SUSHI & THE SOMM: 2ND ANNUAL SUSHI & WINE PAIRING DINNER
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

SUSHI & THE SOMM: 2ND ANNUAL SUSHI & WINE PAIRING DINNER

MENU $125.00pp plus service charge & tax

Hotate Nigiri Sushi-scallop, salt, lime

Sakura Masu Nigiri Sushi-cherry trout, special soy sauce

Katsuo Nigiri Sushi-bonito, garlic chip, green onion & ponzu jelly

Gindara Saikyo Yaki with Sekihan-broiled miso-marinated black cod, rice with red beans, okra

Hon Maguro & Kanpachi Hosomaki-blue fin tuna roll and amberjack roll, shiso leave

Wine Pairings coming soon!

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 4 - Temperate Climate Wines (SAN JOSE)
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 4 - Temperate Climate Wines (SAN JOSE)

Temperate Climate Wines of the World

WINE, SPIRITS, TASTING, PAIRING, SERVICE, AND BEYOND: AN 11 Session program to help students develop a foundational knowledge in a broad array of fine beverages. Designed for both industry professionals and beginners alike.

Flying at 10,000 feet, we will look for global patterns touring the world by glass. In this class, we leave the extreme cold climates of last week and explore more temperate climates for white and red wines as we journey through the highlights of Central France, Central Italy, Northern Spain and California. Our guided tasting of 6-8 wines will focus on New World vs Old World and examples of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.

This workshop may be taken as part of our Somm Essentials program or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the program tuition if you would like to continue on. Payment plans are available for the full series.

Also see  Warm Climate Wines of the world.

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GIRO D'ITALIA (SAN JOSE)
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

GIRO D'ITALIA (SAN JOSE)

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So we all know the significance of March 17th, right? That’s right – it’s the date that Italy celebrates the anniversary of its Unification (aka The Risorgimento)! What, you thought an Italian-owned, wine-focused business would be referring to Irish saints, leprechauns and swigging green beer? Per favore! No, what many folks don’t know is that on this date, back in 1861, the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed and it is this date that became recognized as the birthday of a united Italy. Granted, the Italians only make a big deal of it every 50 years, but WE feel it deserves annual recognition – and what better way to celebrate than by the hosting our annual Giro d’Italia wine tasting event?? We’ll be hosting the event on Saturday, March 16th from 1-4pm.

Once again, we have partnered with our good friends, Marc and Paula Levitt of Girasole Imports and Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant to put together a selection of some of the best wines the Boot has to offer! You like Prosecco? We got Prosecco! You like Barolo? We got Barolo! You like Chianti? We got Chianti! In fact, we’ll be pouring 75 wines, wines with broad regional diversity and in EVERY style imaginable. They’ll be wines you know and love as well as many wines that may not be as familiar to you, but that are just as delicious and worthy of your attention. They’ll be wines that will be perfect partners for your weekday meals and some that will make wonderful additions to your cellar. Most of these wines are made by family-owned, quality-driven producers whose passion and commitment shine through in the their wines and make them very special, regardless of price.

 Mark your calendars for Saturday March 16th! Full list will be released soon!

This will be a casual walk-up tasting; all seating will be first come-first served at communal tables. Full dining menu will be available.

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 4 - Cool Climate Wines (SAN JOSE)
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 4 - Cool Climate Wines (SAN JOSE)

Cool Climate Wines of the World

WINE, SPIRITS, TASTING, PAIRING, SERVICE, AND BEYOND: AN 11 Session program to help students develop a foundational knowledge in a broad array of fine beverages. Designed for both industry professionals and beginners alike.

Join us in unraveling the mysteries of the EU labeling scheme and compare it with the rest of the world.  We will look for global patterns as we tour the world by glass. Take in the highlights of crisp wines from cool climates from Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Northern France, Oregon and New Zealand. The guided tasting of 6-8 wines will focus on New World vs Old World and examples of Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

This workshop may be taken as part of our Somm Essentials program or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the program tuition if you would like to continue on. Payment plans are available for the full series.

