5 Wineries You Need to Drink at in San Francisco
By: Patrick Rodgers
Where: 53 Bluxome St.
Try locally made wine with a charcuterie plate, just like it’s intended. Bluxome makes their wine with grapes sourced from Sonoma, and each wine is meant to be paired with food. Enjoy wine by the glass or try a flight in the tasting room, which looks like an upscale bar from pre-Prohibition-era San Francisco.
Where: 2455 Third St.
There are plenty of places to drink wine, but this is one winery where you can make your own. WineWorks’ staff guides aspiring winemakers through the process up to the point it is bottled. Of course, you’re more than welcome to stop by just to sip. The tasting room’s guided tastings will help you improve your knowledge whether you’re just developing your palate or looking to learn to create your own blends.
Where: 20 Yerba Buena Lane
If you really want to learn where your wine comes from, head over to The Press Club. This wine bar and lounge lets you sip wine with the winemaker. The last Thursday of each month is a winemaker’s evening where your drink’s creator comes to lead an educational wine tasting. If you’re not able to go on an event night, The Press Club has featured flights that are available throughout the month. If nothing else, it’s worth a visit to enjoy the atmosphere in the lounge.
Where: 200 California Ave., Bldg. 180 N., Treasure Island
This Treasure Island tasting room features their own wines created in San Francisco by winemakers from Napa and Sonoma. Tastings are available daily, or for a winery experience without leaving the city, tour the facility, stomp grapes and sample wine straight from the barrel. Special events at the former airplane hangar juxtapose utilitarian furnishings of wine barrels stacked floor to ceiling with elegant place settings, lights and music.
Where: 485 Jefferson St.
Take a wine country tour in the heart of San Francisco at Winery Collective. The wine bar has walk-in wine tastings daily where you can sample wine from across California in selections of rotating wine flights. Get an introduction to multiple wineries around the region in one visit and take home what you like.
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