Just an hour east of downtown San Francisco, a sleeping giant has awakened to the delight of wine tourists eager to discover someplace “new”.
Founded by self-taught, award-winning winemaker Dominick Chirichillo and his wife Gloria, Domenico Winery & Vineyards embraces the Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking.
Set in the lush green pastures of eastern Contra Costa County, Hannah Nicole Vineyards is a picturesque destination for wine lovers and a dream-come-true for founders Neil and Glenda Cohn.
From its very first note, San Francisco Bay's R & B Cellars has delivered premium wines infused with the musical passion of its owners, Barbara and Kevin Brown.
Boasting stunning views of the San Francisco skyline from its location in a converted 40,000-square-foot airport hangar, Rock Wall Wine Company offers an exciting way to discover distinctive California wines
For more than 25 years, Rosenblum Cellars has been a hit with Zinfandel lovers. Founded by Kent Rosenblum, it is now one of California’s top producers of Zinfandel and Rhône style wines.
In 2010, a group of San Franciscans, led by winemaker Bryan Kane, started The Winery SF in a former 20,000-squarefoot naval hangar on Treasure Island right below San Francisco’s Bay Bridge.
Executive Hotel Vintage Court's stylish yet cozy lobby, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, to its 106 rooms, each named for a nearby Napa or Sonoma Valley winery, the unique and historic boutique hotel exudes wine country charm.
Stylish, friendly, and situated in an unbeatable location within blocks of Union Square and Chinatown in San Francisco, Galleria Park provides an ideal urban oasis for the business-minded and pleasure seeker alike.
An icon in San Francisco, the Palace Hotel seamlessly merges historic grandeur with modern technology and innovation. The hotel’s architecture showcases original Austrian crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, and intricately worked stained glass.
Perched posh Nob Hill with captivating views of the San Francisco Bay and downtown skyline, The Scarlet Huntington is a tranquil retreat in the heart of one of the world’s most vivacious cities.
Perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, just steps from Union Square, Serrano Hotel gives guests an ideal vantage point as they explore the city.
Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.
BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES
Anchor Brewing & Distilleries
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Pacific Coast Brewing Co.
St. George Spirits
Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room
Avital Food and Wine Tours
Bay Area Brewery Tours
East Bay Winery Bike Tours
Local Taste of the City Tour
PLACES TO STAY
Executive Hotel Vintage Court
Galleria Park Hotel
Hotel Hotel Monaco SF
Mandarin Oriental SF
The Scarlet Huntington
TASTING ROOMS OF NOTE
Rock Wall Wine Company
The Winery SF
Too often lost in the shadow of its giant neighbors, the San Fransisco Bay Area is certainly a wine region to explore. It sits at the gateway to wine country, with Marin County to the north, Livermore Valley to the east, Ben Lomond wine country to the west, and San Mateo County to the south. It is blessed with a diversified climate and terrain that produces some remarkable wines. Vineyard acreage is concentrated in Livermore Valley, where about 3,000 acres are currently planted to grapes.
The wineries of this quality-driven region craft exceptional estate wines from the well-drained soils and a range of coastal and inland climates. The San Francisco Bay Area encompasses four smaller AVAs: Livermore Valley AVA, Pacheco Pass AVA, San Ysidro District AVA, and Santa Clara Valley AVA. Ideally located, San Francisco is positioned as a true gateway to wine country.
For this story, we scoured the entire United States, simply looking at wine destinations. We wanted to find three spots that may not readily come to mind, but three definite stunners. We found what we were looking for in Traverse City, Michigan; San Francisco, California; and Loudoun County, Virginia.
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Beyond cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area is full of intriguing and sometimes offbeat things to do. In honor of our 20th Anniversary Platinum Year, we pooled our favorite insider resources and came up with 20 tips to use as you plan your next visit.
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Bustling, beguiling, breathtaking San Francisco is a tourist’s dream with a list of exciting things to do that stretches as far as its city limits.
Although the San Francisco Bay area actually enjoys a long heritage of winemaking, its wines—crafted in the city proper as well as Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and a short drive east in Livermore Valley—have just begun to receive the international recognition they deserve.
We asked noted chefs of the region to share starter recipes to whet our readers’ appetites, and they certainly obliged
There are great wine surprises waiting all across the country. Stop in, smell, and taste the wines in Suisun Valley, West Sonoma County, Malibu, Arroyo Grande, and Livermore Valley.
We've put our feelers out and discovered some great wine regions in Baja, California, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Livermore Valley, and Mendocino County.
Across the bridge from San Francisco, start your tour at Rosenblum Cellars. Here, you can enjoy a glass of wine soaking up the Bay’s sun on the outside deck or inside one of their lounge areas. After you’re done munching on Rosenblum’s famous ribs, it is time to head NW on Main St. Take in the ocean surrounding the area, then you turn left onto Navy Way, followed by a right onto 2nd St, and then the 1st right onto Ave A. Once Ave A turns left and becomes 1st St, you will have approached Rockwall Wine Co and will be ready to enjoy the San Francisco Skyline or treat yourself to a meal at their café, Bistro Zafari. End your day by taking a walk south on 1st street from Rockwall Wine Co to R & B Cellars for one last wine tasting in one gorgeous tasting room.
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Join us to celebrate ZAP’s 25th anniversary in style with a tasting featuring 60 winemakers, including ZAP’s founders, pouring cult collections, rare bottlings and vineyard designates. It’s a toast to legacy, inspiration and Zinfandel!
Dress up in your party best for this glamorous reception, dinner and auction. The decked out Banking Hall at the Bently Reserve glitters and glows at our intimate evening with celebrities of the wine world. Twenty-eight winemakers “pour it big” with magnums and reserve offerings at the reception.
Fuel your passion for Zinfandel as you experience discussions as diverse as the wine itself. Aimed at the true wine aficionado with keen curiosity, this seated seminar-style tasting provides a detailed understanding of the uniqueness of Zinfandel with themed flights and interaction with the experts.
The centerpiece of the 2016 Zinfandel Experience is the Grand Tasting, where wine lovers engage in personal conversations with winemakers while exploring the flavors of Zinfandel blends, single vineyards and old vine Zinfandels or discover the distinctive dialects of Zinfandel growing regions.