Also see Temperate Climate Wines and Warm Climate Wines of the world.

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-DARK SIDE OF PINOT(SAN JOSE)
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-DARK SIDE OF PINOT(SAN JOSE)

“The Devil made Pinot Noir” – André Tchelistcheff  (Winemaker 1901-1994)

We skip Blanc, Gris and all other Pinot as we fade to Noir. Pinot Noir is grown all over the world, though it is difficult and finicky. Learn its origins, other homes and characteristics. Discover how it varies based on climate, soils and traditions in various international regions through a guided tasting for 5-6 wines. Despite the differences you will find common threads. This class is a must for Pinot lovers and those seeking to improve their wine tasting skills and knowledge. 

This workshop may be taken as part of our World Varietal Series or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the full series if you would like to continue on.  

Group discounts are available.  Contact 
help@sfwineschool.com for more information.

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MARCH WINE CLUB PICK UP  PARTY (SAN JOSE)
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

MARCH WINE CLUB PICK UP PARTY (SAN JOSE)

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Join us at ELS San Jose for the Wine Club March PUP! Taste all of the wines, from all of the clubs, meet other club members, and walk away with a nice selection of March’s Club wines.

This is a casual walk-up tasting. Reservations for a table are highly recommended if you wish to dine with us during or after the tasting.

Limited number of bottles are available to purchase at special pricing the evening of the Pick-up Party. Special Orders will be taken at discounted pricing the night of the Pick-up Party only.

General $20+ / WC Members $15 plus tax. Purchase your tickets online ahead of time for the easiest check-in!

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 3 - VITICULTURE (SAN JOSE)
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS 3 - VITICULTURE (SAN JOSE)

VITICULTURE & ENOLOGY

WINE, SPIRITS, TASTING, PAIRING, SERVICE, AND BEYOND: AN 11 Session program to help students develop a foundational knowledge in a broad array of fine beverages. Designed for both industry professionals and beginners alike.

Sommeliers can identify and articulate the physical structure of the grapevine and the annual cycle of the vine, how viticultural practices such as organic, biodynamic and sustainable differ from mainstream viticulture and from each other, as well as the sequence of events that take place during the winemaking process. Learn winemaking terminology, the differences between red, white and rose winemaking, sweet wine procedures, sparkling, and more! As part of this workshop, you'll taste 6 wines related to the curriculum. 

This workshop may be taken as part of our Somm Essentials program or individually a la carté. Your workshop fees can be applied to the cost of the program tuition if you would like to continue on. Payment plans are available for the full series.

Click the link for more info and a breakdown of class dates and topics.

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS (SAN JOSE)
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS (SAN JOSE)

WINE, SPIRITS, TASTING, PAIRING, SERVICE, AND BEYOND: AN 11 Session program to help students develop a foundational knowledge in a broad array of fine beverages.   

Developed by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy, and revered by professionals and enthusiasts alike, this foundational program provides hands-on training and new insight into the world of fine beverages.  Somm Essentials students will learn the essential professional techniques of blind wine tasting, food and wine pairing, and beverage service and gain insight into the fundamental elements, styles, and production techniques of wine, spirits, beer, and sake, as well as tea, coffee, bottled water.

The official Society of Wine Educators' Hospitality Beverage Specialist Exam and Study Guide is included as a supplement to proprietary lectures and interactive tasting exercises provided by our industry leading instructors during each class.  This program is perfect for those considering or preparing for beginning to intermediate level sommelier exams.

Somm Essentials consists of ten weekly workshops covering everything from Wine Service to Food Pairing to Spirits and more. Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop. 

Click the link for more info and a breakdown of class dates and topics.

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IL COLLE FLIGHTS NIGHT (SAN JOSE)
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

IL COLLE FLIGHTS NIGHT (SAN JOSE)

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Take a “flight” with us to the Veneto region of Italy! Girasole Imports will be hosting Sara Ceschin of the Ceschin family, the founders of Il Colle and producers of prosecco for four gererations. We’ll have a special Il Colle Flights Menu paired with traditional Tremezzino, Italian “bar bites” native to the Veneto region.

