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Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting, 2009: October 14, San Francisco

Top_100_ad.jpgI beat the drum a lot about public wine tastings. They are the best way for wine lovers to educate their palates. Period. There's just no substitute for tasting a lot of wines in a single "sitting" to learn what the differences are, and more importantly, what you like.

One of the other nice things about public tastings, put on as they are by big organizations, or in this case, publications, is that they often allow you to taste wines that you might not get a chance to taste otherwise for some reason -- whether that is because of their cost, their small production levels, or the fact that it's simply a pain in the rear to go track them down.

Of course one of the other reasons you might not get a chance to taste certain wines is because they've been so highly-rated by some magazine or critic that they're pretty hard to find on the shelves of even the best wine shops in the country. Which is one of the many reasons I urge people to attend the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting every year. While inclusion in Wine & Spirits doesn't quite make the available inventory of a wine vaporize, as a top score in some other magazines will do, the wines that are chosen for their list of "Top 100 of the year" are really some of the best wines in the world, and are not all that easy to track down for the casual wine lover.

I go to this tasting every year because of the high quality of the wines, and the excellent food that is usually on offer. This is, of course, the reason that so many other people go too (it can get a little crowded at times). But despite the popularity of the event, it is still one of the best public tasting events in San Francisco each year, and usually has a few utterly fantastic wines mixed in with a whole lot of excellent ones.

Like all such fancy tastings these days seem to do, some of the proceeds from the event will benefit Baykeeper, an environmental non-profit focused on the health of the San Francisco bay ecosystem.

So grab a wine loving friend, or look your best and try to make a new one at the tasting, but definitely don't miss the Top 100.

Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Tasting, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2008
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(212) 695 4660 ext. 31, for more info

Tickets are $125 and include a subscription to the magazine. This event will likely sell out, so I recommend buying tickets ASAP. They can be purchased online at the event web site.

Comments (7)

Mark wrote:
09.17.09 at 7:17 AM

Do you know if they host an event like this one on the east coast?

Krish wrote:
09.22.09 at 2:40 PM

Love your blog. Please accept my congratulations on writing so informatively. I had a question on W&S top 100 event and was wondering if you knew. What is the difference between general admission ($95) and VIP ($125). The only difference I saw was VIPs can enter 30 mts earlier. Is that a big deal and in what way? Because they will run out of good wines sooner or is there more to VIP privilege?

Alder wrote:
09.22.09 at 2:45 PM


Good question. I'm not entirely sure about the VIP privileges, other than entering early. Some of the wines do run out, so that extra half hour is nice, but certainly not essential.

09.24.09 at 9:27 AM

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your interest in the Top 100 Tasting Event. We do have an event in the east coast called "Top of the List," which is based on our April Restaurant Poll Issue.

This event's date is still to be determined, but it will be held in New York City at the end of April.

We look forward to seeing you at both events.

-W&S Magazine

10.12.09 at 11:02 AM


Thank you so much for covering this event. Swanson Vineyards is thrilled to have been selected as one of the Top 100 wineries, and look forward to seeing all of you there!

Winer Dave wrote:
11.28.09 at 10:44 AM

Do you happen to hold any events in central US (specifically DALLAS TEXAS)? We are pretty much overlooked for wine (Austin has much better Wine presence) despite being #3-4 biggest city in nation! Help! Thanks for great presentation!

10.28.14 at 10:19 PM

Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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