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Where to Try Hip Wine Vintages in San Francisco

Where: 45 Rose St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
March 23, 2009 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Of course you would expect San Francisco to be a wine lover's city, thanks to its proximity to Napa and Sonoma. But the question is, "Where is the best place to drink wine in the city?" We say there’s nowhere better than the hole-in-the-wall wine bar, Hotel Biron.

Hotel Biron (not an actual hotel) clings to the edge of Hayes Valley, an alley-like Rose Street, with only a brightly illuminated orange “B” sign to guide you, like an errant metro station beacon. Inside the narrow space, the walls are adorned with the works of local artists, and the few minuscule tables are always packed with a mixed crowd of oenophiles.

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Santa Barbara To Show LA Who's Boss When It Comes To Wines

Where: 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd. [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
January 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thirty of Santa Barbara's most dynamic wineries will be pouring their vintages for Angelenos to sip and swirl Wednesday, Januaury 21st, at the "Stars of Santa Barbara" tasting at the ritzy Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.

Hosted by Learn About Wine Learn About Wine, wine educator Ian Blackburn’s center for wine classes, trips and events, the evening will feature Santa Barbara vintners like Sea Smoke Cellars, Zaca Mesa Winery, Brewer-Clifton, Ampelos, and rising stars Jonata and La Fenetre. Winemakers will be around to pour tastes and answer questions from 7:00-9:30pm.

Since Santa Barbara is where it’s at these days, especially for devotees of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the tasting is a great way to experience the wines without having to actually go to Santa Barbara for a weekend. It's like a drive-by wine tasting. Now, That's So LA.

Tickets purchased at the door are $99, but if you buy them in advance online from Learn About Wine, you save $20.

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[Photo: Chrisamichaels]