San Francisco Wine Tasting

The Top Wine Tasting Events & Tours in San Francisco

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You will find a number of San Francisco wine tasting events and tours throughout the year. Some are large events such as the Chronicle Wine Competition and others are smaller, weekly or monthly tastings and tours at local bars.

If you are like me and love tasting new wines, then you will want to look into attending some of these events.

Included below you will find an overview of the major wine tasting events in San Francisco in 2014. They are set up by month, so you can easily scroll down to the time frame you plan on visiting.

Toward the bottom of the page, you can also find some smaller, local events and a few tours that happen more frequently. These are a little more casual and easier to get tickets closer to your visit.

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June 2014

Pinot Days

pinot noir daysAnother 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 this year is on Saturday, June 21 at the City View Room in the Metreon. The public wine tasting session is from 2 - 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here for more details and ticketing information for 2014.


August 2014

Noe Valley Wine Walk

noe valleyThe 4th Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk is on Thursday, August 21. During this tasting event, you get the chance to sample wines, enjoy some finger foods and other special treats.

This year's event is once again on 24th Street between Diamond and Chattanooga. It's $25 per person. Pick up your tickets at 3865 24th Street in the parking lot between Sanchez and Vicksburg. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are cash only.

All ticket holders receive a wine glass and a map with all the tasting locations.


October 2014

Union Street Wine Walk

union street wine walkJoin other wine lovers on Thursday, October 9 for the 5th Annual Union Street Wine Walk. From 4pm to 8pm, sample tasty wines, enjoy finger foods and indulge on other goodies.

The tasting event is on Union Street between Gough and Steiner. It's $25 per person. You can pick up your tickets on-site at 2040 Union Street (across from the Metro Theater. Tickets are cash only on the day of the event.

All participants receive a wine glass as well as a map of all tasting locations. The final pouring is at 7:45pm.


Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

wine and spiritsEvery 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 and Spirits Magazine throughout the year.

This annual event honors these top 100 wineries as well as the Bay Areas top restaurants. It's the perfect event for both wine and food lovers!

This year's event details will be available shortly.


December 2014

Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk

noe wine walkStart your holiday season off right at the 4th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk. This year's event is on Thursday, December 4 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.


January 2015

ZAP Zinfandel Festival

zapThe ZAP Zinfandel Festival is held every year in SF. This fun event focused on Zinfandel wine and hosted by The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers group.

The 23rd Annual Zinfandel event was on Thursday, January 23 to Saturday, January 25 in 2014. The 2015 event dates are not yet available.

Last year, they are moving their event from Fort Mason over to The Presidio. They will also had events at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Click this link for more event details from 2014 and what to expect from this year's festival.


February 2015

The 2015 San Francisco wine tasting event details are not yet available. The information for all three events below is for 2014. It's a good idea on what will be planned for this month. I'll update these as soon as the 2015 details are released.

Union Street Has a Crush on You

union street wine walkHead over to the Marina District on Thursday, February 13 for their 4th 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 $25 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.


Chronicle Wine Competition

chronicle wine competitionOne 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 in more than a hundred category from more than 5,000 entries. 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 2014 is on Saturday, February 15 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. This is 1/2 hour earlier than previous years.

This wine tasting event is once again at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. Advanced tickets are $60 (after December 31) and they are $80 at the door (although they usually sell out early).

Click here for more details and to buy your tickets today!


Napa vs Sonoma Wine Showdown

uncorked sfHead over to the Fort Mason Center on Thursday, February 27th for this year's Napa vs Sonoma Wine Showdown. This popular event puts these two Northern California Neighbors in a face-off to see which one has the best wines.

This year, more than thirty wineries combined from these two regions will pour their goods and let you decide the winner. In total, you will get the chance sample up to 150 wines.

Top wineries scheduled to attend this year include Napa's Antica, Freemark Abbey and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. For Sonoma, you will find Arrowood, Quivira and Ridge Vineyards.

The venue offers amazing views of Aquatic Park.

Outside, you can sample treats from the Bacon Bacon food truck (additional cost). DJ Sol will be on hand to set the mood.

It's a night to remember at the Fort Mason Center. Tickets range from $39 to $65.


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April 2015

Rhone Rangers

rhone rangersThe Rhone Ranges is an organization that focuses on promoting and supporting the American Rhone varietal wines. They have a number of events throughout the US to every year.

In 2014, they marked their 17th anniversary of their largest tasting event across the bay from SF in Richmond, CA. The 2014 event will be held on April 5 & 6.

Details for the 2015 event are still being finalized.

Click here to learn more!


SF Vintners Market: Spring Wine in the City

vintners marketThis 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 2014 event offered 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.

More details to follow once the 2015 event is scheduled.


Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society's Grand Wine Tasting

tapas discount ticketsThe Grand Wine Tasting by Tapas (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society) is the largest wine tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese wines. You'll find this is another one of the great San Francisco wine tasting events.

