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Upcoming Wine Programs

From: tom m.
Sent on: Saturday, July 7, 2012 9:52 PM

Three great events in the pipeline.

Bay Area Wine Society "Magic Ticket: Romancing the Rhones"

BAWS Members Reap Rewards.

Join this special tasting:  Romancing the Rhones @ The Old Mint 88 5th Street (5th and Mission) San Francisco, California 94103 Saturday, July 14, 2012, Bastille Day! 12:30 pm til 4:30pm. Fall in love all over again!

Share in a deliciously seductive Rhone experience this coming Saturday.  Blind taste 40 top wines from the 2012 Rhone Shootout. Pit your palate against the experts and vote for your favorites! Enjoy sassy Rhone-friendly foods from local artisans. Sample amazing Rhone wines from California, Oregon and beyond. Learn something new about Rhone varietals. Discover new favorites to take home! Affairs of the Vine has extended a special BAWS Magic Ticket: Romancing the Rhones You’re special and will receive a special price and upgrade Buy tickets by July 12th Receive VIP Status with the BAWS Magic Ticket Upgrade Code: BAWS Romancing the Rhones: Romancing Event

  • Explore 100+ amazing Rhone wines from 40+ Rhone producers
  • Indulge in the Rhone Romance Lunch with Winemakers @ Chez Papa in the Mint Plaza. Limited seating (Gold Bar Tickets, $85)
  • VIP Barrel Tasting in the historic Vaults (Silver Dollar Tickets, normally $65, but included in our discount)
  • Blind Taste top-scoring wines from the Rhone Shootout
  • Sample Rhone-friendly food
  • Perfect Pairings – 8 succulent wines & 8 brilliant bites ($20)
  • On-site Bottle Booth – take home your new favorites!
  • Rhone Lovers Tickets, $45 $39

Don’t Rhone Alone! Reserve your tickets by July 12th and be upgraded to VIP Status!! Buy Tickets Online Upgrade Code: BAWS Purchase the Rhone Lover's ticket ($45 $39) and be upgraded to Silver Dollar VIP status, a savings of $26. Includes Early Admission to the Blind Tasting, access to the Barrel Tasting at 12:30 PM, and extra time to enjoy this Rhone lover's event.

Sponsors: Bottlenotes, GSO, Rhone Rangers, Trois Petits Cochons, Sour Flour, We Olive, Dining Around/NewsTalk 910 and One Brick.


July Wine Mingle: Picnic in the Park with Music

Sunday, July 15th

12:30 PM To 4:00 PM


Stern Grove

19th and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA (edit map)

Refundable payment: $20.00/per person


I think this will be a fascinating program; one that I wouldn't usually attend, but the  video I've included on the website on British multi-faceted musician Nitin Sawhney has really drawn me in (it's long so scroll through it).  Check out the Stern Grove site:

So here is how our annual wine picnic works.

1.  T.O.M.  goes out early and puts down some ground cover for participating club members. We'll be to the left center of the stage looking at the stage, unless I find something better  I will email participants from the venue with more specific directions.  Also I will send out my cell #.

2.  Since RSVPs mean very little in meetupland, I am asking each of those who plan on coming to make a down payment of $20 via the PayPal system on the website.

3.  You can either bring a bottle of limited production/non supermarket wine and a munchie to share and receive a refund of the @$20.  Or you can use the $20 to pay for a taste of various wines I will bring and a box lunch.  If no payment is made I will assume you have gone for a hike instead.

4.  You can cancel you prepaid reservation up to the day before the event and receive a full refund.

5.  Try to arrive by 1:00 p.m. so you can enjoy the picnicking.  Also you won't find a parking space near Stern Grove after that time if you aren't taking public transportation.  Look for multi-colored umbrella.  Bring a LOW BACKED beach chair; otherwise it gets very uncomfortable.

I will email out more details on parking etc. later in the week












August Wine Mingle: the Artisan Wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands


Thursday, August 2, 2012

6:30 PM To 8:30 PM


Gallery Bar 4N5, a.k.a, "the clubhouse"

863 Mission St @ 5th, San Francisco, CA (edit map)

Advance payment: $16.30/incl. processing fee/pay on the website

Vintners and winery reps plus the Executive Director from this rising Monterey County AVA will be present to discuss this region and pour a representative selection of wines.  We'll include our usual rating and ranking shootout.  More information to follow as we get closer to the date.

Every truly great winegrowing region is defined first by its terroir – its location, climate, and soils. Secondly, and equally important, it is defined by the “people on the ground.” The personalities that farm their vineyards and provide the perfectly ripened raw materials each vintage to the winemakers.

The Santa Lucia Highlands is no exception – the winegrower, the vineyard manger, the vineyard crew here are paramount. They are the “interpreters:” the folks, who through their year-round efforts, allow each unique vineyard to speak its own unique message in every bottle. The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is fortunate in having more than its share of dedicated, visionary growers: Gary Pisoni. Dan Lee. Gary Franscioni. Rich Smith. Nicky Hahn. Steve McIntyre. Rob Talbott. Charlie Wagner. Steve Pessagno. Ray Franscioni. Joe Wagner. John Boekenoogen. Kelly McFarland. Mark Manzoni. Joe Alarid. Kirk Williams. Just a few of the faces of the SLH, the vineyardists whose reputation and livelihood are on the line, every single harvest.


The modern era began in the early 1970s, with initial plantings by Rich and Claudia Smith at Paraiso, the McFarland family at Sleepy Hollow, Phil Johnson at La Estancia, and Nicky Hahn at Smith & Hook.

A second wave of vineyard development occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. Outside the area growers, such as Caymus’ Wagner family at Mer Soleil, Robb Talbott at Sleepy Hollow, Morgan’s Dan Lee at Double L, and Steve McIntyre recognized the district’s potential. They were joined by generational resident ranching and farming families Pisoni, Franscioni, Manzoni, Boekenoogen, and others who aggressively converted their properties to wine estates. Within 20 years, the planted vineyard acreage had tripled and then tripled again.

It was Nicky Hahn who first suggested the designation Santa Lucia Highlands when proposing the twelve mile- long, raised benchland above the Salinas River for special consideration as a unique winegrowing district. In 1991, the Federal government approved the Santa Lucia Highlands as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA).


The vineyards of the Highlands are planted on the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Here, fogs and breezes off nearby Monterey Bay funnel southeast, between the Santa Lucia and Gabilan ranges, creating a cool, true Region I climate. The vines elevated sites take full advantage of the morning sunshine before the stiff, afternoon maritime winds slow down photosynthesis, making for long, gentle ripening. The typically long SLH growing season of early bud break, lack of fall rains, and prolonged harvests allow the grapes to develop full, phenolic ripeness and flavors.


Approximately 6,000 acres of vinifera are under cultivation in the SLH, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the predominant varietals. Every vineyard is a living laboratory, with new clones, trellising systems, and farming regimens constantly being explored. “Growing Green” is more than a catch phrase here; conscientious viticultural standards, whether organic, biodynamic, or sustainable, have long been the norm.


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