WINE TASTING EVENTS

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Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor has “teamed up” with local businesses to produce wine classes and fun wine tasting socials throughout the year. Fun, casual, informative and tasty are the common thread in all Dan Dawson-produced tastings and classes. Here’s what’s coming up:

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Wine Classes at Napa Valley Wine Academy

Education and enjoyment go hand-in-hand in the tastings at “NVWA.” They are geared toward both wine-students and the casual, curious wine drinker. We want you to learn a little and definitely have a good time.

Tastings are $30/person in advance, and $15 for Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor.
Not a member yet? JOIN HERE.

Tastings are limited to 30 guests. Buy in advance to insure your spot.
Tasting venue: Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak Street, Napa.
Tickets can be purchased at Napa Valley Wine Academy’s Website.

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Napa Valley Wine Academy Class Calendar

Thursday, January 16 (6 P.M.):  Italian Varietals, New World/Old World
With Pietro Butitta, Owner/Winegrower: Prima Materia Wines

Tasting and discussion of Italian varietal wines from Pietro’s vineyard on the Kelsey Bench in Lake County. Italian representations of the grapes will be tasted for comparison.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

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Thursday, February 27 (6 P.M.):  Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Microclimates 
With Kurt Beitler, Owner/Winegrower: Bohème Wines

The sprawling Sonoma Coast AVA cannot be described in a couple of sentences. Running from the Pacific coastlands to the outskirts of Sonoma (the town), the soils, climate, aspect etc (“terroir”) create vastly different Pinot Noirs. Our tasting and discussion of will focus on the differences. Our guest, Kurt Beitler, makes world-class Pinots from vineyards around Occidental. Our tasting will start with Bohème and spread out to other areas of the Sonoma Coast.
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

Thursday, March 26 (6 P.M.):  The Story and Wines of “Alder Springs Vineyard” 
With Stuart Bewley, Founder/Farmer of “Alder Springs”

Hear the fascinating story “Alder Springs” from the man who created it. One of the world’s mystical vineyards, “Alder Springs” high risk/high reward vintages are always intriguing and usually outstanding. We’ll taste a selection of Mr. Bewley’s “Alder Springs Winery” wines plus a few from his winery clients (about 45 wineries buy “Alder Springs” fruit.)
6 PM arrival, 6:15 start.
$30/person. DDWA Members: $15

What you need to know about Dan’s Napa Valley Wine Academy Classes
  • Tastings are a sit-down lecture format starting no later than 6:15. All tastings will end no later than 8 P.M. 
  • Tastings are held at Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak Street, Napa
  • Purchasing tickets ahead of time is recommended.
    Tickets at the door, if available, are $30. Cash only accepted at the door.

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Tasting Events at Southside Century Cafe

Friday, December 13, 5 to 7 PM
Wine Tasting Social – “It’s About The Dirt”
$15/person.
DDWA Members: $10 (not a member yet? join now)

Southside Cafe at South Napa Century Center and Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor welcome you to a tasting of California wines that emphasize The Dirt. In other words, how the vineyard makes a difference on the wine. This casual, walk-around tasting will feature Matt Naumann of Newfound Wines along with representatives of Frog’s Leap Wine Cellars, Foxen Winery and Turley Wine Cellars. Sip with friends new and old as you taste wines that balance California fruitiness with Mother Earth. Southside’s dinner menu available to enjoy with your tasting. Join fellow wine lovers at Southside Century the 2nd Friday of every month for the Wine Tasting Social.  Southside at Century Center: 135 Gasser Drive, Napa.  RSVP

Friday, January 10, 5 to 7 PM
Wine Tasting Social – Navarro Vineyards Tasting
$15/person.
DDWA Members: $10 (not a member yet? join now)

Southside Cafe at South Napa Century Center and Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor welcome you to a tasting of wines of Navarro Vineyards with Navarro co-owner Aaron Bennett. One of if not the best wineries in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, Navarro specializes in Pinot Noir and Alsace varietals like Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. But don’t sleep on their old vine Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, either! Aaron will pour you a wide selection of Navarro wines to let you choose your favorites.

Wines poured will be available for purchase through Navarro at the tasting. Southside’s dinner menu available during the event. Join fellow wine lovers at Southside Century the 2nd Friday of every month for the Wine Tasting Social.  Southside at Century Center: 135 Gasser Drive, Napa.  RSVP

Wednesday, January 15, 5:30 to 8 PM
Burgundy Takeover – Bring a Bottle.

Southside Café at South Napa Century Center hosts Burgundy Takeover Night on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30 to 8 P.M. Bring a bottle of Burgundy (red, white or sparkling) to enjoy and share with all Takeover participants. Complimentary corkage for all Takeover bottles.  Burgundy-friendly specials available along with the full Southside Café dinner menu. Southside Takeover co-host Dan Dawson of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor will award a prize for the most intriguing Burgundy. One bottle of wine admits up to 2 guests. Arrival by 7 P.M. suggested. Southside at Century Center: 135 Gasser Drive, Napa.
RSVP

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Past Wine Tasting Events at Southside

Syrah Takeover – Bring a Bottle
Southside Café at South Napa Century Center hosted Syrah Takeover Night on Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30 to 8 P.M. Guests brought a bottle Syrah to enjoy and share with all Takeover participants.  I awarded “Most Intriguing Syrah” prize to Givich Syrah, Yountville 2006, which was made by the late, great Jason Ball.