The 2014 Grand Tasting event was on Sunday, April 27 at the Presidio. It started at 2pm and lased until 5pm.

Find additional event details from the 2014 event here.

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May 2015

California Cabernet Society's Passport to Cabernet

passportIf you are a Cabernet fan, then this next event is for you! The California Cabernet Society has an annual San Francisco wine tasting event for the public. This one is quite a bit smaller than the ones listed above, but it you love cabs then you will love this event.

Last year's event was Thursday, May 1st from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets were $65 in advance and $85 at the door.

This is a once a year opportunity to sample the range and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in California. During the event, you also get to taste some of the newly released wines. This San Francisco wine tasting event was at the Bentley Reserve at 301 Battery Street in downtown San Francisco.


Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square

uncorked ghirardelliEvery year, Ghirardelli Square hosts a large festival featuring dozens of top tier wines. In 2014, the event was Saturday, May 17.

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.

Learn more about las year's festival.


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Other Great San Francisco Wine Tasting Options

The Winery

winery sfThe Winery SF crafts their wines in their San Francisco wine making facility. Not only can you sample their great wines on the spot, you can also learn more about and see the winemaking process.

They are open daily for tastings from 12pm to 5pm. You can choose from a variety of tasting options as well as tours and barrel sampling.

You will find them on Treasure Island at 200 California Avenue, Building 180 North. You can also call them at 415-735-8423 to schedule an appointment.

If you prefer not to venture out on your own, you can also take the SF Wine Tasting Tour mentioned below.


Take a Guided Tour to The Winery on Treasure Island

wine tasting on treasure islandThere is one wine tasting tour just a few minutes from San Francisco on Treasure Island. It's the perfect option if you don't have time to travel to Napa or Sonoma for a full day.

On this 3.5 hour wine tour, you will get the chance to sample wines from two to three different wineries. You will also have a private barrel-testing session (depending on availability).

You will learn more about the history of wine making in the San Francisco area. The tour also includes transport to and from SF on a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.

Not only will you taste some fun, new wines, but you will also get a picture perfect view of the San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island.

This tour starts at around $50 per person. The tour is available most Saturday and Sundays starting at 11:30am. Find tickets for this wine tasting tour today!

Are you interesting in heading up to Napa or Sonoma for the day? If so, then check out this list of the best wine tasting tours. All of them are day tours with pick up and drop off service in San Francisco.


Wattle Creek Tasting Room

wattle creekThe Wattle Creek Tasting Room is now open in SF's Ghirardelli Square. This popular winery features Sonoma County wines from their Cloverdale location.

Sample their popular reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Shiraz. They also produce flavorful whites including Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.

This tasting room is open daily.

  • Sunday - Thursday: 11am to 7:30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11am to 9pm

Stop by to taste a sample of their wines including very limited releases, grab a glass of wine and relax or even just pick up a bottle for an upcoming party or event.


Winery Collective

winery collective sfAnother fun place to taste wines in Fisherman's Wharf is the Winery Collective. This tasting room offers a variety from both Napa Valley and Sonoma. They also feature many boutique wines from lesser known regions just a few hours away from San Francisco.

They offer almost 100 wines from more than two dozen wineries.

Sample a variety of wines by choosing one of their popular flights. Each flight includes 4 to 5 wines from a variety of producers. The flight menu changes often, so you will always have something new to try.

They are open daily from 12pm to 9pm.

You will find them at 485 Jefferson Street between the Argonaut Hotel and the Cannery.


Golden Gate Wine Cellars

golden gate wine cellarsSample wines every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm at Golden Gate Wine Cellars. Each Saturday afternoon, they feature a special instructional wine tasting event. Each event includes wines from a specific region such as Napa Valley or a certain variety such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

It's a great way to increase your wine knowledge as well as mingle with other wine lovers.

The cost is only $10 per person. Contact them directly at (415)337-4083 for ticketing details.


K&L

kl logoHead to SF's SOMA district to sample wines at K&L, a premium wine retailer. Every Thursday night from 5pm to 6:30pm, they offer a special variety of wines to taste.

These educational sessions allow you to learn more about the wines directly from the wineries. Sample their wines and get all of your questions answered.

On Saturday, they feature another set of wine tasting events. From noon to 3pm, sample wines and learn more about some of the different regions. Recent events included Bordeaux, Italy and wines from both Santa Barbara and the Central Coast.

Click here for a list of their upcoming events on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon!


Wine Bar Recommendations: If you are looking for a great wine bar, then check out these San Francisco wine bar recommendations. They are spread throughout the city and offer a large selection of wines by the glass. Several also offer special selection nights, where you can sample wines from a specific region or of a certain variety.

Top SF Bars: Find recommendations for some of the best bars around the city. There are so many to choose from in a city such as San Francisco, but these are ten of my all time favorites.

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