John of Thee & Thou Wines
Aug
27
4:00pm 4:00pm

John of Thee & Thou Wines

John Donaghue’s was working as a skyscraper building engineer in San Francisco when he found his way into wine. Like several other of our winemakers, he got his start when he got mixed up with Gideon Beinstock of Clos Saron. He remained working at Clos Saron for several years, working closely with Gideon and learning every aspect of winemaking , from the vineyard to the bottle. In 2011 he produced his first cuvée, a dense, structured blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from North Yuba County. Gideon’s influence was evident in this and subsequent releases, however John’s wines reflect a different style and expression. Using similar low-intervention techniques, neutral oak, and native fermentations, the wines of Thee & Thou are complex, balanced, and lively, with the structure and acid to age for years to come. Since his beginnings in Yuba John has gone on to explore other regions, seeking out old vines and incredible fruit from a variety of terroirs. While the individual expressions are unique and ever changing, John’s careful work remains the same. Each wine is a distinctive expression of a certain time and place, and with just a few vintages under his belt, he’s provided us with a very exciting promise of things to come.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Phaedra of Monarch Bitters
Aug
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

Phaedra of Monarch Bitters

Monarch Bitters was brought to life in 2015 by Phaedra Achor, a Petaluma native inspired to create her own custom bitters in the spirit of Sonoma County’s local, farm-to-table scene. When mixing up little-known, pre- and post-prohibition cocktails at a party, she discovered how crucial bitters are to the essence of a good cocktail. Due to her long love affair with blending flavors, she took it upon herself to craft and perfect her own. Inspired by the forgotten cocktails of decades past, Monarch Bitters embodies the inherent alchemy of natural botanical maceration. Phaedra uses only high-quality spirits in our handcrafted blends, each one made with organic, local or wild harvested, sustainably procured roots, barks, herbs and spices. Monarch Bitters run from the everyday to the unconventional, each teeming with distinct flavor profiles that add depth and character to any beverage. A labor of love, Phaedra cultivates small batches over a period of weeks and bottle by hand in Petaluma, CA. It is Phaedra’s wish to reintroduce Mother Nature’s esoteric flavors into our everyday lives. Phaedra will be showing off her Bitter Tonic Syrup, as well as her regular line of Orange, Rose Petal, Citrus Basil, Cayenne Ginger, Cherry Vanilla and Wormwood Bitters, and also her current seasonal line of Bay, Tobacco Bacon, Celery Horseradish, Lavender and classic, multipurpose Aromatic Bitters!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old. 

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Martin of Geijer Spirits
Aug
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Martin of Geijer Spirits

It all started with a family recipe and a desire to share our glögg liqueur with the world. This endeavor opened Martin's eyes to the fantastic world of craft spirits. Before he knew it, he was ready to launch a second product, then a third and a forth - this enterprise became Geijer Spirits. Martin's mission is to continue to bring you new and exciting products at the intersection between Scandinavia and California - old world traditions blended with new world flavors. Martin will be pouring his California Aqua Vitae, California Fernet, California Orange Liqueur and his original California Glögg Liqueur!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old

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Carley with Heidrun
Aug
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Carley with Heidrun

From their beautiful farm and meadery in Pt Reyes Station, Carly will pour their single-varietal honey, dry, bubbly, and delicious sparkling meads. Inhale the flower fragrances and imbibe the crisp and clean honey wine. From the citrus nosed Orange Mead to the full floral Point Reyes Wildflower to some more unusual varietals, come taste an elegant and unusual effervescent.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old. 

