When we first started holding our mini "consumer competitiions" in the summer of 2007, Pam Lintner, the head of the SF Office of Schlesinger Associates, a market research firm, graciously hosted our gatherings.
Back then each participant brought six glasses or bought our official glasses and compared wines much like professional judges. Gradually though members wanted to interact more while sipping, so we started our walk around format which we'll follow this evening.
After a four year stint in the Chicago office, Pam is back in town and has again graciously offered to allow a lmited number of members to use one of their focus group rooms. The office is close to the Embarcadero BART station with parking on the street after towaway or in the Embarcadero Center garages.
We will feature wines principally from Mendocino and a few other regions where the producers have agreed to participate in our PAIRINGS(click this link to learn more) fundraising program (wine.coop has proven much too challenging to create with the state requirements. I don't have the timeline.) Please do visit the PAIRINGS website.
As I write each time, our monthly mingles seek to offer occasions for people to socialize over new and different wine styles and flavors. Why nurse a glass of a single varietal or be limited to a flight of three wines at a high-markup wine bar when for the same amount of money you can enjoy and evaluate a range of wines while strolling around the room meeting new people and snacking on various nibbles?
Following our cabfest methodology, we will have 'ballot boxes' which allow you to pick your favorite(s) using five tickets which can all be placed in one box or at the other extreme, placed in five boxes. We will also auction off some wine.
I hope you can join us, though space is limited. The tasting fee is the usual $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Launching of wine.coop at a remarkable SF urban winery
For our inauguralwine.coop event we are featuring the extraordinary new releases, library gems, and barrel samples crafted by Bryan Harrington and presented his spring open house at his winery located in San Francisco's India Basin south of Dogpatch just off of 3rd St., three blocks from a light rail station.
Mr. Harrington's wines have been tasted and evaluated on several occasions over the past several years by members of the Wine Society and have always been especially well received.
The tasting fee is being waived for wine.coop members who will also receive a special 25% discount off with the discount potentially going even lower--"prices drop as more members shop".
The focus of this open house event will be on recently bottled 2012 white wines. Mr. Harrington will be pouring the following wines along with light appetizers.
FianoLuna Matta Vineyard, Paso Robles, 2 wines, sulfite and no-sulfite
FianoFratelli Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley
ChardonnayBald Mountain Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
Muscat CanelliFratelli Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley
Pinot NoirSVD wines from Wiley, Stori, Thompson Vineyards
NebbioloLuna Matta/Berardo Vineyards, Paso Robles
NegretteCalleri Vineyard, Cienega Valley, barrel sample
TrousseauSiletto Vineyard, Cienega Valley, barrel sample
TeroldegoFratelli Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley, barrel sample
CharbonoFratelli Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley, barrel sample
CarignaneLovers Lane Vineyard, Mendocino, barrel sample
MORE ABOUT THE NEW WHITE WINES
Two 2012 Fianos hail from the organically-farmed Luna Matta Vineyard in Paso Robles; the Terrane version – as always – is bottled without sulfites. Remarkably different wines. Come compare and contrast.
A third '12 Fiano sourced from the Fratelli Vineyard will also be offered. This is the same vineyard source as the 2011 Fiano which roused a bit of a fan base last summer. A rich wine with clear aging potential.
White Burgundy fans will appreciate the new 2012 Chardonnay from Bald Mountain Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard is situated on a rare limestone outcrop and the effect of the white stony soil is evident in the crisp, lively flavors of this no-oak Chardonnay.
Besides being a source for Fiano, the Fratelli Vineyard has also become one of Bryan's favorite vineyards for “oddities” like Teroldego and Charbono, so he went all-in on a Muscat Canelli as well. A wine with spicy, seductive aromatics, Muscat is one of the oldest and most exotic of the cultivated grapevines. With such beguiling perfume, it is easy to understand why this grape has been around so long
May Mingle at the Marin/ Sonoma Concours d'Elegance
Sunday, May 19th
11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We will pick our 'Best of Show' among art on wheels and in the wine glass. We will evaluate a dozen different picnic wines for our annual outing plus some munchies.
