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Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in NY

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in NY

Rouge Tomate Chelsea, 126 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

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March 26th, 2:30pm-4pm

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in SF

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in SF

The San Francisco Wine School, 415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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March 24th 2017, 11-12:30

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Tasting at the Jug Shop

Tasting at the Jug Shop

The Jug Shop
1590 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, California 94109

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Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at The Jug Shop Tasting Bar on Thursday, February 23rd. Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wine Company will be here to pour through a collection of wines from some of the oldest known wine producing regions. That's right! The portfolio focus is on delicious wines from Central Europe.

Tickets available here

Wines of Hungary at Hamlet SF

Wines of Hungary at Hamlet SF

Hamlet SF
1199 Church St, San Francisco, California 94114

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Wednesday, February 22 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Time to unpack those old babushkas & lederhosen as we head out to the uniquely intriguing Hungarian wine country! Led by Blue Danube Wine Company's Eric Danch - San Francisco's resident expert on all things Hungarian wine, food & folklore - who will take us through an insanely delicious line-up of dry, sweet, salty, minerally, fruity, gulpable Hungarian juice. The amount of pure passion & relative knowledge being doled out will make your 'fej' spin - trust. And because we love continuity, we'll be serving up Hungarian food of new & old along side the wine (queue up the paprikash & heavenly, pillowy dumplings) because wine always loves food! Hangout after the tasting for glass pours & flights of your favorites all night.

$40 tasting, food & class with all our friends
The Kicker -- courtesy of Noe Valley Wine & Spirits all wines will be available for purchase to take home so you can share & show-off to those friends who missed out.
RSVP here or email john@hamletsf.com

Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Sunday, February 19th 3PM-6PM
$25/person for tasting and cheese
10% off retail purchase of wines in the line-up

Drop by anytime in the three-hour window and our staff will guide you through the wines at your own pace

Tasting at Milkfarm

Tasting at Milkfarm

Milkfarm 2106 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
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Saturday February 18, 11am-3pm.

Blue Danubian pop up tasting alert! We love thinking, drinking and sharing. Taste the wines of our regions and soak up a little Danubian knowledge with Orshi Kiss.

She will be pouring: Kreinbacher Brut, Szoke Kiralyleanyka, Gilvesy Bohem, Pfneisl Zweigler and Blaufranker, Heimann Kadarka.

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in LA

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in LA

Terroni Downtown, 802 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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February 10th 2017, 2:30pm-4pm

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Hungarian wine tasting at K&L Wine Merchants

Hungarian wine tasting at K&L Wine Merchants

K&L Wine Merchants
3005 El Camino Real, Redwood City, California 94061

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Friday 5 PM - 6:30 PM
It’s rare that we dig into the wines of some lesser-known but nonetheless well established wine regions such as Hungary and Georgia. Please join us this Friday for a fun tasting featuring the following wines:

Attila Gere Portugeiser 2014 $12.99
Patricius Furmint 2014 $16.99
Samuel Tinon “Birtok” Furmint 2014 $21.99
Spiegelberg “Wedding Night Wine” Somlo 2011 $32.99
Wetzer Kekfrankos Soproni 2015 $19.99

Walk-in only. Line-Up Subject to Change. $5 to taste.

Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary

Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary

18 Reasons
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Whenever we have a tasting led by Eric Danch, you can expect to taste some interesting and incredible wines that you may never have thought to try before. In this course, he will be introducing us to the wines of Hungary, some of the most mysterious and lauded in the world.

Price: $55.00, Member Price: $50.00

New Year's Eve at Soif

New Year's Eve at Soif

Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Taste the Honey Brined Pork Tenderloin with braised cabbage, chestnut puree, glazed apples, cider jus with the 2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane!

Here is the full menu:

$75 Per Guest
$35 optional wine pairing supplement
(tax and gratuity not included)

Amuse Bouche
Duck liver mousse crostini, kumquat, arugula
NV Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva – Catalonia, Spain

Please Select One:

Roasted Heirloom Carrots – herb yogurt mousse, puffed grains, Meyer lemon 2012 Parovel “Vinja Barde” Malvasia Istriana – Friuli, Italy

Belgium Endive & Chicory Salad – roasted beets, Pink Lady apples, winter citrus 2014 Jean-Marc Gilet Vouvray “Cuvée Silex” Chenin Blanc – Loire Valley, France

Local Dungeness Crab Bisque – crab salad, crème fraiche, radish
2014 Punta Crena Vermentino – Liguria, Italy

Crisp Fried Quail – shaved fennel, pear & arugula salad, pomegranate glaze
2011 Anselmet Fumin “élevé en fût de chêne” – Valle d’Aoste, Italy

Please Select One:

Crescenza Cheese & Nettle Ravioli – locally foraged wild mushroom Bolognese
2015 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley, Australia

Seared Bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops – lobster Hoppin’ John
2015 Monte Tondo Corvina – Veneto, Italy

