This Week in Drinkin': Italian Wine Tastings, Zero Zero Turns Three


The barrel-aged cocktail Zero Zero made for the restaurant’s second anniversary. Photo by Sonya Yu via Facebook.

Tomorrow, Wednesday July 31st, catch a tasting of wines from the Veneto region of Italy at ~WILLIAM CROSS WINE MERCHANTS~. From 6pm-9pm they’ll be pouring six tastes from the region, including Prosecco and rosé. A flight of all six costs $15.

On Thursday August 1st, head to ~NECTAR WINE LOUNGE~ for a tasting from Buglioni Family Wines, also from the Veneto. From 6pm-9pm you can order flights of four wines, none of which have been available in California before. Flights cost $20 and include a sparking rosé, a white, and two reds. 3330 Steiner St. at Lombard, 415-345-1377.

Importer Oliver McCrum has five Southern Italian winemakers visiting in August, and there are some fabulous wine events to catch as a result. On Thursday August 1st, meet all five winemakers at ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ ar 6pm. On Friday August 2nd, check out Grifalco, La Sibilla, and Villa Dora at Biondivino at 6pm, followed by a dinner at ~ACQUERELLO~ with Ciro Biondi and Girolamo Russo. Make the trip to Healdsburg on Saturday August 3rd for a tasting at ~SCOPA~ and ~CAMPO FINA~, where late-night bocce ball can be expected. On Monday August 5th, the winemakers will be at both A16 locations, with Russo and Biondi from Etna headed to ~A16 ROCKRIDGE~ and Villa Dora, La Sibilla, and Grifalco from Campania and Basilicata at ~A16~ in SF. To cap off that whirlwind, they’ll head to Biondivino again on Tuesday August 6th for a wine tasting with Russo and Biondi at 6pm. For more details about each individual event, check out Oliver McCrum’s Facebook page.

~ZERO ZERO~ is turning three and throwing a party to celebrate. The festivities begin Friday August 2nd with a special menu that includes food from their original menu, their latest barrel-aged cocktail, and sangria for $3. The special menu is available until Sunday August 4th during opening hours. Buon Compleanno, Zero Zero!