We will join the Fifth Annual Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, as we return to a bygone era when Hollywood set the world’s stage; men were men, women were glamorous and the cars they drove were as dazzling and exciting as the lives they led.
Come see the infamous 1960 Rolls-Royce Cloud ll Drophead Coupe owned by Elizabeth Taylor and purported to have played a significant role in her blossoming affair with Richard Burton.
Picture yourself seated next to Mae West in her 1934 Duesenberg J-370sharing a laugh about how “when you’re bad, you’re better.” Imagine Jean Harlow driving her 1932 Packard 903 Sport Phaeton, wind in her hair, a winsome smile on her face or Dick Clark, listening to the latest Top 40 hit on the radio of his 1966 Cord 8/10 Sportsmen.
Featured vehicles for 2013:
Vintage automobiles formerly owned by Hollywood Legends
Modern bespoke automobiles from local avant-garde designer Steve Moal
Corvette Sting Ray in celebration of the 50th Anniversary
Lamborghini in celebration of the 50th Anniversary
Vintage Italian motorcycles
Classic wood cars and station wagons
Vintage campers and trailers
Second Annual Concours Couture Awards and dress etiquette:
For both ladies and gentleman, this year’s Concours attire is unequivocally about the hat. Large, small, floral, fantastic – no matter your preference the hat is a sensational accessory to mark the importance of the occasion. Encouraged dress is‘garden party attire’ – elegant blazers, vibrant ties, sweaters and slacks for the men; sundresses with weather appropriate sweaters, jackets and gloves for the women. On the day of the event, Concours Couture Awards will be presented for Best Hat,Best Ensemble, Best Dressed Coupleand Best Period Ensemble.
General Admission to Concours: $20 ~ Wine Tasting: $15 plus processing fee. Limited to 15 who prepay.
To purchase tickets to the Concours please click here. For the tasting click below (disregard shipping box, just bring receipt):
Between Larkin & Polk Streets, San Francisco, CA(edit map)
Come to the wine.coop booth
...Food and wine lovers will gather at the historic Ghirardelli Square to enjoy wines from more than 50 top-tier wineries, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco chefs. Just added, Food Truck Court on Beach Street!
Uncorked! has once again partnered with local nonprofit organization,Save The Bay, and will donate a portion of proceeds raised from ticket sales to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay.
Tickets cost is normally $50.00 to participate in wine tasting. Ghiradelli Square management is extending to members of the Bay Area Wine Society/wine.coop a limited number of 1/2 off tix. RSVP at http://ghirardellisquareuncorked.eventbrite.com/ and enter the promotional code BAYAREAWINESOCIETY.
Here is a partial list of wine and food purveyors
Alexander Valley Vineyards Berryessa Gap Calstar Cellars Canoe Ridge Vineyard Capay Valley Vineyards Concannon Vineyard Cornerstone Cellars D & L Carinalli Vineyards Darms Lane Dashe Cellars De Novo Wines Dogwood Cellars Dutcher Crossing Winery Ellipsis Wine Company Fenestra Winery Frey Vineyards Ghirardelli Chocolate Company Ghost Pines Hannah Nicole Vineyards Julie LePla Winery Longboard Vineyards Louis M. Martini Martin Ray Winery Matchbook Winery McGrail Vineyards and Winery Moreno BHLB Sparkling Wine Mutt Lynch Winery Navarro Vineyards Quady Winery Roadhouse Winery Robert Mondavi Winery Rockwall Wine Company Rosa D’Oro Vineyards Route 3 Wines Sanel Valley Vineyards Séka Hills Winerey Simas Family Vineyard Six Sigma Ranch and Winery Skinner Vineyards Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Spicy Vines Spiced Wine Steven Kent Portfolio Taproot Wines Terra Savia Organic Wines The Bubble Lounge San Francisco The Winery SF TR Elliott Turkovich Family Wines White Oak Vineyards wine.coop
Donfino Cheese Farm Fresh to You Fins on the Hoof Gastrotruck Ghirardelli Chocolate Kind Snacks Repicci's Italian Ice of the East Bay The Melt Bus Ultimate Kitchen Grater from Italy Vita Coco The Wine Xchg 3g Designs Alex & Ani