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.
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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 24th Annual Zinfandel event is Thursday, January 29 to Saturday, January 31, 2015.
The events are at The Presidio and the Four Season's Hotel in downtown SF.
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Head over to the Marina District on Thursday, February 12 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.
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 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 2015 is on Saturday, February 14.
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!
Head 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.
The 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 2015, they mark their 18th anniversary of their largest tasting event across the bay from SF in Richmond, CA. The 2015 event will be held on March 27 and 28.
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 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.
The Grand Wine Tasting by Tapas (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society) is the largest wine tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese wines.
The 2015 Grand Tasting event is on Sunday, April 26 at the Presidio. It starts at 2pm and lasts until 5pm.
If 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.
Every year, Ghirardelli Square hosts a large festival featuring dozens of top tier wines. In 2015, the event is planned for Saturday, May 16.
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.
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 2015 is Saturday, June 20 at the City View Room in the Metreon. The public wine tasting session will be from 2 - 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
The 4th Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk was on Thursday, August 20, 2015. During this tasting event, you could sample wines, enjoy some finger foods and other special treats.
The 2015 event will once again be on 24th Street between Diamond and Chattanooga. 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 were cash only.
All ticket holders receive a wine glass and a map with all the tasting locations.
Join other wine lovers on Thursday, October 8 for the 6th 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.
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 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, the event is on October 21, 2014 at the City View at the Metreon. It's from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and tickets start at around $150 per person.
Head over to the Fort Mason Center for the November SF Vintner's Wine Market. This tasting event is set up more like a farmer's market where you can sample local wines, discuss the wines with the wineries, 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 Saturday, November 22 from Noon to 4pm and Sunday, November 23 from Noon to 4pm.
Start your holiday season off right at the 5th Annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk. This year's event is on Thursday, December 3, 2015 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.
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