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Monday, November 3, 2014

Single Vineyard Night Hits Fort Mason On Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

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It's never a bad time to be an oenophile in our city, but Wednesday evening is a particularly special one for San Francisco wine lovers. From 6:30-9 p.m., the vintners of Russian River Valley will take center stage at the General's Residence Pavilion in Ft. Mason for the 5th annual Single Vineyard Night. 

The yearly celebration showcases three dozen producers from one of the country's most renowned winemaking regions. Whereas wine festivals tend to be weekly occurrences in the Bay Area, Single Vineyard Night sets itself apart by living up to its title; every bottle poured is a small-lot offering of singular providence. Most of the mass produced wine lining the shelves of your local liquor store is a blend of grapes, grown from various vineyards, sometimes from disparate regions. Whereas the single vineyard origin doesn't necessarily guarantee a better juice, it does allow connoisseurs to intimately gauge the terroir and nuance of a specific micro-region.

If these types of idiosyncratic distinctions seem beyond your pay grade, fret not: The event provides ample opportunity to get in the know. All of the featured wines are poured by the folks that helped bring them to bottle. The growers, winemakers, and ambassadors on-hand are there expressly to spread their wealth of knowledge (and to promote their goods). There's no question too remedial for them, because no matter what you ask it provides them an excuse to talk about what they love most.

Additional highlights include a silent auction—where attendees can bid on a range of Russian River-themed getaways—and an instant cellar raffle, which awards winners a treasure trunk load of high-end Northern Californian wine. Small bites are provided by the City Kitchen S.F., as well as Freestone Artisan Cheese. Great snacks to pair against an unending stream of pours, but don't expect the spread to be overly extensive. This event is about wine, not food.

Delve even deeper down the rabbit hole by attending their Expert Sommelier Seminar earlier in the afternoon. Beginning at 4 p.m., Chris Sawyer moderates a panel comprised of some of the city's most revered somms. They descend upon Fort Mason armed with the insights and facts that only professional wine tasters can possess. The discussion will focus on the unique characteristics of Russian River Valley's single vineyard wines, followed directly by a Q&A session. Of course, all this talk is bound to make you thirsty, which is why each attending sommelier comes with their own selection, ready to pour. Ultimately, though, this is a gathering for people who are or want to get serious about wine.

If you're simply looking to taste as much you can, stick to the main event. $55 general admission tickets are still available on the website, along with a complete list of all participating wineries. 

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Brad Japhe

Brad Japhe

I enjoy my whiskey neat, my beer hoppy, and my meat medium rare. I have been covering craft spirits, suds, and gourmet cuisine for a decade, with work published from New York, across Montana, and up and down the Pacific Coast.


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