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Rory of Calder Wines
Aug
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rory of Calder Wines

Come taste Calder Wine's Charbono, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Chenin Blanc and Dry Reisling, and perhaps his Carignane rosé as well! "I believe the greatest wines carry a nervous energy that honors both the history of where the wines were grown and their potential to relay that history to future generations." Rory is dedicated to the crafting of vibrant, balanced wines that offer both immediate happiness and a connection with California’s winemaking heritage. Come and taste for yourself!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old

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Steve of Edmunds St John
Jul
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Steve of Edmunds St John

There seem to be a some names that pop up under the title of "The Grandfather (or Godfather!) of California Natural Wine". Tony Coturri is one, his super funky wines match his funky & wonderful presence. Steve Edmunds is another, and his elegant and gentlemanly demeanor match his wonderfully rounded wines! Edmunds St. John wines have always been known for their exceptional structure, balance, and elegance. They seem, as well, to favor energy over power, and freshness over richness. One can only hope to age as well as their wines have (for nearly 30 years, now). Come hear Steve tell stories of his Heart Of Gold, his Bone Jolly Red & Gamay (NYT best 20 under $20!) and more!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Britt & David w/Krater Cellars
Jul
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Britt & David w/Krater Cellars

David and Britt are two old college friends who moved to Northern California to farm grapes and make wine. There is an Odyssean tale of how they came to make wine in California, full of twists and turns. It involves St. John's College, lots and lots of books, love of the outdoors, leaving desk life for farms and cellars, Trailer Park Boys, thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and a gift of six Burgundian wine barrels from John and Alex Kongsgaard. It also includes the discovery of a welcoming community of dedicated small wine producers who have become mentors and friends to them. David worked his first harvest in the summer of 2013 in the cellar at Terre Rouge in the Sierra Foothills, working predominantly with Rhone varieties. Britt took on the farming of Terre Rouge's two small organic vineyards a few months later. We made the first vintage of Krater cab franc and chenin blanc in 2014 at a cooperative winery in Sonoma County, PunchDown Cellars. PunchDown serves more than 20 small producers and is a wonderful place to make wine and learn from other winemakers in a creative environment. They are both the assistant winemakers for separate small Sonoma producers. Krater is their personal project. Our winery name, Krater, comes from ancient Greek culture. A krater was a large decorated bowl or vase used during symposiums to mix the wine with water and serve the guests. It was the centerpiece of the room during these social events and came to have many symbolic meanings. A krater filled with wine and diluted to a moderate level of alcohol helped open up the guests for creativity, dialogue, poetry, music, dancing, and games. (They don't recommend diluting our wine with water but they do try to keep the alcohol levels naturally low.) The consumption of wine was observed as a communal activity, not a solitary act. Wine in proper settings and in moderate amounts was revered. Elevated to forms of art, kraters served as symbols for a community coming together in friendship. Geological craters in fact take their name from these wine bowls. Craters are wonderful features of rocky planets. They cover our moon, barely changed since the great bombardment billions of years ago, and they reveal active or slumbering or long dead volcanoes on our own planet. The volcanism of earth is the great generator of new rocks and soils and lands. So David & Britt's wine's name comes from the Greek symposium and a connection to our classical studies at St. John's, and our labels evoke planet formation, active geology, and the sheer joy of gazing at the moon, craters, and falling stars.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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David with Tilted Shed Ciders
Jul
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

David with Tilted Shed Ciders

After their cider hobby went wild, Ellen and Scott resettled in Sonoma and to its wide variety of heirloom apples (they are up to about 50 of them now!) and launched Tilted Shed Ciderworks.  True to their land and their craft, this is the real deal. David, one of the cider makers working for Ellen and Scott, will be pouring their Smoked Cider, Graviva!, Topwork Dry Cuvee, barrel aged Barred Rock and the special release of 2016 Inclinado with David demonstrating the proper "escanciar" pour style for this cider!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Steve of Les Caves Roties de Pente wines
Jul
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Steve of Les Caves Roties de Pente wines

Welcome Steve Morvai, winemaker of Les Caves Roties de Pente, a distinctly French sounding winery (alluding to the Syrahs of the Cote Rotie appellation of the Rhone) with definitively Californian wines.  Taste Steve's wines and hear his stories.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Andrew of Do Good Distillery
Jul
16
4:00pm 4:00pm

Andrew of Do Good Distillery

Do Good Distillery is a Modesto, California family-owned craft distillery and their goal is to make uniquely wonderful craft spirits, with an emphasis on whisky. They strive to use local ingredients as much as possible, and give back to our local community in true “Do Good” fashion. Come hear the charismatic Andrew weave the saga of Do Good, whose name comes from a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, “You do well, by doing good.” He'll be pouring various bourbons and smoked whiskeys, all of them delicious and distinctly Californian.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Daniel of Hatton Daniel's wines
Jul
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Daniel of Hatton Daniel's wines

On the road to professorial life, Dan detoured to his passion for wine and his dream of winemaking.  After time wineshops and cellars, in 2009, Hatten Daniel's was born. Dedicated to picking grapes early with acidity and energy and to winemaking with no additions, this is the real deal. 

