Best tasting of the year this Sunday

From: tom m.
Sent on: Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:38 PM
Announcing a meetup before our Bastille Day Celebration

What: Best tasting of the year this Sunday

When: Sunday, June 27,[masked]:00 - 4:00 PM

Depot Plaza
Miller Ave. and Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Sure you can find a tremendous range of wines at the Chronicle and Family Winemakers tastings, but...they're held in one of the finger piers at Ft. Mason filled with too many Millennials blocking the aisles and the tables. With no food to speak of.

And why pay over $50 discounted ($62 undiscounted in advance) for another Ft. Mason mega tasting, Pinot Days, when you can sample a broad array of reds and whites with some pinks in a much more pleasant environment?

How much better to have a smaller gathering with a wonderful range of nibbles in a great outdoor setting along with some jazz playing in the background. I'm referring to the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting which has been held for 29 years behind the Depot caf? surrounded by redwoods.

It's a fundraiser for the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce so the local restaurants really put out a spread. The Mill Valley Market, which carries some clout among wineries because of their large order volume, ensures that top notch wines pour and food vendors offer their nibbles. And what winery or food vendor wouldn't want to show off their wares among this demographic.

I've negotiated a $35 meetup discount--normally $42 in advance, $50 day of the event--if 10 folks sign up. I'll also list this on the SF Brainiacs. MUST PrePay ASAP. Remember you can use you credit card and not PayPal.

Some of Marin?s most highly regarded restaurants including the Balboa Caf?, Bungalow 44, Piatti, Piazza D?Angelo and Small Shed Flatbreads, as well as two exceptional new Mill Valley eateries Dish and Tsukiji Sushi, will be offering signature tastings. Specialty food purveyors include Atelier Kawashina French macaroons, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Candy Bar Cookie Jar, Nana Mae?s Organics, Orthodox Chews tongue Rustic Bakery, as well as some tasty surprise guests from the Tyler Florence Shop.

Oh yes the wines: How about the proverbial standouts like Silver Oak, Lewis Cellars, Pride Mountain, Nickel & Nickel, and Lewelling Vineyards whose new Cabs received 97 points from Robert Parker. New cult winery Blackbird Vineyards, another Parker favorite, will be pouring as will classics like Acacia, Heitz, Matansas Creek, Frank Family, and Mayacamas. Our best of Pinot Noir Taste Off winner, Sonoma Coast. will be featuring new releases along with other outstanding Pinots from other Russian River producers. The best of the Northwest--Owen Roe, Elk Cove, Domaine Serene, and Sineann, will also be represented. Plenty of imports too. The list goes on; more than 70 artisan wineries.

Be sure to wear your hat; it will be sunny.

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