Because of California's strict liquor licensing regulations, wine must be prescribed by a doctor or certified doctor impersonator, and can only be used for the purposes of alchemy. Find a loophole in these antiquated laws with today’s Groupon for admission to the San Francisco Vintners Market on November 20 and 21 at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion:
- For $20, you get a regular one-day admission ($40 online, $50 at the door)
- For $40, you get a reserve room one-day admission ($80 online, $90 at the door)
Billed as the first and only wine tasting and buying event in the Bay Area, Vintners Market hosts more than 200 grape ranches from areas such as Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Barbara, and Russian River Valley. Started by Cornelius Geary and Jeff Playter (founders of Wine 2.0) as a showcase for small wineries during the tough economic climate, Vintners Market is dedicated to focusing a spotlight on a variety of vine juices. Famous winemakers such as Heidi Peterson Barrett of Screaming Eagle fame, Daryl Groom of Quintessa, Randall Grahm with Bonny Doon, and many more will be on hand for attendees to pick their brains and pocket their palates.
Reserve-ticketed attendees will be given exclusive access to the Reserve Room, where discerning oenophiles test their tastes on pricier bottles not available to the fermented masses milling outside the reinforced vintage vault. Along with supporting local nonprofit One Brick, the San Francisco Vintners Market lets you sample a slew of varietals without having to sneak into wineries at night and being mistaken for unruly teenage tree tippers.
San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival
During San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival, craft spirits producers from around the world showcase whiskey, bourbon, tequila, mescal, vodka, gin, absinthe, grappa, and much more. Patrons sample spirits and have the opportunity to purchase up to hundreds of products that you may not find anywhere else, including both big and small name brands.