Good times at the 2011 Top 100 event. Photo courtesy of Wine & Spirits.
One of my favorite annual wine events is coming up this month: Wine & Spirits Magazine will host its ninth annual Top 100 Tasting Event on Wednesday October 17th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at City View at Metreon in San Francisco. The 100 wineries from around the world selected for the Top 100 event have delivered the best overall performances in the magazine’s tastings conducted during the past year.
As an exclusive peek for tablehopper readers, editor Josh Greene has handpicked some of his favorites for you to target when you’re at the tasting: “Here are just a few of the wines I will personally be checking out at the Top 100. There are some amazing selections the wineries will be pouring.”
Benanti 2007 Etna Bianco Superiore Pietramarina
Diamond Creek 2008 Diamond Mountain District Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Eden 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Domaine Leflaive 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er Cru
Drew 2010 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Syrah
Hirsch 2009 Sonoma Coast West Ridge Pinot Noir
Louis Roederer 2004 Champagne Brut Cristal
Podere Rocche dei Manzoni 2005 Barolo Vigna Cappella di S. Stefano
Marques de Murrieta 2004 Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
Moric 2009 Burgenland Alte Reben Lutzmannsburg Blaufränkisch
Kante 1991 Carso Terranum Selezione
Niepoort 2009 Douro Charme
Storybook Mountain 2009 Napa Valley Estate Reserve Zinfandel
Yeah, that’s quite a list. And you won’t go hungry either! Also featured at the event will be the magazine’s new and notable restaurants and bars in the Bay Area, which include: Burritt Tavern, Dixie, Local, Maven, Mosto, Namu Gaji, Redd Wood, and St. Vincent. Each restaurant will serve bites of a signature dish paired with wines featured at the tasting. Additionally, guests will enjoy specialties from local artisanal purveyors, including Hog Island Oysters, Boccalone, Sour Flour Bread, Point Reyes Cheese, and Barefoot Coffee Roasters.