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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 Drew & Emily of Trail Marker
Jul
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Drew & Emily of Trail Marker

Drew and Emily are purists who like wines that are well-balanced and have a “certain something” about them that defies description. They source fruit from small, responsibly farmed and passionately cared for vineyards from Mendocino to Santa Ynez and everywhere in between. Their winemaking style allows them to makes wines that are high acid, low alcohol — well balanced expressions of these excellent vineyards. Over the years Drew has created wines for many well respected wineries, Eric Kent Wines, Copain, DuMol, Kosta Brown, Wither Hills, Tuck Beckstoffer, R2 Wine/Roessler Cellars. After he married Emily, she convinced him, since no mortgage/no kids, it was time they create their own wine. Trail Marker was born. Come try the fresh, bright, summery line up, with the chillable reds Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch, a racy Chard, a mineraly Pinot, and a dry, light Rosé.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Hannah with Greenbar Distillery
Jul
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

Hannah with Greenbar Distillery

Come join Hannah as she pours a delicious swath of what Greenbar Distillery has to offer! While American small-batch distilleries today are having a major moment (rapid expansion in the once-stagnant industry has brought the number from fewer than 60 just 10 years ago to more than 600 today), most of these new operations are going back to stand-alone basics: good old-fashioned moonshines, 18th-century bourbons and traditional dry gins meant to be consumed spirit-first or, at the very least, plugged into a classic spirit-forward recipe that has survived generations without much alteration. In an era when most distillers and mixologists are intently focused on re-creating and showcasing the booze of our pre-Prohibition forefathers, Greenbar has for the last decade been doing exactly the opposite. From vodkas infused with celery, dill, fennel and other savory ingredients, to liqueurs fermented with white wine yeast and then infused with plants found on a hike through Griffith Park, to a whiskey aged on five more kinds of wood than any other whiskey that's ever been made before, Greenbar not only represents the inevitable post-modern response to the spirit industry's throwback obsession — it's pioneered it.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Mike of Oakland Spirits Company
Jul
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

Mike of Oakland Spirits Company

As sommelier/owner of Maverick Restaurant and a general wine mutineer, Mike Pierce has taken a deep dive into both obscure and classic food and wine pairings. He has received public attention for his—seemingly sophomoric but secretly intellectual— unconventional food and wine pairings from the SF Chron., Food & Wine, Globe & Mail, and Huffington Post. Do you know the perfect wine to compliment Cool Ranch Doritos or the red Skittle? He does. Now he is co-founder and chief evangelist for Oakland Spirits Company. Launched six months ago, OsCo is turning the craft spirit world upside-down and around by not only distilling things most people wouldn't think to but then bottling and selling them. We make booze of our time. Come taste some of OsCo remarkable brandies and gins!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Kenny & Lynn of Hobo & Ghostwriter wines
Jul
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

Kenny & Lynn of Hobo & Ghostwriter wines

"This wine is my wine, this wine is your wine, this wine was made for you and me..." Come join husband and wife winemakers Kenny & Lynn and their Hobo line of wines and Kenny's other wine Ghostwriter! “Ghostwriter represents the idea that a wine may be the pages that contain a story, but that the story itself belongs to the sites, the vines, and the vintage. The winemaker, when successful, may be a lively storyteller, but only that.” says Kenny of his elegant Santa Cruz line. Hobo is his constantly expanding and morphing family of wines sourced from various vineyards and made in various facilities, a rambling and rootless wine. Kenny and Lynn work hard to prove that there are still a possibility of making an amazing California Natural wine at an amazingly affordable price.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Martha Stoumen's wines
Jun
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

