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San Francisco Wine Tasting

Discover a Calendar of the Top Events Each Year in SF

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.

Another top yearly event is the ZAP Wine Festival in February, which 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, including 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.

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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.

November 2017

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 for 2017 is on Saturday, November 11 at the Bespoke in the Westfield San Francisco Centre. The public wine tasting session will be from 2 - 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

Click here for more details and ticketing information

SF Vintner's Reserve

vintners marketHead 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 Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5.

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Uncorked Wine Festival

Uncorked SFSample wines and get more familiar with the best options at 90+ points and above. It's a great time to sample something new as you learn more about the rating system.

Make sure to show up in cocktail attire and spend some time enjoying this views from the City View in the Metreon.

The event offers two sessions on November 11. The first is from 2pm to 5pm and the second is from 6pm to 9pm.

>> Find tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar

December 2017

Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk

noe wine walkStart your holiday season off right at the 7th annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk. This year's event is on Thursday, December 7, 2017 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.

Other Holiday Wine Walks this Month

  • 12/8 - Fillmore Holiday Wine Walk, Jackson to Eddy Streets, runs from 4pm to 8pm
  • 12/14 - North Beach Holiday Wine Walk, North Beach District, runs from 4pm to 8pm

January 2018

ZAP Zinfandel Festival

Zap logoThe 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 27th Annual Zinfandel event is Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20.

This year's events are at the Bently Reserve and Pier 27 at the Embarcadero.

Click this link for more event details.

February 2018

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 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 2018 competition is on Saturday, February 17.

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!

March 2018

SF Vintners Market: Spring Wine in the City (2017)

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 2017 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, March 11 & 12, at the Fort Mason Center.

April 2018

Polk Street Wine Walk

Fillmore Wine WalkCelebrate spring with the 1st annual Polk Street Wine Walk on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm. Here you can enjoy wine samples and special treats inside stores along Polk Street between Sutter and Filbert Streets.

Tickets are $20 online in advance or $25 cash-only on the day of at 1475 Polk Street. Participants receive a wine glass and map showing all the tasting locations.

This event will take place rain or shine!

May 2018

Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square

uncorked ghirardelliEvery year, Ghirardelli Square hosts a large festival featuring dozens of top tier wines. In 2018, the event is planned for Saturday, May 12.

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.

Get discounts on tickets on Goldstar.

Learn more about this fun annual wine festival.

Pier 39 Spring Wine Pour

Summer Wine PourIs there a better way to spend a cool spring 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 Spring 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 Friday, May 18, 2018 to enjoy the festivities. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment from 4 to 8pm.

June 2018

Rhone Rangers (2017 Details)

rhone rangersThe 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 2017, the 20th annual Celebration of American Rhone Wines, their largest tasting event, will take place at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio on June 9 and 10.

Click here to learn more!

Taste of Mendocino (2017 Details)

Taste of MendocinoAnother one of the top San Francisco wine tasting events is the Taste of Mendocino. This event is the perfect opportunity to sample wines from Mendocino County without leaving SF.

This year's event is on June 10 from 1pm to 5pm. It's at the Fort Mason Center in Gallery 308. It will feature more than 30 producers pouring their top wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay.

Visit their site for ticketing availability!

August 2018

Noe Valley Wine Walk

noe valleyThe 7th Annual Noe Valley Wine Walk will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018. 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.

Polk Street Summer Wine Walk

Polk Street Wine WalkExperience the flavor of Polk Street during the Summer Wine Walk on Thursday, August 9, 2018 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.

October 2018

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting (2017)

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 & 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 Tuesday, 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.

Hotel Savings: Are you looking for the best deals on places to stay near this month's festivals? If so, then check out the special offers for San Francisco hotels on TripAdvisor. You can save on your room rate, get free parking, and more. Click here to find the best deals today!

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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