From the producer’s website: The name Il Colle is the brand’s primary indicator, suggesting the main feature of the land (rolling hills) where Prosecco comes from. It takes us into the world of the estate, its system of values and its environment. Il Colle, by defining its land of origin, helps to make the brand stand out and encourages an interaction with all the senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. Follow this link for more information on Il Colle http://www.proseccoilcolle.it/en/azienda-3/

Flight Menu will be available at both bar and dining tables. Reservation recommended for dining at tables. Bar seating is first come, first serve. Please contact us at 408-618-5455 for reservations or make them on Seat Us on Yelp below:

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GIRASOLE NEW PRODUCER TASTING (SAN JOSE)
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

GIRASOLE NEW PRODUCER TASTING (SAN JOSE)

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We are happy to host Paula & Marc Levitt of Girasole Imports as we welcome two new producers to their Italian wine portfolio. Paula and Marc constantly scour the Italian peninsula for the best and most interesting wines to import to the US. Often, they are the exclusive importer of very small producers resulting in lasting relationships between the growers and vintners, Girasole and the retailers and restaurateurs who feature these extraordinary wines.

At this tasting we will introduce Azienda Agricola Caven Camuna from the high in the mountains north of Milan and Azienda Agricola Fonzone in the province of Irpinia, Campania.

Join Paula and Marc as they share how they found both producers, the histories behind the families and land, and taste some incredible Italian varietals.

Full pour list to follow. This will be a casual walk-up tasting. Reservations are highly recommended if you wish to dine before, during or after the tasting. Please visit our Reservations page or call 408-618-5455.

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KERMIT LYNCH PUBLIC PORTFOLIO TASTING (San Jose)
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

KERMIT LYNCH PUBLIC PORTFOLIO TASTING (San Jose)

Kermit Lynch Public Portfolio Tasting (San Jose)
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Experience how wine industry professionals pick their wines and do it with industry treasure and trend setting distributor, Kermit Lynch. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, he opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Enamored of the Old World wine cultures of Europe, he became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.” 

Kermit Lynch's name on a wine label is a virtual stamp of guaranteed quality. That's why we've been fans of his wines since the day we got into the wine business. We are proud and honored to be able to offer you this wonderful opportunity to taste such a large selection of his current releases.

This tasting will feature 50 white and red wines from Italy and France hand selected from the portfolio by Luke Kamman of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. Luke has been hand-selling Kermit wines for 8 years and will be representing the company at this event. He will be available to answer any questions you might have about the wines or the history of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. Buy your tickets early for this one, it is sure to be a sell-out!

THIS IS A CASUAL STAND-UP TASTING. ALL SEATING WILL BE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE AT COMMUNAL TABLES.

POUR LIST

Chevalier 2017 Val de Loire Chardonnay

Trinquevedel 2017 Tavel Rosé

Quenard 2017 Savoie Chignin Gamay

2016 Cotes du Rhone cuvee kermit Lynch

V. Fourny NV Rosé Brut 1er Cru

Fontanès 2017 Pic Saint-Loup Rouge

Fontsainte 2017 Corbières Rouge

Fontsainte 2018 Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris

V. Fourny NV Brut 1er Cru "Grande Réserve"

J. Lassalle NV Brut 1er Cru "Cachet Or"

Ducasse 2017 Bordeaux Blanc

V. Fourny NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 1er Cru

Canarelli 2015 Vin de France Rouge "Costa Nera"

Thierry Germain 2012 Saumur Champigny "La Marginale"

Thierry Germain 2012 Saumur Champigny "Franc de Pied"

Thierry Germain 2013 Saumur Blanc "l'Echelier"

Thierry Germain 2016 Saumur Champigny "Terres Chaudes"

Thierry Germain NV Saumur Mousseux "Bulles de Roche"

Salvard 2017 Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc "Unique"

