Wine Tasting in Berkeley

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off a Family Winemakers Wine Tasting

Family Winemakers of California

Fort Mason

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 10% off a ticket to the Family Winemakers of California 2014 San Mateo Wine Tasting on August 17

Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

$100 $45

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

Half Off Wine Tastings at Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room

Scott Harvey Wines Tasting Room

Sutter Creek

$42 $21

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Sip on reserve wines crafted by master winemaker Scott Harvey before taking home a bottle of zinfandel, barbera, or syrah

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Six Bottles of Reserve Wine

Viano Winery

Vine Hill

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off six bottles of wine from the reserve selection.

Up to 72% Off Wine Tasting & Bottles

Mountain View Winery

San Rafael

$69.98 $23

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In a brand-new tasting room, guests leisurely sample a selection of wines, learn about the winery, and take home a bottle of wine each

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

$20 $11

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Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

$20 $11

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Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

Up to 77% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Clos LaChance Wines

San Martin

$60 $15

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During a VIP tour of the winery, a staff member guides groups through the nuances of five premium Clos LaChance wines

Half Off Chocolate and Wine

Vintage Sweet Shoppe

Napa

$28 $14

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Duos sip expertly paired chocolates & wines at marble-style tabletops, then nibble signature handcrafted truffles & dipped strawberries

Up to 56% Off Black Pine Wine Tasting

R2 Wine Company

Sonoma

$56 $25

A pair of winemaking brothers regale tasting-room guests with a take-home bottle of Black Pine, a high-quality pinot noir

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off Wine With Purchase at Spann Vineyards

Spann Vineyards Tasting Room

Sonoma

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 50% off a bottle of wine with purchase of a bottle of wine from the tasting menu, plus a wine tasting

Up to 55% Off Wine and Chocolate in St. Helena

Rutherford Ranch Winery

Angwin

$50 $25

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Gourmet chocolates flecked with cherry, lemon, toffee, and chili pepper pair with wines produced on a Napa Valley family-owned winery

$10 Buys You a Coupon for a $50 Magnificat Party Package on July 26

Franciscan Estate

St. Helena

$10 $10

For $10, receive a coupon for a $50 purchase of a ticket to the Magnificat Party on July 26, plus a coaster and wine glass

Up to 50% Off Winery Bus Tour for Two

North Bay Winery Tours

Rohnert Park

$198 $99

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Hop in a bus and head to four boutique wineries over five hours; complimentary beer served on the bus

Up to 63% Off Wine-Tasting Class or Bottles of Wine

Coterie Cellars

South San Jose

$70 $35

Sample cheese while learning about wines' provenance and flavors, or winery ships two bottles of a pinot noir with notes of plum and cherry

39% Off Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing

Sherman Cellars

Sherman Cellars

$45 $29

Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

Savannah Chanelle Vineyards

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting or Winery Tour

Chateau Adoré Winery

Santa Rosa

$25 $13

Tasting features vintage white and red blends, while a tour gives an in-depth look at the vineyards, processing area, and barrel room

34% Off Food and Wine Pairing for Two

Mayo Family Reserve Room

Kenwood

$90 $59

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Reserve Room guests head to the tasting room for a seven-course tasting menu paired with multiple pours of red and white wines

Up to 55% Off an Antipasti Board and Wine Flight

D'Argenzio Winery

Downtown Santa Rosa

$32 $18

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Tasting-room visitors enjoy small boards of antipasti and flights of several wines

Up to 51% Off Tastings at DeLoach Vineyards

DeLoach Vineyards

Santa Rosa

$75 $37

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Picnic includes cheese, olives, nuts, and dried fruit; learn about the winery's history, philosophy, and winemaking techniques during a tour

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $5 Off Wine Tasting for Two and 20% Off Wine

Battaglini Winery & Vineyard

Santa Rosa

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $5 off a wine tasting for two as well as 20% off a bottle of wine.

Up to 55% Off Wine Pairings

Cellars of Sonoma

Downtown Santa Rosa

$50 $25

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Guests taste four wines from local boutique vintners while snacking on pairings and receive 15% off selected wine purchases

$10 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Harvest Moon Winery

Santa Rosa

$10 $10

For $10, receive a coupon for 30% off three bottles of 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Harvest Moon Winery

Up to 47% Off a Wine-Tasting Package at Jess Jones Vineyard

Jess Jones Vineyard

Dixon

$30 $16

Take in the scenery while touring the vineyard and sampling wines, such as zinfandel and chardonnay, and munching on appetizers

Up to 53% Off at Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Multiple Locations

$63 $32

Tour the winery that started 50 years ago and enjoy sips of wine at two tasting rooms; selection of wine bottles to choose from

Up to Half Off Wine Tasting with Take-Home Bottles

Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery

Tracy

$32 $16

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Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

Up to 51% Off Wine Tasting

Windmill Ridge Winery

Tracy

$46 $25

Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard

Half Off Wine Tasting at Dom Whitney Wines

Dom Whitney Wines

Windsor

$20 $10

Growers with extensive family histories in winemaking combine their talents to create pinot noirs, zinfandels, and reds

Up to 54% Off a Wine Tasting at E2 Family Winery

E2 Family Winery

Thornton

$38 $19

Sample wine from six generations of winemakers and take home several bottles to sip later

