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Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, August 9th, 2007 at 3:49 pm in Uncategorized.

Pleasant Hill Wine Merchant

A substantial tasting joint was left off of my centerpiece story yesterday “Wine Bars Pour it On,” . And it’s worth checking out.

The Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants, adjacent to T.J. Maxx on Pleasant Hill Road, fosters a winery-like experience. They have separate tasting room hours (5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays) and are more than happy to host a private tasting event for you, something I don’t think I’ve encountered before.

It could just be the new birthday dinner. Why force your friends to cough it up for a prix fixe at Slanted Door when you could do a private cheese tasting for a lot less?

Much like Wine Thieves, they have three tiers to their monthly wine clubs — Smart Buy ($18), Estate ($30), Winemakers ($50) — and their tasting events have fun themes, like Ladies’ Night or Screw Caps. That document is hard to read on their Web site, so I suggest you peruse the blog and just go into the store for more information on upcoming events.

Another cool thing about their wine club is that rather than ship the wine to you every month, club members are invited to a two-night tasting event. At “Wine Club Pick Up Party” you get to sample and then select your wines — to go! It’s obviously been a success, as they’ve garnered more than 350 wine club members in the 10 months they’ve been open. Bravo!

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