Join us for a special 5 course wine dinner with the legendary musician Jerry Gerald Casale from Devo and his wine The Fifty by Fifty! Everybody gets a signed Devo hat! So Whip It! Wine Club members please email email@example.com for ticket pricing. Non-member pricing $175 pp Tickets available here!
Join us for a tasting with Randall Grahm, winemaker & owner of Bonny Doon Vineyards!
While Bonny Doon Vineyard began with the (in retrospect) foolish attempt to replicate Burgundy in California, Randall Grahm realized early on that he would have far more success creating more distinctive and original wines working with Rhône varieties in the Central Coast of California. The key learning here (achieved somewhat accidentally but fortuitously) was that in a warm, Mediterranean climate, it is usually blended wines that are most successful. In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this continues as the winery’s flagship/starship brand.
Since then, Bonny Doon Vineyard has enjoyed a long history of innovation – the first to truly popularize Rhône grapes in California, to successfully work with cryo-extraction for sundry “Vins de Glacière, the first to utilize microbullage in California, the first to popularize screwcaps for premium wines, and, quite significantly, the first to embrace true transparency in labeling with its ingredient labeling initiative. The upside of all of this activity has brought an extraordinary amount of creativity and research to the California wine scene; the doon-side, as it were, was perhaps an ever so slight inability to focus, to settle doon, if you will, into a single, coherent direction.1
Bonny Doon Vineyard grew and grew with some incredibly popular brands (Big House, Cardinal Zin and Pacific Rim) until it became the 28th largest winery in the United States. Randall came to the realization – better late than Nevers – that he had found that the company had diverged to a great extent from his original intention of producing soulful, distinctive and original wines, and that while it was amusing to be able to get restaurant reservations almost anywhere (the only real tangible perk he was able to discern from the vast scale of the operation), it was time to take a decisive course correction. With this in mind, he sold off the larger brands (Big House and Cardinal Zin) in 2006 and Pacific Rim in 2010.
In the intervening years, the focus of the winery has been to spend far more time working with vineyards in improving their practices, as well as on making wines with a much lighter touch – using indigenous yeast whenever possible, and more or less eschewing vinous maquillage, (at least not to Tammy Faye Bakker-like levels). Recently, Randall has purchased an extraordinary property in San Juan Bautista, which he calls Popelouchum, (the Mutsun word for “paradise,”) where he is profoundly intent on producing singular wines expressive of place. There are also very grand plans afoot to plant a dry-farmed Estate Cigare vineyard. #staydooned.
Check out a little more about Randall Graham here...https://youtu.be/Gw1zSHIFgeA
Wine club members, we can't wait to see you tonight for your monthly pick up party! We have some great wines this month and we are featuring some of our local comedians for your entertainment as well!
Not a member? No problem, join the tasting for $10 or join the club tonight!
Please join us for a tasting with Steve Tonella of S.R. Tonella Cellars!
About Steve ~
Steve Tonella was born in Napa Valley and grew up living in Sonoma and Rutherford. From an early age he worked in the vineyards with his father and grandfather. Enjoying the hot sun and helping in the vineyard by suckering vines (removing unwanted shoots) tying, training, and irrigating formed his early encounters in vineyards. He says he is amazed to have survived as the mode of transportation was the infamous 3-wheeler motorcycles that were accident prone and tipped easily.
Fast forward to the turn of the century when Steve began making wine and produced small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon. College took him to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a degree in Business Administration. After college, Steve entered the high-tech industry and quickly moved into sales leadership positions that took him around the world. Fluent in both Italian and Spanish, he’s lived and worked in Rome, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, besides stints in England and Japan. During all his travels, the dream of cultivating Rutherford wine never left. After working across three continents, the time had come to resurrect the dream of producing Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon into a reality: The 2010 is the ‘first’ of many vintages to come.
