Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Event: Urban Wine Uncorked - Panel plus Tasting

The Commonwealth Club of Californis hosts in Lafayette (near Walnut Creek) later in August a combo panel discussion and tasting of wines from urban winemakers. It should be a fun event; I'll be there. Spread the word.
Location: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. wine tasting reception

 $22 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Must be 21+ to attend

Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Urban winemakers in Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond source their fruit from the best vineyards in California and around the globe, turning the grapes into world-class juice in their metropolitan facilities. Not being tied to the land gives these urban artisans the freedom to experiment, producing small batches of lovingly crafted wines that are original, local and affordable. Drink up and indulge your inner oenophile and locavore as our panel of wine wizards explores this urban trend growing in your own backyard.

Panel Discussion: 
Derek Rohlffs, Proprietor and Winemaker, Bravium Wines 

Sasha Verhage, Winemaker and Proprietor, Eno Wines
Christopher Lynch, Winemaker and Co-founder, Temescal Creek Urban Vintners ; Student, UC Davis Viticulture and Oenology program
Marilee Shaffer, Winemaker and Proprietor, Urban Legend Cellars
Carl Sutton, Owner and Winemaker, Sutton Cellars
Courtney Cochran, Owner, Your Personal Sommelier; Author, Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine and Hip Tastes blog - Moderator
After the discussion, enjoy tastings provided by East Bay wineries including Urban Legend Cellars, Bravium Wines, Eno Wines, Temescal Creek Urban Vintners,  Rock Wall Wine Company, Sutton Cellars, De Novo Wines, Ledgewood Creek Winery, Captain Vineyards, Vincenza Ranch Vineyard, Bullfrog Creek Vineyard, and The Winery SF!
I'll be there -- Will you? Post a Comment here -- and if you go, tell me how you liked it!

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