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Bryan of Harrington Wines

  • Local Cellar 2801 22nd Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Winemaker Bryan Harrington's triumphant return to Local Cellar, don't miss this! Bryan will pour tastes of his current releases, and share stories from statewide vineyards and from his Bayview winery. Back in 2002, Harrington was making a variety of Pinot Noirs, which he continues today. A few years later, he began to explore more uncommon grape varieties, from Nebbiolo and Corvina to Mission and Charbono. Thirsty for more, he asked nurseries to import other grapes from southern Italy. They declined. So Harrington connected with the Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at UC-Davis, a nearly 60-year-old department that collects, cleans and manages various fruit and vegetable species for use by farmers around the country. Its robust wine grape library is always on the lookout for newly imported varieties, and the group was happy to have Harrington join the hunt. In 2015, he embarked on his first official mission to Italy to collect cuttings of Nerello Mascalese, Carricante and Frappato. He’s returned each year in pursuit of Rossese Bianco, Malvasia Instriana, Pecorino and other grapes that are completely foreign to many of the most wine-savvy Americans. He’s enlisted brave growers to plant these varieties, and an increasing number are becoming open to the idea. He'll be pouring his Tempesta, a light chillable red blend of Pinot Noir & Corvena, a new "Orange Wine" Pinot Gris/Ramato, a Freisa, the super fun Mission (yes, that's the name of the grape!) and the more serious Aglianico! Also there will be his tawny-ish, fortified Mission desert wine and his dry after dinner Vermouth/Chinato!

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

Earlier Event: April 22
Matthew with Forlorn Hope wines
Later Event: April 29
Michelle with Modern Times Brewery