Passport to Cabernet: Passport to Fun

Passport to CabernetIf you’re going to be in or near San Francisco on Monday, May 6th, there is a very good reason to leave work early: over 100 Cabernet Sauvignons from California are coming to town.  Passport to Cabernet: The 23rd Annual Spring Barrel and New Release Wine Tasting event is a great opportunity to taste outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon wines at Bently Reserve (301 Battery Street, San Francisco).  Between 4:00 and 6:00 pm that evening, you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to have a first glimpse of the 2012 Cabernet harvest.

Consumer Tickets for this event are $55 per person in advance and can be purchased here. If you need to purchase tickets at the door, you can, but the onsite ticket price increases to $75 so you should really just buy your tickets now. Admission to Passport to Cabernet includes Cabernet Sauvignon wines and food pairings from Winery Chefs with assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal fruit, nuts, olives and Bouchon breads.

Star Lane Vineyard

Tasting Room for Star Lane Vineyard (and Dierberg Vineyard) in Santa Rita Hills

Here are just a few of the California wineries expected to participate at Passport to Cabernet:  Bell Wine Cellars, Cain Vineyard & Winery, Charles Krug, Cornerstone Cellars, Guilliams Vineyards, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Keenan Winery, Kristine Ashe Vineyards, Mario Bazán Cellars, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, Star Lane Vineyard, Steven Kent Winery, Trinchero Napa ValleyVIADER, and ZD Wines.

The 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon growing season was ideal by most standards as it was back to a normal harvest picking timeline, with an abundance of sunshine, yielding generous amounts of high quality grapes that were ripe and concentrated.  The fairly mild weather allowed vintners and growers to wait for fruit maturity in order to harvest mature grapes with balanced flavors, producing Cabernet Sauvignon clusters packed with tiny bluish black flavorful berries.

Passport to Cabernet: The Spring Barrel and New Release Wine Tasting event is presented by the California Cabernet Society.   The Society was founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting Cabernet Sauvignon and educating consumer, trade, and press about the qualities of California Cabernet Sauvignon. To learn more about the organization, please go here.


Earlier on May 6th, the California Cabernet Society is also hosting trade and media representatives with a preview tasting between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. If you would like to attend, prior registration is absolutely required – please register online or email All trade/media registrations are limited to credentialed WINE MEDIA whose PRIMARY job is writing about wine/wine industry and TRADE is limited to restaurant/retail wine buyers/sellers and sommeliers whose PRIMARY job is wine buying/selling. Names and Companies will be vetted.


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