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Around the World in 80 Sips
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop San Francisco, CA 94129

Around the World in 80 Sips

This February, the 7th annual Around the World in 80 Sips event will be in San Francisco. Organized by Bottlenotes, this is a great opportunity to wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and more. Our Blue Danube team will be pouring 6 different wines from Eastern and Central Europe.

When: Friday, Feb 27, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Chateau Montelena Educational Seminar and Tasting
6:30 PM - VIP Early Access
7:30 PM - General Admission Access
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop San Francisco, CA 94129
What: Global sips, Industry Experts, Epicurean delights, Live DJ, Great Views.
Vina Croatia 2015 Tasting at Astor Center
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003


Vina Croatia 2015 Tasting at Astor Center

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Trade and Media only.

Walk Around Tasting: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Seminar Schedule:

Taste Croatia (11:00 am - 11:45 am)
- Discover Croatia and its diverse range of terroirs. Learn about the leading grape varieties and taste selected wines representing the characteristic styles and flavors of Croatian wines.

American Winemakers Who Fell in Love with Blue Adriatic (12:30 pm - 1:15 pm)
- Meet the successful Americans who invested in the Croatian wine business and are standing behind the Grgic, Korta Katarina and Benmosche wineries.

Please visit Eventbrite for registration. Registration is complimentary and exclusive to members of the wine trade and press. For more information please email Tatiana Reif at
Tasting at Hillcrest Whole Foods in San Diego
Hillcrest | Whole Foods Market
711 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
(619) 294-2800


Tasting at Hillcrest Whole Foods in San Diego

From 3 to 5 pm
Mike Tesarek will be pouring BIBICh R6 and Kabaj Ravan
An afternoon in the wine regions  of Hungary!
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa St., room 110
Saturday, January 24th 3:00-5:00pm


An afternoon in the wine regions of Hungary!

Two students from Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Program were sponsored by our Sister Cities Committee on a 5 week study tour of the wine regions of Hungary.

The students, Ramsay Payton and Seth Yungert, will share their knowledge, experiences and photos of several famous wine regions in Hungary.

To RSVP Call 707 938-0224
or email

Suggested $10.00 donation at the door includes Hungarian refreshments and wine
Volcanic Wines of Germany and Hungary
Ruby Wine Merchant
1419 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94107


Volcanic Wines of Germany and Hungary

This Friday we will be hosting Blue Danube and Selection Massale for a special tasting of wines grown on volcanic soils from Hungary and Germany.

Our good friend Wolfgang Weber, of Selection Massale, will be pulling out the wines of Holger Koch. Located on the border with France, just 30km from Colmar, Holger Koch specializes in Pinot Noir and Spätburgunder grown on volcanic soils.

Our man Eric Danch has a couple goodies up his sleeve, as per usual. He will be pouring the Hungarian wines of Fekete and Spiegelberg.

Fekete Béla is “The Grand Old Man” of Somló. 2013 will be his final vintage. =( We will be pouring the 2007 Olaszrizling and the 2011 Juhfark.

Eric will be pouring one wine from Spiegelberg...and what a wine it is! We will be opening only one bottle of his precious 2010 Furmint (limit one bottle purchase per customer)
Torley Hungaria with Mike Tesarek and Frank Dietrich
PROTOCOL wine studio
4186 Sorrento Valley Blvd Suite H
San Diego CA 92121


Torley Hungaria with Mike Tesarek and Frank Dietrich

December 16, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Hungarian wine, in any form, is just hot. And of course this bottle has it all: tart cranberry and strawberry, florals, with a caramelized spicy note. Pair it with BBQ, Mexican and Asian fare, and anything fried with some spice. Hungarians drink this with “abált szalonna” (steamed bacon bathed in Paprika and served cold.) Anything bacon works!
NV Torley Hungaria Sparkling Rosé Etyek-Buda, Hungary
(to purchase the wine, click here)
Le Metro Wine's Champagne Mascarade
The Westgate Hotel
1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Le Metro Wine's Champagne Mascarade

Friday 5 December 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Le Metro’s 2nd Annual Holiday Bubbles Bash, Champagne Masquerade, will feature delicious sparkling wines from around the world served alongside Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel’s delicacies. Live music provided by Classical Guitarist Horacio Jones.
Cocktail attire. (Masks optional.)
$89 club members & early birds
$99 after 23 November
$105 at the door
Taste Wine From Eastern Europe
El Cerrito Natural Grocery
10367 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 526-1155


Taste Wine From Eastern Europe

Join us this Sunday (11/23) at the El Cerrito Natural Grocery 2-4pm, where Eric Danch will be pouring a "stellar line-up" of wines perfect for the holidays
Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Tasting Event
City View at METREON
135 Fourth Street, Suite 4000, San Francisco, CA 94103


Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Tasting Event

Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tickets available at
Monday Night @ Hotel Byron: Curious Oyster Wines
Hotel Byron
45 Rose St, San Francisco


