San Francisco Wine Tasting 2018 & 2019

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.

December 2018

None scheduled at this time.

January 2019

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 28th Annual Zinfandel event is Thursday, January 17 through Saturday, January 19.

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

>> Find additional event details for this year

February 2019

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 2019 competition is on Saturday, February 16.

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 2019

None scheduled at this time.

San Francisco Wine Tasting Events for April 2019

SF Vintners Market: Spring Wine in the City (2018)

vintners marketThis spring's San Francisco wine tasting 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 2018 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 7 & 8, at the City View Room in the Metreon.

Polk Street Wine Walk

Fillmore Wine WalkCelebrate spring with the 1st annual Polk Street Wine Walk on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm. Here you can enjoy wine samples and special treats inside stores along Polk Street between Sutter and Filbert Streets in Nob Hill.

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!

Taste of Mendocino (2018)

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 April 7 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!

May 2019

Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square

uncorked ghirardelliEvery year, Ghirardelli Square hosts a large festival featuring dozens of top tier wines. They are not hosting this festival in 2018 but plan to offer it again in 2019.

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 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 San Francisco Wine Tasting 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 the event.

Head over to Pier 39 on Friday, May 17, 2019 to enjoy the festivities. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment from 4 to 8pm.

June 2019

Uncorked Wine Festival (2018)

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 June 16. The first is from 1pm to 6pm and the second is from 6pm to 9pm.

July 2019

Polk Street Summer Wine Walk (2018)

Polk Street Wine WalkExperience the flavor of Polk Street during the Summer Wine Walk on Thursday, July 19, 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 2019

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting (TBD for 2019)

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 9 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.


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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.

San Francisco Wine Tasting Events in November 2019

SF Vintner's Reserve (2018)

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 17 and Sunday, November 18.

>> Find discounted tickets for this event on Goldstar

Spring Mountain District Harvest Celebration in SF (2018)

Celebrate this year's bountiful harvest at this event with Spring Mountain District wineries. The Spring Mountain District is one of the smaller districts within the Napa Valley region. They offer some of the best wines in the area with their perfect location on the hillside.

This 3-hour event will feature current wines from key wineries including Barnett Vineyards, Frias Family Vineyards, Keenan Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Smith-Madrone Winery, Spring Mountain Vineyard, and Vineyard 7 & 8.

This year's event is at the Presidio Golden Gate Club at 135 Fisher Loop.

>> Find tickets on EventBrite

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