Wine News: Iberian Tasting Event; New Wine Bars and Tasting Rooms

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The tasting room at Dogpatch WineWorks. Photo from Facebook.

For those of you more interested in European wine rivalries than soccer ones, head to the Mission on Friday July 13th, when ~18 REASONS~ will be hosting the Skrewcap Iberian Summer Wine Tasting, featuring a showdown between Portuguese and Spanish wines. Really, though, it’s less of a competition and more of an opportunity to taste 24 delicious wines made from hard-to-find grape varieties, including baga, hondarribi zuri, and negramoll. Iberian importers José Pastor Selections and Vinos Unico will be pouring bottlings from both countries, and the importers themselves will be on hand to guide the tasting and answer any questions. Tickets are $10 for 18 Reasons members, and $15 for the general public. Friday July 13th, 6pm-8pm. 3674 18th St. at Dolores.

Over in North Beach, owner Dario Zucconi (of Tommaso’s) has sold his wine bar, ~THE VIN CLUB~, to new owners (Ramsey Hanna, Carlos Alejo, and Juan Rodriguez), who are going to turn it into ~ANTOLOGIA~. The wine bar will be focused on Latin American wines, and some California wines will also be poured. The space is being renovated right now, with a soft opening slated for Saturday July 7th and a grand opening on Friday the 13th (dun dun DUN!). Hours will be Mon-Fri 4pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1pm. 515 Broadway at Kearny.

Looking to taste some local wines without heading out of town? ~DOGPATCH WINEWORKS~ has opened an urban tasting room in a 1940s warehouse in its namesake hood. The tasting room features two- and five-ounce pours from a variety of boutique wineries including Qualia Wines and Carlotta Cellars. Sippers can also purchase full-size glasses and bottles from a rotating list of offerings. Groups of six or more can make reservations for personalized flights as well. For those interested in a more long-term wine project, Dogpatch WineWorks also offers a custom bottling program and some pretty fun programming, including a “Crush Camp Intensive.” Open Thu-Fri 4pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-7pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. 2455 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-525-4440.