Clos La Coutale 2016 Cahors

Dupeuble 2017 Beaujolais

Moretto NV Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Frizzante Secco

Gallety 2016 Côtes du Vivarais Rouge

Gallety 2015 Côtes du Vivarais Blanc "Futs de Chene"

Quenard 2017 Savoie Blanc Chignin

Aney 2015 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

Jamain 2017 Reuilly Blanc "Les Pierres Plates"

Champalou NV Vouvray Brut

La Roque 2016 Pic Saint Loup "Cuvée de Mourvèdre"

La Roque 2017 Languedoc Blanc

Tenuta Anfosso 2015 Rossese di Dolceacqua Superiore "Fulavin"

Davide Vignato 2016 Gambellara Classico Garganega "El Gian"

Maestracci 2015 Corse Calvi Rouge "E Prove"

Corte Gardoni 2017 Bardolino Chiaretto

Vigna Rada 2016 Alghero Cagnulari Rosso "Arsenale"

Kante NV Spumante Dosaggio Zero

Kante 2017 Venezia Giulia Chardonnay "KC"

Kante 2015 Venezia Giulia Vitovska

Kante 2010 Venezia Giulia Vitovska Selezione

Duline 2016 Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio "Ronco Pitotti"

Duline 2017 Friuli Venezia Giulia Friulano "La Duline"

Duline 2017 Friuli Venezia Giulia Malvasia "Chioma Integrale"

Duline 2017 Venezia Giulia Schioppettino "La Duline"

Duline 2015 Friuli Colli Orientali Refosco Peduncolo Rosso "Morus Nigra"

Duline 2013 Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Nero "Ronco Pitotti"

Santa Barbara 2017 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

Berto NV Vermouth Rosso "Ross da Travaj"

Riofavara 2017 Terre Siciliane Bianco "Marzaiolo"

Tintero 2017 Vino Bianco

Montisci 2017 Cannonau di Sardegna "Barrosu"

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CINEMA ENOTECA: UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (SAN JOSE)
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

CINEMA ENOTECA: UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (SAN JOSE)

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Join us for our Valentine’s version of Cinema Enoteca: Under the Tuscan Sun! This perennial romantic-comedy favorite is set in beautiful Cortona, Italy and its surrounding Tuscan countryside and stars Diane Lane. Based on the best selling memoir by Frances Mayes, this is a crowd-pleaser for the most romantic holiday of the year! The story centers around a writer (Frances) who goes on an Italian vacation to forget about her divorce and get over her writer’s block, then ends up impulsively buying a run-down Tuscan villa to start a new life.

Seating starts at 5:00. Movie starts at 6:00 Seating at communal tables. Limited seating, reservations required. FULL REGULAR MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE. FOOD & DRINKS SPECIALS TBD.

Please call 408-618-5455 to make your reservation for Cinema Enoteca today!

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SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS (SAN JOSE)
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL-SOMM ESSENTIALS (SAN JOSE)

WINE, SPIRITS, TASTING, PAIRING, SERVICE, AND BEYOND: AN 11 Session program to help students develop a foundational knowledge in a broad array of fine beverages.   

Developed by Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, David Glancy, and revered by professionals and enthusiasts alike, this foundational program provides hands-on training and new insight into the world of fine beverages.  Somm Essentials students will learn the essential professional techniques of blind wine tasting, food and wine pairing, and beverage service and gain insight into the fundamental elements, styles, and production techniques of wine, spirits, beer, and sake, as well as tea, coffee, bottled water.

The official Society of Wine Educators' Hospitality Beverage Specialist Exam and Study Guide is included as a supplement to proprietary lectures and interactive tasting exercises provided by our industry leading instructors during each class.  This program is perfect for those considering or preparing for beginning to intermediate level sommelier exams.

Somm Essentials consists of ten weekly workshops covering everything from Wine Service to Food Pairing to Spirits and more. Each class within the full program can be taken as a single workshop. 

Click the link for more info and a breakdown of class dates and topics.

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