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Food for Thought: Grapes and Groundbreakers - Our Summer Wine Social

  • Haarmeyer Wine Cellars 610 Harbor Boulevard West Sacramento, CA, 95691 United States (map)

California is known for its amazing wines and its innovative, offbeat ways of growing, producing and marketing them. We think that should also apply to how they’re served in the tasting room.

So in our offbeat and innovative way, we’re going to try out a new type of tasting, mixing plenty of great wine with good gab by California Groundbreakers who turn grapes into liquid bliss.

They are:

*Our wine-savvy pal Andrew Willsen, who has been a manager and sommelier at Mulvaney’s B&L, the Waterboy, Hawks and Taylor’s Kitchen, to create a fun wine social focused on great summer wines made here in the Sacramento region.

* Craig Haarmeyer, designated a “winemaker to watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, believes in the power of Sacramento terroir, and the out-of-the-ordinary wines he makes are getting lots of national buzz (he just came back from a pouring trip in NYC, where jaded Manhattanites got weak in the knees after drinking his Chenin Blancs). And Craig is hosting us at his Haarmeyer Wine Cellars in West Sacramento.

* Chris Walsh, an Amador County native who earned his chops in New York City as a sommelier, then decided to come home a few years ago and throw himself into winemaking full throttle. He just planted grapes on his family’s land, and currently makes wine under the End of Nowhere label, which showcases grapes grown by other small farmers in the Sierra Foothills. His goal: to approach well-known varietals in a different way and make them as “natural wines” (native yeast fermentations, organic grapes, unfined, unfiltered and not modified).

We’re partnering up with these guys because, even though they know a lot about wine, they’re not snobby about it. They may taste that hint of cigar smoke, but there’s other, more important things they’ll share with us about wine, and how to enjoy it without the pretentiousness or “newbie” insecurity.

So come join us as we talk with Andrew, Craig and Chris about California wines, and taste our way through five of the best, summer-friendly ones to come out of the soil around Sacramento. And let’s see if this event is as fun as we hope it’ll be, so we can turn it into a regular event.

We’ll be serving up appetizers, so no worries about drinking on an empty stomach! Doors open at 6 p.m., and we’ll start talking at 6:30 p.m.

We’ve only got space for 50 people, so get your tickets soon.