Good news! As it turns out, there are actually quite a few wineries in San Francisco! Winery, not vineyard, to head off the next question. (*Point of clarification: a vineyard is where the grapes are grown, while a winery is where the grapes are turned into wine, and while they sometimes go together they don't have to!)
|Weekend tastings at Sutton Cellars|
Sutton Cellars on 22nd and Illinois, where you can taste hard cider, several red wines, and vermouth made by Carl Sutton from Sonoma grapes and apples. Tastings are $5 on Friday evenings and weekend afternoons, and then you're welcome to buy a glass and hang out around the tables and wine barrels in the the production space, where a makeshift tasting bar is nestled among rows of aging wine casks, carboys, and barrel pumps. Sutton sometimes hosts pop-up events with local businesses and food trucks as well. [For the sake of journalistic full disclosure, I now work at said tastings!]
Across the street is Dogpatch Wine Works, which also hosts weekend wine tastings, as well as art exhibits and other events. [For the sake of journalistic full disclosure, I haven't had a chance to stop in yet because I'm always working across the street when they're open!] Both Dogpatch Wine Works and Sutton Cellars are right on the K/T light rail and the end of the 22 bus line. Don't take the K/T though if you can help it. Just don't do it.
The Winery SF. They get their grapes from Napa (NOT from the landfill...). Not too many standout wines, but all perfectly pleasant. Not the kind of place to really geek out about wine, but a fun thing to do with friends. Some tasty red table wines, but the exceptionally good and bad were both whites- I actually liked the Glitter sparkling wine, despite the name (ugh) and loathed the Sauvignon Blanc.
|Glitter! (Ugh I really hate that name)|
|Yep, my friend and I were definitely the last ones here.|
|The view from across the street|
Coming up: I'm taking Boozequest on the road this weekend to Portland, Oregon, so I will return with brewery tasting notes and reviews!