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Archive for June, 2006

Schneider Night at the Toronado in SF

This is very little advance warning, I know – but I just got an email from David Keene, proprietor of the Toronado, 547 Haight St., in San Francisco. He says George Schneider, owner of the Schneider Brewery, Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany, will be at the Toronado beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night (June 9, 2006). He’ll be pouring Aventinus, Weiss, and Edel Weiss, weisswurst will be served from Rosamunde.

No charge. If you know Schneider beers, you’ll no doubt be there. If not, there couldn’t be a finer introduction to five star classics like Schneider Aventinus.

I wanted to post this asap, so I rushed to the web and found this link.

Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2006
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Judgment movie to star Hugh Grant

No joke. Steven Spurrier, the wine merchant who arranged the original Paris vs. California tasting in 1976, has confirmed talks with Clear Pictures Entertainment to make a blockbuster about the legendary tasting that got the royal treatment by the media last month. Yours truly included.

Anyway, looks like Hugh Grant and Jude Law have been mentioned to play a young Spurrier, who was 34 when he arranged the first tasting. They intend to focus the film on the interplay between Spurrier and the Californians rather than the French angle, ending with the triumph of the Californian ‘underdogs’ in 1976. If Reese Witherspoon can fake a French accent, we see her playing Magrit Mondavi.

Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2006
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Wente dinner, canceled

Just got word that the Times Wine Club dinner at Wente which was scheduled for June 6 has been canceled until further notice. Those in charge at the Times, Bevmo and Wente will be in touch to wine club members who signed up for this event. Apologies!

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2006
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Letters: Brew-On-Premise Idea DOA


Hello Bill,
I recently saw something on TV about a place where one could brew beer at an established location(i.e. all equipment and materials supplied). Might you know where this place is and its name? We live in the S.F. Bay Area and I wanted to give this as a gift for my husband on Father’s Day. I’d appreciate any help.

Many Thanks, N.

Hi N… Unofortunately, most of those brew on premise places have gone out of business. I just did a web search and talked to someone know at OakBarrel in Berkeley. The only one I know about is in Sacramento, which would be a bit far. The truth is, brewing beer is pretty simple; there are inexpensive beginner kits and most homebrew shops can be very helpful. You’d probably have to brew a batch at a friend’s house.

One homebrew shop in your area is: The Good Homebrewer, 2960 Pacific Ave., Livermore,925-373-7333.

Another is Hoptech — 6398 Dougherty Road, #7 , in Dublin — 925-875-0246. I believe The Good Homebrewer is geared more to amateurs, but both have beginner kits.

Another idea is to approach a homebrew club and see if someone would agree to brew for you. A great East Bay club is The Draught Board. A contact can be found by calling Brewmaster Homebrew Supply, 2315 Verna Ct., San Leandro, 510-351-8920. I believe The Draught Board has a number of members who live out your way.

Oh Yes…the Sacramento brew on premise is: Brew It Up! Personal Brewery and Grill, 801 14th St., Sacramento, CA 95814., 916-441-3000. You could probably do a batch in two trips. First to brew. Second to bottle. Give them a call.

Good luck N. And hey– let me know what you do. best. William.

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2006
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Events: Great Fest -Great Cause

Sometimes, the best thing to do is just run the publicity handout. This one says it all about a really great day of beer in the heart of Sonoma County benefitting those with AIDS.

THE 15th ANNUAL BEERFEST / A Benefit for Face to Face will be
Saturday, June 3rd from 1-5 p.m. in the Atrium and Courtyard at the
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa

Microbreweries, live music from Free Peoples! and food. $30 advance . Tickets at
Wells Fargo Center Box Office (707-546.3600),, Face to Face,
Third Street Aleworks/Santa Rosa, The Beverage People/Santa Rosa,
Bear Republic/Healdsburg, Dempsey’s/Petaluma and Fred’s/
Forestville. $35 Day of the Event. Ticket includes all beverage and
food tasting and a logo beer glass. Info: 707.887.7031 or

Face to Face / Sonoma County Aids Network will receive proceeds from
The Beerfest. Since 1985, Face to Face has been providing free
services to men, women and children living with AIDS and HIV in
Sonoma County. With the help of a very supportive community, the fine
work of Face to Face continues as the critical need for these
supportive services persists.

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2006
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Full list of Judgment wines

So the Judgment will not die, as several people have asked me for a full lists of the young wines. Here’s the list below, complete with prices. Cheers. Oh, and salut. Don’t forget to note the broad price differences, even within varietals.


Talley Rosemary’s Vineyard 2002, $45; Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard 2004, $50; Ramey Hyde Vineyard 2002, $56; Mount Eden 2002, $35; Chateau Montelena 2003, $38; Peter Michael Point Rouge, $175.

Cabernet Sauvingnon:

Clos du Val Reserve 2000, $95; Shafer Hillside Select 2001, $175; Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 2001, $160; Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002, $175; Ridge Monte Bello 2000, $120; Staglin Family Vineyard 2001, $170.

Red Bordeaux:

Chateau Montrose 2000, $150; Chateau Latour 2000, $600; Chateau Haut-Brion 2000, $600; Chateau Leoville-las-Cases 2001, $90; Chateau Margaux 2000, $600; Chateau Rauzan Segla 2000, $95.

White Burgundy:

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Pucelles 2002 Domain Leflaive, $160; Mersault Premier Cru Charmes 2002 Domaine Roulot, $250; Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches 2002 Domaine Drouhin, $70; Batard Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2002 Louis Jadot, $65; Corotn-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003 Donaime Bonneau du Martay, $95.

Posted on Thursday, June 1st, 2006
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