Must-Do Spring Wine Tastings in San Francisco
Located so close to wine country, it’s no wonder San Francisco loves wine. Every restaurant has a great wine list, and there are plenty of wine tastings around the city on any given weekend. This spring though, there are a few tastings that stand out.
Howell Mountain Wine Tastings
Howell Mountain is an American Viticulture Area in Napa Valley, where volcanic soil produces tannic red wines with intense flavors. Duckhorn, Dunn, Cakebread, and other famous producers are located in Howell Mountain. The scenic hill town above the fog line is beautiful if you can make the trip. If not, check out the seasonal tastings from the area held in San Francisco. At each tasting, dozens of wines from an array of wineries are poured, some from wineries not even open to the public. Visitors can also snack on cheese and charcuterie pairings.
Tapas Grand Wine Tasting 2015
Tapas represents more than 100 producers and growers of Iberian wine varietals, and they’ve just announced that their 8th annual grand tasting event for 2015 will be held at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio on April 26. These Iberian varietals include favorites like Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Verdelho, and Grenache.
The event starts with a “Tempranillo Shootout,” which is essentially a blind tasting of four domestic and four Iberian versions of the wines, followed by a walk around tasting where guests can taste and chat with winemakers at their own pace. Two seminars will be offered in the afternoon for wine enthusiasts who want to learn even more.
Mount Veeder Spring Tasting
On April 16, Mount Veeder brings its AVA wines to San Francisco for a tasting event in the Presidio Golden Gate Club. Mount Veeder boasts the longest growing season in Napa Valley, and all vineyard work is done by hand, making it unique to other areas. The steep slopes and rugged mountain terrain result in shallow soil, which produces tiny berries with intense flavor concentration. Taste and purchase the best from the region while talking with winemakers and nibbling on artisan cheeses and seasonal fruit, nuts, and olives.
Mexican-American Vintners Association Wine Tasting
The Napa Sonoma Mexican-American Vintners Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote Napa and Sonoma wines produced by Mexican-American vintners. The annual spring wine tasting does just that. On April 8, join 15 wineries in a celebration of Mexican-American vintners, while tasting the some of the best wines from the Napa and Sonoma regions. Tickets include wines from all MAVA member wineries, as well as food pairings from Winery Chef’s Catering and Model Bakery.
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