50% Off Wine-Tasting Experience

Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery

Lodi

$32 $16

Three generations of the Weibel family have overseen the vineyard, where they practice Old World winemaking techniques

44% Wine Tasting at Abundance Vineyard

Abundance Vineyard

Lodi

$36 $20

Taste up to five wines at this 50-year-old winery before taking home a bottle

Up to 58% Off Wine Tasting at Watts Winery

Watts Winery

Tasting Room

$40 $20

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Wine tasting gives guests the chance to try out some new pours before they head home with bottles of delicious Upstream wine

Up to 61% Off Wine Tasting at Fields Family Wines

Fields Family Wines

Multiple Locations

$38 $16

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Wine tastings give customers a chance to try vintages such as the Old Vine zinfandel, tempranillo, and organically grown syrah

Select Local Merchants

Owner Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars has always been interested in the world of wine, but it wasn't until he tasted a Chateauneuf-du-Pape that the cosmos unfurled before him. "To go from tasting only single varietals to a blend really opened my eyes," he wrote in his bio. He started crafting his own wines and tinkering with production methods, experimenting with different yeast strains. Cohn eventually produced the 2003 Rhodes Vineyard Zinfandel, which was named number three on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List—the first time a California Zinfandel had even been in the top 10.

Now, Cohn curates a roster of 21 vintages based on Rhone grape varietals at JC Cellars. The wines are the product of both his own production techniques and time-tested French methods. Visitors to the cellars can gaze upon the aging barrels during tastings led by seasoned wine educators, before taking a bottle home to christen a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon.

55 4th St
Oakland,
CA
US

After working at a slew of vineyards and wineries, husband-and-wife team Michael and Anne Dashe struck out on their own, building Dashe Cellars on a foundation of more than 40 years of combined experience. Specializing in single-vineyard zinfandels—including the 2011 Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines Zinfandel, a wine crafted from grapes grown on 50-year-old vines—they use traditional and natural winemaking techniques. Small-lot fermentation and the application of indigenous yeasts, as well as little to no filtration, result in wines that truly reflect their soil, climate, and regional characteristics, such as indecipherable accents. The Oakland tasting room offers visitors the chance to taste the winery's catalog, allowing them to sip samples of current releases and even purchase bottles on site.

55 4th St.
Oakland,
CA
US

Within the Winery Collective's multi-winery tasting room, grape savants uncork the flavorful nuances of liquid harvests hailing from more than 2 dozen of California's boutique wineries from Santa Barbara to Napa Valley. Winemakers and enthusiasts guide palates through wine-flight menus, which are culled from the more than 100 vinos that line the tasting room's walls and, like the political views of a housecat, change daily. The Winery Collective also hosts private and semiprivate parties and corporate events, during which guests mingle and sip in a lofted earth-toned lounge outfitted with crisscrossing wooden shelves that display colorful wine bottles and shapely decanters.

485 Jefferson Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Based well north of the city in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, Wattle Creek Winery operates a small tasting room in Ghirardelli Square. The glassed-in room is perfect for settling into a glass of estate-grown wine, and the breezy patio offers simple café tables and leafy accents to mellow the mood. The space is more or less a direct pipeline to the house winery’s fertile abundance – and with no initiation fee. There are exceedingly limited releases on offer by the bottle here as well, meaning you can take home some seriously cellar-worthy vintages. Forget trekking all the way up to Sonoma County – Wattle Creek makes wine tasting a bright, cheery, and altogether urban affair.

900 N Point St
San Francisco,
CA
US

On bike tours with Gears and Grapes Getaways, groups cycle through the iconic Napa Valley, internationally recognized as one of the nine Great Wine Capitals in the world, and the slightly-more-indie Sonoma Valley, home to nearly every type of grape grown in California.

Groups typically stop at four boutique wineries during the tours, pausing at midday for a gourmet picnic lunch. Those who get tired of pedaling or who want to pretend they're on a stakeout can hop on the shuttle that follows close behind at any time. Guides also take visitors on tours of wineries and breweries in San Francisco proper.

49 Lusk St
San Francisco,
CA
US

The Three Faces of Bluxome Street Winery

Old-World Inspiration

Bluxome Street Winery is a celebration of California winemaking history. More than a century ago, SOMA—then called South of the Slot—was the center of new-world wineries. To pay homage to that legendary time, Bluxome draws upon rustic decor and old-school practices, such as sourcing high-quality fruit from small, meticulously farmed vineyards.

Crisp Pinot Noir

Bluxome also extends its reach to a Balinard vineyard in Russian River. There, three acres of pinot noir clones grow in an organic environment, producing the fruit that composes Bluxome’s aromatic, smooth, and electric wines that linger on the palate and pair perfectly with steak.

Community Marketplace

The last Saturday of every month sees the winery explode into a community-focused farmers market filled with artisan food vendors. Pinot in hand, visitors are free to roam among vendors such as Sinful Salt and Crescent Farm, tasting the honey of Gerard’Z Honeybees and the jam of Grandma’s Homemade. This eclectic gathering is perhaps a reason readers of the San Fransisco Bay Guardian named Bluxome one of the Best Wineries in 2013.

53 Bluxome St
San Francisco,
CA
US