The walls of wine at Arlequin Wine Merchant; photo from Facebook.
On Thursday April 18th, check out a special wine tasting with wines from Napa’s Vare Vineyard at ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~. The vineyard was the first in California to plant the ribolla gialla grape, a Friulian variety rarely seen in the New World. Winemakers from Arnot-Roberts, Ryme, Grassi, Massican, Forlorn Hope, Arbe-Garbe, and Matthiasson have all produced wines from the grapes, and will be on hand with pours of this lean, dry varietal. All the wines poured will be available for purchase at a 10 percent discount too. The event is $25 at the door, and runs from 6pm-8pm.
Check out ~KULETO’S~ new Meet the Maker Series of wine tastings. The first event, on Thursday April 18th, will feature the wines of GrapeHeart Vineyards in the Suisun Valley. Isabel Deeik, the proprietor and managing partner, will be pouring unlimited tastes of two of their reds and talking about the winery’s production. There will also be bites from chef Bob Helstrom. The event runs from 5pm-7pm, and costs $15. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Food Bank. 221 Powell St. at O’Farrell.
If you’re looking for a little competition in your life, head to ~STOCK IN TRADE~ on Monday April 22nd for a special dinner that pits wine against beer. Kirk Pearson of Widmer Brewing and Chris Cullina of Argyle Winery will both be in attendance, and will pair each of the four courses with one of their offerings. Then, at the end of the night, you get to vote on which you think paired best with the food. The dinner costs $65 including food and wine (but not tip and tax), and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 2036 Lombard St. at Fillmore, 415-829-3000.