S.R.Tonella Cellars' Story ~
S. R. Tonella Cellars is the culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley. It all started with an earthquake. In 1906 after the great San Francisco earthquake, a huge demand for workers to rebuild the city brought Joseph Ponti, Steve’s great uncle, from Italy to San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, Ponti became the superintendent and initial winemaker at the iconic Beaulieu Vineyards in Rutherford, where he stayed for 43 years. Ponti’s nephew, Steve’s grandfather, Louis Tonella, joined his uncle at Beaulieu when he was just 17 and worked there for several years. Louis inherited from Ponti vineyards located in the Rutherford viticulture region and passed them on to his son Raymond Tonella, Steve’s father. Over the years, Raymond purchased additional vineyard acreage, as well as managing other Rutherford vineyards. Grape growing and wine production have been a part of Steve’s life and family history.
Bringing us to the present, we endeavor to continue this heritage and spirit with
S. R. Tonella Cellars. Our purpose is simply to make history by crafting the best premium Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the best of Rutherford and Napa Valley. A lot of historical events have been written down after-the-fact on the pages of books; but in truth, living history is made every day with family, friends, co-workers and casual coincidental encounters both near and far. It’s those relationships, the real events in our own histories, which have a meaningful impact on our lives. S. R. Tonella Cellar’s aspiration is that our wine is shared to create some small but memorable piece of history with everyone who crosses paths with us. And so it begins.
As always tasting are including in our wine club membership and $10 for non-members.
The line up is epic!
Far Niente Chardonnay, Estate Bottled, Napa Valley 2015
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet, Hayne Vineyard, St. Helena 2014
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet, Quicksilver Vineyard, Rutherford 2014
Nickel & Nickel Cabernet, John C Sullenger Vineyard, Oakville 2014
Nickel & Nickel Syrah, Darien Vineyard, Russian River Valley 2014
Dolce, Late Harvest, Napa Valley 2011
As always the tastings are including in our wine club memberships.
The tasting fee is $40 for non members, however this fee will be deducted from any bottles purchased at the tasting.
Not a member of the wine club yet? No worries, join on Saturday and your tasting will be complimentary as well!
Join us for our next Beef 101 - Butcher Demo & Dinner on Saturday, August 19, 2017 featuring master butchers Guy & Ryan from Pape's Meat Co. and our resident Chef Ken! Doors open at 7:30pm. General tickets ($130) go onsale, Friday, August 11, 2017. Wine club member pre-sale starts today!
Join us Saturday, August 19th, from 3pm - 6pm, for a wine tasting with winemaker, Marilee, from Urban Legend Cellars! These guys make really great wine very locally in Oakland. We will be tasting the:
Rosato di Barbera
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
As always tastings are complimentary for our wine club members and $10 for our non-members. Cheers!
Join us this Saturday for a tasting of Odonata wines from 3pm - 6pm. A great way to meet new people and try some great wines!
Odonata Wines is a small family winery owned and operated by Denis Hoey. Denis is also the winemaker.
Denis, a native of Sacramento, grew up in a family that appreciated wines and exposed him to a wide range of quality wines that helped develop his palate. In 2004 he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Management and soon after met Jeff Emery, owner and winemaker at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Their relationship quickly turned into an Old World apprenticeship for Denis, and he became the production manager for SCMV before starting Odonata Wines in Santa Cruz 2005.
Please join us as we host our very special guest, Denis this Saturday! Cheers!
Please join us for a tasting, Saturday, June 15th with Department 66 Wines from 3p - 6p. Hope to see you there!* Check out the line up!
Grenache with small percentages of Syrah, and Carignan
In the glass, the wine shimmers with a pale hue of translucent garnet. Soft aromatics of dried rose petals prevail and invite a tasting. With bright hints of strawberry and ripe stone fruits, the wine leads to an opulent mid-palate. Finishing with purpose, it is long and riddled with layers of texture and grace.
Grenache, Syrah and Carignan
93 points from Robert Parker - Optimum growing conditions with a crowning harvest mark the 2014 vintage. A saturated cardinal hue belted in garnet is revealed in the glass. The nose brims with an impeccable oak profile with shaded oak tree accents. A mineral cast of alluvial soil can be detected as well, which frames a vibrant perfume of red berry fruits, cassis, cardamom, and exotic spices. The entry bursts with a vibrant blueberry and cassis concentrate that is rounded out with the richness of a crème brûlée, or crema catalana. The mid palate has vibrant acidity with distinctive mineral notes of garrigue, stone, and schist. Closing with purpose, the wine boasts silky tannins and a lengthy finish of sublime richness.
Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre
The wine has a profound cardinal hue with powerful aromas of rhubarb compote, savory roasted plum, star anise and leather. Opening with potent flavors of cola, dark fruits, raspberry jam and baking chocolate, it transitions to offer beguiling flavors of forest floor, fennel, and earthy Asian spices. With a purposeful finish, the wine closes with shards of acidity and lengthy polished tannins.
Old-Vine Grenache and Syrah
95 points from Robert Parker - Smokey, sweet oak escapes the glass followed by powerful aromas of black plum, blackberry pie, vanilla bean, violets and freshly cut flowers—all enveloped by a hint of dust and pencil lead. The entry is massive and lush with ripe red fruits, black raspberry, currant and pronounced minerality. Overall, the finish is concentrated yet balanced with beams of acidity and seamlessly integrated tannins that linger on the palate.
*Tastings are always free for our wine club members. $10 for non-members.
Join us Saturday, June 24th, for a whiskey tasting featuring Four Roses Bourbon! Our tasting will be inside Fiddler's Green. We will have two seatings each of approximately 90 minutes. First seating is 6:30pm and the second is 8:30pm. Each seating has a max of 20 seats. Tickets are available for purchase by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 650.697.9463!
Learn about Four Roses Bourbon!
It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball…when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.
In 1884, Paul Jones Jr, moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in a section of historic Main Street called, Whiskey Row.
Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s. In 1922, the Paul Jones Company purchased the Frankfort Distilling Company.
In 1943, Seagram purchased the Frankfort Distilling Co. primarily to acquire the most noted and recognized name in the business at that time – Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Even though Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Seagram made the decision to discontinue the sale of Kentucky Straight Bourbon here, and Four Roses was moved to the rapidly growing European and Asian markets where it quickly became the top selling Bourbon and remains a top-selling Bourbon in both Europe and Japan today.
In 1966, a young man named Jim Rutledge, who would later become one of the world’s most legendary Master Distillers, joined Seagram in the Louisville Plant’s Research and Development Department. In 1975, he was transferred to Corporate Headquarters in New York until 1992, when Jim asked to return home to Kentucky to help with the Four Roses brand. In 1995, he replaced Ova Haney as the Master Distiller. For the next ten years, he worked tirelessly to return the Four Roses brand back to the States – a dream that would become a reality in hands of a new owner.
In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the Four Roses brand trademark, and named the new acquisition Four Roses Distillery LLC. Four Roses was once again sold in the United States beginning in 2004 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest names in the Bourbon world.
In August 2015, Jim Rutledge retired as Master Distiller and Brent Elliott, who worked alongside Jim for 10 years, became the company’s new Master Distiller.
The people who work at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY and at our warehouse facility in Cox’s Creek, KY continue the legacy that began with Paul Jones in 1888. Their passion for quality and their pride in handcrafting an award winning Bourbon is evident in the smooth, mellow taste that has become the signature of the Four Roses Brand.
What a great way to celebrate Father's Day a day early but with a demo and dinner in homage to BEEF!
Join us, Saturday, June 17th for an educational and fun butcher demo by two of Pape's Meat Co.'s talented butchers, Guy Crims and Ryan Lawson. Then it's time for dinner! Enjoy our resident chef, Jasmine Fernandez's spin on your favorite beef preparations, expertly paired with some of our favorite wine!
We have limited seating! Tickets are available for purchase by emailing email@example.com or by calling 650.697.9463!
Hope to see you here!
Neil Redmond of Beckmen Vineyards is originally from Hawaii and now makes his home in Los Olivos, CA. In 1998 Neil left Oahu for the Central Coast of California, where he earned his degree in Environmental Horticultural Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 2008 after several years of developing a passion for wine and his local wine palate, Neil took a weekend harvest position at Beckmen. It didn’t take long to know that the wine business was for him! In 2012, Neil was offered a full-time winery position at Beckmen Vineyards and has not looked back. Neil was recently promoted to Steve Beckmen’s “right hand man” and holds the title of Sales & Education Manager. Neil has now worked nine straight harvests at Beckmen Vineyards (5 full-time), managed Beckmen’s Estate tasting room, and currently does regional market sales in five states. He is excited to visit the Bay Area and have the opportunity toshare the Beckmen Vineyards story as well as pour their lineup of delicious Estate grown wines for you!
