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November 4-December 4
Each year, as autumn gives way to another winter, Yosemite celebrates winemakers’ fall harvest with Vintners' Holidays. Celebratory events include wine tastings and seminars, meet and greets with winemakers and a five-course gala dinner prepared by executive chef Percy Whatley. Benziger Family Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Chappellet Winery and J Vineyard and Winery are among this year’s participants. Hotel packages are also available. For more information, visit
December 5 & 31, December 31-March 31, 2015
San Mateo County’s Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will commemorate its 15th holiday season with different events and specials. The Funky Sweater & Sneaky Peat Winter Ale Release Party will introduce the new big, malty Sneaky Peat Ale. A “Funkiest Sweater” winner will be announced for a special prize, while everyone else in their funky sweater will also receive little gifts. The party will take place on Friday, December 5, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. You can also kick off an early New Year with the brewing company, who will host a family-friendly “Early Bird New Year’s Eve” from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. A menu and drink specials will be available. Lastly, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will begin their “When it Rains, We Pour” specials from December 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015. If there is an 80% or more chance of rain in the Half Moon Bay area, drinks will be offered at happy hour pricing. Simply show them the forecast on your smartphone. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd., Princeton by the Sea, CA 94019, 650-728-2739.
December 6
Donato Enoteca will once again host the 100 Grand Italian Wine & Food Tasting, this year held on December 6 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with a VIP preview starting at noon. Featured will be more than 100 Italian wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Amarone, Sardinian wines and many more, as well as complementary nibbles such as speck, prosciutto, Italian cheeses, cured meats, house-made Italian sausages and porcetta, risotto and Italian-style seafood. Cost is $55 per person, VIP tickets are $65 per person, and can be purchased from the restaurant or at Donato Enoteca, 1041 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, CA 94063, 650-701-1000.

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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