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December 8, 2008
The week in wine

Let's take a look at some of the sipping and sampling that's going down this week:

Tuesday

Rail Bridge Cellars (400 North 16th St.) and Donal Smith, the wine merchant at Corti Brothers, are teaming up for a one-night tasting seminar. Ever wanted to test your blind tasting skills? Here's your chance. Rail Bridge Cellars' wines and selections from Corti Brothers will be poured blind as part of a sensory evaluation exercise. Food from Corti Brothers' deli will be for the munching, and tours of Rail Bridge Cellars will also be available to interested folks. The tasting statrs at 7:30 p.m. and costs $29. Reservations need to be made in advance. For more information: (916) 492-2530 or e-mail Donal Smith at donalswines@yahoo.com.

Wednesday

L Wine Lounge and Urban Kitchen (1801 L Street Suite 50) is featuring Italian varietals from both Italy and California for this week's tasting. You get to sample five wines for $10, and here's the lineup:

Farnese '05 Sangiovese, Farneto, Italy

Pasos Vineyards '06 Alta Mesa Sangiovese, Lodi

Cooper '06 Estate Barbera, Amador

Braida '06 'Il Baciale', Piedmont, Italy

San Felice '03 Poggio Rosso Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany, Italy

The tasting runs from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information: (916) 443-6970.

Also on Wednesday ... 58 Degrees & Holding Co. (1217 18th St.) is aiming the spotlight on wines from the wines out of the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria. Wines from Curran, featuring former Sea Smoke winemaker Kris Curran, and DiBruno will be poured. $10 for five pours, and the tasting runs from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Information: (916) 442-5858.


Friday

Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar (1431 Del Paso Blvd.) is featuring Napa Valley red wines for this week's tasting line-up. Call (916) 922-6792 for the wines and price.

Saturday

Revolution Wines (2116 P St.) is hosting live art demonstrations, holiday music and gifts as part of the Sacramento Christmas Walk & Bazaar. And you can bet plenty of wine tasting will be had as well. $5, with proceeds benefitting the Sacramento Children's Home. The event runs from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Information: (916) 444-7711.

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