Ali & Andy of Bee Hunter
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ali & Andy of Bee Hunter

Ali & Andy of Bee Hunter wines search for quality life to them it's all about family...and friends who feel like family around their dinner table. The name Bee Hunter is a term from the local dialect called Bootling. It was spoken by a handful of valley dwellers between 1850-1900 and is influenced by many world languages. The Bootling phrase was/is: "Bee Hunters deekin bahler gardens" the translation: "Bee Hunters looking for the best gardens..." ...Thus their motto; "Always Bee Huntin'", means that we follow our instincts and believe life is a search for fruitful experiences that leads us to the sweetness of life.

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

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Lynn of Hobo Wines
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Lynn of Hobo Wines

"This wine is my wine, this wine is your wine, this wine was made for you and me..." Come join Lynn as she pours the Hobo line of wines her and her husband Kenny make! Hobo is a 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 4:00 - 6:00.  Must be at least 21 years old.

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Amelia of Laughing Monk Brewery
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Amelia of Laughing Monk Brewery

Laughing Monk Brewing is a small batch craft brewery in San Francisco that blends traditions from California and Belgium with a mix of local, seasonal ingredients. Laughing Monk has been making great beer with an eye toward innovation and the independent spirit, they offer an ever-expanding array of unique beers, including those for immediate enjoyment and those that can be aged to perfection. We're psyched that they just started bottling and canning after long being tap only! Come try the newest of the limited can releases to ring in the Indian Summer/early Fall! They will be pouring their play on a "traditional" American light lager -- Monk Lite! And Brother Robert Hazy IPA, named for the new hopeful hero Robert Mueller, may he succeed 100 times over! Maybe we'll throw in a tasting of the bottles Belgian style Tripel & Dubbel or the refreshing and light canned Pilsner, Holy Ghost! Amelia knows a lot about these brews and the order of the the Laughing Monks to which she belongs, so she'll be happy to tell you all about the process, inspiration, Ingredients, and what's happening next as far as getting you delicious, rarefied, quality beer!

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

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Claire of POE Wines
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

Claire of POE Wines

Samantha Sheehan founded POE in 2009 after being inspired by the wines she tasted in Burgundy and Champagne. The goal is not to replicate Burgundy, but rather create alluring, vineyard specific, age-worthy wines revealing the beautiful terroir of California. There is minimal intervention, judicious use of sulfur, and never any additives. POE produces traditional Champagne method sparkling wines, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a nouveau from Pinot Noir. Each wine is made in very limited quantities, and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country. Come try POE's new line of Vermouths as Claire, Sam's assistant, pours Vin D'Pampe Vermouth Rosé, floral and bright, with aromatics of grapefruit rind and warm rich spices. This is delicious on its own, or wonderful in a number of simple cocktails; Vin D'Orange Vermouth, a rich, vibrant and edgy whole fruit aperitif, saturated with Seville orange's essential oils and the warmth of other select botanicals, and Vin D'Sange, an aperitif style vermouth made from a base of Pinot Noir and infused with blood orange, black pepper, and a secret blend of spices! Super yummy and ripe for the SF Indian Summer! Plus maybe a few surprises!

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

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Khalid of Menacing Fog Cider
Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

Khalid of Menacing Fog Cider

Menacing Fog Cider makes flavorful and aromatic hard cider brimming with vitality. This is done by extracting the most from raw apple juice using proven fermentation methods that were developed over centuries. This enables us to deliver an impressive hard cider drinking experience. Cidermaker at Menacing Fog Cider, Khalid El, has been making hard cider since 2013. His skills and methods have been shaped primarily by curiosity and love of process, and bolstered by coursework and training in hard cider making at Peter Mitchell’s Cider and Perry Making Academy in Washington, experience making delicious coffee for 3 years as a barista at Blue Bottle Coffee, and working wine harvests in 2013 with Knez Wines in California and in 2014 with Love & Squalor Wines in Oregon. Come taste this elegant, almost wine-like cider! We think you'll love it!

