Mark Your Calendar for Beaujolais Bash and PinotFest

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Decanters and wine bottles at Farallon. Photo courtesy of Farallon.

Wine lovers, you have two events that should get your attention, starting with ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~’s annual Beaujolais Bash on Thursday November 17th. Instead of pouring Beaujolais Nouveau, which is traditionally celebrated on the third Thursday of every November, this event is about showcasing Beaujolais’s potential. Look for notable producers to be poured, like Foillard, Lapierre, Dutraive, Bertrand, Balagny, Chamonard, Descombes, and Damien Coquelet. There will be 54 wines in all! The event is $35; they can do presale if customers want it, but advance purchase isn’t necessary. 5:30pm-8pm.

Oh, and pssst, mark your calendar for my favorite event at Arlequin each year, their Champagne Celebration, which will be on Thursday December 15th, 5pm-8pm, $75! See you there!

Meanwhile, ~FARALLON~ is busy gearing up for their 18th annual PinotFest. This year, there will be 58 of the West Coast’s top pinot noir producers featured. Come by Farallon for dinner and taste flights with a special tasting menu for the two weeks leading up to the PinotFest grand tasting on Saturday November 19th (3pm to 6pm). Winemakers from Au Bon Climat, Byron, Calera, Domaine Drouhin, Kosta Browne, Littorai, Merry Edwards, Siduri, Saintsbury, Williams Selyem, and many more will be there, plus plenty of pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvres from chef de cuisine Jason Ryczek. Tickets are $125; available online.