May 3 Cru Artisan College will offer a one-day series of seminars on Italian wines at The Union League Club of San Francisco, featuring a panel of seven Italian winemakers and led by Maurizio Broggi, DWS, FWS. Collaborators include the Wine Scholar Guild, SOMM Journal, Guild of Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators, Tasting Panel Magazine and Clever Root. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased here.
July 28-30 Sample garlic ice cream, garlic fried bananas and more at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. The event also features live cooking competitions, a wine pavilion, arts and crafts vendors and a children's area. Single-day admission costs $20 for adults. For more information, visit the official website
August 24-27 Eat Drink SF, the grand, annual San Francisco restaurant showcase, presents walk-around tastings, held at Fort Mason's Festival Pavillion (various events at other locations). Nearly 40 local restaurants and 70 craft breweries, winemakers and distilleries will flaunt samples of their most indulgent wares at daily "Grand Tasting" events. The opening party, called "Taco Knockdown" and sponsored by Milagro Tequila, takes place Thursday, August 24. For more information, visit the official website
Sundays 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.