Something to look forward to!

Friday is May Day!  How time has flown by.  Spring is in full swing, and it’s time to celebrate!  I have been so busy traveling here and there to taste wines recently, that I haven’t had time to sit back and smell the roses.  May 16th I can sit down, relax, and taste in my home town at the Ghiradelli Square Uncorked! Wine Festival!

Ghirardelli Square is one of San Francisco’s treasures, and while it is usually overrun by tourists, it is a gem.  Did you know that there are two places where you can enjoy wine on the square?  First, you can pop in to Cellar 360, a wine store and wine bar, where you can participate in one of their many free (yes, i said FREE!) wine tasting classes.  Or maybe you can wander next door to Wattle Creek, a boutique winery tasting groom, where Visa Signature cardholders can – again – taste for FREE!

Once you’ve investigated these two treats, you can wander in to Kara’s Cupcakes for some sugar overload on thier Meyer Lemon cupcake that is to die for.

But, on May 16th, from 1pm to 6pm, you simply must come to the Uncorked! Wine Festival!  Here, you can listen to the live music, learn something new at the wine seminars, and watch the magic of cooking demonstrations.  THIS is all free!  But there is also a rather expansive list of wines being poured, for which you will need to buy a ticket.  Wineuncorked3 Tasting tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit La Cocina.

La Cocina is San Francisco’s first incubator kitchen. La Cocina was founded to serve as a platform for low-income entrepreneurs launching, formalizing or expanding their food businesses. La Cocina provides affordable commercial kitchen space and industry-specific technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs in order to bring their businesses quickly to a point of self-sufficiency.  So really, you are drinking for charity!

Wineries that will be pouring include:

  • Alexander Valley Vineyard, Healdsburg
  • Arrowood Vineyards, Glen Ellen
  • Artisan Family of Wines, Napa
  • Barber Cellars, Pacifica
  • Barefoot Winery
  • Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena
  • Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Winters
  • Carica, San Leandro
  • Carrefour Vineyards, Napa
  • Cellar No. 8, Cloverdale
  • Chateau St Jean, Kenwood
  • Clos du Bois, Geyserville
  • D & L Carinalli Vineyard, Sebastopol
  • Dashe Cellars, Oakland
  • Deerfield Ranch Winery, Glen Ellen
  • Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
  • Esterlina Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • Etude Wines, Napa
  • Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley
  • Hall Wines, St. Helena
  • Hanna Winery, Healdsburg
  • Harvest Moon Winery, Santa Rosa
  • Hook & Ladder Winery, Santa Rosa
  • Howell Mountain Vineyards, Rutherford
  • Ironstone, Lodi
  • Martin Ray, Santa Rosa
  • Meridian Vineyards, Paso Robles
  • O’Brien Estate, Napa
  • Peacock Family Vineyards, St. Helena
  • Pezzi King Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • PS I Love You-Petite Sirah advocacy group*
  • Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, Kelseyville
  • Sarah’s Vineyard, Gilroy
  • Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville
  • Sol Rouge, Kelseyville
  • Somerston/Priest Ranch, Napa
  • Souverain, Healdsburg
  • Starlite Vineyards, Geyserville
  • Stags Leap Winery, Napa
  • St. Clement, St. Helena
  • Sterling Albert Winery, Concord
  • Suacci Carciere, Sebastopol
  • Truchard Vineyards, Napa
  • Wattle Creek Winery, Cloverdale
  • White Cottage Ranch Winery, Angwin
  • Yorkville Cellars, Yorkville
  • Zina Hyde Cunningham, Boonville

Since I have been running around so much going to tastings here and tastings there, I am really looking forward to enjoying a weekend in my home town, where I can support a great cause, and drink some great wine.

I hope to see you there!  Happy drinking.

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