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Join Vinography For a Drink: Sunday Jan 15th.

In a few short days, I will be celebrating the 2nd anniversary, or birthday, of this Blog. Last year, on my first BlogBirthday, I invited every one of my readers to join me for a drink at a local wine bar. About 15 of you showed up, and it was a great time. I'd like to do it again this year. So here's the deal. On Sunday, January 15th, meet me at the Hotel Biron wine bar at 5:00 PM (see map below). That's when they open and we should have the place to ourselves. We can chat, drink some good wine by the glass, and generally relax before another week starts in (heaven knows I need it after the week I've been having, starting with losing my hard drive). I'd like to encourage anyone to come -- as hard as it might be to believe, last year was definitely NOT a wine geek fest where we all sat around writing tasting notes. It was just a bunch of people hanging out drinking wine with no pretension. So don't feel like you need to know anything, or anyone, to show up.

rose_map.gifI'll be wearing a white button down shirt and jeans, to make it easy for you to spot me, and to challenge myself to make it for a couple of hours of drinking red wine with no stains.

Vinography Second Birthday Party
Sunday January 15th, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hotel Biron Wine Bar
45 Rose Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Google Map Link.

Oh, and one final note. Some of you who actually know me well brought little gifts last year. That was very sweet, but you, along with anyone else who might entertain the idea, are forbidden from doing so. No gifts, please, no matter how small. The fact that you're showing up is cool enough. See you Sunday!

Comments (19)

Lenn wrote:
01.11.06 at 2:35 AM

Happy BlogBirthday Alder and Vinography. Wish I could make it...I'm sure you'll have a great time!

Iris wrote:
01.11.06 at 2:51 AM

A bit far to come and a bit complicated to calculate, what time we'll have in the South of France, when it's 5:00 pm at San Francisco - but anyway: I'll rise my glass to your second blog-birthday on sunday and call out:

santÚ et prosit, Alder!

Ps:I must confess that I just found out that you are at San Francisco - I never read the header of your blog, always kean to read your latest article - like in a blind degustation... seeing the "label" immeadiately changes my tasting atmosphere - lots of old songs in my head...

Martin wrote:
01.11.06 at 3:24 AM

Alder, would love to come but, alas, I live on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. I enjoy reading your blog since I have learned a lot from reading your posts.
Well done and cheers from Asia!

Glenn wrote:
01.11.06 at 5:54 AM

Enjoy your second Blog birthday. I would have liked to come if only to thank you for your generous sharing on your enthusiasm and knowledge of wine. Although tempting, San Francisco is a little far from Ottawa for a drinkÔÇŽ..thanks

Maria wrote:
01.11.06 at 10:31 AM

Happy BlogBirthday!!! I've only started reading your blog since mid-05 and have come to really appreciate it. Your postings are always well thought out, unpretentious and insightful and I find myself looking forward to it everyday. I cannot wait to try a Txakolina or test out the La Yunta w/ some REAL chinese food. The wine world is a better place w/ Vinography in it. Thanks for sharing.

Jules Guyot wrote:
01.11.06 at 11:32 AM

Is it possible to bring a bottle of wine to this event?

enoch choi wrote:
01.11.06 at 4:53 PM

bummer, i'm on call in palo alto, otherwise i'd love to come! happy blogirthday!

01.11.06 at 5:12 PM


I recently met your friend David Amann and he told me about your blog. I look forward to diving in - looks very interesting. Sorry I can't make Sunday. My wife and I just launched a wine bar and wine shop in Redwood City. We'd love to meet you sometime. David said he'll try to bring you to our shop sometime.


weiguo wrote:
01.11.06 at 6:57 PM

happy blogbirthday! i love your blog!

Alder wrote:
01.11.06 at 10:35 PM

Thanks to all of you for your good wishes.

Jules, the answer to your question about a bottle of wine is, yes, conditionally this place will allow someone to bring a bottle, provided that there's a good group of people there buying wine from the bar. They handle this sort of thing on a case-by-case basis and it's the call of the bartender.

Hope to see you there.

Emily wrote:
01.12.06 at 3:49 PM

Cogratulations, Alder! And as they say in Austria: Prost!

Anonymous wrote:
01.12.06 at 7:06 PM

Tanti Auguri! Amico. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your blog.

Alder wrote:
01.15.06 at 10:01 PM


Thanks so much for the good wishes. I'm glad you enjoy Vinography.

Anonymous wrote:
01.16.06 at 10:08 PM

Dear Alder,

It was my great pleasure to meet you and Ruth yesterday!


Brett wrote:
01.17.06 at 4:41 PM

Alder, N and I regret that we couldn't make it to your blog birthday party on Sunday! Cheers to you (and say "hi" to Ruth).

Gilberto wrote:
01.17.06 at 6:53 PM

Feliz Segundo Aniversario Alder,
Copia is hosting a walkaround tasting of wines&food from Baja California, Mexico on the 28th. of January - If you can come it would be a good opportunity to meet. The event is listed on COPIAS web site.



Jan & Santo wrote:
01.18.06 at 6:39 PM

Congrats. on your second blog birthday! We saw the reference to your blog in the Chron. Keep up the good work! Hi to Ruth, too!

Jan and Santo

Alder wrote:
01.18.06 at 8:41 PM

Thank you Gilberto. Unfortunately that is the same day as the ZAP festival in San Francisco, so I will be unable to make it. I look forward to meeting you sometime and tasting Mexican wine.


Jane wrote:
01.19.06 at 7:45 PM

I absolutely love your blog. It is a great reference and gives me a lot of information to discuss with my friends, when we have tastings together.
Thank you!

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