Wine stored in a bottle gets better with age, whereas a message sent in a bottle is the best way to avoid exorbitant stamp prices. Empty your own glass envelopes with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a tasting pass to the Noe Valley Wine Walk from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14 (a $30 value).
The Noe Valley Wine Walk invites taste buds to sample varietals from across California and around the world, pairing fermented libations with finger foods and treats from local merchants and restaurants. Wristbands declare guests’ eligibility for palate-teasing sips, as visitors navigate the event’s flavors with a map of tasting locations and an optional wine glass that always points north when empty. While prowling through the celebration, snack on hors d’oeuvres to silence appetites and complement the complex notes from glasses of reds or saxophones filled with rosé. Curious oenophiles can stop in at booths to learn about Kokomo Winery and their renowned red varietals, organic pours from Terra Sávia, and the old-world Italian stylings of Rosa d’Oro Vineyards.
Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk
Backdropped by Union Street's romantic sights, from Gough to Steiner, and Fillmore Street's illustrious shops, from Union to Lombard, the third annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk fills glasses with vine-ripened flavors from around the state and across the world. Although this event is free to the public, pass holders enjoy free access to wine tastings, saving them the trouble of fumbling with billfolds and retina scanners. Participating wineries include Cresten’s Eden Canyon Vineyards, Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, and Terra Sávia, a champion of organic wine. Myriad merchants complement the wine sipping with opportunities for singles or couples to browse such bountiful commodities as organic food and lingerie. Although parking is available downtown, attendants are encouraged to consider public-transportation options so they can leave their cars, trucks, and saddled walruses at home.