San Francisco wine tasting events offer you the chance to sample amazing wines from both local wineries and other producers from all around the world. Events range from the large Chronicle Wine Competition in February to smaller events such as the four-hour wine walks in Noe Valley and the Marina.
Other top yearly events include the ZAP Wine Festival in late January/early February. This event focuses on California Zinfandel wines. It's the perfect place to sample the depth and variety of these wines from all over the state.
Another one of my favorites is the Rhone Rangers event every spring. They feature wines produced with grape varieties grown in the Rhone Valley region of France. They include Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. You will also find wines made from Cinsault, Carignan, and Petite Sirah. White varieties featured at this event include Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne.
More fun events each year include Ghirardelli's Uncorked Festival in the spring, the TAPAS festival (focusing on Tempranillo wines), and Pinot Days (all about Pinot Noir wine).
Below you will find the complete list of festivals each year. The festivals are sorted by month to make them easier to find. You will also find continual updates to this list, so please bookmark this page and check back often for more festivals and event details.
Every October, Wine & Spirits magazine hosts their Top 100 Tasting Event in the heart of San Francisco. The event features wineries from around the world with the best overall tasting ratings from Wine & Spirits magazine throughout the year.
This annual event honors these top 100 wineries as well as the Bay Area's top restaurants. It's the perfect event for both wine and food lovers!
This year, the event is on Monday, October 10 at City View at the Metreon from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Tickets are $125 per person, and include a complimentary tasting glass and a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits magazine.
Head over to City View at the Metreon for an evening of wine, music, and food at the all-new SF Vintner's Reserve event. You'll have the chance to discuss the wines with the winemakers and buy what you like right on the spot. The event brings more than 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and more.
This month's event is on Friday, November 11 at 5:30pm and Saturday, November 12 at 5:30pm.
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Start your holiday season off right at the 5th annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk. This year's event is on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm.
Enjoy wine samples, small bites, and other special treats on 24th Street between Diamond and Chattanooga.
It's $25 per person. Pick up tickets at 3865 24th Street (in the parking lot between Sanchez and Vicksburg) or at the Walgreens on Castro and 24th Street. All same-day ticket sales are cash only.
All participants receive a wine glass and a map of all the tasting locations. The last tickets sell at 7:30pm with the last pours at 7:45pm.
Head over to the Marina District on Thursday, February 9 for their 6th Annual Valentine's Wine Walk. Between 4pm and 8pm, walk along Union Street to enjoy wine samples, finger foods, and other special treats.
Tickets are $30 in person. Pick them up at 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater). The last tickets sell at 7:30pm with the final pouring at 7:45pm.
All ticket holders receive a wine glass and a map with all tasting locations. Day-of event tickets are cash only.
One of the most talked about San Francisco wine tasting events is the Chronicle Wine Competition. This is a yearly competition also held at the Fort Mason Center.
It is the largest competition of American wines in the world. Each year, they select winners form among more than 5,000 entries in more than a hundred categories. The wines are submitted and tasted in January, with the winners being announced a few weeks before the public tasting event.
The pubic tasting for the 2017 competition is on Saturday, February 18.
This wine tasting event is once again at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. Click here for more details and to buy your tickets today!
The ZAP Zinfandel Festival is held every year in SF. This fun event focuses on Zinfandel wine and is hosted by the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers group.
The 26th Annual Zinfandel event is Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25.
This year's events are at the Bently Reserve and Pier 27 at the Embarcadero.
Celebrate spring with the 2nd annual Fillmore Spring Wine Walk on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm. Here you can enjoy wine samples and special treats inside stores along Fillmore between Jackson and Eddy.
Tickets are $20 online in advance or $25 cash-only on the day of at 2001 Fillmore Street at Pine Street. Participants receive a wine glass and map showing all the tasting locations. This event will take place rain or shine!
This spring's event offers you the chance to buy top-rated wines straight from the wineries. Before you buy, sample wines on display, and then, unlike other tasting events, you can buy them right on the spot.
The 2016 event offers several wines from up to 150 wineries. You will be able to find local producers from Napa, Sonoma, and Russian River. You will also find hundreds of wines from other important US wine regions as well as boutique wines from around the world.
Their next event is on Friday and Saturday, April 1 - 2, at the Metreon - City View.
Every year, Ghirardelli Square hosts a large festival featuring dozens of top tier wines. In 2017, the event is planned for Saturday, May 6.
In addition to the vino, the festival includes live music, cooking demonstrations by some of SF's top chefs and eduction seminars. A portion of the proceeds from this event go to Save The Bay, a local nonprofit organization.
The Rhone Rangers is an organization that focuses on promoting and supporting the American Rhone variety of wine. They have a number of events throughout the US every year.
In 2016, the 19th annual Celebration of American Rhone Wines, their largest tasting event, will take place at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio on June 10 and 11.
Another one of the best San Francisco wine tasting events is Pinot Days in mid May. This event features over 200 Pinot Noir producers, a large grand tasting, and several other smaller events throughout the week.
The grand tasting for 2016 is on Saturday, June 18 at the Bespoke in the Westfield San Francisco Centre. The public wine tasting session will be from 2 - 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
Is there a better way to spend a summery Thursday evening than wandering SF's famous Pier 39 while sipping on great wines and visiting popular spots like Boudin Bakery, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the Aquarium by the Bay?
Entrance to the annual Summer Wine Pour gets you a commemorative wine glass, wine tastings, small bites, discounts at participating businesses, and more. Tickets can be purchased for $20 ahead of time online, or $25 in cash the day of.
Head over to Pier 39 on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to enjoy the festivities. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment from 4 to 8pm.
The 7th Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017. During this tasting event, you can sample wines, enjoy some finger foods and other special treats.
The event takes place on 24th Street between Diamond and Chattanooga from 4pm to 8pm. It is $25 per person. Attendees can pick up their tickets at 3865 24th Street in the parking lot between Sanchez and Vicksburg. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be cash only.
All ticket holders receive a wine glass and a map with all the tasting locations.
Experience the flavor of Polk Street during the Summer Wine Walk on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4 to 8pm. You'll receive a wine glass and a map of all the tasting locations.
The participating locations are merchants along Polk Street between Jackson and Post that open their doors to offer wine samples and special treats. Some of the participants include Bee Hunter winery, Panthea Winery & Vineyard, The Pour House Wine Bar, CookieLove, Kasa Indian Eatery, and Mayes Oyster House.
You can purchase tickets ahead of time on the website for $20, or the day of at 1475 Polk Street for $25 cash only.
Save the date for the Mexican American Vintners Association's Harvest wine tasting event on August 20, 2016. More details to come.
Last year at Fort Mason, guests sampled wines from Mexican-American wine makers in Napa and Sonoma Valley from 5pm to 7pm. Some of the wineries represented included Ceja Vineyards, Maldonado Family Vineyards, Mario Bazan Cellars, and Marita's Vineyard. The ticket included the wine tasting and food pairing.
Tickets are $35 to $55 in advance and $75 at the door.
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