B Cellars’ Blend 24 is a blend of premium cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese, a creative twist on a Super Tuscan style wine.
B Cellars' Blend 24 is a blend of premium cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese, a creative twist on a Super Tuscan style wine. (B Cellars)

VCs, techies, brewskies: When you work 80 hours a week, you need a beer festival that lasts nine days. This year's Silicon Valley Beer Week takes place July 25 to Aug. 2 and will celebrate the vibrant brewing and culinary traditions that the South Bay and Peninsula have to offer. We're talking tap takeovers, tasting events, food and beer pairings, and new release nights sure to put some hops in your step. The week will commence with a beer-inspired culinary extravaganza at Blackbird Tavern (200 S. First St., San Jose) on July 25 and close with the popular Kraftbrew Beer Fest on Aug. 2 at its new location, Gordon Biersch Brewery (357 East Taylor St., San Jose). Check www.svbeerweek.com for updates.

The new B Cellars: It's not every day that a new winery opens in Napa Valley. In this case, B Cellars, a premium winery and tasting salon, is relocating from Calistoga to a historic property in Oakville on Aug. 1. The new, 11.5-acre property will be appointment-only and joins Silver Oak, PlumpJack and Rudd in the district that has long defined great Napa cabernet.

The winery will include 15,000 square feet of original caves and an exceptional array of blends by winemaker Kirk Venge from prime vineyard sites, including To Kalon and Stagecoach. Be on the lookout for a 5,000-square-foot hospitality building overlooking the vineyards, with tasting rooms opening onto large courtyards, an herb garden, bocce court and outdoor dining terraces. Fox's Season 4 "Hell's Kitchen" winner chef Christina Machamer will oversee food and wine pairings in a new interactive demonstration kitchen. Details: www.bcellars.com.

Wine classes in Oaktown: This summer, the Barrel Room in Oakland will offer a series of wine classes taught by proprietor and advanced certified sommelier Sarah Trubnick. Sherry is hot hot hot, so it's no surprise that Jerez leads as the first in the series on July 20. Next up: "Rioja and the Basque Country" (Aug. 3); "The Wines of Spain" (Aug. 17) and "The Wines of Portugal" (Aug. 31). Tickets: $75, including materials and wine tastings along with food pairings. The July 20 class takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are required. Details: 5330 College Ave., Oakland; www.barrelroomoak.com.

-- J. Yadegaran, Staff