Honey Brined Pork Tenderloin – braised cabbage, chestnut puree, glazed apples, cider jus
2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane – Kakheti, Georgia

Sonoma Duck Breast – braised duck bisteeya, cauliflower couscous, dates, almonds
2014 Ser “Wirz Vineyard” Cabernet Pfeffer – Cinega Valley, California

Please Select One:

Meyer Lemon Pavlova – blood orange mousse, toasted almonds, vanilla crème
2014 Birichino Muscat Canelli – Monterey County, California

Double Chocolate Pot de Creme – salted caramel, whipped cream, chocolate gingerbread cookie
NV Niepoort Tawny Port – Douro Valley, Portugal

Our House-made Sorbets – persimmon & dark chocolate, pistachio biscotti
Blandy’s 10 year Bual – Madeira, Portugal

Artisan Cheese plate – Meadow Creek’s Appalachian, quince aioli, rosemary pecans, honeycomb
2015 Carl Loewen “Herrenberg” Riesling Kabinett – Mosel, Germany

Hungarian goodness at TableWine Merchant

Hungarian goodness at TableWine Merchant

TableWine Merchant
Linda Mar Center, 1237 Linda Mar Shopping Center,
Pacifica, CA 94044

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Saturday, December 17th, All day
Eric Danch returns to Table Wine with another round of Hungarian wines! Why? Because they're awesome! 3 favorites just arrived with their new vintage plus 3 brand new wines to the shop:

2012 Fekete Bele Juhfark, Somlo
Juhfark (Hungarian for Sheep’s tail) is a distinctive, almost extinct white grape variety found almost exclusively in the tiny ancient volcano of Somló. The clusters are long, tightly packed and curve a little at the end hence the Sheep’s tail moniker. Naturally very high in acidity, it’s also fairly neutral on its own and instead absorbs and communicates the volcanic terroir rather than pronounced fruit flavors. However, after a few years in bottle this wine really comes alive. Liquid volcano in a glass!
2013 Bott "Hatari" Harslevelu, Tokaj
Hárslevelü means “linden leaf” referring not to the shape of the leaf, but the subtle floral aromatics. Thin-skinned and late ripening, it’s the delicately perfumed counterpart to furmint's more strong-armed acidity and spice. The red line that runs through every vintage of the cru Hátari are the pronounced aromas of poached stone fruit, citrus zest and spice. When young, the wines are like “an open flower” according to Judit, but with age transitions to the scent of the sea. It is this highly mineral character Hátari imparts that make it so appropriate for the “pretty” varieties. Like the rest of the Bott wines, a long and slow native fermentation in oak results in a highly cerebral wine while maintaining its yumminess. Badass wine made by a Badass female producer.
2014 Kikelet Furmint, Tokaj
Another prominent female figure in Tokaj, she comes from France's Loire valley and these mineral laced high acid whites are in her blood! A 100% Furmint, fermented with native yeasts and aged on its lees in French and Hungarian oak barrels for 4-5 months including a few new Hungarian barrels. The wine shows lots of minerality on the nose, flowery aromas and notes of flint and green pear. The palate has a stunning freshness, with a citrusy high acidity, balanced by a rich structure.
2015 Wetzer Kekfrankos, Sopron
Peter Wetzer’s Kékfrankos ripens late and is often picked in late October and into November. Acidity is by no means compromised and this wine is impossibly bright and put together thanks to over a year on the lees. While perfumed, tart, and earthy like other serious Kékfrankos/Blaufränkisch can be, there is a remarkable texture to this wine. This is the kind of Hungarian red we’d pour for someone looking for an old world Pinot Noir in terms of weight, acid and structure while certainly being open to the spicier and tarter fruit flavors unique to Hungary.
2012 Heimann "Bikaver" (Bulls Blood) Eger
While Eger and Szekszárd can both legally make Bikavér (Bulls Blood), the soil, climate and styles are dramatically different. Kékfrankos is the base of the blend and Kadarka adds the “paprika like” spice while the Bordeaux varieties are well suited to add weight, texture and aromatics. Inspired by Umbrian wines, cuttings were brought back and they enjoy the loess soil and sunshine. A blend of 41% old vine Kékfrankos, 6% Kadarka, 22% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 10% Sagrantino, the 2013 is a successful balancing act between adhering to tradition while celebrating a much more connected wine world than the appellation has ever known.

Republic of Georgia Tasting

Republic of Georgia Tasting

Minimo
420 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

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Wednesday, December 14th, 5:00-7:00pm

The Republic of Georgia is often considered to be the birthplace of viticulture and winemaking, dating back 8000 years. The earliest form of winemaking there involves macerating and aging in clay vessels called Qvevri, which are buried underground. In essence, these are the first “natural” wines, in that there is no use of chemicals, foreign yeasts, or filtration. This practice is so vital to understanding early winemaking that it has been added to UNESCO’s “List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Thankfully, there are a number of wineries in Georgia who continue to make wine in this traditional manner. On Wednesday, December 14th, we’ll be pouring 4 Qvevri-style wines (3 “amber” or orange wines and one red), all newly arrived to the U.S., all amazing examples of what makes these wines so unique. Joining us is one of our favorite people, Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wine Company, whose knowledge of Georgian wines never ceases to amaze us!

