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04.10.2012

San Francisco Vintner's Market: April 14-15, San Francisco

vintners.market.jpgSometimes 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 found out about the upcoming San Francisco Vintners Market. 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.

But now all you gotta do is show up. 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.

More than 100 wineries will be pouring and selling their wares from all over California. It's definitely worth checking out, even though the ticket prices have gone up steeply from earlier incarnations.

2012 Spring San Francisco Vintners Market
Saturday and Sunday April 14th & 15th
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Tickets are $80 if purchased in advance (prices go up at the door). You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $100 and get access to a room of $50+ wines.

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