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Origins of Wine Civilization

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Date(s) - 03/13/2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

San Francisco Wine School

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Origins of Wine Civilization

“…one of the most unique wine events ever held in San Francisco.” Alder Yarrow

Join noted academics and industry experts on Sunday, March 13th for a day of discovery and intrigue as you traverse the history of ancient wines and their evolution to modern expressions, tasting examples from the Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean regions. This ground-breaking event will merge the academic and commercial aspects of wine, explore the ancient and modern styles from where wine originated, and its place in today’s society.

San Francisco Wine School’s author of Inside Interviews, David Furer, will host a full day of seminars and guided tastings with some of the foremost authorities on ancient wines starting with a keynote address by the world’s most highly acclaimed archaeologist of fermented beverages, Dr. Patrick McGovern. He will bring us up-to-date on the most recent scientific developments.

Sunday, March 13th  
Conference & Grand Tasting

Grand Tasting Only

Happy Hour For All

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(Industry discounts available for wine trade. Email:

Welcome: Master Sommelier David Glancy Program Overview: Author David Furer
Keynote: The Archaeological and Chemical Hunt For the Origins Of Viniculture: Past, Present, and Future by Dr. Patrick McGovern
Caucasus, Panel Discussion, and Guided Tasting:  Alberto Antonini, Jeff Berlin, Zorik Gharibian, Lisa Granik MW, Paul Hobbs, Robert Michero. Moderated by David Furer
Multi-ethnic Luncheon with Speakers and Panelists, welcoming address by Wes Hagen
The Civilization of Wine from the Phoenicians to the Egyptians & Canaanites by Dr. Patrick Hunt
Eastern Mediterranean Panel Discussion and Guided Tasting: Fadi Batarseh, Bartholomew Broadbent, Joel Butler MW, Darrell Corti, Daniel O’Donnell. Moderated by David Furer
Grand Tasting: Wine of Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey
Partial list of wines: 
Gulor G Rouge Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Gulor G Silver Okuzgozu-Petit Verdot 2012
Gulor Sayeste Okuzgozu-Bogazkere 2012
Suvla Karasakiz Rose’ 2013
Suvla Karasakiz 2013
Suvla SUR 2010 SUR, Bordeaux Blend, Gallipolli
Sevilen 2013 Narince White Narince Anatolian, Turkey
Kavaklidere Lal 2014Rosé Rosé Çalkarasi Denizli, Turkey
KOCABAG 2013Öküzgözü Red Öküzgözü Cappadocia, Turkey
Kalecik Karasi 20213 Red Kalecik Karasi Güney Plateau/Denizli
Kavaklidere Ancyra 2013 Red Kalecik Karasi Central Anatolia, Turkey
Kavaklidere Pendore 2010 Red Bogazkere Aegean, Turkey
Chateau Musar Jeune red 2012
Chateau Musar Jeune white 2014
Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils 2011
Chateau Musar Red 2007
Chateau Musar red 2004
Cremisan “Star of Bethlehem” Hamdani Jandali
Cremisan “Star of Bethlehem” Dabouki
Cremisan “Star of Bethlehem” Baladi
2013 Trinity Canyon Vineyard “6100”
Chateau Ksara “Cuvee du Pape” Chardonnay 2013
Chateau Ksara “Red Cuvee” 2012
Chateau Ksara “Le Souverain” 2010
Kayra Versus, Okuzgozu, Elazig, Turkey, 2013
Kayra Kalecik Karası, Denizli, Turkey, 2014
Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karası, Denizli, Turkey, 2015
Happy Hour: Ancient Brews at Armstrong Brewing Company