Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reminder - Organic Wine Uncorked's Wine Tasting Oct. 21 in Oakland!

Let's celebrate!

      Lissy Walker's first CD was Life is Sweet
      which won rave reviews from the jazz/folk world. 
      She's started a Kickstarter campaign to 
      record a second CD called Wonderland.
In celebration of harvest time and Lissy Walker's upcoming, sure-to-be-a-night-to-remember Friday night concert at Piedmont Piano, Organic Wine Uncorked will be pouring a featured selection of fine, organically grown California wines before and after Lissy's concert at Piedmont Piano. Please join us - and tell/bring your friends.

All the wines are from my forthcoming app Organic Wine Uncorked: 200 Wines for $20 or Less (coming fall 2011).

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Concert Wine Tasting Menu


• 2010 McFadden Sparkling Brut

Since Rack and Riddle's come to town (in Hopland), Mendo's inland wineries have been making sparkling wines that compete (and sometime surpass) the bubbly created by French-owned, Champagne-country giant Roederer (at least they beat or tie Roederer Brut's in public competitions).

McFadden's current vintage is not to be missed and will definitely sell out. Try a bit before and after the concert to celebrate Lissy's concert (and hopefully her second CD).


Terra Savia Reserve Chardonnay
Bonterra Riesling

Terra Savia's Reserve Chardonnay is made by a fourth-generation Mendocino vigneron. Jim Milone grows his own grapes (on family held in his family since around 1900) and makes some great certified organically grown Chardonnays. (You can often find them in Whole Foods wine departments).

Bonterra's Riesling, made from Lake County certified organic grapes, won Double Gold in the 2010 Mendocino Wine Competition which is a pretty big honor. (They're pretty stingy with the Double Golds).

Rieslings from California aren't exactly common and the best ones from the state come from Mendocino and Lake counties. See what a great California riesling tastes like.


Barra Sangiovese
Barra Zinfandel

Who else grows an organic Sangiovese in California? The answer is hardly anyone except for Charlie Barra, a legend in his time, now on his 65th harvest. Yes, you read that right - 65th harvest. A long time Mendo grower who started a winery in recent decades, Charlie's Italian roots run deep, deep, deep. Sample this one to see what a California-grown Sangiovese from an old time Italian is like.

Charlie's also famous for his Zin and we will be pouring that as well.
Earlier this year, Barra's wines were honored when they and they alone were featured in an exclusive gourmet dinner at Masa's with international Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini.

Masa's Chef Gregory Short (formerly of the French Laundry) featured Barra's Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir and planned the meal around the wines.

Perhaps these two wines on our tasting menu will inspire you to plan meals around them, too! (Pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers...and much more...)

Concert Info

Tickets to the concert are $15.

The event will be held at Piedmont Piano on San Pablo in Oakland.

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Showtime is 8 pm. Come early for a little bit of tasting. After the 75 minute performance, join us for more wine tasting.

Lissy Walker

To hear some of Lissy's music from her first CD, visit

Enjoy her Wonderland video promo here:

Lissy Walker - Life is Sweet from Lissy Walker on Vimeo.

Hope to see you at the concert!

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