Martha Stoumen's wines

Martha went to work in the vineyard, olive orchard, and winery of a small farm and learning center in Tuscany after studying traditional agricultural systems and Italian during her undergraduate degree. The majority of her farm work took place in the vineyard rather than the winery, so she entered the world of wine production through the lens of a vigneronne rather than a typical modern California winemaker who spends very little to no time in the vineyard. During this time she also worked with farm animals, bees, and vegetables, and to this day views growing grapes and making wine ideally as part of a larger system. Besides a love of food, and therefore agriculture, Martha was drawn to wine for two reasons: she relishes a tradition in which the master-apprentice relationship is still very much alive and well, and because wine is a product that sets the pace and rhythm of the winemaker’s life, rather than vice-versa. Grape growing and winemaking aligns a vigneronne’s actions with the seasons; she can neither rush the process nor slow it down. After her initial exposure to grape farming and winemaking in Tuscany, Martha began a series of apprenticeships, sandwiched around a Master's at UC Davis. Martha has had the pleasure of apprenticing under Reinhard Löwenstein (Heymann-Löwenstein, Mosel), Jordan Fiorentini (Chalk Hill, California) Chris Brockway (Broc Cellars, California), Clive Dougall (Seresin, Marlborough), Didier Barral (Léon Barral, Faugères, France), and Giusto Occhipinti (COS, Sicily). Many of these teachers have remained a part of her life as she has moved toward her own vision of making responsibly farmed, terroir-driven wines in the land that she holds so dear in her heart, California. Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience. For her wines she leases and farms around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family's land and who farm with the same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields. In the cellar she uses a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Come try her delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California, wines!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Josh of Hoxie Spritzer
Jun
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Josh of Hoxie Spritzer

Chef Josh concocted these blends while cooking in NYC & LA, they made it out of the kitchen and the public demanded more, Hoxie was born. Clean, refreshing and bright, come see why NYT calls them '...completely delicious'. We know you've been loving Hoxie's collaboration with Field Recordings; Foxie, so come try his others!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Gideon with Clos Saron
Jun
18
4:00pm 4:00pm

Gideon with Clos Saron

Established in 1999, Clos Saron is owned and farmed by Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice. Together, they have accumulated decades of experience in viticulture, wine “making”, and all sorts of farming. “Subtly, it’s the miniature likes of Clos Saron that are increasingly, if quietly, reshaping America’s vision of fine wine. Tasting Clos Saron’s singular—and singularly fine—wines and talking with Mr. Beinstock reminded me yet again why smaller is better.” said Matt Kramer in Wine Spectator! Way up in the northern reaches of the Sierra Foothills, Gideon and Saron produce small batches of wines that are unlike anything else coming out of California. Using traditional techniques and strict organic methods both in the vineyard and the cellar, they make a variety of unique blends from 5.5 acres of nearby leased vineyards that they farm as well. The vineyards are densely planted, about 2500 vines per acre, and are dry farmed wherever possible; yields range from as low as 1 ton per acre and maxing out around 2. Because their area is free of phylloxera, their vines are all “own-rooted” and some are over 35 years old. Their vineyards are harvested in repeated passes through the vines (typically from 3 to 8 times), picking only clusters as they begin to soften, to determine perfect ripeness. The grapes are foot-stomped in open-top bins allowing the vineyards' indigenous yeasts to conduct the fermentation. For the blends, the grape varieties are all co-fermented as Gideon believes the results are better integrated. The wines are then aged on lees in 5 to 25 year old French oak barrels for as long as he feels is needed before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered, with minimal use of sulfites. Production is often around 100 cases or less per wine. Over the past 35 years, Gideon has been involved in almost every aspect of the wine industry: sales, writing, purchasing, educating, and a 16 year long stint as winemaker for Renaissance. It is at Clos Saron, though, where he has tapped into something rare: wines that are challenging, surprising, and yet instantly gratifying. They happily defy description and convention without forgetting that, at its core, a wine should be a pleasure to drink. Gideon and Saron have been taking this dubious financial challenge/adventure out of many other-than-commercial reasons: love of wine, love of outdoors work (especially viticulture), and their wish to do something productive in our lives. Farming and living close to nature may be challenging in many ways, but it is equally life giving and inspiring. Wine is for them/us an integral part of our lives, a source of joy, learning, and an endlessly expanding horizon to explore. They hope our wines will enhance your life in similar ways. 

