I'm guilty. Guilty of loving Italian wines more than the wines from some other countries, and often even wines from my own state. I simply find it thrilling that there are literally thousands of indigenous varietals being made into such a wide variety of wines, by so many people who are totally focused on making high quality wine. Which is why I'm always excited to go to Italian wine tastings, and which is why YOU should be excited about going to The Golden Glass.
Now, I have a particularly misadventurous relationship with this tasting, held every year at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It is claimed by many folks I know to be the single highest quality wine tasting event held in the city all year long. My only problem is that I've never been to it. Call it bad luck, call it cruel fate, but they always seem to schedule it on a day that is impossible for me to make.
So you have no reports from me on what an extraordinary event it is. But I can tell you that the lineup of wine producers is pretty impressive, but at the same time manageable. I can also tell you that this is a Slow Food sponsored event, and those folks generally know good food and wine in my experience.
Finally, this is one of those events that doesn't really get promoted all that well, so I hear it's not a mob scene. With all that going for it, and a good chance that it will be a frigid 55 degrees in San Francisco, why wouldn't you go?
The Golden Glass Tasting
Saturday, June 9th 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fort Mason, Herbst Pavilion
Marina Blvd at Buchanan
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tickets are $50 ($45 for Slow Food members) and can be purchased in advance online. There may also be some available at the door on the day of the event.
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