Yes, San Francisco is a seven-by-seven mile stretch of teaming urban jungle, but it is also the origination of some great wines. How? Well, not only is it neighbor to the all-popular Napa and Sonoma regions, but it’s also got some winemakers dwelling within its foggy shores. Bluxome, Wattle Creek, and Dogpatch come to mind, but there are others, and that’s how the region is coming to life in terms of the great California wine trail.
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If you find yourself in the city and get a hankering to talk varietal, head over to Bluxome on 53 Bluxome Street. Bluxome is a throwback to the original California winemaking days. Tradition says that this great tradition began in California not in Napa or Sonoma, but right in San Francisco, in an area called South of the Slot. Bluxome is proud of this noble heritage and Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 7pm and is known for its Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. Head on down to SOMA to find out for yourself.
Wattle Creek prides itself on bringing the Sonoma wine country to the city. It is a relaxed atmosphere, and known for producing small quantities of excellent wines from there Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands vineyards. If you’re looking for exquisite traditional varietals from Cabernet Sauvignon to Viognier, you’ll love Wattle Creek Winery. Head over to the historic Ghirardelli Square – this San Francisco winery is open seven days a week.
And if San Francisco wineries have you excited – see what Oakland is doing for the wine trail. Repeatedly touted as one of the up-and-coming hot spots for wine making, Oakland has got a lot going for it: Dashe Cellars, R&B Cellars, and JC Cellars to name a few. Check them out via bike tour or on your own – just realize that you don’t have to get to Napa to experience some great wines.