Friday, November 10
Wine Tasting Social – PINOT NOIR

Presented Pinot Noirs from Chris Dearden Wines, Whetstone Wine Cellars, MacMurray Ranch and J Winery. Pinots that are very different in style yet equally delicious. Southside’s dinner menu available to enjoy with your tasting.  Southside at Century Center: 135 Gasser Drive, Napa.  

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Past classes at Napa Valley Wine Academy

Thursday, December 5:  “Las Madres Vineyard” Syrahs

With John Painter Owner/Farmer of “Las Madres” and four producers of “Las Madres” Syrah
Same vineyard, same grapes, different winemaking.  “Las Madres” is unique in that the grapes for all wineries are picked at the same time, and the blocks (sections) of the vineyard are combined. This means all the wineries start with the same fruit. The difference, within the vintage, is purely the winemaking. We tasted four “Las Madres” Syrahs, 2016 vintage. We welcomed these wineries and their owners/winemakers:
Belharra Wines  (Anne Fogerty)
Benevolent Neglect (Ben Brenner)
Coterie Winery (Kyle Loudon)
Campesino Cellars   (Macario Montoya not in attendance, but his wine was and it was great)

Thursday, November 21:  Champagne and Rhone Valley Wines
With importer Jack Edwards of JAE Wine Imports.

Six wine line-up, heavy on Jack Edward’s Northern Rhone Valley selections. Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Saint Joseph, Cotes-du-Rhone and Champagne to get the tasting started. Tasting included the Vincent Cluzel Condrieu and two wines from Domaine de la Roche Paradis: Saint-Joseph Rouge “La Madone” 2017 and Côte-Rôtie “Côte Rozier” 2017. Jack treated the group to two Cornas from his private stash as well.

Tuesday, October 29:  Tablas Creek “Esprit de Tablas” component tasting
Jason Haas, Partner and General Manager of Tablas Creek Vineyard, leads a tasting of individual grapes that make up the Tablas Creek “Esprit de Tablas” red and white wines before we taste the respective “Esprit de Tablas” wines.

We tasted:
Tablas Creek Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Esprit Blanc.
Tablas Creek Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Esprit Rouge.

Thursday, November 1:  Guest Importer: The Wine House SF & Owner David Netzer
Theme: Wines of Southern France
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, November 15:  Wines of PIEDMONT
Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Moscato…
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, December 6:  Burgundy: $$$ Quality for $
With Eddie Gilbert of North Berkeley Imports
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, January 17, 2019:  Wines of SICILY
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, February 7, 2019:  Northern Rhone Valley
With Jack Edwards of J.A.E. Wine Imports
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, February 21, 2019:  Old Vine Field Blends of California
We tasted single-vineyard, co-ferment red blends from different wine regions of Northern California.
8 wine line-up to include SOMM Blanc, Bucklin, Bedrock, Ridge, Sidebar (Ramey), Post & Vine and Pestoni Family.
Guest panel: Rebekah Wineburg (Post & Vine), Will Thomas (Ridge Vineyards) and Will Bucklin (Bucklin).

Thursday, March 7, 2019:  International Riesling
Including Rieslings from Germany, Austria, Australia, Washington and California
Tasting, lecture and discussion.

Thursday, March 21:  Oregon Pinot Noir
With James Cahill, Winemaker of Soter Vineyards
We focused on Soter’s “Origin Series” of Pinot Noirs that focus on nestled-AVAs of Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Thursday, April 4:  Cru Beaujolais
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
With Gavin Speight, Vice President of Importer Old Bridge Cellars (and Beaujolais lover/expert) and owner of Maison l’Envoye
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Byron Kosuge, owner/winemaker: B Kosuge Winery.
Byron presented his B Kosuge Gamay, Carneros 2017 as a new-world comparison.

Thursday, April 18:  Bordeaux – The Satellites
With David Netzer, Owner: The Wine House San Francisco (Importer/Retailer)
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
We stepped off the beaten path and tasted some dynamite Bordeaux that also bring good value.

Thursday, May 2:  Time for ROSÉ Wines
Casual taste at your own pace format.

Thursday, May 16:  SPAIN – 7 Wines, 7 Regions
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
We tasted wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Penedes and Jerez.

Thursday, June 20:  Mourvèdre
Three California Mourvedre, two French (Bandol and Cotes du Rhone) and Valencia, Spain.
Guest winemaker panel: Ben Brenner of Benevolent Neglect and Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy.

Thursday, July 18:  New Zealand
We tasted and taled about every wines from Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay and Auckland.
Special Guest: Martin MacKenzie, Sonoma winemaker (born, raised and winemaker-trained in New Zealand).

Thursday, August 22:  Wines of Yves Cuilleron
Tasting, lecture and discussion.
Taste six wines made by the great vigneron Yves Cuilleron of Chavanay, Northern Rhone Valley, France.
We tasted and discussed these wines: Syrah Rosé 2017, Viognier “Les Vignes d’a Cote” 2018, Condrieu “La Petite Côte 2017, Syrah “Les Vignes d’a Cote” 2017, St Joseph Rouge “Cavanos” 2015, Côte-Rôtie “Bonnivières” 2016

Thursday, September 12:  GSM Blends From Around The World
We tasted these six GSMs from near and far:
Jeff Cohn Cellars “Misc Stuff” GSM 2016 (Sonoma)
Andrew Murray “Esperance” 2016 (Central Coast)
Quady North GSM 2013 (Rogue Valley, Oregon),
Domaine le Couroulu Vacqueyras 2015
Sélection Laurence Féraud Gigondas 2013
John Duval “Plexus” (Barossa Valley) 2014