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

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Jonathan of Glassmaker Wine
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Jonathan of Glassmaker Wine

Jonathan got his start in wine in the tasting rooms of the Salinas Valley as a bored toddler eating oyster crackers off the floor while his father and friends casually imbibed taste after glass of the local red. Jonathan ALSO got his start with organic foods, which lead to fine cheese which lead to the wines of France, Spain, and Italy, which in turn lead to the soils of the vineyards of Sonoma, Marlborough, Lodi CoCo. and Monterey.  After a bit of blood and sweat at Brooklyn Oenology, Martinelli, Huia, and Failla, Jonathan figured it was time to put his money where his mouth is... and Glassmaker Wine Company is what happened. Come taste his racey '15 Marsanne and the more earthy '16 Marsanne, and then his bold Tempranillo, and if we are lucky, his JUST bottled Picpul! Yum

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

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Joshua of Dr Hops
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Joshua of Dr Hops

Come try something new as Joshua comes through with his amazing Dr Hops kombucha beer! He'll be pouring the IPK, like a juicy IPA only... kombucha!  Heavily dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Cryo-Cascade. Tart tropical-citrus-guava-kumquat punch with a farmhouse finish. Also you'll get to try The Lop! Tart, refreshing pomegranate chai, tantalizing and balanced. Prominent grapefruit notes. Dry-hopped with Citra. 95% organic with a magical, fresh orchard finish! And finally, the newest; The Jackalope! Fervent ginger, lime, and mint. Fresh-pressed, probiotic tartness. Prominent ginger heat and fresh lime. 95% organic with a fun-loving farmhouse finish, this one is almost like a pre-made cocktail!

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

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Randall of Bonny Doon
Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Randall of Bonny Doon

Local Cellar is super psyched to have the illustrious Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon in to pour his current lineup! He'll be pouring his brand new canned wine line up, a fizzy pink, a red and a white! In a addition he'll be pouring from bottles his '17 Picpul, and his Clos de Gilroy Grenache! These wines have been favorites for both us and our customers, and Randall is sure to have some great stories and fascinating facts ON TOP of all this great wine! In 1991 Randall was inducted into the Who’s Who of Cooking in America by Cook’s and in the same year was honored to have the “Rhoneranger” asteroid named in his honor. He was proclaimed the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994. His idiosyncratic newsletters and articles have been collected, carefully redacted, and with the inclusion of some timely new material, published as the award-winning book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” in 2009. In 2010 the Culinary Institute of America inducted him into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame. These are just a few rudimentary facts, come and meet this guy, and try his wines!

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

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Darek of Old World Winery
Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

Darek of Old World Winery

Darek Trowbridge, the Pastoral Winemaker, comes from a long family history of grape growing. Back when Darek started Old World Winery, there was no common term for the less-is-more, natural style of winemaking he wanted to pursue. The best descriptor for the wines Darek was aiming to make was “OldWorld” style; this being without synthetics, or additives in the vineyard or in the vines. The wines that our ancestors made. Since the beginning, Darek has pushed the envelope of farming, adopting biodynamics in the vineyards, and a “less-is-more” attitude in the cellar adding just a minimal dose of Sulfur to only some of his wines. And thanks to that, Darek makes phenomenal wines that taste to the terroir and concentration of the 120+ year old vines he cultivates. Come try his 5 Red wines as he pours his Chianti Classico-like 'Abundance', the rich fruit, spice and gentle earthiness of his Alicante Bouschet, the mouth watering acidity, not unlike a young Red Burgundy, of his 100% Abouriou, and the black cherry, blackberry, and plum with hints of toasted oak, herbal medicinal qualities, and soft silky tannins of his 100% Syrah, and finally, the must try Oenococcus fermented Russian River Pinot Noir!

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

 

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Tyler of High Water Brewery
Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Tyler of High Water Brewery

High Water's motto of  “Unique Flavors for the Curious Palate” obviously must be tasted to be fully understood, so come on down and try the wide swath that Tyler will be offering! Started in the central valley with an interest in blending ingredients much like a master chef, High Water let the IPA chasers follow that path while pursuing a road less travelled, at least in Nor Cal! Stouts and sours! Come try the most popular of their beers, the s'more inspired, yet not sweet, Campfire Stout, and the newest variation: Campfire Coffee Stout! Bright, summer friendly sours such as Central Valley Breakfast Sour and Ramble on Rose will be poured too! As well as an Imperial Porter and a Brett Saison!

