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San Francisco Wine Tasting Events: 10 Top Annual Events

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 along Polk Street and on Pier 39. 

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.

A wine I recently sampled at a wine event from Santa Ynez Valley.

More fun events each year include Wine & Spirits 100 Tasting in the fall, the SF Vintner's Market (twice a year), and Taste Mendocino.

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.

1. Chronicle Wine Competition

chronicle wine competition

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 2022 competition is on TBD.

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

2. SF Vintners Market: Spring Wine in the City

Vintners Market

This 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 2020 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 TBD, in The Presidio at The Golden Gate Club. 

3. Polk Street Wine Walk

Fillmore Wine Walk

Celebrate spring with the 4th annual Polk Street Wine Walk on TBD 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! 

4. Taste Mendocino

Taste Mendocino

Another 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 TBD from 1pm to 4pm. It's at the Berkeley Country Club. It will feature more than 30 producers pouring their top wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay.

5. Pier 39 Spring Wine Pour

Spring Wine Pour

Is 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 TBD to enjoy the festivities. In addition, there will be live music and entertainment from 4 to 8pm.

6. Union Square Art & Fashion Wine Walk

Union Square Wine Walk

Spend the evening at Union Square for this unique wine and art festival. The event is on the famed Maiden Lane. You will find wine samples in several participating galleries and shops.

As you sample wines, check out the latest fashions and admire colorful, unique pieces of art. Some places will also have a few appetizers, but make sure to stop for a bite to eat at one of the local eateries while you are here.

The event runs from 5pm to 8pm on TBD. You can pick up tickets in advance.

7. Polk Street Fall Wine Walk

Polk Street Wine Walk

Polk Street is offering a second wine walk this year. Their fall wine walk is on TBD. It's a great time to sample wines as you do a little shopping at local stores along Polk Street.

The wine walk takes place along Polk Street between Sutter and Filbert Streets. There will also have a cable car shuttle between 5pm and 8pm to help you get around faster.

The event runs from 4pm to 8pm.

8. Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

Wine & Spirits 100

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 TBD 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.

9. SF Vintner's Reserve

Vintners Market

Head over to Golden Gate Club in the Presidio 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 TBD.

10. ZAP Zinfandel Festival

ZAP

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 29th Annual Zinfandel event is TBD.

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

>> Find additional event details for this year 

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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.

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