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 Spring Fling! from San Francisco Vintners Market on April 9 and 10 at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion:
- For $25, you get a regular one-day admission ($50 online, $60 at the door).
- For $45, you get a reserve 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 up to 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 Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Wines, Craig MacLean of JAQK Cellars, and Bridget Raymond of Courtesan Wines 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, which opens an hour earlier than the main consumer access tasting arena. 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. The main room is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the Reserve Room opening an hour earlier at noon.
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.
38 Fort Mason
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