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

 

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Jeff of Soquel Fermentation Project
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

Jeff of Soquel Fermentation Project

The Soquel Fermentation Project is a farmhouse brewery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The abundant rainfall, sunshine, and temperate climate create an environment found no where else in the world.  Using traditional brewing techniques and modern scientific methods, this project systematically evaluates the terroir and microflora of this unique region.  By sourcing fruit from local farms and barrels from local wineries, the goal is to create beer with an identity firmly rooted in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Come join us as Jeff pours their delicious Saison #4 with Wildflower Honey, and a brand new ones; the 100% spontaneous ferment Dark Farmhouse #3/Dark Sour and the truly Wild Brut IPA with the light floral hops of Simcoe, Mosaic and Citra! Both have a surprisingly perfect balance with the light bright 'saison-y' flavor that will surly win over any dark beer or IPA skeptics!

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

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Farid of Falcon Spirits
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Farid of Falcon Spirits

Inspired by the memories of the bounty of his grandmother's orchard tables--filled with baked good, fruits, pickles, preserves, and her liqueurs and infusions--Farid experimented with fermentation and distillation for years during his training and career in biochemistry.  Only recently, he launched Falcon Spirits. Come taste his Botanica gin, Botanica barrel aged gin and his Amaro Apolomado, and his newest additions; an Apertivo and a Brandy!  

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

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Alex of Subject To Change Wines
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Alex of Subject To Change Wines

Winemaker, and local neighbor, Alex comes to show off his new endeavor after leaving Kivelstadt! Wine is for him as much a lifestyle as it is a product. His unquenchable curiosity about, and love for wine has brought Alex to interesting corners of the world, and given him the opportunity to do something everyday that he loves! Sourcing organically or Biodynamically farmed grapes and not manipulating them in the cellar, Subject To Change's wines have character, they’re ethereal, full of energy and potentially quirky, much like Alex! Come taste his new line up, including: their fun and bright, summertime Chardonnay which may deceive Chard skeptics (you know who you are!); a Cuvée of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay co-fermented on the skins for 55 days, zippy AND deep!; and two superb reds; a dense and spicy Grenache and a an old vine Syrah!

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

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Conner OF SEVEN STILLS brewery
Jul
15
4:00 PM16:00

Conner OF SEVEN STILLS brewery

Seven Stills triumphantly returns to Local Cellar. Founded by Clint Potter and Tim Obert, Seven Stills is grounded in a simple, radical, and delicious notion: Brew delicious craft beers and distill it into phenomenal whiskey. This year they are doing A LOT of things! But, most important to us; they started canning and distributing their fantastic beers! So this will be the first Seven Stills BEER tasting at Local Cellar, with their regular 8 LBS and their new ICO hazy IPAs, and, maybe something else as a special surprize!


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

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Orion with Freewheel Brewery
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Orion with Freewheel Brewery

From Redwood City Freewheel Brewery has been meticulously crafting with traditional methods in their custom made brewery, using the best quality ingredients. Their focus is to combine the best of West Coast and British Brewing! Their mission: make proper cask conditioned session beers here in CA! Come join us as Head Brewer Orion pours: London Calling, a classic British better "Bitter"! Ironbridge Wenlock, a classic British style Stout, with hints of espresso & chocolate! Their English IPA with floral Cascade and Centennial hops! FSB (as in Flywheel Special Bitter!) a true "live" beer naturally carbonated with a little yeast and residual sugar left in the bottle to give it that true British taste, and with a balance of holdings and Fuggles hops, a superbly balanced bitter! The flagship Big V Amber, crafted with roasted barley and black malt, great with grilled meat! And then, as a tribute to place: Mind The Gap IPA, a Californian IPA brewed in a British style with Bravo and Cascade hops!

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

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Daniel of Hatton Daniel's wines
Jul
8
4:00 PM16:00

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. This will be an AMAZING array of SEVEN different wines poured! His three "chillable reds", lighter, Northern European varietals such as Blaufränkish, Dornfelder and Zweigelt! Also his more 'classic' fuller reds Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon! And then perfect for beating the heat; his Rosé from Dornfelder and his Roussanne Marsanne "orange"/"skin contact" white!