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Jeff of Habit Wine
Jun
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Jeff of Habit Wine

Jeff Fischer has been around wine most of his life, beginning at the young age of 10 when he would order bottles for his family from restaurant wine lists. While he pursued his successful acting career, he started making wine on the side. He continued to study winemaking and landed in Happy Canyon, the AVA at the eastern end of Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County, where he discovered its great potential for growing excellent quality Bordeaux varietals. He founded Habit Wine Company in 2007 and started making very small quantities of Cabernet Franc in a jucy light way that we here at Local Cellar deeply appreciate, especially in the summer months. Today he makes a total of six different wines including his first love Cab Franc, a super tasty Sauvignon Blanc, a seamlessly smooth Grüner Veltliner, and a Pinot Noir he's particularly proud of, all sourced from Happy Canyon and Santa Barbara County vineyards.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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CHAD OF MÉTHODE SAUVAGE
Jun
11
4:00pm 4:00pm

CHAD OF MÉTHODE SAUVAGE

Chad has come close to cult like status, and those who have tasted what he's made will want to become members. His line of Cab Francs display various levels of density and juiciness, and his Chenin is so bright and refreshing it'll make you a believer.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Max of Ale Industries
Jun
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Max of Ale Industries

In 2009 Ale Industries set out with a rebellious spirit, an environmentally-conscious endeavor striving to spread the blissful experience of a craft. They unapologetically refuse to let their beers be categorized into styles, types, or profiles because they believe it relegates their vision of craft beer from a verb to a noun, from a spirit to a product. They pioneer brewing technologies to save energy and reduce waste because they understand that investing in the environment will nurture the communities we all care about, allowing them to flourish and grow. Ale Industries is not just in the business of "producing craft beer." Ale Industries is for the preservation of craft beer and its founding principals: challenging the notion of what beer is, can, or should be. They are the oldest & largest brewery in Oakland, the longest running barrel program in the Bay Area, pioneering BioEnergy Beers and carbon Neutral Production. ALSO the stuff is delicious, come join Max as he pours the East Bay IPA, the Oakland Beast Kölsch, the earthy Golden State of Mind & dank Uncle Jessie.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old. 

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Nicole of Idlewild
Jun
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

Nicole of Idlewild

Idlewild has a relatively concise aim within a broad context: to produce wines of exceptional balance and beauty. It is a journey to pursue Italy’s Piedmont in the elevated hills of Mendocino County, and to find the sides of these varieties that are intriguing, delicious, and haunting. Each wine is unique and treated as such, though the common thread is balancing depth and seriousness with vibrancy and joy. Emphasis is on the vineyard followed by minimalist winemaking techniques. While not dogmatic in practice, an honest and sustainable approach is fundamental in making wines of purity.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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STEVE & Jill of MATTHIASSON wine
Jun
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

STEVE & Jill of MATTHIASSON wine

Winemaking for the husband and wife team of Steve & Jill is a natural extension of farming, and most of their grapes come from the seven vineyards that they farm in Napa and Sonoma. They love to explore classical expressions of different varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla or Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso. In all cases they try to respect the purity of the variety and the individuality of the site. Their wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol. By using their site-specific farming methods to grow intense fruit, coupled with careful restraint in the cellar, they strive to produce wine that is full flavored but impeccably balanced.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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 John of SF Mead Co
May
28
4:00pm 4:00pm

John of SF Mead Co

Mead is honey (in this case, local honey), diluted, and fermented into wine.  John will explain how SF Mead Co ferments it dry, with the sweet nose of honey with the sensibility of wine. And he'll discuss how SF Mead Co experiments; fermenting with apple cider and aging in bourbon barrels with phenomenal results.  Come, learn, and taste.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old. 