Monday Night @ Hotel Byron: Curious Oyster Wines

Classic pairings from Blue Danube and Vintage '59
3 tastes for $12, 6 for $18
Oysters 3 for $9, 6 for $15
From 5pm, oysters until sold out.
Hungarian Wine Dinner
18 Reasons
3674 18th St, San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 568-2710


Hungarian Wine Dinner

Friday, October 17, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$75.00 (Member: $65.00)

The wines of Hungary are the product of over 1200 years of melting together different cultures, religions, and ethnicities over a truly unique combination of geology and climate. Eric Danch is an expert on these unique wines, and he's coming to dinner to share a few of his favorites. Please join us for a special evening of good food, good wine, and great storytelling.


kohlrabi + apple soup, creme fraiche, black truffle
2012 Demeter Zoltán Hárslevelű, Tokaj

winter chopped salad, chicory, celery leaf, sprouted beans, pickled chile
2011 Fekete Béla Juhfark, Somló

pork loin, winter greens, smoked shallot, persimmon, jus / potatoes in duck fat with fresh horseradish
2009 J&J Kékfrankos Eged-Hegy,

buttermilk panna cotta, apple glee
2006 Dorogi 6 Puttonyos Tokaj Aszú
Blue Danube Tasting
Village Vino
4095 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 546-8466


Blue Danube Tasting

Wednesday, October 15, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$15 (waived with purchase)

Wines from Austria, Hungary and Croatia!
We’ll be tasting:

2013 Geyerhof ‘Hoher Rain’ Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal Austria The mineral rich “Hoher Rain” comes from the sandy, loamy, south-east facing vineyard it is named for. At the top of the hill outside the village of Oberfucha, “hoher” means “top” in German. These well drained soils rich with organic matter lend both minerality and intensity to this Grüner Veltliner.

On the palate, slate and clay notes are accented with white pepper and exotic ripe fruit. High toned but playful, lush but with serious cut.

2012 Črnko Slovenian white blend Silvo Črnko beams with happiness and so do his wines. They are universally forward and fragrant but with an elusive mineral underpinning that demands serious attention. Črnko wines are an absolute joy to drink and as appropriate for the inexperienced and curious, as the serious enthusiast.High toned Laski Riesling and Ravenec, aromatic Muscats, and a silty minerality characteristic of the estate define this vintage. Thirst quenching and light on its feet with healthy acidity also make it difficult to set down.

2011 Sparkling Rose, Torley , Hungary This extra dry rose has never been imported into the USA before. Tart cranberry and strawberry, intensely floral, and with a caramelized spicy note, it pairs well with BBQ, Mexican and Asian fare, and anything fried with some spice.

Dingač Vinarija Plavac Mali, Peljesac Penninsula, Croatia Grapevines have been adorning the southern slopes of the Pelješac Peninsula on the Dalmatian Coast since the beginning of mankind. The Plavac Mali grape variety thrives remarkably well in such sunny Karst soil and this is where the king of Croatian red wines, Dingač, dwells. The ancient wine culture of Croatia is the origin of the most famous American grape, the Zinfandel. Here is your chance to taste a top quality original.

While there are rugged notes of dried figs, plums and rosehips, the weight is Gamay-like but with Plavac’s wild edge. It would be harder to find a food that would not complement Plavac than to select the perfect pairing, literally anything Mediterranean.

2013 J. Heinrich Blaufrankisch, Austria “I see the vineyards as my children, and just like bringing up children, I want to support them, accompany them and do my utmost best for them, and allow them to develop themselves and their character, as well as show their full potential.” — Silvia Heinrich

The J.Heinrich Blaufrankisch is the first released wine of the vintage and reflects the potential freshness of “Blaufränkischland.” Best enjoyed around cellar temperature, it’s juicy rather than jammy while quenching and thirst inducing. It retains that free run brightness without being overly one dimensional. Though a cuvée of vineyards that includes fruit from the youngest estate vines, it clearly displays the note of loam and wild spiciness characteristic of Blaufränkisch from this region. Pleasant enough alone, it is quite versatile with food.
Eastern European Tasting
Soif Wine Bar
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2020


Eastern European Tasting

Saturday, October 11, 2:00pm

We will be featuring a line up of unique wines from Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia & Hungary including:

2012 ŠIPUN Žlahtina - Island of Krk, Croatia
Šipun Žlahtina is the most classic example of this indigenous variety. Lowish in alcohol, it is never meant to be a blockbuster wine. It should be easygoing, relaxed & breezy; the sort of wine best sipped lazily with briny hors d’oeuvres. Charming but subtle, peachy and gently gardenia scented with a Friškina (scent of the sea) whiff; balanced, mineral and thirst quenching with acidity low enough to make it gulp-able.

2011 BOTT Furmint "Csontos" - Bodrogkisfalud, Hungary
Furmint, the grape used in the traditional Hungarian sweet wine, Tokaji, has the triple threat of balancing incredibly high acidity, the weight of residual sugar, and being highly susceptible to Botrytis. When made into a dry wine, dried fruits, honey, spice and a chalky mineral backbone develop in the glass and on the palate. Csontos, literally means “strong-boned,” and refers to the vineyard site that was Officially attached to the Tokaj domain in 1560, though these red clay and volcanic soils were cultivated long before then.

