This is our favorite outdoor tasting of the year. No other combination of restaurants and food purveyors (40+), wineries (70+) and breweries in such a beautiful setting exists anywhere else in California.
Sure you can find a tremendous range of wines at the Chroniclehttp://img1.meetupstatic.com/img/clear.gif 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.
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 Tastinghttp://img1.meetupstatic.com/img/clear.gif which has been held for 30 years behind the Depot café surrounded by redwoods.
It's a fundraiser for the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce [ http://millvalley.org ] 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 60 top notch wineries pour and 30 food purveyors offer their nibbles. And what winery or food vendor wouldn't want to show off their wares among this demographic.
Group pricing: $35 with fees. Payment via the PayPal link (though you needn't have a PayPal account) .
Update 6/18: So far, out of 25 sign ups I only have received payment for five people. You can certainly attend without joining the Meetup if you wish.
The tix and I will be at the check in table just to the left of the Depot front door. Plan to arrive as early as possible, preferably before the start time of 1:00, when finding a parking space around downtown is easier. Lines do build up at the restaurant tents early, so you want to make a bee line for this area in the middle before tasting the beverages. I will also send out my cell # and a description of what I will be wearing.
Some of Marin’s most highly regarded restaurants including the Balboa Cafe, Charlie Hong Kong, El Paseo House of Chops, Piatti, Piazza D'Angelo and Tony Tutto Pizza 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 http://img1.meetupstatic.com/img/smileys/tongue.gif 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, Green and Red, Frank Family, and Nickel & Nickel. Also pouring will be Adastra, Heitz, Matansas Creek, Tangent, Tor Kenward, and Mayacamas. Plus micro boutiques such as Bedarra, Le Vois, J. Keverson, Dunston, and Dragonette Plenty of imports too. More than 70 artisan wineries in all.
http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/a/a/4/event_15947780.jpeg This year a number of craft beers will be showcased: Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Iron Springs Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing, Mendocino Brewing Co., 21st Amendment, Duval, Mill Valley Beer Works, Moylan's Brewing Company, Marin Brewing Company, Belgian Table, German Table, and Lost Coast Brewery
Be sure to wear your hat; it will be sunny.
See the pix from a previous year: http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Wine-Society/photos/969961/