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Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Two Bay Area wine events Oct. 1; Oct. 3

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 4:16 pm in Corkheads.

Today, Thursday, Oct. 1, is the one year anniversary of a very cool wine bar, The Vine at Bridges in Danville.  Good people. Yummy food. Great list.

To celebrate, they’re inviting winemaker Ed Kurtzman to pour a selection of Roar, August West and Sandler wines from 6 to 8 p.m. for $10 ($1 Vine Club members) a person. I agree with the Vine’s Frank Cassal. They are some of best Pinot Noir & Syrahs on the market.

They’ll have live music from a jazz trio called The Ripple Effect playing from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Some cool extras: They’ll be pouring 2006 Caymus Special Select by the glass for $20 through Oct. 4. And their always trust Bubble Flight will be half price the entire evening as well.

Truckee Walk, Wine, Shop

On Saturday, I suggest you to take the truck out to Truckee in Donner County for the Sixth Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop. The nonprofit event benefits the Tahoe Women’s Services, which will use the money to build a much needed safe house for women. It typically draws about 1,000 people.
First of all, there will be 35 wineries pouring. Among them: Ancient Peaks, Balletto, Carrefour, Brutocao, Bliss, Charles Smith, Grace Patriot and DK Cellars. One of my favorite things about this event (aside from the local artisan food purveyors and the shopping) is that the organizers don’t want you to stress about transportation. Metered parking in downtown Truckee will be free that day, as will cab rides!
Plus, as part of their designated driver program, non-drinking attendees actually get something for their reduced $10 admission – five free food tickets and a goodie bag. Now that’s class.
Don’t forget to tip the cabbies.

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