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Chenin Me, Barbera Blowout, OR: (Good) Wine Shenanigans Forecast for Family Winemakers
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3646901982-1.jpgOkay everyone, I've gotten an electric pink manicure and I'm gettin' excited. This Sunday's Family Winemakers of California event - where I'll be hosting the fantabulous iSip lounge, with all the social bells 'n whistles plus plenty of fine pours - promises to be a grand affair. Not only is its Fort Mason locale spectacularly situated right on the Bay (so you can enjoy gorgeous vistas between quaffs), it is one of the most exciting wine events in California all year, bar none. Exclusively welcoming family-run wineries, many of which produce fewer than 5,000 cases, the 22nd annual FWoC is a place to see your favorite small- to medium-sized producers and (this is where I get truly excited!) meet new ones. In a word, the opportunity for discovery is excellent, and the spirit is family.

You won't taste the same wines you taste at umpteen other events throughout the year - you'll find new things in your glass from "exotic" regions such as Clarksburg (oui), Los Alamos (uh huh) and Philo (oh yes). Indeed, press materials call the event a chance to experience "the winemaking craftsmanship of vintners from across the state" - and I have to say the buzz machine is getting it right in this instance. In addition to tastes from some 225 wineries, the event will offer some impressive #s:

* 22 wineries new to the tasting
* 20 white wine varietals
* 30 red wine varietals
* 500 baguettes from Bakers of Paris
* 16,200 bottles to be recycled
* 6,000 glasses

iSip This Way
I am pleased and honored to be hosting the first-ever Kitchit iSip lounge at this year's event, featuring a selection of eight wines I curated showcasing the diversity of varieties made in California. The emphasis is on the lesser-known, so you'll find (a totally rockin'!) Barbera from the Sierra Foothills, a soulful Dry Creek Valley Grenache, an electric/plush Chenin Blanc, a nervy/floral Mendocino Gewurztraminer, a cool Central Coast Roussanne, and more. Creperie Saint-Germain has generously agreed to create two new flavors of savory crepes for pairing with white and red wines, respectively, and we'll also have lounge seating to rest your soles before heading back out to tackle the main tasting floor. It'll be worth it - I hope you stop by!

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60-30-8-2
And if you're still reading, you'll learn that it's also a special occasion for me in that I'll be pouring the *brand new* HIP TASTES Red, "60-30-8-2" (save the date for the official launch event Nov. 3!). A Zinfandel-Mourvedre-Syrah blend (60%, 30%, 8% w/ 2% Petite) from Amador made in collaboration with Oakland's Urban Legend Cellars, it's a 25-case micro lot with a hot label. I don't have a ton of it but will be pouring it for those who request it, so be sure to come and see me and ask for a sample! I can't wait to share it, and now we can also throw Mourvedre from Amador into the lot of esoteric wines you can taste at iSip. ;)

PS Taste & Take
Don't forget your shopping bag! The second-annual "Taste & Take" feature allows for purchase of bottles you like. This is a great way to support these wineries and a fabulous way to forge a personal connection with a new or existing vintner pal.

Sun 9/9 3-6pm @ Fort Mason
Tickets ($65/$75 iSip)
Trade Tickets (Sun & Mon events w/ qualified trade certification)

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