The last time I attended which feels like a lifetime ago was in 2019 – the previous decade. I took this photo in this nice space in San Francisco’s Dog Patch district.
I had to compare and contrast a glass looking through Rosé coloured wine glass and those holding promise to be filled. It was last decade and it feels like it. But it is the hope to taste from family and independent producers – Family Winemakers represents a yearly event of tasting all varieties and all styles under the California sun.
I am relieved to see that in 2021 there will be a wine event in San Francisco. It is a yearly event except last year for both trade and consumer. The event will be held at the Midway 900 Marin Street in San Francisco on Sunday, August 22. I have attended for over a decade. There will be 65 producers in total representing known and not often poured regions at a San Francisco wine event. At minimum there will be at least 280+ wines and 40 different varieties to taste. I desire to taste every wine every year which is a near impossibility. But what I do get to taste and it is usually 5-6 dozen (and yes I spit) is more than I got to taste during one event. Wine events for me represent and opportunity to experience wines in ways that I could not during the pandemic period when no wine events took place.
While the pandemic saw many producers increase their DTC but a rising tide lifts some and not all boats. Smaller producers had to readjust their channels last year and the same maybe what has happened thus far this year. Family producers are always challenged in the best of years to come to the market place with the best of wines and this year is no exception. I do think this year will be extra special and I will be delighted to have my foot in place and being able to talk with producers that I know and producers that I have yet to meet.
Family Winemakers of California annual tasting is easily one of the best tasting to attend in any year not just in California but anywhere.
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