Events Calendar

Georgian Wine Tasting

Georgian Wine Tasting

Bevri, 530 Bryant Street Palo Alto, CA, 94301
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:00 PM 9:00 PM
Come to Bevri on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, to learn about Georgian wines. We will pour some interesting examples from a few Georgian wine regions:
Gotsa Tsitska 2015
Wine Thieves Rkatsiteli 2016
Bibineishvili Chkaveri 2015
Tsikhelishvili Jhgia 2016
doqi Saperavi Qvevri 2016

Blue Danube Wine Tasting at Table Wine

Blue Danube Wine Tasting at Table Wine

Table Wine
1237 Linda Mar Shopping Center, Pacifica, CA 94044

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Thursday, 4PM-9PM
Eric Danch returns for one last Blue Danube tasting of the year. Come taste Hungarian wines from current day Hungary as well as the surrounding nations that the Hungarians LOVE to remind you used to be theirs!
Since it's a CSA Thursday, and a special tasting, Eric has offered to cook some nibbles for you all as well! He will be slaving over "traditional regional food" and we will also have locally made pickled items and some local bread! Toast the New & Old Hungary with us: "Egészségeré!"

Bi-Rite Market Holiday Sale Preview

Bi-Rite Market Holiday Sale Preview

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

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Saturday December 8 2018, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us at 18 Reasons for the Sale Preview and taste over 20 bottles of Trac and Co.'s favorite wines! At this event, you will receive 20% off orders of 12 bottles or more; orders must be made night of the 18 Reasons tasting.

Tasting at Douglas SF

Tasting at Douglas SF

Douglas SF
1598 Sanchez Street at 29th
San Francisco, CA 94131

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Join us Thursday December 6 5-8pm for a special tasting with Eric Danch.

Wednesday Tasting at Minimo: Hungary & Slovakia!

Wednesday Tasting at Minimo: Hungary & Slovakia!

Minimo 420 3rd Street Oakland, CA 94607
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December 5th, 5-7pm
Flight of 3 wines, $15
As always, featured bottles will be for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only.
Wine Club Members get 20% off tastings

Americans tend to know very little about the noble winemaking history of Hungary. Even less do they know about the winemaking of ethnic Hungarians who found themselves in other countries after boundaries were re-drawn at the end of World War I--exactly 100 years ago. Today we set out to remedy both problems, in our own small way.

We’ll start within modern Hungary, in the area of Somló which is famous for its volcanic soils. Here Károly Kolonics, a 4th-generation winemaker, farms the native grapes organically in crumbly basalt soils. His Hárslevelű, which translates as “Linden Leaf,” exhibits all the lime-flower and honey notes the grape is known for, while also being a great example of Kolonics’ ability to make volcanic minerality support the fruit rather than overtake it. Staying in Somló, we visit Zoltán Balogh at Apátsági Winery. Winemaking in the region dates back at least 1000 years, and Zoltán’s property and cellar were originally owned by Benedictine monks. The land was expropriated under Communism, but brought back to life in 2001 by a group that included the grandson of the last pre-war winemaker. Zoltán’s Juhfark is dry farmed in basalt soils for a strong mineral character with a floral nose and vibrant, crisp texture. After WWI, about 3 million ethnic Hungarians found themselves in other nations--including neighboring Slovakia. On the southern slopes of the Mužsla Hills, surrounded by the Garam, Danube and Ipoly rivers, is a winery that has kept tradition alive while farming biodynamically: Bott Frigyes. Bott and his son Frici make a superb wine from the red Hungarian grape Kadarka, grown in their soils of clay atop volcanic bedrock. Aromatic with Kadarka’s typical rose-hip note, it opens into flavors of orange peel, cranberry, raspberry, and clove.

Kolonics Pincészet Somló Hárslevelű 2016
Somlói Apátsági Pince Juhfark 2016
Bott Frigyes Kadarka 2017

Trade Tasting at Birba with Eric Danch

Trade Tasting at Birba with Eric Danch

Birba
458 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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Tuesday November 27th 11am-2pm in Birba's brand new back patio
Join us for an opportunity to taste our latest wines with Eric Danch.
Trade and RSVP only to eric@bluedanubewine.com

Sip For A Cause

Sip For A Cause

Bistro SF Grill
1305 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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Sunday November 11 2018 6:30PM 9:00PM

Please join us for a wonderful evening in support of the Jericho Foundation, on a mission to restore HOPE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one child at a time. Enjoy a Balkan dinner, wine tasting from the region, music, and our special guest speaker coming all the way from Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Cuisine & Wine of Central Europe

Cuisine & Wine of Central Europe

The Spinster Sisters
401 S A St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Saturday November 10th 2018 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a night of wining and dining with Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wine, importer of Central European wines. Try a delicious (and holiday-season-appropriate) selection of fascinating, totally unpronounceable wines from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and more. Chef Liza and her team will be cooking up some Central European fare to make it official, and of course we’ll recommend pairings for some nerdy fun!
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED Call (707) 528-7100

A Journey Through Europe Wine Tasting Event

A Journey Through Europe Wine Tasting Event

Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe
1927 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30 to taste through 5 of our favorite European wines paired with 4 dishes for $42.95.

Aperitif
NV M. Bonnamy Crémant de Loire Brut
A juicy, yet dry sparkling with a healthy dose of Chenin Blanc that brings earthiness to balance out red fruit and apple flavors.
First Course
2015 Gallay Bistronauta (60% Pinot Blanc, 40% Zenit)
This soft, floral Hungarian wine is fermented with wild yeasts, and brought up in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. This flirty and feminine wine is round, delicate and plush in the mouth, revealing fragrant layers of white peach and nectarine fruit.
Second Course
2014 Shumi Tsinandali (85% Rkatsiteli, 15% Mtsvane)
From the Georgian winery Shumi, meaning genuine, undiluted wine. Fermented in oak barrels, this light straw colored wine has strongly expressed citrus and newly roasted tobacco tones, harmoniously combined with the aroma of oak.
Third Course
2015 Finca Cuarta Ribeira Sacra Mencía
50+ year old vines grow in the cool climate of Galicia, with granite rich soils which leads to a fresh and distinct minerality within the wine. A ripe and expressive nose of blackberry, mulberry, pomegranate, red and black currant, licorice, tobacco, violets and crushed black rocks. Broad, dark tones are evident in this wine, balanced with bright, tangy freshness and mild tannins.
Fourth Course
2014 Edoardo Miroglio Bio Mavrud & Rubin Blend
This Old World style red is certified Organic and Bio-dynamic. Made from indigenous Bulgarian grapes, showing their typical fresh and fruity with light oak aromas. Elegant flavors of tart cherry and cranberry with balanced acidity and tannin.

World Tour: Tokaj with Eric Danch

World Tour: Tokaj with Eric Danch

Compline Wine Bar
1300 1st St #312, Napa, CA 94559

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Monday October 22nd 2018 6pm $75.00
Join Eric Danch of Blue Danube for a tour of Hungary's most important wine region, Tokaj. The stuff of legend, Tokaj sweet wines have adorned aristocratic tables for centuries, and today's dry wines are among the new classics of Europe. Explore Furmint and friends, dry and sweet, as we discover the region, taste 8 wines, and review significant recent changes to the appellation. Grab your ticket now—you'll likely see A LOT of Compline's staff in attendance.