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This month at Hopscotch, we are kicking off a series of fun and casual dinners focused on local wine producers. The producers we'll be featuring in the coming months are some of my favorites, both for the humans they are and the delicious juice they create.

To kickoff the series, we will be hosting a wine dinner with Drew Huffine and Emily Virgil of Trail Marker Wine Co. on Friday, April 27. These two are a perfect example of how passion and talent can create something pure and good. Their wines are unpretentious, even though they easily could be (they are so delicious!). We'll do an early and a later seating for this dinner - between 5:00-5:30pm and 7:45-8:00pm.  Each will include a four-course menu and wine pairings for $58 per person. We will start with tastings of two of their brilliant Chardonnays, then will move onto Rosé and Drew's new baby, the Saveria Vineyard Pinot.

We have done our best to keep the cost of these dinners low - I want anyone who’s interested to be able to join us and gather with these fresh faces of the wine industry. Despite that, at each dinner we will taste some wine that is rare or not currently available to the public.

Reservations for this dinner can be made online here or by calling (510) 788-6217. Hope to see you over a glass of vino soon!

Hopscotch Oakland, co-owner

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Friday, May 18th - Luli Wines & Hopscotch’s Big Red BBQ Swine & Wine
Celebrate the start of summer with magnums of Luli Rose and the release of Luli’s first vintage of gorgeous single vineyard Pinot Noirs.  Luli Proprietor and Master Sommelier, Sara Floyd will taste us through five of her incredible wines. Chef Kyle will be getting creative with his grill, Big Red, creating a family-style meal inspired by a combination of Japanese country and American rural cooking.

Thursday, June 14th - Iconnu Wine’s Laura Brennan Bissel
Laura is one of our favorite winemakers in the California Natural Wine movement. She is making small amounts of beautiful wines with great attention to detail from the vineyard to the bottle. She is one who clarifies that natural wines need not be flawed wines. Hers are approachable, clean, elegant and alive.  Join us for the evening to learn more about this young winemaker on the rise.

July, Date TBD - Tessier Winery’s Kristie Tacey
Kristie's scientist brain and her creative soul inspire her consistently lovely wines and we have always been a fan.  No longer just a Pinot gal, she is now making Riesling, Viognier, Grenache and Cabernet Franc as well — always single vineyard. We are thrilled to have her share her latest releases as well as some library wines we’ve had cellared for a while. Keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks. 

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