Sometimes you hear an idea and wonder to yourself, exactly why it's taken someone so long to come up with it. And the really good ones make you think, "now why didn't I come up with that?"
That's exactly what I thought to myself when I first heard about the San Francisco Vintners Market last year. It's a farmer's market, but for wine. Simple as that. Walk around, taste a bunch of wines, and buy the ones that you like. So incredibly straightforward it took years for someone to come up with the idea.
The first version was held in April, and it was enough of a success for the organizers to do it again. This version is a little smaller, and unfortunately a little more expensive than the first go-round, but it's likely to still be a good chance to taste a lot of wines from smaller producers that fly below the radar.
Think of it as a tasting room that you don't have to drive to. Or a big wine tasting you can go to and finally not have to worry about finding some retailer somewhere that carries the wines that you fell in love with at the tasting.
About sixty wineries will be pouring and selling their wares from all over California, including some of my personal favorite wineries in the state.
San Francisco Fall Vintners Market
Saturday and Sunday November 20th & 21st
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
Tickets are $40 if purchased in advance (prices go up at the door). You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $80 and get access to a room of $50+ wines.
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