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
7
5:00 PM17:00

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. Taste his Grenache red blend, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and his perfect for summer just-off-dry Pinot based méthode champenoise *sparkling*!

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

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Dan of Deux Punx
Jul
1
4:00 PM16:00

Dan of Deux Punx

Deux Punx was founded by Dan Schaaf and Aaron Olson, two wine addicted ex-punks, in April of 2008. They utilize the facilities of Punk Dog Wineries, a shared space in the River East Neighborhood in Napa, which lends itself to the minimalist and experimental style of winemaking they capture in their wines. They love the producers and the grapes that surround them: brambly Pinot Noir off of native root stalk from Elk Prairie Vineyards high above the Eel River in Humboldt County, tart strawberry Grenache Noir and Rose from the Tejada family's beautiful Lake County vineyard, tropical fruit laden Scribner Bend Viognier from Clarksburg's rich delta soil, lean and mineral Suma Kaw whites from the Sierra Foothills and the white pepper of Albini Carneros Cabernet Franc. All of their wines are produced in the same manner – native fermentation, minimal so2, neutral oak, and ambient temperatures. Their philosophy is to let the raw materials from the vineyards shine, embracing the differences between sites and vintages. Dan and Aaron enlist artist friends to create their labels, resulting in unique, quirky labels for their quality juice, paired with some musical genius. Deux Punx believes wine is meant to be shared and enjoyed, not cellared and ignored. Come try their Grenache, Mourvèdre, funky Rhone white blend, bright, citrusy Muscat Blanc off dry Pet Nat, and the light, dry and refreshing Pinot Gris Rose, plus a special addition,their wonderful Pinot Noir! Summer's here!

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

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Monica of Libertine Brewery
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Monica of Libertine Brewery

San Luis Obispo's Libertine Brewery has always focused on the surrounding agriculture and wild yeasts in their region, showcasing the unique coastal terrier by creating brews using these ingredients.  All of their beers are fermented in open top cool ships, allowing the wild microflora from the air to inoculate and start the fermenting process, which then takes place in large French oak puncheon barrels.  From there, the beer spends 3 months to 3 years in oak barrels, sometimes used ones from local winery's and or distilleries, before finally being blended and bottled. Come taste these wild beers as Monica pours a new and exciting at yet to be decided line up!

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

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Kobza Wines with Ryan and Natalie
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Kobza Wines with Ryan and Natalie

In 2014, Ryan and Natalie Kobza set out to make  lively, fun, and spirited wines, made with ardor and in earnest, from varietals that excited them. The grapes come from small, family-owned vineyards that maintain their unique identity, with minimalist winemaking from grape to bottle. Come taste the new Red Field Blend, the new vintage of his Mourtaou 100 year Old Vines Rosé, and the new vintage of his super dry and delicious Riesling!

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

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John of Enfield Wine Co.
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

John of Enfield Wine Co.

Enfield Wine Co. is the family project of John Lockwood and Amy Seese, with a focus on producing wines of personality. Enfield Wine Co. do not subscribe to the ideal of the perfect wine, but to the notion that the very best wines tell a unique story. Driven by soil first and foremost, Enfield Wine Co. seeks out vineyards that possess a distinct and powerful sense of place – across region, grape variety, and vine age. Working only with small vineyards and independent growers, every step of the process is guided by the intent to maximize this character of terroir. Grapes are harvested for balance and the wines are all given the chance to ferment naturally. The lineup of wines extends from fresh, mineral driven everyday wines, to quirky “off the beaten path” vineyards and varietals, and age-worthy wines of elegance and power from classic regions of California. Each has its own story to tell. After surviving a summer job in high school hand-weeding grape vines at a winery in Vermont and studying as an apprentice to a Master Luthier (guitar builder) in Oakland, John got his start in the California wine industry in 2004 working up at Heron Lake vineyard with David Mahaffey. He went on to work harvests with Ted Lemon at Littorai, Bodega Melipal in Argentina, and Failla Wines with Ehren Jordan where he worked for 5 years farming and managing the Sonoma Coast and Russian River estate vineyards. He started Enfield Wine Co. in 2010 as small side-project while still working at Failla, and in 2013 took the plunge with Enfield as a full time project. Come taste John's line up including the '16 Citrine Chardonnay with hints of Beeswax, white tea gummy bears, quince and lemon balm! '15 Pinot Noir, from Chalone; powerfully aromatic, with all the soft fruit you expect, but with a nose and mouth tingling mineral backbone! A structured, brooding '14 Syrah, also from Chalone, both savory and floral! And also a wonderful spicy and fresh, Spanish inspired but uniquely California '15 blend of mostly Tempranillo with splashes of Graciano and Pinot Noir called Pretty Horses! Yum! Don't miss!

