6 San Francisco Wineries That Will Make You Forget About Wine Country
If you can’t make it up to the wine country while you’re visiting San Francisco, let the wine country come to you. There are a number of urban wineries with tasting rooms and winery outposts in the city so you don’t feel as if you have to miss out if a trip across a bridge does not fit into your schedule. Here are a few places you should be sure to visit.
Bluxome Street Winery (53 Bluxome St.)
At Bluxome Street Winery, you’ll get a taste of wine and San Francisco history. A reel of old video footage shows San Francisco around the turn of the century (19th to 20th) and those behind the bar can tell you a few things about the area formerly known as “South of the Slot” before it became “SOMA.” Mostly though, there’s a slough of Russian River wines with Pinot Noir being the focus. www.bluxomewinery.com
Chateau Montelena (335 Powell St.)
Chateau Montelena itself is a California landmark and if you can make it up to the winery that is preferable but if not, just step into the Westin St. Francis on Union Square and check out the tasting room in the lobby. The standards are always open and usually there is also a special wine or two being poured. www.montelena.com
Dogpatch Wine Works (2455 Third St.)
Dogpatch Wineworks is a custom crush facility for amateur and aspiring professional winemakers. The spacious tasting lounge features the wines made by its clients. You can also sign up for a blending class or private tasting experience.
Jax Vineyards and Tasting Room (326 Brannan St.)
The first Jax wine was made in a San Francisco garage so it makes complete sense that this family owned and run winery would choose to set up shop within the city’s borders. They started out working with the Bordeaux varieties from their home vineyard in Calistoga but have since branched out to make other wines sourcing fruit from other parts of Napa and Sonoma. www.jaxvineyards.com
Wattle Creek Winery (900 North Point St.)
Located in the Alexander Valley an hour and a half north of San Francisco, without traffic, Wattle Creek serves up a selection of wines from their estate vineyard. There is a good variety of wines to choose from so no matter what your taste, or how many in your party, everyone should discover something that fits their palate.
Winery Collective (495 Jefferson St.)
Over a dozen wineries are represented at this outpost in Fisherman’s Wharf with a narrower range poured by the glass. Three flights are offered starting with the introductory Locals Flight to the more complex “Urban Flight.” There are also ten wines poured by the glass selected from the members of the collective. www.winerycollective.com