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Wines of Portugal Tasting: April 22, San Francisco

I'm a little late to the game on this one folks, so apologies for the last minute notification. But if you're not busy on Tuesday evening and you are either a fan of Port or interested vini_Portugal.pngin one of the more interesting up-and-coming red wine regions of the world, you may want to pay attention.

We get plenty of opportunities to taste California wines around here, and some chances to explore France and Italy, but Portuguese wine tastings are rare in most of the United States.

This tasting has been billed as the largest Portuguese wine tasting in America. Of course it doesn't have to be that large in order to qualify, but it's definitely the best opportunity that Bay Area wine lovers will get to educate their palates about what is going on in Portugal (not to mention just taste some good wines).

Those looking for a little more education can also avail themselves of the seminar that will be part of this tasting, entitled "Using Port Grapes to Make Extraordinary Table Wines," which pretty much sums up why you'd go to this tasting in the first place. More than 30 producers will be on hand personally, and nearly 300 wines will be available for tasting.

And, not that you needed more of an excuse, but all proceeds from the public tasting will go towards Project OpenHand, an excellent charity here in San Francisco.

Vini Portugal Tasting
Tuesday, April 22nd
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street,
San Francisco, CA 94150

Tickets are a "suggested" $40 donation to Project OpenHand and can be purchased at the door.

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