Last weekend, Fort Mason hosted the winners of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, with more than 4,000 entries judged by 60 wine professionals. Of the Best In Class winners, we chose seven very affordable California vintages. Troubled times demand good (but not expensive) vino. Print this list out for your next pre-dinner party grocery run.
1. 2006 Mandolin Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, $12.
2. 2007 Mandolin Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $12.
3. 2007 South Coast Winery Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles County and Temecula Valley, $14.
4. 2005 Pedroncelli Estate Vineyard Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, $14
Headed to the Mission for cocktails on Saturday night? Then you better make a pit stop at Rare Device, which will be hosting Argentinian illustrator and painter Irana Douer's first-ever U.S. solo show, Hidden Treasures. Douer creates very vibrant and colorful portraits of women that look angelic at first, but after a closer look the ladies seem to be hiding something. The artist "is interested in how relationships, particular situations, or even ordinary things can affect a woman's life. Hidden Treasures... explore(s) what's hidden, different and mysterious." Saturday from 7 to 9p.m.