Need a wine fix but can't make it out to Napa or Sonoma? San Francisco is home to a variety of urban wineries featuring wine tastings, events and educational demonstrations. Here are three not-to-miss local spots. CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY TASTING ROOM 335 Powell St., Union Square Located in the lobby of the historic Westin St. Francis, Chateau Montelena brings a tempting taste of Napa to its unique tasting room right in the heart of San Francisco. Winery-trained staff pour exceptional wines and guide you in experiencing the history, sense of place, and the spirit behind each offering. Located on Union Square, the tasting room is a welcoming and convenient spot to sip and relax after a long day of shopping. TANK18 WINERY 1345 Howard St., SoMa The founders of Tank18 Winery focus on three simple words as the driving force behind everything they do: wine, food and fun. The stylish Tasting Room is located in San Francisco's SoMa district, offering the best of wine country in the city. Try Tank18’s wines by the glass or bottle, as well as $15 flights that include a casual tasting of four wines, accompanied by a cheese sampler plate. DOGPATCH WINEWORKS 2455 Third St., Dogpatch Dogpatch Wineworks is a custom crush facility for amateur and aspiring professional winemakers. The spacious tasting lounge features wines made by its clients. DWW also offers blending classes that have been used by businesses for team building and groups of friends who want to learn firsthand about this process. A TV loop near the bar covers the steps of winemaking from the vineyard to the bottle. THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION Each February, The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) holds the largest wine competition of American wines in the world, choosing the best of the best from around 7,000 entries. Judges are selected throughout the major American wine regions, and once the honors are bestowed, the San Francisco Chronicle publishes a 30-plus page special wine award section. Everyone can join in the epic celebration of American wines at the 18th annual Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion on Sat., Feb. 17, where more than 800 wines will be represented. It’s your chance to sample wonderful vintages, try delicious food pairings and toast the winners along with thousands of fellow wine lovers. LOCAL BREWS If you prefer hops to grapes, San Francisco is home to dozens of local breweries. Check out a San Francisco classic and America’s first craft brewery, Anchor Brewing Company, in Potrero Hill. Next to Moscone Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ThirstyBear Brewing Co. is an award-winning organic brewery and restaurant that specializes in organic handcrafted beers and Spanish cuisine. 21st Amendment Brewery Café also boasts tasty food to complement the suds and is located just two blocks from AT&T Park. To treat yourself to a true beer insider experience, book an SF on Tap tour, where you’ll visit three top-notch spots, including mini-brewery tours and generous beer samples at each stop. Or, be sure to check out SF Beer Week in February!
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