SOURCE: Bottlenotes


February 13, 2009 08:00 ET

First Annual Around the World in 80 Sips Wine Tasting by Bottlenotes

Bay Area Wine Enthusiasts Stay Local, Drink Global With 80+ Wines and Food Pairings at San Francisco's Crushpad

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 13, 2009) -

Bottlenotes' inaugural "Around the World in 80 Sips™" wine tasting lets wine enthusiasts explore the world of wine in their own backyard, with 80+ sips of wine from boutique and estate wineries around the world along with food pairings from local chefs and food purveyors.

The event draws its inspiration from the recently released "Bottlenotes Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips" and comes on the heels of its nationwide book tour, which featured events attended by hundreds of wine enthusiasts sponsored by The W Hotels and Citysearch. Bottlenotes' large-scale tasting gives local wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wines from traditional and emerging wine regions around the world -- including France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Napa, Sonoma, Israel, Lebanon and China -- as well as sample local and sustainable food and wine, participate in a raffle to benefit Spark, and hear a dynamic roster of speakers address home wine blending, great investment wines, and more.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19

Crushpad, 2573 3rd St., San Francisco - San Francisco's first urban winery

Tickets are available for $40 in advance at or $60 at the door. Limited registration available for VIP/media entrance from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., e-mail

About (
Launched in 2005, is a Palo Alto, California-based company uniting e-commerce and community with its online wine platform that guides wine novices and enthusiasts through the world of wine with a Personal Taste Profile ™, community reviews, tailored wine recommendations, customized wine clubs, hand-selected boutique and estate wines from around the world, and wine resources such as its Winecyclopedia™ and weekly newsletters, podcasts and blogs that share insights from wine experts.

About the Sponsors
Tesori Wines (
Importing limited-production wines from Italy

Heritage Link Brands (
Pre-eminent importer of wines produced by black South Africans

Bottega del Vino Crystal (
Hand-blown Italian stemware. "If the wine matters, so does the glass."

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