Winemaker and owner, Phillip Staehle, created Enkidu to produce wines of outstanding character, and to get back to “...working with my hands, to use all of my senses, and live and work according to the seasons of the year.” Phil honed his craft at Carmenet Vineyards (Chalone Wine Group) from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. The philosophies at Carmenet still resonate today and were best expressed by the late Dick Graff: “To be the best you can, to not compromise on quality; and most certainly concentrate on every detail.”
As with the spirit of Enkidu, Dick’s words are a guide in our winemaking, business, and life. We strive to create wines that are first and foremost an embodiment of the vineyard. We employ a minimalist approach utilizing techniques which maximize the expression of the fruit, resulting in balanced, complex wines, which frankly, just taste good! Distinctive and expressive, Enkidu wines are carefully crafted and nurtured: the product of our commitment to make the best wines possible.
Chef Steve Brown has launched “A Beautiful Contradiction”, a collaboration dinner series and documentary film.
•An eight course, one-of-a-kind food experience, featuring a different cut of A-5 Japanese Wagyu beef paired with local produce.
•Wagyu beef is the finest in the world and “A-5” is the highest grade, given only to the best of the very best!
•We are honored to host the first installment in the series on April 29th at Pape Meat Co. and Bacchus Wine Shop.
The Bacchus Wine Shop team will choose a superb selection of handcrafted wines to pair with this special menu.
Please join us Saturday, April 29th, from 3-6pm as we host a Napa Valley Family-Owned Classic, Honig Winery & Vineyards!!
Bacchus Wine Shop is pleased to be hosting Mr. Steven Honig for an incredible flight of 5 wines from his family's winery in Rutherford, CA.
Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Honig Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Honig Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Honig Bartolucci Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Honig Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Don't miss this opportunity to discover these wonderful wines and visit with Steven about their history and wines. $10 non-member tasting fee.
In 1996, David Jackson purchased an exceptional 28 year old, dry farmed vineyard in northern Calistoga. Shortly after David purchased the vineyard, his entrepreneurial son, Trent got inspired to build on his father's dream. Trent immediately enlisted cult winemaker Kirk Venge to take over. By the late 90's, Trent's focus on quality and limited production attracted a loyal word of mouth following.
In 2002, Trent turned to his sister Kimberly, who holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Kimberly restructured the business, re-branded the wine, got placement in top restaurants in the Bay Area and New York, received great press, and expanded distribution.
Join us for this special tasting of:
• Y3 Sauvignon Blanc 2013
•Y3 Chardonnay 2015
•Y3 Pinot Noir 2015
•Jax Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
•Taureau Red Blend 2014
Don't miss this opportunity to discover these wonderful wines and visit with Kimberly about their history and wines. $10 non-member tasting fee.
Please join us Saturday, February 11, 3-6pm as we host the lovely Ms. Jenny Wagner.
Jenny is the newest member of the Wagners to join the family business as winemaker for Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. The Emmolos have a long history in Napa Valley with Jenny’s great-grandfather, Salvatore Emmolo, starting the family’s grapevine rootstock nursery in St. Helena in 1923, Charlie Wagner, starting Caymus Vineyards in 1972.
Join us for this very special tasting of:
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2014, $23.99
Emmolo Napa Merlot 2014, $59.99
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, $109.99 (1L)
Don't miss this opportunity to discover these wonderful wines and visit with Jenny about the Emmolo and Wagner history and their wines. $10 non-member tasting fee
See you there.
Ross Sullivan, son of founder Jim Sullivan and winemaker at at Sullivan Vineyards, located in Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley. Ross, along with Scott McLeod (who was the winemaker at Rubicon for 18 years), makes the wines at Sullivan. Sullivan has been producing wines in Rutherford since the early 1970s and makes just 200-300 of each these wines per year.
