So, here’s a delightful way to wrap up a Monday: the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting is coming to San Francisco in two weeks, on October 10. This 13th annual event showcases Wine & Spirits’ favorite 100 wineries from the last year along with local chefs and artisanal purveyors serving small bites to complement the wines. Over the past year the folks at Wine & Spirits tasted over 14,000 bottlings and these one hundred wineries came out on top, consistently delivering quality wines. The Top 100 Tasting takes place between 6:30 and 8:30 pm at City View at METREON (135 4th Street, San Francisco) and if you move quickly you can still buy tickets (including a chance to start tasting an hour earlier than most people).
If you purchase tickets, you can start your evening by tasting and comparing Champagnes from Pascal Doquet, Egly-Ouriet, Krug, Pierre Paillard and Louis Roederer and pairing them with Oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co.. Then, you can sample other white wines made from varietals such as Chardonnay (Domaine Laroche), Chenin Blanc (Domaine des Baumard), Pinot Gris (King Estate) and Riesling (Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard).
For red wines, pours at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting should include Pinot Noir (Deovlet Wines), Sangiovese (Rocca di Montegrossi), Tempranillo (Pago de los Capellanes), Cabernet Franc (El Enemigo), Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Creek Vineyards), Syrah (Radio-Coteau) and Zinfandel (Storybook Mountain Vineyards).
Then, to wrap up the evening, you can enjoy tastes such as a Riesling dessert wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Madeira from Blandy’s, Port from Ramos Pinto, and/or small bites from purveyors Dandelion Chocolate or o’cacao.
If that isn’t enough to fill your evening, you still have wines from another 80 wineries and food samples from over another dozen food purveyors to choose from. General Admission tickets for the Top 100 Tasting can be purchased for $125 each and come with a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits magazine. Or, you can splurge for a Collector’s Admission ticket which provides you entrance one hour earlier (at 5:30 pm) and the opportunity to taste ten special bottlings curated by the Wine & Spirits editorial staff. To buy your tickets, please go here soon before the event sells out.
The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting is a sublime opportunity to sample wines from California, Oregon, Washington and New York at the same time as international wines from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. In fact, if you feel like a refresher on Australian wine, you’ll be able to taste samples from Giant Steps, Grosset Wines, Henschke, Timo Mayer, and Ochota Barrels that evening.
Curious about which other wineries made the cut for the 2016 Wine & Spirits Top 100? Here are some of the other domestic winners this year:
- Au Bon Climat (Santa Barbara, CA)
- Banshee Wines (Healdsburg, CA)
- Chanin Wine (Lompoc, CA)
- J. Christopher Wines (Newberg, OR)
- Robert Craig Winery (Napa, CA)
- Cristom Vineyards (Salem, OR)
- Drew Family Wines (Philo, CA)
- Fleury Estate Winery (Rutherford, CA)
- Gramercy Cellars (Walla Walla, WA)
- Hirsch Vineyards (Cazadero, CA)
- Nickel & Nickel (Oakville, CA)
- Pepper Bridge Winery (Walla Walla, WA)
- Joseph Phelps Vineyards (St. Helena, CA)
- Ridge Vineyards (Cupertino, CA)
- Sandhi Wines (Lompoc, CA)
- Thomas Fogarty Winery (Woodside, CA)
- Walter Scott Wines (Salem, OR)
- Andrew Will Winery (Vashon, WA)
And here are some of the other international honorees:
- Catena Zapata (Mendoza, Argentina)
- Château La Nerthe (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France)
- Cune (La Rioja, Spain)
- Viña Errázuriz (Aconcagua Valley, Chile)
- Joh. Jos. Prüm (Mosel, Germany)
- Johann Donabaum (Wachau, Austria)
- Kabaj (Šlovrenc, Slovenia)
- Taylor Fladgate (Upper Duoro, Portugal)
- Tenuta San Guido (Bolgheri, Italy)
- Rippon (Wanaka, New Zealand)
To see the complete list of wineries participating in the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting Event, or to purchase tickets, please go here.
In addition to wineries, Wine & Spirits also recognizes local “New & Notable” Restaurants and Artisan Purveyors each year. Therefore, in between sips of premium wine at the Top 100 Tasting you will be able to sample delicious offerings from Bay Area establishments such as 1760, A16, À Côté, Bellota, Cotogna, Firebrand Artisan Bread, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Tomales Farmstead Creamery and Trou Normand.
We have thoroughly enjoyed past Top 100 Tasting events and highly encourage you to attend yourself. Parking is easy (the 5th Street and Mission Street Garage is just across the street) or you can take public transportation (City View at Metreon is just one block south of the Powell Street Station BART exits at 4th and Market). So don’t miss your chance to taste highly acclaimed wines, meet the winemakers, feast on delicious bites, and enjoy an array of artisan specialties all in one place on October 10.
The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting event also helps raise money and awareness to protect water resources. A portion of ticket prices will be donated to San Francisco Baykeeper, one of 200 Waterkeeper organizations working for clean water around the world. Locally, they are one of 26 members of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, a non-profit organization that coordinates, supports and enhances the work of local Waterkeepers fighting for swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters for California communities and ecosystems.
Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits Magazine is published eight times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America’s wine community looking for information on wine regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, restaurant and industry happenings, and food and wine pairing. Leading the wine magazine category, Wine & Spirits has won the James Beard Foundation award five times for excellence in wine writing. The Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries (and their wines) will be discussed in detail in the Winter 2016 issue of the magazine, which will hit newsstands on October 11.