This year’s winery lineup includes well-known favorites and smaller boutique wineries waiting to be discovered, all representing the vast and exhilarating world of wine in California.
Back for its second year, the Family Winemakers tasting event will also include the “Taste & Take” onsite buying program, allowing members of the trade and consumers to purchase bottles from participating wineries at the event.
Winemakers and winery-owners want to meet the people who enjoy wine as a part of their lives. Wine enthusiasts can grab this chance to find new wines that they may not get to try anywhere else,” says Paul Kronenberg, President of Family Winemakers of California. “Imagine having 225 wineries in one pavilion at your tasting finger tips instead of driving over 1,000 miles to visit each one. And, if you like what you taste, you can buy it there for dinner that night.”
By the numbers, the Family Winemakers of California 2012 San Francisco tasting will include: \
- 225+ participating wineries
- 22 wineries new to the tasting
- 20 white wine varietals
- 30 red wine varietals
- 24 Rosé wines
- 21 dessert wines
- 6,000 wine glasses
- 225 volunteers
- 16,200 bottles to be recycled
- 4,800 pieces (600 lbs.) of cheese from Tony’s Fine Foods
- 4,000 crackers
- 500 baguettes from Bakers of Paris
- Winery size:
- 33 wineries produce 1,000 cases or less
- 122 wineries produce 5,000 cases or less
- Price ranges:
- 101 wineries pouring wines priced at $20 or under
- 17 wineries pouring wines priced at $100 or over
- 30+ appellations represented
- Oldest winery founded in 1856
- Youngest winery founded in 2012
At this year’s Family Winemakers of California 2012 tasting event, FWC is proud to partner with Sommelier Courtney Cochran in an all-new “iSip” wine lounge in the loft area. Requiring a special ticket that can be purchased through the FWC website, the lounge will be open to a limited number of consumers on Sunday, September 9th, from 3pm-6pm. It will also be open, free of charge, to members of the media.
The lounge will provide a guided tour through a selection of 8 wines hand-picked by Cochran to serve as an “at a glance” representation of the diversity of wines that the FWC tasting showcases. This year’s loft theme will focus on lesser-known wine varietals such as Albarino, Petit Verdot, and Nebbiolo. The “iSip” wine lounge will also provide light bites to demonstrate food pairings.
Also new to this year’s event will be Crêperie Saint-Germain, San Francisco’s own fast-casual crêperie specializing in traditional French buckwheat and gluten-free crêpes made with locally grown organic ingredients.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
99 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, Sept 9th – 3pm – 6pm
For Sunday, September 9th, tickets are $55 through August 19, $65 during August 20 – September 8, and $75 at the door. At $85, a limited number of Early Entry tickets are available that admit the purchaser during the trade hours (1:00-3:00) on Sunday. Tickets to the “iSip” wine lounge, also in limited quantity, are $75. Monday, September 10th is open to Trade and Media only.
For more information: www.familywinemakers.org