2014 Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting: September 29, San Francisco

Champagne will begin harvesting their grapes on Monday, September 8th this year, having recently received the official go-ahead from their appellation.

And what better time to begin thinking about one of the best wine tasting events each year in San Francisco. The Champagne tasting put on by the Institute for the Masters of Wine.

Very few opportunities exist to taste a lot of Champagnes side-by-side, even if you are a member of the trade. As a consumer, such opportunities are incredibly rare, especially MW_logo.jpgcompared to the relative frequency of opportunities to taste, say, as many Zinfandels as you want, or a lot of Pinot Noir.

If you are interested in giving yourself a little education when it comes to Champagne, or if you’re educated already and simply want to soak yourself in a few bubbles, then you ought to be in line at 4:00 PM on September 29th upstairs at the Ferry Plaza Building. Ordinarily I don’t post about events so far in advance, but this one has limited tickets and is bound to sell out, for obvious reasons.

This event serves both as a fundraising opportunity as well as a general outreach event for the institute, but more importantly, it offers an incredible opportunity to taste some of the world’s best Champagnes, poured by some of the world’s most knowledgeable wine experts.

The last one of these tastings I attended, many of the top cuvées from Dom Perignon, Taittinger, Bollinger, Roederer and more were on offer. The Institute claims that this tasting is “the most prestigious tasting of Champagne in North America,” and who is going to argue with…The Institute?

See you there!

10th Annual Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting
Monday, September 29th, 2014
Session 1: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Session 2: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ferry Building Marketplace
One Ferry Building, Second Floor
San Francisco, California 94111
ph. 913-385-7376

Tickets for this event are $65 for one session (2 hrs worth of bubbly), and $110 for both sessions (4 hours worth of bubbly) and should be purchased in advance online (this event always sell out, as there is limited capacity). Proceeds benefit the Institute for the Masters of Wine, and in particular their scholarships for aspiring students.

Parking is a doozy around the Ferry Plaza, and if you’re going to swallow any of those bubbles, it would serve you well to simply take public transport to the tasting. Also, please leave your perfume at home.