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Archive for July, 2009

SF Int’l Wine Competition winners announced

The 29th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition proved to be as comprehensive as ever. Check out the complete list of winners on the  SF Wine Competition web site.

Of particular interest for me is that a Riesling from Australia won Best Riesling, a Clos Du Bois Chardonnay won Best Chardonnay and an Edna Valley Pinot Noir beat out Sonoma and Napa for Best Pinot Noir.

In total, the judges tasted, scored and ranked 4,274 wines from 1,195 wineries. They awarded 248 gold medals, 1,150 silver medals and 1,514 bronze metals.

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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Weekend Update 7.3

It’s Backyard Beer & Barbecue Days this weekend, as summer beer season kicks into high gear.


Friday, July 3

On Friday, July 3rd from 5-6:30pm in the Tasting Bar at the Redwood City K&L Wines (3005 El Camino Real) will be holding their 3rd Beer tasting of the year. The cost of the tasting will be a bit more expensive somewhere between $8-10, as they’re still putting together the list of new beers they’ll be opening at the tasting, though it’s likely there may be new releases from the Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Avery, Allagash, Victory and The Bruery. They may also include some old faves from De Glazen Toren, Cantillon, De Ranke and Corsendonk.


Friday, July 10

The Rate Beer Invitational beer dinner by the Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco.

Saturday, July 18

In mid-July it will be time once more for the 9th annual Fermenting Change: Microbreweries Battling Breast Cancer at Marin Brewing in Larkspur, a great opportunity to take the ferry over from San Francisco. 25 breweries will be pouring their beer from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Monday, July 20

The Beer Chef, Bruce Paton, will host a beer dinner featuring the beers of Lagunitas Brewing and The Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. The price of the beer dinner is $75. Reservations can be made online.


July 25: The Sierra Brewfest, a.k.a. Music in the Mountains will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

July 31-August 2: The 14th annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Beerapalooza. It’s a bit of a trek to Mammoth Lakes, but worth it.

August 8: The 12th annual Bistro IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward.

August 28: Brewfest at the California State Fair in Sacramento.

If you know of an upcoming beer event, please let me know about it so I can share it here. Let me know at

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
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JC Cellars Summer Beach Party July 19

If you haven’t been, you should check out this annual party at JC Cellars’  urban winery in Oakland from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 19. I checked it out last summer and it was packed. I even met some of the growers that JC Cellars works with.

For the $20 price ($25 at the door), you get 12 wines from Jeff Cohn’s Rhone-driven porfolio, light bites provided by what is probably a highly Twittered taco truck, cheese, and Tucker’s Syrah and chocolate chip ice cream served fresh in cones.

Who needs sand?

Don your flip flops and take the Lake Merritt exit off Bart. Let me know what you think of the 2006 Broken Compass, Jeff’s new blend of Syrah and Petit Sirah. I’m curious. For more information, visit JC Cellars.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
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