A Taste of SF Living at AT&T Park
With stunning views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge, AT&T Park is one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the country. The experience inside the park is also something special as it reflects San Francisco’s culinary culture with a large and diverse selection of food and beverages. Granted, beverages at baseball games make most of us think about beer but in San Francisco, wine is right up there and it has become much more plentiful at the stadium in the last few years.
Last year Centerplate, the company that runs the F&B at the stadium, put a wine bar on the promenade level behind home plate. Called Vintage 58, in celebration of the year the Giants moved west, most of the dozen or so wines are from California. You can get a single (5.5 ounce pour) for $10.50, a double for $21 or if you want to super size it, a carafe ($48) that holds an entire bottle of wine. I’ve got to admit, the idea of bringing a carafe out to my seat and watching the Giants holds quite a bit of appeal, whether it is a chilled white during a day game or a red for those mid week night games that seem to be the coldest.
More than half the wines are poured on tap, suggesting a little bit more of a casual, beer like experience that works well for the occasion. Several wines from Vinum Cellars, Concannon, Chateau St. Jean, Silver Tap and Nobilo from New Zealand are served this way. There is even a sparkling wine on tap this year, Singlo Prosecco, which really looks like a light beer as it comes out of the spigot.
Most of the imports are from bottles though you have the same size options. Mulderbosch Rose, which is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc and Quattro Mani Barbera are the highlights.
This season, Vintage 58 put a portable cart on the View level. There is a little overlap in the selection but some of the wines are different. If you want a white, ask for J Vineyards Pinot Grigio or Recuerdo Torrontes…or try both. The Diseno Malbec from Argentina is an enjoyable red and the Acrobat Rose made from Pinot Noir goes down way too easily.
There are other places where you can find good wine in the park, especially at the Farmer’s Market stand on the Virgin Club Level. Another secret, the sangria that is sold at some of the bars is pretty killer.
Here’s the truth...in San Francisco we so love our Giants that even if they played in a little league field we’d flock to the games, but having a ball park where wine and food is not an afterthought gives us even more reason to feel proud.
Vintage 58 at AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza