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Wednesday Wine Dinners in April, at Berkeley’s glamorous Claremont

April 2nd, 2012

Michael Silacci of Opus One appears April 11

It’s April and spring is in the air. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and its the perfect time of year to get back into that romance-revivifying ritual, the weeknight date night. Every Wednesday evening this month, there’s a wonderful opportunity to indulge your significant other at the Berkeley Wine Festival‘s winemaker dinners in the chateau-like Claremont Hotel.

Each week, the sprawling, romantic resort will play host to a different Northern California vintner in its dramatic, high-ceilinged Meritage dining room. Chef Josh Thomsen—whose CV includes the French Laundry—specializes in wine-pairing cuisine and will craft menus to showcase the offerings of each evening’s winemaker guest.

  • Wednesday, April 4   Daniel Baron of Silver Oak Cellars will present several vintages of Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets as well as  Twomey Cellars pinot noirs and merlots.
  • Wednesday, April 11  Michael Silacci of Opus One will lead diners through an array of his internationally acclaimed, wines.
  • Wednesday, April 18  Dennis Cakebread will feature Cakebread Cellars‘ Napa-grown sauvignon blanc, merlot and reserve wines. Who knew that Cakebread was a family name?!
  • Wednesday, April  Justin Baldwin comes north from Paso Robles’ Justin Vineyards  to present the Bordeaux style blends that have helped him make his mark among American oenophiles.

After a Bacchanalian mid-week feast, it will be understandable if you don’t want to drive home. So why not turn Hump Day into Hump Night, and check into one of the Claremont’s suites with your sweetie. After an morning stroll through the gardens and a detoxifying spa treatment, you’ll be ready for the one-and-a-half more grueling workdays before the weekend. Cheers!

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