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SF Urban Wineries Tasting Part II &
Free Admission to Yerba Buena Museums

  • The Museum of Performance & Design

    893 B Folsom, San Francisco, CA (map)

  • We are planning a second tasting of new releases from four or five San Francisco based wineries (out of 20 +/-) in both March and April.  Hope to have vintners or reps present to pour.  Will also be selling the vino a la an auction format.  

    Limited number of free passes is depleted, but you can pay $10 to attend.
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    We are holding this in conjunction with “Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena,” a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in the Yerba Buena neighborhood [ pre-register here starting in April]

    The tasting will be held at the newly located performing arts museum.  You can also visit the nearby Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, UC Berkeley Extension Gallery, California Historical Society, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    Get Exclusive Discounts at SFMOMA MuseumStore and California Historical Society's Ten Lions Book Store.

    For up-to-date listings, visit

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    Third Thursdays is jointly organized by the Yerba Buena AllianceA Simple CollectiveB Restaurant and Bar, and the participating organizations, and is sponsored in part by MJM Management.

    Last  month's offerings:

  • March Wineness: Showcase of SF Urban Wineries

    • Bogart Room ~The Pickwick Hotel

      5th @ Mission Streets, San Francisco, CA 

    • Member price: $20.00.  Includes guests of members. Tickets will be held at door;disregard shipping form in PayPal shopping cart.  You need not have a PayPal account; use your own credit/debit card.

      Non Member price: $40.00 

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    Join us for our March Mingle pop-up tasting of new releases crafted by San Francisco based wineries from both Treasure Island and SOMA.  Sample vino from five artisan wineries.  Vintners and reps will be present to pour.  We'll also evaluate the wines to pick our favorities, plus auction off wines to raise funds for One Brick.

    We moved this program back a week so we 
    won't be holding it to coincide with “Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena,” a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in the Yerba Buena neighborhood, San Francisco’s arts and culture district in downtown San Francisco.
     We will, however, do this for our April program.

Visit our blog to read about some of our other past programs

 8th Annual Cabernet Shootout Challenge

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Old Mint
88 5th Street @ Mission
San Francisco, CA 94103

Noon:  VIP Vintners Panels
1:30: Cabernet Shootout Challenge and walk around tasting 
3:30 Awards ceremony and raffle
4:00 Event ends 

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 For many wine enthusiasts,  January is associated with a major tasting of Zinfandels.  Now Cabernet fans, thanks to the Bay Area Wine Society  and  Affairs of the Vine can also indulge their passion at the beginning of the year in one of the most historic settings in the Bay Area - The Old Mint .  The "granite lady"slated to become the San Francisco History Museumdates from 1874.  Enjoy the experience without the crowd crush of the mega tastings or long drives to Passport weekends.

Over a number of weeks in the fall, Affairs of the Vine convened a select panel of 40 wine makers, writers, retailers, educators, and consultants to judge the 8th Cabernet Shootout among mostly limited production artisan Cabernets, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet blends from over 35 different viticultural areas.  Without regard to price, vintage or region, this group of experts moved 64 wines to the final round selecting 32 "best of the best."

 The Cabernet Challenge offers a VIP ticket to attend one of two concurrent PANEL SESSIONS of winemakers who will discuss the nature and nurture of crafting vino:

~HOW PLACE AFFECTS TASTE: How much does terroir play a role in the crafting of Cabernet versus winemaking techniques.  This panel will concentrate on how site influences a winemaker moving from vineyard to fermentation, touching on appellation and specific geographical location, clone preference, vine management, pick date effected by weather, influence of marketing, and the like.  ~THE WINEMAKERS SIGNATURE: This panel will concentrate on stylistic choices in the winemaking process--the winemaker's personal decisions, focusing on such specifics as yeasts, whether to go with whole cluster fermentation temperature and tanks, alcohol content, punch downs vs. pump-overs, barrel age, skin contact time, bottling date and related topics.

After the optional workshops the finalists can be evaluated in a blind tasting by the wine lovers attending the  Cabernet Shootout Challenge.  Each Cab enthusiast can select their favorites in a flight of 16 Cabs containing five of the top 10 wines chosen by the panelists.

In this special oenological Pro/Am competition, the results of the professionals'  Cab Shootout will then be compared to the tally of the  'amateurs' Cab Challenge,  both tabulated by gender.


This distinctly different format provides a unique opportunity to compare your favorites to  those of the 'tastemakers' in the wine industry.   It also allows participants to sample other than the usual suspects and rate rising star wineries

During the afternoon, attendees will also be able to mingle and meet with a number of the vintners from the wineries that participated in the Cabernet Shootout in an open walk around tasting accompanied by various nibbles.

Sample wines from a mix of boutique producers from different appellations such as  Artiste, AuburnJames, Bonneau, Cameron Hughes, Cliff Creek, Deerfield Ranch, En Garde, Enoteca Five, Estate 1856, J.Rickards, Pendleton Estate, Penman Springs, Sol Rouge, Steven Kent, 3 Steves, and WinerySF

FYI:  Participating wineries can also choose to sell their Cabs and other wines for take away.

Proceeds from the sales will raise funds for One  Brick that assists charities with temporary manpower needs. And since we are expecting 20+ wineries  to pour in the walk around tasting, and no more than 250 tickets will be sold, the odds are quite good that you can walk away with a superb bottle of vino at a great price.

TRANSIT & PARKING: A block away from BART and Muni Metro, adjacent to the 5th and Mission Garage.


Regular price for Cabernet Shootout Challenge + meet the vintners & sample their current releases   $69 Add to Cart
Advance discount tickets while they last: $34 
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 Regular VIP ticket for Winemakers panel + Cabernet Shootout Challenge + Meet the vintners & sample their current releases: $89 Add to Cart

Advance discount VIP panel tickets while they last: $44 Add to Cart  
Discount VIP tix for two $74  Add to Cart


Visit our blog to read about some of our past programs
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