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April 13, 2015

Wine Tastings You Can't Miss in San Francisco

San Francisco loves wine and there is no better place to experience what the Bay Area has to offer than at a wine tasting. You don't want to miss these upcoming wine tastings.

Pinot Days

The City View at the Metreon is becoming a favorite venue for wine tastings. Located in the heart of downtown, it offers one of the most spectacularly urban views of San Francisco. But in this case, the best part is what’s going on inside the building, with a trough of Pinot Noir from a very diverse group of 80 winemakers flowing for three hours. 

Saintsbury and Morgan are among the old-timers making their way to the Metreon for the day but next generation producers, Gary Farrell and Martinelli is also coming down and Willakenzie Estate from Oregon is pitching in a cameo. Some of the greatest excitement is bound to come from Clos Saron, who is making stellar Pinot Noir from a high elevation in the Sierra foothills. Other, lesser-known wineries including McEvoy of Marin and Failla will also be partaking in the Pinot revelry. 

The beauty of this event is that it really runs the gamut, showing a myriad of Pinot Noir styles and regions made on the West Coast. A number of local food purveyors will be on hand, from Krave Jerky to El Porteno Empanadas so bring an appetite! 

Yet, there is more: a Grand Festival VIP Regional and Early Entry Tasting. A one-hour sitdown tasting, each group will taste with two wines each with four winemakers. Afterward, participants can begin the grand tasting at 1 p.m., an hour before the official start. 

June 20, 2015
The City View at the Metreon
135 Fourth St.
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Family Winemakers of California 15th Annual Consumer Tasting

After taking a one-year hiatus, Family Winemakers of California is returning to San Francisco with its 15th annual tasting at The Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. 

Since its founding, first as a trade tasting more than 20 years ago, Family Winemakers has focused on small production, family owned producers. The event has grown considerably, now including well over 100 wineries from more than 20 appellations in California. Many old time favorites including Navarro Vineyards, Swanson Vineyards and Tablas Creek Vineyard will be in attendance, as well as some of the newer, lesser-known producers. 

With over 500 wines poured, from a huge range of grape varieties, there will be plenty to try. If you are tired of Chardonnay no worries, you will not leave thirsty but if Chardonnay is your first love, you’ll be in heaven. Many wineries are also offering discounts for wines ordered at the tasting, and can ship to many U.S. states. 

Local cheeses will also be served and all attendees can take home the professional wine glass that is given upon entrance. It is a great opportunity not only to taste a wide selection of California wines but also to meet the winemakers, owners and others who have worked tirelessly to make California’s wine industry what it is today.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
The Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
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Photo by Ben / CC BY-SA

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