Some of the many Italian wines at Biondivino. Yelp photo by Kwan K.
Starting this month, ~BIONDIVINO~ will be closed on Mondays in order to offer by-appointment-only shopping experiences, as well as launch Istituto Biondivino, led by Vino Italiano author David Lynch (previously St. Vincent) and Biondivino owner Ceri Smith. These two are complete and utter Italophiles, so if you want to learn more about Italian wine, check out the lineup of classes, ranging from a deep dive on Chianti to Southern Italian wines. Classes are an hour long and $50 per person for the tasting/discussion, with discount pricing for “students” wishing to stock up on their favorites after the tasting.
Fans of cider will want to score early bird tickets for Cider Summit SF, which returns for its third year on April 23rd. You’ll be able to try more than 150 ciders (local, regional, and international) at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, and food will also be available for purchase from vendors, including Slow Hand BBQ. Early bird tickets are $35, and beginning April 1st, tickets will be $40 in advance (also available at SF area Whole Foods Markets) or $45 at the door, cash only. VIP tickets are available for $50 (for early access and two additional tasting tickets).