Three must-attend wine tasting events in San Francisco

These three unique wine tasting events are an absolutely must for wine lovers in San Francisco. Photo: SF Mint Building. Image: FlipsideSF

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2013 – Wine lovers, you have found your home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only can you enjoy wonderful wines nearly anywhere in San Francisco, but you are also a short drive away from those mega wine powerhouses of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Livermore Valley and Lake County. These unique wine tasting events coming up in San Francisco are not-to-be-missed events to explore the very best of all California wine regions, right in the City.

SF Wine History is an event that is collaboration between Wineluv and FlipSide, both based in San Francisco. FlipSide is part of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, and their main goal is to get people interested in San Francisco History. And what a way to do it, by hosting a gluttonous wine tasting event in one of the coolest buildings in San Francisco.

The Mint is a National Historic site, and is being transformed into the San Francisco Museum where visitors will be able to experience the stories that shaped San Francisco. All FlipSide events benefit the museum project.  Now insert Wineluv, the people that seem to know every single winery in the state of California, and it is a match made in heaven. The Wineluv events are always happening and packed with the best wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County and beyond.

The evening will consist of winding through the labyrinth of hallways, dark corners and seemingly secret passageways while sampling unlimited wine tastings, all while learning about the history of wine in San Francisco. Did you know that San Francisco was once a major hub of wine production and commerce? Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine while listening to tales about the thriving wine hub that is now the South of Market area. You will also learn how the 1906 earthquake and fire changed everything. For the wine novices, there will be a special presentation on the process of making wine from the vineyard to the bottle. For you serious winos… just enjoy! You will enjoy wine, food vendors, live music, wine raffles, art exhibits, a souvenir logo glass, and all of this in the 1872-era Old Mint.

Wineries not to miss: Hope & Grace, Iron Horse (bubbles!), Vice Versa, Sojourn Cellars, Bluxome Street Winery, Nottingham Cellars, Pedroncelli, White Oak, Grgich Hills Estate, and Breathless (more bubbles!)

Dates: Thursday, August 1, 6:00 pm until they kick you out!

Tickets: General admission tickets starting at $35 (early bird), and VIP $80 (early bird). See website for details. Check Wineluv for discounted tickets

 

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2. Family Winemakers, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

If you’ve ever been to an event at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, you know just how large a space it is. For those who have yet to experience it, buckle up and prepare yourself for the ride of your life. There aren’t many facilities in San Francisco that can house over 800 wines. It will be like you’ve died and gone to wine heaven. This year’s Family Winemakers’ theme is “From Our Table To Yours.” For Bay Area wine fans, this tasting is about the breadth of wineries from across the state, an enormous range of varietals, and wine growing appellations from all over the state. All Family Winemakers tastings focus on wineries that are small (under 5000 cases), have limited marketing outreach, and will be represented by family members.

A ticket buys unlimited access to 250+ wineries from 20+ California appellations, pouring over 35 varietals and 800 different wines, a commemorative wine glass, a great variety of cheeses and crackers, and an on-site food vendor. Also, another great bonus is that wine orders may be placed at this tasting, to be shipped from the winery. Many wineries will likely be offering special pricing on shipping and/or select wines. Some wineries will also be offeringTaste and Take” availability for consumers to purchase their favorites at the event to take home with them.

With 250+ wineries to choose from, it will be difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few favorites. Family Winemakers will have them in the Festival Pavilion alphabetically, so they will all be relatively easy to find. However, finding your friends will be another story.

Wineries not to miss: Sojourn Cellars, Collier Falls, Petroni Vineyards, Spann Vineyards, Casey Flat Ranch, Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Wait Cellars, Carol Shelton Wines, Bjorn Vineyards, and Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill. 

Dates: August 17-18

Tickets: Individual tickets range from $55 to $100.

 

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3.  Wines With Altitude, The Winery SF, Treasure Island

A little known fact is that there are wineries on Treasure Island (TI), just a short drive across the Bay Bridge. The Winery SF is only one of many wineries to call TI home. Winery SF often has wine tasting events to satisfy the biggest wine lover. Coming up on August 11th, Treasure Island will be invaded by dozens of Lake County Wineries – bringing with them nearly one hundred big mountain wines. This is a rare opportunity to not only meet these boutique wineries and winemakers, but to taste their wines right in San Francisco. Plus, with a VIP Ticket, it will be possible to preview and taste the People’s Choice Award winning wines from Lake County. Dozens of food trucks will also be on hand, offering up some of the very best in food truck cuisine. All this, plus local olive oils and music with stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

Wineries not to miss:
 Sol Rouge, Langtry Estate & Vineyards, Vigilance Winery & Vineyards, Six Sigma Ranch, Gregory Graham Wines, Diamond Ridge Vineyards, Wildhurst Vineyards, and Shed Horn Cellars. 

Dates: Sunday, August 11, 1- 5 pm

Tickets: $35 early bird (through August 1), $50 at the door; $50 VIP early bird, $70 at the door.

 

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Sherrie is a perky, music and wine-loving, Northern California local that seeks out and spreads the word about San Francisco experiences as well as unforgettable wine-related travel experiences.  She is CMO of The Grape Hunter USA, where they focus on helping artisan wineries and developing unique wine travel for consumers. Follow her on Twitter @BigNoseWino

Sherrie is a San Francisco local that fancies herself an extroverted fine dining, wine drinking, know-it-all.  If it’s happening near SF, Sherrie is in on it.  Follow her columns,  for the widest range of Out and About San Francisco ~ San Jose treats and Wine Country Weekly.  

 

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