There's an abundant garden of fine wines and foods waiting just 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. Historic Sonoma Plaza is home to 26 wineries, and San Francisco Wine Group offers a walking tour that covers a handful of those neighboring locations over the course of about two and a half hours. Mixed into the tour are history lessons going back to the 1800s. San Francisco Wine Group also offers wine storytelling sessions, education, and hosts corporate events.
Building on an idea that first fruited in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, Mountain View Winery became one of California's first n?gociant wineries in 1978, its winemakers concocting vintages by curating, blending, and aging a harvest of grapes from rigorously vetted vineyards. Owner Angelo Pera strives to deliver a compelling product by partnering with organic growers and packaging companies and indoctrinates new or interested customers during spirit-sampling symposiums. Throughout tastings, visitors glean each grape's origin, method of production, and propensity for carpet staining.
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The Flatiron is a stylish sports haven, featuring a vintage aesthetic combined with subtle nods to its sports theme. Antique stools flank a bar that's bedecked with subway tiles, weathered wooden planks, and a retired home and visitors time clock. Flat-screen TVs hang from rustic wood-paneled walls, providing unobstructed views of live sporting events. In one corner of the bar, old-school arcade games, including Street Fighter II, entertain guests during commercial breaks. And in another corner, a mural of sports fans watches over patrons as they eat eclectic bar food such as bacon-wrapped slider hot dogs, root-beer floats, and burgers topped with fried eggs and bacon aioli.
With more than 100 events throughout the year, members of The Society of Single Professionals don’t have to brave the bar scene ever again. Since 1978, the non-profit singles haven has hosted wine tastings, dances, and mixers throughout the Bay Area, linking up like-minded people according to age, profession, or shared freckle patterns.
Traxx Bar & Grill is nestled in the riverside town of Petaluma, and its selection of beer, wine, and spirits from a full bar keeps libations flowing to palates in a stream as inexorable as a river. Chefs stack 13 specialty, half-pound beef burgers with toppings such as avocado, pico de gallo, and grilled pineapple, and adorn fries in hot sauce and parmesan cheese. A kids' menu of cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and hot dogs accommodates young lads and lasses, and drafts of craft beers and goblets of locally acquired Sonoma-county wine water the craws of of-age diners. Colorful knickknacks, street signs, and sports pendants beam down from the walls onto a seating area of barstools and tabletops, where model airplanes and bongo drums dangle from the ceiling. Multiple flat-screen TVs, meanwhile, glimmer with rousing sports games and gripping car commercials featuring sedans that can yodel.