Mark Aselstine
August 5, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Family Winemakers of California- San Francisco 2011

Family Winemakers of California

One of our favorite events every year is the Family Winemakers tasting. Matt and I have attended in the past few years both in San Francisco and Del Mar (San Diego). For wine distributors and retailers Family Winemakers offers a nice opportunity to get to say hello to people from a wide geographical area all in one place while tasting wines and making plans for either more extensive tasting trips, or purchases. As a consumer, it’s quite simply the best wine tasting event of the year.

2011 Family Winemakers Public Tasting
Sunday August 21st, 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123-1382

We’ve often asked if we have any tips for consumers. While others have covered tasting etiquette and tips in great detail we’d offer the following suggestions.

• Don’t be afraid to spit. There is a lot of wine there, drinking too much usually doesn’t help you enjoy the event, especially when Ft Mason can get really warm.
• Find a safe ride home.
• Come with a plan. Know which wineries you’ll absolutely want to taste and which one’s you’ll taste if there is enough time. Tables are generally clustered in alphabetical order, so it makes it pretty simple to follow your list.
• Lastly, HAVE FUN!


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