Start the weekend with a free R&B Cellars flight tasting at Miss Pearl's Jam House at Jack London Square in Oakland today from 5 to 6 p.m.
For the high rollers, try Solano Cellar's Benjamin Flight today from 4 to 9 p.m. For $30, try three $100 bottles. First off is a full glass of NV Henriot Souverain Blanc de Blancs Champagne from Magnum. Then, tastings of 2004 Argiolas "Turriga", Sardinia, Italy, and 2005 Domaine du Jaugaret St. Julien (Medoc), Bordeaux, France.
If wine's not your thing, head to Drake's Brewing in San Leandro from 4 to 8 p.m. today for first Friday tastings. This month's event benefits the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation. $15 will get you a Drake's tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours. Additional tokens are $3.50. A $5/person voluntary donation can be offered at the door. Food will also be on sale.
On Saturday, Nov. 6, Stage Left Cellars near Jack London Square in Oakland will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. A $25 ticket includes wine tastings of Stage Left favorites, food like wood-fired pizzas and live music.
On Sunday, Nov. 7, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Gourmet Food and Wine Festival at Hotel Shattuck Plaza from 2 to 6 p.m. Get a taste of local cuisine and wine from 25 area restaurants and caterers, and 25 local wineries. Enjoy live music, a raffle and silent auction, benefiting the chamber's scholarship program. The event will also help Through the Looking Glass, a nonprofit assisting families with disabilities since 1982. Tickets are $50.
R&B Cellars free tastings
at Miss Pearl's Jam House
1 Broadway, Oakland
1580 Solano Ave. B, Albany
1933 Davis St., Ste 177
San Leandro, CA
Parking at Westgate Center Parking lot
Stage Left Cellars
2102 Dennison St., Oakland
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Stomp!
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley