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April 26-28
The San Francisco Wine school is offering an intensive, three-day wine education program April 26-28, delving into the intricacies of California’s wine and wine regions, and examining their impact on the world of wine. Upon successful completion, program participants will earn the California Wine Appellation Specialist® credential. The three-day intensive includes: Guided tasting and discussion of over 60 California wines; Identification and interpretation of USA and California wine laws; Discussion of the history and importance of California’s American Viticultural Areas (AVAs); Detailed investigation of California’s production of wines; Examination of the various climates, soils, grapes, and wineries of each region that make it distinctive to the California wine landscape. Regions of study include Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay, the Delta, Lake County, the Sierra Foothills, Monterey and San Benito, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and beyond. The program runs 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Daily continental breakfast and lunch are included with the program. A Sunday tasting dinner with San Francisco Wine School founder David Glancy, MS, CWE and other professional wine experts is available for an additional fee. The optional online exam can be taken within one month of completing the program and enables those who achieve at least an 80% score to display the prestigious CWAS® designation. Enrollment materials and information are available at the San Francisco Wine School website, or by calling the school at 415-644-8461. Email inquiries should be directed to
April 26
Lifehouse invites you to help them celebrate 60 years of service at their Great Chefs & Wineries gala on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in Novato. Honorary Chairman Huey Lewis and your hosts, Master of Ceremonies Bud E. Luv and Culinary Host Heidi Insalata Krahling, welcome you to this unforgettable evening of culinary delights, fine wine and live entertainment sure to please your palate and tickle your senses! This premier event features over 50 of the Bay Area’s best restaurants and wineries and an intimate concert and dancing with a very special musical guest. All proceeds benefit Lifehouse providing high-quality residential and support services to people with developmental disabilities since 1954. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets start at $325 per person. This event sells out and tickets will not be sold at the door, so reserve now to ensure you won’t miss out on the fun! For more information and to find out who the special musical guest is, visit or call 415-526-5300.
May 16-18
Join your favorite Lodi vintners as they celebrate the 10th annual ZinFest Wine Festival with a weekend full of fabulous local wine, food and entertainment. Events will run May 16 through May 18, with the main festival taking place on Saturday, May 17, at Lodi Lake Park from noon to 5 p.m. Additional weekend activities include the ever-popular (and sold-out!) Vintner’s Grille on Friday, May 16, as well as Sunday’s winery tours and open houses on May 18. The ZinFest Wine Festival will feature 200 handcrafted wines from over 40 Lodi wineries. Along with exceptional wines, guests will enjoy a selection of gourmet food from local restaurants, live music, and browsing one-of-a-kind merchandise from artisan purveyors such as local olive oils and reclaimed wine barrel furniture. In addition, ZinFest attendees are invited to expand their Lodi Zinfestknowledge of Lodi wines and food pairings during any of four scheduled sessions at either the ZinFest Wine or Cooking Schools. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center at 209-365-0621. Advance tickets cost $55 per person and $65 the day of the event. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 per person. Tickets include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, and participation in all seminars and entertainment. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older, including designated drivers.

Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building offers hearty, three-course suppers every night from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for $30 per person ($12.50 per child age 10 or under). Rustic, seasonal starters, mains and desserts made predominantly from pedigreed local ingredients are served family-style at communal tables. Affordable carafes of wine, bottled beers, naturally fermented sodas and other specialty beverages are also featured. Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco Ferry Building, One Ferry Building #41, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-391-7599.
RN74 from Michael Mina and Rajat Parr has introduced a very happy, happy hour special. Glasses of featured red and white wine (rotating selections), select well drinks and bar snacks will all cost only $5 each. RN74's happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. until close. RN74, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
Urban Tavern is offering no corkage fees all day every Monday. There is no limit to the number of bottles that guests may bring to the restaurant. (Five hours of free parking are available for diners.) Urban Tavern, Hilton San Francisco, 333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-923-4400.
Waterfront restaurant Chaya Brasserie offers half-price bottles of wine on Sundays evenings. Wines are local and international and the half-price discount applies across the list, representing significant value. Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-8688.

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Plumpjack Wines
3201 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

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