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A Taste for Life 2007

WineCommune is pleased to announce our seventh annual “A Taste for Life” on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco’s beautiful Acquerello Restaurant.



Now in its seventh year, 'A Taste For Life' has always been a great success. To commemorate this milestone, we have decided that it’s time to change it up a bit with an informal, end of year affair. We will still be faithful to our coveted wines, but our hearts will stray from the format.


This year we ask that each of you bring one of your best bottles to share with 49 other guests. This intimate affair for 50 guests will be held at Acquerello Restaurant in San Francisco, recently awarded a 27 rating by Zagat and a coveted Michelin star. We think it’s one of the City’s best. And we thought we’d relieve one more itch for you – that of which fancy outfit to wear. Please come casual.


One thing we will not compromise is the caliber of wines we will be drinking. In keeping with our mission of “the most coveted wines” this must be a B.Y.O.B. of a higher caliber. No cooking sherry or Grandpa Sven’s Beet Wine. We are asking for first growths, grand crus and cults du monde. In prior ‘Taste’ events, your table served 8 world class wines. This year, you will sample 50. So, please honor the tradition by bringing your best.


We hope to see you on December 1st to help us scratch the itch and celebrate seven years with ‘Taste’. We expect the seats to fill up rather quickly, so reserve yours as soon as you can.


For tickets, please call (510) 632-5300, email info@jjbuckley.com, or fill out this form and fax it to us at (510) 632-5400.


How it Began

In 2001, founding WineCommune members Shaun and Julie Bishop began ‘A Taste for Life’ to bring their members together to honor a shared love of fine wine in a unique format: verticals and medleys of the world’s top-rated wines at different “themed” tables, each poured and guided by a sommelier. After seven years and counting, ‘Taste’ ranks among the most exclusive wine tasting benefits anywhere attracting some of the most sophisticated pallets from around the globe. This year will be no different in that respect.

A Taste for Life Steering Committee

Founding Co-Chairs

Shaun and Julie Bishop, WineCommune


Master of Ceremonies

Archie McLaren


Event Committee

Wilfred and Judi Jaeger, Three Arch Partners

Craig and Melissa Whitney, Longfellow Winery

Michael Stajer, WineCommune


Sommeliers with emcee, Archie McLaren

Sommeliers produce "results" with the help of their table and shared their conclusions with the entire tasting room.




“Legendary Bottles” at ‘Taste’




Acquerello Restaurant

Acquerello, named for its original watercolors, envelops guests in a warm and gracious atmosphere the moment they arrive. A recent renovation of the 17-year old restaurant, led by designer John Wheatman, highlights the former chapel, graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, with warm Mediterranean colors of gold and terracotta.


The 50 seat dining room is softly illuminated with light from polished brass lamps which dances off an extensive collection of crystal decanters and a large floral bouquet greeting guests as they enter.


Co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham-Tognetti work together to provide an unparallel Italian dining experience. Acquerello has received countless awards, including a Michelin star in the first-ever 2007 Bay Area guide.



About WineCommune
WineCommune is the proud founder and sponsor of this extraordinary wine tasting benefit. Since 1999, WineCommune has provided an on-line network that connects wine buyers and wine sellers, both private and retail via the Internet, enabling a global community a means of buying and selling fine wines quickly and efficiently. Founded by Michael Stajer, WineCommune is now the largest wine auction-retail site on the Internet. In six years, WineCommune has helped raise nearly one million dollars for Bay Area charities with “A Taste for Life”.