I really enjoy going to the Family Winemakers event, and in years past it has been in San Francisco at Fort Mason. Fort Mason parking is tough and traffic on a Sunday is a nightmare. This year the Family Winemakers event is right in my own backyard, on the Peninsula at the San Mateo Event Center. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the City, but I always avoid trips into San Francisco on Saturdays or Sundays. Weekdays are much more fun for us. If you are a wine lover and interested in discovering new wines, you should go to the Family Winemakers. I think this is one of the better large wine tasting events. It is not nearly as crowded as others, and folks seem to act more sensibly. Maybe it is the term “Family” that gets all to behave appropriately. This is a wonderful opportunity to taste wines of different values and quality, talk to winemakers, and discover wonderful wineries and wines. The event is Sunday, August 17, from 3:30 to 6pm. In addition to the walk around tastings, there are other tasting opportunities and a seminar with Evan Goldstein. Evan Goldstein is a sommelier and is often a guest on the Ronn Owens talk show on KGO. Evan will give a seminar entitled “Not The Usual Suspects.” It will be held prior to the main tasting from 11:30am to 12:30pm. It’s only available to a limited number of guests. At the seminar, participants will taste eight wines, and cheese bites will be provided by Sartori Company. If you do decide to register for this, readers of this blog can get 10% off by using the code WineCountry. Click here for ticket pricing and options.
Some Wine Tasting Tips for Family Winemakers
- Take notes
- Use the spit cup and don’t swallow
- Talk to the winemakers
- Take photos with your phone of your favorite wines
- Taste white wines on your first walk around, then try the red wines
- Don’t try to get to all the wineries, just the ones that look interesting to you
- After the event, share your wine discoveries in the comment section of this article
Other Wine News
Bad news for consumers of Argentine Malbec wines under $10. Those days may be over, because inflation is racking Argentina and especially the wine industry. Costs are skyrocketing with labor increases at the forefront. Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on this topic.