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The best Bay Area wine events

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 4:37 pm in Corkheads.

Not sure what it is about spring and wine – call it bud break fever – but two of the year’s best wine events are just around the corner and I wanted to make sure you knew about them. Here goes:

East Bay Vintners Alliance Passport 2011. Now in its fourth year, this annual event on April 2 from noon to 5 is the best way to get a feel and taste for the 23 wineries in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and environs.

A $40 ticket gets you a glass, wine samples, appetizers, and admission into all six locations. Each location hosts a cluster of wineries. A $10 designated driver ticket gets you everything except the wine pours and a coffee mug instead of a wine glass.

For information on transportation and shuttle options, visit the East Bay Vintners.

Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting. Of all the overwhelming Fort Mason tastings, this and Family Winemakers are the ones not to much. More then 100 vintners will gather for the 11th annual event from 2 to 5 p.m. March 27 and you’ll be able to taste more than 500 of their wines.

There are 22 grape varieties that hail from France’s Rhone Valley, from stars like syrah and mourvedre to lesser known and up and coming varietals such as grenache blanc and picpoul. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit the Rhone Rangers.

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