by Carlina Harris
It's already December and the Holiday season is in full swing! The decorations have been put up, (I know- already!) the gifts have been purchased, the cards are being sent out, and the glitzy, glam-y dresses have been dug up from the back of my closet! In a few weeks I will be hosting a holiday cocktail party, and I seem to have most everything in order. Everything except for the cocktails! This year I am doing wine, nothing says festive like red and white- wine that is! Forget BevMo, and the local liquor store, this year I planned ahead and bought my bevvies at an exclusive wine event- the San Francisco Vintner's Market.
I was able to attend this Vintner's Market recently at the iconic Fort Mason in San Francisco and had a ball sipping boutique, small batch and reserve wines. The atmosphere was buzzing with what seemed like several thousand spirited wine aficionados. Over 200 wineries local to California were pouring that weekend. And not only that, but several of San Francisco's ubiquitous foodie trucks were strategically placed throughout the event- including Kara's Cupcakes, a fabulous Indian truck, and even a large pan of paella was cooking- quelling any hunger pangs, and possible overindulgence's in vino!
I was lucky enough to be granted admission to the "Reserve Room" where the top tier selection was housed. Not only was I able to sample some amazing wines, but the most interesting part of this reserve section was the selection of tequila's and whiskeys to be tried, as well as the cigars for purchase on the very exclusive top floor. I opted out of most of the fine liquors, but had to try the Johnnie Walker Blue Label- still as smooth as I remember.
The best part of the event besides the unlimited wine, was being able to purchase these one of a kind wines on the spot! I went home with a richer appreciation for red wine, and four bottles from a fabulous winery i've never heard of before--Murphy Vineyards. Now that I've got the drinks part taken care of, I better figure out what to wear to my party!
1.Trying the cheese selction 2.Packed House 3. Top shelf whiskey's 4. Swirling and Sipping 5. The View 6. Souvenirs