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Carissa with Golden State & Devoto Ciders
May
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

Carissa with Golden State & Devoto Ciders

Using 100% fresh-pressed West Coast-grown fruit and making only the tastiest of hard ciders by letting the fruit speak for itself. Carissa will pour from both the 3 flagship Devoto verities, as well as the modern classic in a can; Golden State "Mighty Dry" and the more recently released dry hopped Golden State "Mighty Hops" and Gingergrass Cider!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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SHANNON OF BURKE WINE
May
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

SHANNON OF BURKE WINE

Representing Field Recordings, L'Union Sacre & Neighborhood Vineyards, Alloy, Wonderwall wines, Shannon is no stranger to delicious wines. She'll be pouring from these selections and may include one of Andrew Jones's inventive ciders to boot!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Bret with Verbena
May
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bret with Verbena

Brett has been a San Francisco bartender for over 5 years in some of the city’s most classic watering holes. His favorite past-time included going to Farmer’s Markets, picking up fruit at its peak and infusing them with the countless spirits behind his bar. Before I knew it, his back-bar and kitchen were filled with mason jars full of my infusions. The feedback became increasingly positive so he decided to bottle his experiments and Verbena Beverage Company was born. Verbena beverages are seasonal infusions made with fresh local produce and quality botanicals. They steep them directly into our premium grape brandy to extract all of their outstanding sugars, natural oils and robust flavor profiles.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Matthew with Forlorn Hope wines
May
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Matthew with Forlorn Hope wines

For Matthew Rorick, winemaker of Forlorn Hope, winemaking revolves around stories. He says that within each glass can be found a tale that tells of season and soil, of history and vision, of careful planning and pure chance. At his grandfather's table, where the elder Rorick's love of sharing a bottle, a meal, and good conversation inspired his career in winemaking. After receiving his degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, he worked on a diverse number of winemaking projects including collaborations with wineries in New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile, as well as with Peter Michael Winery, Chasseur, and Miura Vineyards in California, among others. The broad array of different winemaking and grape growing techniques and philosophies he encountered provided a unique practical counterpoint to the theory he learned at University and flavor of his current direction in the winery. The Forlorn Hope wines were born to connect the thread between California's boundless viticultural potential and its diverse viticultural history. In addition to the vines on his family farm, he works with a handful of growers across the north of the state whose plantings might otherwise be misfits: the uncommon sites and varieties that pay tribute to California's eclectic and often unexpected viticultural heritage.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Craig with Modern Times
May
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Craig with Modern Times

From far away San Diego, Modern Times brews up some of the most delicious and unique beer in our great state.  Come and taste a mix of year-round and seasonal beers with Craig.

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Xavier of L'Union Sacre wines
May
6
5:00pm 5:00pm

Xavier of L'Union Sacre wines

Made by two friends from different continents, L'UNION SACRE is a homage to beauty's strange odds.  The worn heirloom knife, the unhewn gem, the gap-tooth smile that breaks new wonder. These are not wines of triumph, genius or gilt perfection these are wines for the un-televised tables that unite the very heart of  the world. Join us as Xavier and Philip pour their summer appropriate Fraulein Riesling, their Belle du Nuit Gewurtraminer and their light and juicy Squire Pinot Noir!

Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Katie with Golden Bear Bitters
Apr
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Katie with Golden Bear Bitters

 California native Katie Shea founded Golden Bear Bitters in 2016. Katie grew up in the Salinas Valley surrounded by the 'pastures of heaven', as Steinbeck referred to them, in a home her parents built and named 'Casa de Osos', house of bears. Cultivating her early interest in plants, native habitats and farming, she pursued an agriculture degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which led to a career in organic farming, herbal remedies, and the international food and beverage industry. Golden Bear Bitters unique recipes are refined to express the terroir of the California coast. Golden Bear Bitters highlight seasonal and wildcrafted flavors of the California coast. Drinking with one's environment is as important as eating with it. Bitters and tonics have been used for hundreds of years to nourish and refresh the body and spirit. Using local fruit and wild foraged botanicals from the California coast, our products allow you to make drinks with the seasons, with the environment, for your health and enjoyment. 

Tasting is free and available anytime from 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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