Some Fab Wine Events for Your Radar (Including Bubbles, Pop!)


Some of the Beaujolais on offer at Arlequin’s 2012 bash. Photo from Facebook.

It’s that time of year when Beaujolais imports start coming in droves from France. If you’re a fan, don’t miss ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~’s eighth annual Beaujolais Bash on Thursday November 21st, from 6pm-8pm. They’ll be pouring more than 25 wines (including Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, Jean-Paul Thévenet, Jean Foillard, Bruno Debize), many from the 10 cru villages in the region, plus some more innovative “nouveau” styles. No crap. And if you really love a bottle, all of them will be priced at 10 percent off. The event costs $35, just pay at the door.

It’s always bubbles o’clock as far as we’re concerned, which means it’s a perfect time to check out this Champagne and sparkling wine tasting from The Vinguard: Living in the Bubbles. It’s happening on Friday November 15th from 6pm-9pm at the Smoking Nun Gallery in SoMa, and includes 25 sparkling wines from several wine regions, including Champagne. The focus is on environmentally responsible wines, at reasonable prices. Tickets are $50, and 20 percent of all proceeds go to No Bully, an organization committed to ending bullying in schools. Cheers to that. 1116 Folsom St. at 7th St.

On Saturday November 23rd, don’t miss the 15th annual PinotFest at ~FARALLON~ from 3pm-6pm. The popular event includes pinot noir from more than 50 producers from Oregon and California, including Alma Rosa, Bonaccorsi, Lynmar, Merry Edwards, Pey-Marin, and Twomey. Farallon will be providing appetizers, as well. Tickets are $100 per person. 450 Post St. at Powell, 4th Floor, 415-956-6969.