Wining with your significant other should not be confused with whining at them, though both typically involve bitter grapes, the occasional spit, and critiques about one's "bouquet". Engage in tasteful criticism with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a wine tasting for two (a $50 value), plus two bottles of wine (up to a $42 value each) at Winery Collective (up to a $134 total value).
Small-batch wines from boutique wineries across California converge at Winery Collective to swish across the palettes of discerning imbibers. Grab a friend or favorite dippy bird and saunter into this Fisherman's Wharf vino-villa where you'll be treated to a tasting flight of four or five wines culled from more than 100 available at the Collective. Like taking a virtual tour of California wine country, but without the cumbersome 3-D helmet, participants will sniff, swirl, and savor different sips before choosing two bottles to adopt into their fermented family. Uncover the crisp, young flavors of the Shannon Ridge 2008 sauvignon blanc ($16) to quaff from the privacy of your home, or brush your teeth with a VIE Les Amours syrah ($42) and transform boring pearly whites into coveted pearly grapes.
From its classic, brick exterior to the elegant wood-chiseled tasting room, the design of Winery Collective is simple and sophisticated. A full wall of robust reds sit on display waiting for customers to peruse their labels, or accidentally spill them and lap them up. With no need to travel outside the city, and accessibility via public transportation, Winery Collective provides easy access to the area's rarest spirits within view of the Bay.
- Very cool place with old wood beam and brick interior. They carry many wines from boutique California wineries, so you are able to taste and purchase wines which might otherwise be difficult to find. – Andy S., 3/17/2009
- What a fun spot to start our Friday night! With so many wineries, the themed tasting flights are a great way to try new wines in a structured but friendly tasting. – Thea D., 3/14/2009
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 St.
San Francisco, California 94109Get Directions