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First ever San Francisco winemakers tasting

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 12:58 pm in Uncategorized.

If you’re in the Hayes Valley hood this Sunday, you should stop by Arlequin Wine Merchant. They’re hosting the first ever tasting of resident San Francisco winemakers. There are five, including the Pinot painter Bryan Harrington, who as far as I know is still part of East Bay Vintners, which incidentally, has their annual Urban Wine Experience on August 9. But more on that in a future post.

Ones to watch for me in SF are Ed Kurtzman of August West Wines. I first tasted his wines last fall in the back room at Siduri in Santa Rosa. He wowed me with his Rosella’s Vineyard bottlings of Syrah and Pinot Noir. Gorgeous fruit with little man-handling, at least to me.

Also, Andrew Vingiello of AP Vin. Talk about little manipulation and lovely forest floor flavors. He sources fruit from Rosella’s too, in addition to Gary’s Vineyard, also on the eastern side of the the Santa Luica Highlands. Gary’s Vineyard is known for its cool ocean breezes and fog from the Salinas Valley — pretty much ideal conditions for high quality Pinot.

All these wineries have uber small production, so I really suggest you buy a $25 advanced online ticket and taste for yourself. Click on the link to see the other wineries that will be pouring. Ten years from now, you’ll be saying you were then when…

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