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Looking forward to the week ahead in San Francisco- December 9th, 2019

Dear Friends of Flatiron,

Here we are, two week out from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Festivus...you name it! That means it's time to stop putting off those last minute gifts and get shopping for same tasty tipples for everyone. Don't forget to treat yourself too!

This Weeks Tastings

Tuesday December 10th
Hartwell Estate Wines from 5 to 7pm- Hartwell Vineyards was founded in 1986 when Bob Hartwell purchased 90 acres of Wappo Hill—the half of Wappo Hill not owned by Robert Mondavi—in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Though their property is smack in the middle of some of the most prime real estate in the valley, Hartwell has remained small and focused with only three wines. Join us along with Bob Hartwell's granddaughter Jennelle Manzanares for a special tasting of their Stag's Leap wines.

Wednesday December 11th
Ruinart Champagne from 5 to 7pm- The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. It was the first established House of Champagne in 1729 and inspired by the intuition of a monk well ahead of his time. Dom Thierry Ruinart, a Benedictine Monk, was a young theologian studying in Paris when the first sparkling wines known as Champagne became popular. Following the advice of his uncle, Nicolas Ruinart traveled to Reims and established Maison Ruinart Champagne. An emblem of refined sparkling wine, Ruinart Champagnes are some of the most iconic and delish Champagnes available. Don't miss this great opportunity to stock up before the New Year.

Thursday December 12th
Tasting with Importer Martine's from 5 to 7pm- Martine's Wines is an import company started by the inimitable Martine Saunier in 1979. Martine brought the wines she grew up with to our shores and forever changed the way Americans understood French wine. Stop by the shop to taste a selection of some of our favorite French choices from her portfolio.

Friday December 13th
Barolos from Renato Ratti from 5 to 7pm- Half way up the hill overlooking the main Barolo valley, along the first spurs of the neatly aligned vineyards, lies the Abbey of the Annunziata, a priceless jewel of the 15th Century. Just as the good friars of centuries past produced wines from the grapes grown along the hollow below their abbey, a position of glory and grandeur, today, faithful to their same timeless wisdom, wines of incomparable quality are produced. The respectful, yet innovative wine-making philosophy of Renato Ratti lives on today thanks to the passion and commitment of his son Pietro. Any fan of exceptional Barolo will want to attend this tasting.

Feaured in our weekly newsletter we're excited to be offering 2018 vintage Rieslings from Hofgut Falkenstein, the hands-off cult wines of Noella Morantin
Chartogne-Taillet Extra Brut "Cuvée Les Barres" 2012, and the coveted Bianco "Ca de Merlo" 2018 and Rosso "Primofiore" 2016 from Giuseppe Quintarelli.