2009 BATIČ Pinela - Vipava Valley, Slovenia
Pinela is an ancient, indigenous grape - without question the most noble of the Batic Estate. Without the unique climate of the Vipava, Pinela would not survive, so it is not surprising that Ivan Batič has devoted his soul to this grape variety. Vines are planted only in the best terroirs and according to the old Vipava Valley winemaking tradition. It is full bodied, textured, mineral driven, and shows a sophisticated spiciness. The wine is truly unique. The Batič family pairs it with the richness of duck, herbed egg dishes, and roasted fennel.

2010 BIBICH R6 Riserva - Skradin (North Dalmatia) Croatia
The Bibich Winery is located 5 miles east of the idyllic port city of Šibenik, along Croatia’s island speckled coast. Across the Adriatic from Italy, it is roughly in line with the wine hills of Tuscany.
In addition to several indigenous varietals, Alen farms an old vineyard of goblet pruned Grenache. Heavily inspired by the Rhône, the 2010 Grenache is surprisingly pale, brickish in color, medium bodied, and equal parts savory and fruity. Fermented with native yeast and aged in neutral used French oak for a year, it is evolved even its youth. Dry, mineral and filed with aromas of peppery Mediterranean herbs akin to the French “garrigue” but with that briny Croatian touch. And much like the Rhône, olive trees abound among the vines. Enjoy with spit roast meats dressed with olive oil, garlic and Herbs de Provence.

2012 PIQUENTUM Rouge Teran - Istria, Croatia
This wine has the remarkable ability to be incredibly fragrant and coat the inside of the glass like syrup, while still being a light bodied, low alcohol wine with acidity built for the Istrski pršut (Istrian Prosciutto) that hangs from the ceiling of the winery. While Teran is in the Refosco (& Refošk) family, it differs in that it has slightly higher acidity and pronounced iron and sanguine flavors. Historically, Teran was given to woman after childbirth to combat anemia due to the rich iron content. A great pairing with charcuterie, oily cured fish, fish stews, and blood sausage. Locals make “Istarska supa,” a slightly warmed broth of Teran, toasted country bread, olive oil, sugar, and black pepper.

2008 VINOTERRA Savperavi - Kakheti, Georgia
Wine has always been an integral part of Georgian culture and national identity. Grape seeds and ceramic jugs called qvevris have been found dating back 8,000 years throughout the country, leading some scientists to believe that Georgia was one of the likely birthplaces of viticulture. While there are over 500 indigenous grape varietals found in Georgia, the most widely planted and highly regarded ones are Rkatsiteli for white wines, and Saperavi for reds. This wine is a very fine example of a Saperavi, first fermented in traditional Georgian Qvrvri (clay vessels) and then matured for 24 months in new French oak barrels. This wine exhibits the intense scent of red fruit and berries. It is full-bodied, smooth and velvety with great potential for long aging.

2010 PLANČIĆ Prošek (dessert wine) - Island of Hvar (Dalmatia) Croatia
Prošek is special authentic Dalmatian sweet wine. It is produced from Dalmatia's famous grape variety, Plavac Mali that are specially selected and hand-harvested. This traditional Dalmatian sweet wine has developed its special quality due to large amounts of dehydrated grape sugar and to the fact that it is left to ripen in small oak-barrels for a couple of years. It is amber-colored with distinctive sweet and strong ripe bouquet with notes of raisins.
Wines of the Italian Borders Class
Tarry Wine Merchants
175 N Main St, Port Chester, New York 10573
(914) 939-7234


Wines of the Italian Borders Class

Friday, October 10 at 6:30pm

We will feature a tasting of wines from lesser known Eastern European countries which present exceptional value and very unique flavor profiles. This tasting will be hosted by Stetson Robbins, an importer and expert regarding these wines. This tasting promises to be surprising and rewarding for the worldly wine drinker.

Featured wines:
Terzolo Malvasia
Toreta Pošip Special
Dingač Plavac
Piquentum Terre

Price: $20
A Walk-Around Tasting of Georgian Wines
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-7501


A Walk-Around Tasting of Georgian Wines

For the trade only.

“Believe the hype!” — Lisa Granik MW (regarding Georgian wine)

Like Lisa we are enamoured with the wines of Georgia. They require a recalibration of how we understand wine historically and sensorily. Lisa has been commissioned by Georgia's National Wine Agency to introduce and promote Georgian wines in the US.

There will be a walk around trade tasting Lisa has organized October 6th, 2-5pm at Astor Center where we will be pouring a representative selection of the country.
In-store Tasting
Urban Wines & Spirits
45 First Ave, New York, New York 10003
(212) 477-1003


In-store Tasting

Friday, October 3 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Open to the public and free of charge! Led by Stetson Robbins
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