From southeastern Georgia, we’ll be featuring two wines from the Shavnabada Monastery -- the 2004 Mtsvane which spent 6 months fermented on the skins and then 11 years in Qvevri, and the 2009 Saperavi, which spent 6 years in Qvevri. Grown and produced by monks, bottled by hand, sealed with beeswax, and blessed! From Eastern Georgia, we’ll be pouring a Kisi, one of the rarest white grapes, from the winery Doqi, which has 6 months of skin contact. And from high up in the hills of the Asureti Valley, we’ll be pouring the native white varietal Tsitska from Gotsa winery.

Shavnabada Mtsvane 2004
Shavnabada Saperavi 2009
doqi Kisi Qvevri 2014
Gotsa Wines Tsitska 2014

Flight of four wines, $15
As always, featured wines are for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only.

Tasting with Blue Danube at K&L Hollywood

Tasting with Blue Danube at K&L Hollywood

K&L Hollywood
1400 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings
Thursday December 1 from 5:30 to 7pm:

Whenever we have a Blue Danube tasting you can expect to taste some super eccentric, interesting and incredible wines that you may never have thought to try before. Blue Danube is an importer that focuses on wines from off the beaten path; places like Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Republic of Georgia.
Line up:
2014 Apátsági Hárslevelü
2015 Doqi Mtsvane Kakheti
2015 Heimann Kadarka
2011 Kabaj Merlot
2014 Samuel Tinon "Birtok" Furmint

Samuel Tinon at Bar & Garden

Samuel Tinon at Bar & Garden

Bar & Garden
6142 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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Saturday November 19th 5 pm to 8 pm
Meet Samuel Tinon and taste his latest vintage.
Tasting + cheese and snacks: $15

De Porres Dinner Series with Samuel Tinon

De Porres Dinner Series with Samuel Tinon

Casa Micheltorena
1975 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Friday, November 18th, at 7PM
Tickets are $125.00 per guest and available here. Please note space is limited.

We’ll have the pleasure of hosting winemaker Samuel Tinon. Originally from Bordeaux, Mr. Tinon practiced his craft in Australia, Texas, Chile, and Italy before settling in Tokaj in 1991. The ultimate goal was to one day produce his own sweet wines; ones that would rival the best of his native France. “It took me ten years,” he says, “to express in Tokaj what I had in mind.” And now the fruits of his labor will be ours and yours!
In addition to his much revered Tokaji Aszú, Samuel is now making dry white wines. We’ll begin with three of these before moving to his 2007 Dry Szamorodni, a deeply aromatic and oxidized blend of Furmint, Hárslevelű. We’ll conclude with his 2007 Aszú.
This dinner is a unique opportunity to experience the region through one of its best winemakers. Additionally, you’ll taste for yourself the curious chemistry of Peruvian savories paired with Hungarian wines and Aszú matched with a classic Southern sweet. Lima to Louisville by way of Hungary, it just works.

An Afternoon with Samuel Tinon at Tabula Rasa

An Afternoon with Samuel Tinon at Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa Bar
5125 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Thursday November 17th 12PM-2PM

“I didn’t move 2,500 kilometers from Bordeaux to make dry wine alone.” These are the words of Samuel Tinon: the literal Willy Wonka of the Wine World. Samuel lives and makes wine in the village of Olaszkliszka in the region of Tokaj, Hungary. 20 years ago there were 16 styles of wine in Tokaj, as was the case in Jerez. As a member of the Confrerie de Tokaji, Samuel along with other members are working to sustain said viticultural diversity in Tokaj. Samuel is quick to remind us all that Tokaj was the favored drink of Leo Tolstoï, Pablo Néruda, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Diderot, Voltaire, et al. So, come join Samuel and allow him to share his story with you and drink white wines that truly fit the
description: “King of Wine + Wine of Kings.”

**This event is invite only and has a limit of thirty seats.
RSVP ASAP for your seat: orshi@bluedanubewine.com

EIGHT RARE TOKAJI WINES + THAI FOOD BY SAPP COFFEE HOUSE
Multi-vineyard Wines:
Olaszliszka Hárslevelű '14
Birtok Furmint '14
Single vineyard Furmints:
Kásás Furmint '15
Megyer Furmint '15
Szent Tamás Furmint'15
Szent Tamás Furmint '14 - GRAND TOKAJ AUCTION

Szamorodni:
Dry Szamorodni '07
Dry Szamorodni '09 - GRAND TOKAJ AUCTION

Aszú:
5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú '07

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