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

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Patrick of Track 7 Brewing Company
Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

Patrick of Track 7 Brewing Company

With the highest quality ingredients and an unceasing dedication to the art of beer brewing, Track 7 create exciting, richly flavored beers with a single goal in mind: To make good beer. Track 7 Brewing Company is an outlet for creative expression through unique and artisanal beers. The name, Track 7 Brewing Company, was selected in part due to the brewery’s proximity to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, and as a nod to the integral role the railroad has and continues to play in Sacramento’s rich history. Track 7’s approach to beer is in the vein of the firmly-hopped West Coast tradition, but without fidelity to a singular “style”. This unfocused approach allows Track 7 to experiment with all varieties of beer, regardless of American, Belgian, English, or German inspiration. Come taste a wide variety from the Nitro Nukin’ Futz Imperial Peanut Butter Choc Porter, Hoppy Palm Pale Ale and the piney, greapfruity Panic IPA! Yum!!!

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

 

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Jeff of Habit Wine
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

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. Jeff will be pouring four different wines including his first love Cab Franc, a super tasty Sauvignon Blanc, a seamlessly smooth Grüner Veltliner, and a Grenache Noir!


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

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Marlen of Amplify wines
May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Marlen of Amplify wines

Amplify Wines are Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation, of their growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum SO2 in the bottling process; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide their hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools. Join us as they pour their lively rosé of Counoise with hints of pink grapefruit and named after Wire's first LP "Pink Flag"; their white blend of early picked Viognier and Muscat so as to avoid higher residual sugars thus showing the masculine and feminine qualities and hence naming it after Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, "Duke & Ella"; and their Carignane whose delicate, lithe, qualities with just a hint VU meters in the red!

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

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Jason & Maggie with Preston Kalogiros wines
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Jason & Maggie with Preston Kalogiros wines

Preston Kalogiros is a collaboration between artists Maggie Preston and Jason Kalogiros. Maggie and Jason bring both a curiosity and creativity to their winemaking, considering aspects of history, materiality, nature and culture. Working with estate-grown organic grapes from their family farm in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, they practice a minimalist approach in the vineyard and the cellar. We're excited to have them pour for you their Marsanne with notes of melon and bees wax, their skin fermented Rousanne/Grenache Blanc with hints of apricot and Asian pear, and their Viognier/Sauvignon Blanc Pet Nat with qualities orange slices and almonds! They will include some of Maggie's family's wines as well in the tasting, i.e the rosé and the zesty Barbera, and Ken from Preston may be there to join them in pouring those! Fun! Yum!

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

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Corey with Fort Point Brewing
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Corey with Fort Point Brewing

Fort Point Brewing is a product of a thriving American craft beer culture, shaped by deeply San Franciscan values: quality craftsmanship and a spirit of innovation. Fort Point creates balanced beers that reference traditional styles but are by no means bound to them. Founded in 2014 by brothers Tyler and Justin Catalana in the Presidio of San Francisco. The brewery resides in an historic Presidio building that was formerly used as an Army motor pool. Being situated in this iconic landscape reinforces their San Francisco foundation and in the beer we brew. Head Brewer Mike Schnebeck has developed a deft and impassioned brewing style over the past years at Mill Valley Beerworks and leads the pioneering spirit of our beers. Come on over as Corey pours the now classic line up of canned Fort Point Beers Villager, KSA, Westfalia & Animal, and now the new limited editions: Mosaic Park, and Export Lager & if you're lucky, Resonance Saison!

