers (including secret, hard-to-get Nouveau cuvées from J. Brix, Berkeley's own Donkey & Goat... and more!)... because Frenchies don't get all the fun!

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Solano Cellars: Get to Know Nouveau!
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: Get to Know Nouveau!

We'll have five to six Nouveaux incoming this season! Two of our favorite French producers from Beaujolais (Chermette and Dupeuble), and three of our favorite Californian winemakers (including secret, hard-to-get Nouveau cuvées from J. Brix, Berkeley's own Donkey & Goat... and more!)... because Frenchies don't get all the fun!

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Solano Cellars: You Don't Know Tuscany.
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Solano Cellars: You Don't Know Tuscany.

You don't know Tuscany. Not yet, anyway - but we can help! Tomorrow night our Semi-Quasi-Tuscan Man in Residence, Blaine Verde, will be in the house at Solano Cellars! He's pouring a sexy sextet of some of Tuscany's greatest trans-millennial hits. Finally have the following burning questions answered by the man we call "The Professor".

What makes Chianti Classico... or not? Is all Sangiovese created equal? Where did the name "Vin Santo" come from, and how come my church wine never tasted like that? Did Brunello di Montalcino actually mean "OMG" in Etruscan? Is a Super-Tuscan just a really good Tuscan? What's the deal with off-the-grid places like Orcia and Montecucco - do I have to remember those names, too?

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Elmwood: Vinos Fríos del Año
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Vinos Fríos del Año

Ten years ago Juan Alejandro Jofré was the winemaker for Viña Maquis. During his decade with Maquis, he changed the viticultural techniques to make lean wines with high acidity and low alcohol - sometimes picking a month before his neighbors. Jofré's wines bucked the trend back then and gained him critical acclaim. Wanting to push his style even more, Jofré left Maquis in 2013 to start working on his own projects. In his words "I wanted to make these cool climate wines from Curicó because it is in the heart of Chilé, but a very mistreated region... it has a bad reputation but I think it can be extraordinary for making wine..." His signature line of wines is called Vinos Fríos del Año. Come by and taste light, bright wines from Chile.

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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: Amplify Wines
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Elmwood: Amplify Wines

Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County, seek to enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard.  They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem.

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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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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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