Come join us for this very special tasting of:
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($34.00)
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Rutherford ($85.00)
-- January Wine Club wine!!!
2013 Bourdeaux Blend - Coeur de Vigne ($100.00)
-- Signed bottles available -- Great Gift!!
Don't miss this opportunity to discover these wonderful wines and to get to visit with Ross about their history and their wines.
Thank You Bacchus Wine Shop Customers & Wine Club Members!!
Please join us on Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Wine club wines will be ready for pick up at 11am on Saturday 01/14. Please come by any time to pick up your delivery and sample this months selections.
Don't forget the following Thursday, 01/19, is Wine Club Night. 7:30pm-9:30pm Members are always welcome to bring guests
Please join us Saturday, November 19, from 3-6pm as we host an amazing Grower/Producer from Sonoma County, J. Rickards!!
J. Rickards is a family-run operation of both wine grape farming and wine production, located at the northern end of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Owned and operated by Jim and Eliza Rickards, the Vineyards have been planted over the past four decades. Their original Zinfandel vines were planted in 1908. Maybe some of you recall the Old Vine Zinfandel we had in December 2015 Bacchus Wine Club offering?
We will be pouring 1 white and 2 red from their portfolio. Hope to see you in the 19th!
Hanger 24 Craft Brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location of where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation with friends is the same as ever. Cheers.
Thursday is also Wine Club Pick Up Night, so come in and try some beer.
- Thursday, November 17, 2015
- 7:30pm 9:30pm
Thanks to all our new wine club members for signing up this past month!
Third Thursday wine club happy hour is November 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm at the shop.
Not a Wine Club member yet? It's not too late! Non-members can attend to taste this month's selections from all three Club levels and mingle with other members for just $10. Don't forget, members receive free wine bar tastings, discounts on special events and 5% off ALL their Bacchus Wine Shop purchases.
- Saturday, November 12, 2016
- 11:00am 7:00pm
Thank You Bacchus Wine Shop Customers & Wine Club Members!!
Wine club wines will be ready for pick up at 11am on Saturday 11/12. Please come by any time to pick up your delivery and sample this months selections.
Don't forget the following Thursday, 11/17, is Wine Club Night. 7:30pm-9:30pm Members are always welcome to bring guests
Please join us Saturday, October 1, from 3-6pm as we host one of our favorite Millbrae neighbors Mr. Bob Borque. Bob is the Director of Sales for Sonoma based winery, Spicy Vines.
"Like most great things in life, our story is rooted in the Spirit of Tradition — in our case, the century old tradition of spicing wine. In 2010, Co-Founder, Crystalyn Hoffman spent a year traveling Europe, where she spent much of her time in Germany, the land of her heritage. It was in the Berlin Christmas markets where Crystalyn was first introduced to the century old craft of spicing wine when she had her first sip of Glühwein, a German mulled wine that is served hot around the holidays."
Also like most things, Spicy Vines has decided to branch out from it's original offering of their signature Spiced wine to single varietals. We will be tasting the Chardonnay, Rose and Syrah from Sonoma County. We hope you can join us! Cheers!
Please come in to try the best in seasonal beer that New Belgium has to offer!!
Great beers, such as their De Kinnick Lips of Faith; a citrusy blend of key limes, lemons and hibiscus. This has a beautiful nose of rose petals and strawberry. It will help transition into the fall. We will also be showcasing their Seasonal White IPA, The Accumulation. This will be ready to take home in an easy to carry 6 pack. Also being poured will be the Trippel Belgium. This Trippel has nice Munich malts, hints of spicy noble hops, along with fruity aromas it's perfect for the cold season ahead with it's warm boozy bite.
Please join us this Saturday as we host, Keith Hargrove, from Hindsight Wine. We will be pouring his Oak Knoll Chardonnay along with some perfect meat pairing reds.
"As a small boutique wine producer, we stay true to our vision of making sustainably produced, world-class, yet reasonably priced, Napa Valley wine. We get tremendous pleasure from our customers who tell us how much they enjoy our wine. We are committed to delivering the absolute best value in Napa Valley wine and we truly hope you enjoy them."
We hope you will be able to join and and enjoy them as much as we do. Cheers!