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

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Ben with Lassen Cider
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Ben with Lassen Cider

Lassen Traditional Cider was founded by Ben Nielsen. Ben's love of fermentation began when he started brewing beer in college. After brewing extensively for his adult life, around 2005 he began delving into cider in an effort to use the free fruit from a neighbor's backyard apples trees in Corvallis, OR. After a couple years, this morphed into an annual cider pressing party where all his friends would bring apples to press or just help out. So of course, the neighbor's apples weren't enough after a while. Unused trees in yards all over town, unseen apple trees in the ditch on the side of a country road, and long forgotten pioneer orchards were all sought out and utilized. A major revelation occurred when a batch of cider was produced from crab apples, and it ended up being the best he'd ever made. So, some apples that were so astringent as to be seemingly inedible actually made delicious cider. After this, an effort was undertaken to seek out varieties of apples that were good for cider instead of scavenging whatever was available. Finding Nick Botner's orchard in Yoncalla, OR, with over 4,000 apple varieties, was a godsend, allowing Ben to experiment with single varietal ciders made from unusual apples, from European bittersharps and bittersweets to an array of American heirlooms. Around 2012, when the cider craze was beginning to kick into high gear and Ben's satisfaction with his engineering job was waning in the opposite direction, he began to give more thought to starting his own cidery. A timely layoff in 2014 pushed him further in that direction. After spending a winter skiing and soul searching, the decision was solidified and the plan was put in place in mid 2015. Most of a year was spent finding a location and undertaking the permit process. Although he's still learning how to be an entrepreneur, he has a lot of pride in his cider, with a firm desire to make high quality, traditional-style cider. Come and enjoy the fruits of Ben's labor as he pours Farmhouse Dry Cider (predominantly King David apples barrel-aged, wild fermented with a mix of other American heirloom varieties), and the Single Varietals: Newtown Pippin and Winesap and the more elegant, non barrel aged (re:less 'funk') Champagne-like, modern dry style that incorporates some dessert fruit with heirloom varieties; Apple-a-day, and the newest additions the apple blends Green Johnny and Chico Cider, and the non apple focused Woodleaf Perry and Pomegranate!

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

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Britt & David w/Krater Cellars
May
13
4:00 PM16:00

Britt & David w/Krater Cellars

Come taste the new spring/summer releases: a pair of El Dorado reds, the '16 Cab Franc with notes of candied berries, lilac, summer herbs, a velvet mid-palate and a grippy finish, and the '17 Loire-inspired carbonic Gamay, violety with hints of cherries, tea refreshingly bright screams "drink me now, on the porch or in the park!" And their new '15 stoney, citrusy Chenin from Monterey's Salinas Dunes Vineyard with shades of sea side salinity! Yum! 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. Happy Mother's Day!

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

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KHALID OF MENACING FOG CIDER
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

KHALID OF MENACING FOG CIDER

Menacing Fog Cider makes flavorful and aromatic hard cider brimming with vitality. This is done by extracting the most from raw apple juice using proven fermentation methods that were developed over centuries. This enables us to deliver an impressive hard cider drinking experience. Cidermaker at Menacing Fog Cider, Khalid El, has been making hard cider since 2013. His skills and methods have been shaped primarily by curiosity and love of process, and bolstered by coursework and training in hard cider making at Peter Mitchell’s Cider and Perry Making Academy in Washington, experience making delicious coffee for 3 years as a barista at Blue Bottle Coffee, and working wine harvests in 2013 with Knez Wines in California and in 2014 with Love & Squalor Wines in Oregon. Come taste this elegant, almost wine-like cider! We think you'll love it!

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

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Michelle with Modern Times Brewery
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Michelle with Modern Times Brewery

Modern Times has been constantly wowing us with it's refusal to be bought out by the bigger monopolies and their never ending delicious, aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. They often brew hybrid styles, combining the features we like from established categories to create new, Island-Of-Doctor-Moreau-style mash-ups too! Come join us as Michelle pours an amazing array including a fruity gose; Fruitlands, a hefty, limited run amber; Mega Blazing World, the winter-appropriate, coffee/rye porter; Haunted Stars, and the brand new fruity-nosed, totally crushable Havnor "New Wave" IPA!

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

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