Other than a late night at the Lucky Penny or an emergency food run to Trader Joe’s the northwest corner of Geary and Masonic is not much more than a thoroughfare from one part of the city to another for most San Franciscans. But now there is a very good reason for anyone and everyone to spend some time in this trafficked intersection: Tofino Wines.
Each year, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s (GWCGN) “Best Of” Wine Tourism Awards offers hospitality leaders throughout San Francisco and Napa Valley the unique opportunity to showcase their best practices in a competition with other wine tourism businesses from around the world.
As the name suggest, they wanted wines that were pure expressions of the places they came from. Natural meant just that – getting back to methods that were used before the advent of modern wine technology.
Urban wineries are not just for winemaking but also function as venues for wine tasting. When Dave Gifford and Kevin Doucet opened up Dogpatch Wine Works tasting room in 2012, they realized that while their industrial setting was not as scenic as Napa, it still provided a unique environment in one of San Francisco’s trendiest neighborhoods where people can relax and try a variety of wines.