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The spooky season is finally here, so book a babysitter, break out your best costume, and hit up the Bay Area’s most popular hot spots with a Halloween pub crawl from Nationwide Limousine Service!
The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and even though it is landing on a Wednesday this year (meaning that most of us are going to need to trudge back to our jobs almost immediately after the smoke from the fireworks clears) there are plenty of ways for you and your loved ones to celebrate within the Bay Area.
San Francisco is known for many things. Its diverse cultural representation, its vibrant arts scene, and the role it played in American counter-cultural tradition are only a few of the more storied elements from the Bay Area’s recent past. For many visitors, the most memorable part of San Francisco are the areas like Chinatown, the Haight-Ashbury district, or Fisherman’s Wharf.
Although we have already highlighted a number of wine events coming to the Bay Area on this blog, we solemnly swear to continue to do so until the wine events run out. Which, given the bountiful supply of vineyards in the valleys throughout California, is not likely to happen any time soon.
The past few years have seen a resurgence in whiskey enthusiasts, which is great for several reasons. For one thing, it means that many more people are getting to know and love this storied and fascinating drink in all its wild varieties. For another, it means that events such as the 18th Annual Whiskies of the World are able to get off the ground. Held on the floating historical marvel, the Belle Yacht, Whiskies of the World is a gathering of the Bay Area’s best palates and the world’s best whiskies for a one-day-only event that is not to be missed.
While the price tag is somewhat steep, you must keep in mind that the $140 base ticket gets you access to expressions from more than 200 distilled spirits including Japanese whiskeys, Scotches, Bourbons, and Irish and Canadian whiskeys as well as numerous seminars and food and cigar pairings. This is not a toss-off whiskey sling at a local pub: this is where the crèm dela crèm of whiskey enthusiasts gather to rub shoulders, clink glasses, and swap knowledge.
But don’t be intimidated! This event is also geared towards those with perhaps a little less knowledge around the wonderful world of whiskey. Classes such as “Whisky Mixology—A Comparative Tasting” led by the legendary mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann, will take attendees on a journey through the chemistry behind mixing whiskeys into drinks, how to select the best whiskey to compliment the beverage’s other flavors, and the mechanics behind crafting a truly exceptional cocktail. Other classes include “The Last Great Malts,” which will present a wide range of information and samples from some of the world’s best scotches, and “Cigars and Whiskey,” which is a fairly self-explanatory title for a seminar that will truly enlarge your tastebuds.
Whiskies of the World will take place on March 31st, from 6:00 in the evening until 9:30. The proceeds from the event will go towards the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, so you can rest easy knowing that the pleasure you experience on this day will not be entirely without positive repercussions.
Coming to Sonoma County in late April is one of the most anticipated wine events of the year: the 28th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley. Hailed in publications such as Forbes, Wine Spectator, and ZAGAT, the Passport to Dry Creek Valley is a weekend of newly released wines, delicious food, and connoisseurs from around the world gathering to taste them.
The Wine Road, one of the world’s most renowned collectives of wineries and guest houses, is now accepting reservations for its exclusive and highly anticipated March event: Barrel Tasting.
The Olympics are fast approaching, and all around the world people are gearing up for the frenzy of nationalism and competitiveness that will descend like a meteor onto Brazil this summer. Those of us who are staying in San Francisco during the festivities will, of course, be gathering in small groups to watch the drama unfold on our televisions, and maybe we will wander down to a local bar to engage in the camaraderie that the Olympics invoke in us, but usually there’s not much more involvement than that.
When artists and urban areas collide, the result is often a spectacular air of brilliance. And, it’s unsurprising that San Francisco artists, natives and transplants alike, go above and beyond. The Illuminate SF event, which features eco-friendly temporary installments, permanent fixtures, and more, turns the beautiful Bay Area into a larger-than-life art gallery.
San Francisco has so many great museums, and many people don’t know that some of them can also be visited by night. This is great for people who work during the day, or have packed itineraries, or for those looking for nighttime activities outside of bars and clubs. Whether you’re hoping to learn about science or experience a new culture, there’s a museum for you.