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Monthly Tasting Notes and Event Reports


Wine and Food

Methods tells how our tastings are conducted and how our reviews and tasting notes are compiled and written.

2012 Tasting Notes (PDF files)

Sauvignon Blanc June 11, 2012

Events in 2012
Two web wine calendars, Local Wine Events and Wine Events Calendar, are excellent resources to find tastings, dinners, classes, festivals, etc. scheduled in your city or one you may be visiting.

Tasting Notes ARCHIVE

2003 Tasting Notes

Events in 2003
World of Pinot Noir March 7-8, 2003


2002 Tasting Notes
Champagne December 9, 2002, Murphy Bank
Cabernets (over $20) November 11, 2002, Murphy Bank
Merlot (over $20) October 14, 2002, Upstairs Downtown
Mendocino Pinot Noir September 9, 2002, Upstairs Downtown
White Varietals from Alsace August 12, 2002, Upstairs Downtown
Barbecue Reds July 8, 2002, Koobation Estate
New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs June 10, 2002, WestAmerica Bank
Dry Varietal Rosés May 13, 2002, WestAmerica Bank
Red Rhône April 8, 2002, WestAmerica Bank


Petite Sirah March 11, 2002, WestAmerica Bank
Washington Cabernets February 18, 2002, Upstairs Downtown
California Cabernet Sauvignon January 14, 2002, The Ripe Tomato

Events in 2002
Paso Robles Winery Excursion August 8-10, 2002

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 17-19, 2002

2001 Tasting Notes
Real Champagne December 10, The Hye Life
Meritage & "Bordeaux" Blends November 12, Jon's Bear Club
Chardonnays October 8, Chez Johansen
White Rieslings September 10, Upstairs Downtown
Pinot Gris & Grigio August 13, The Ripe Tomato
Viognier 2 July 23, Bailey-Cannon Wine Merchants
Viognier July 9, The Ripe Tomato
Two Flights of Pinot June 11, The Ripe Tomato
(Hiatus - February through May)
Vintage Port January 8, Massachusetts Mutual Conference Room

Events in 2001

2000 Tasting Notes
Sparkling Wines December 10, Bailey-Cannon Wine Merchants
"Prize" Pinot Noirs November 6, Vallis Restaurant
Cabernet Franc w/ - October 9, Jon's Bear Club
Mid-Premium Chardonnay September 18, Old Doc's #1
Sparkling Wines August 7, Massachusetts Mutual Conference Room
Rieslings July 10, Schloss Johansen
Bargain Barbecue Reds June 11, Clos LaMar
Sauvignon Blancs May 8, Old Doc's #1
Zinfandels Younger than 1994 April 10, Le Provence Club Room
California Syrahs March 13, The Vineyard
1990's Decade Cabernets January 10, Jon's Bear Club

Events in 2000

Presidential Punxsutawney Dinner Feb. 6, Erna's Elderberry House

ZAP 2000 January 29, 2000, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco

Tasting Notes in 1999
American Sparklers November 8, The Daily Planet
Sonoma Chardonnays October 11, Old Doc's #1
Pinot Noirs September 13, Vallis Restaurant
Rieslings August 9, Bailey-Cannon Wine Merchants
Sauvignon Blancs June 21, Bailey-Cannon Wine Merchants

Events in 1999

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