The Wine & Spirits Top 100 was become an event that I mark in my calendar months ahead as it’s a great way to see many of my wine industry friends as well as get to know some new winemakers I may not have tasted or been familiar with. See this year’s 2017 Wine & Spirits Top 100 San Francisco Tasting below. This was an especially meaning ful event as it was a week after the California North Bay fires hit so coming together with other wineries and industry members felt extremely special during this time to show our support and love for those impacted in Napa, Sonoma and other regions of the North Bay.
First stop some delicious bubbles with Claude at Louis Roederer
The Louis Roederer Rose is always one of my favorite Rose’s and this 2011 impressed as always. The Louis Roederer et Philippe Starck Champagne was also nice, extremely dry and fresh due to the Brut Nature winemaking style.
The delicious Tomato Soup served by Cotogna
One of the delicious Rose Champagnes I enjoyed
So fun seeing my friends from Iron Horse. Read about this incredible Russian River Winery on the blog here.
Another lovely wine I enjoyed from Napa, the Green & Red Sauvignon Blanc.
The most interesting wine I enjoyed of the evening, the Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese.
Some of the delicious bites from Uma Casa
Another delicious Sauvignon Blanc I tried for the first time and adored!
This was my first time tasting Radio-Coteau and it will certainly not be my last. This Savoy Chardonnay was mind blowing. Super rich, creamy and lovely yet perfectly balanced with subtle coo climate acid.
SO great to see winemaker Josh Bergrstom of Bergstrom Wines. This was another Chardonnay I had that was beyond amazing. I am heading to Oregon this summer (crossing my fingers) and this is just one of the amazing wineries I hope to visit and get to know better…
So great seeing the Red Car team. This is a Sebastapol tasting room that I adore. Read more about Red Car’s Tasting Room here and plan a visit soon!
The delicious Hog Island Oyster Spread which is a tradition at this event and always very welcoming to see!
Tasting through the lovely Ridge Wines which are always so impressive and consistently fabulous.
The lovely and talented Nora Furst of Uma Casa. She’s the best, so sweet, talented and a great sport about my photo opps!
So great to see the team from Vive La Tarte. This is a fabulous Sa nFrancisco Bakery I’m a huge fan of. What a nice treat to have their sweets during this evening of wine and fun!
Catching up with these fabulous Winemakers Rajat Parr who is based in CA but also making some amazing Oregon Wines and the team from Walter Scott, who I actually met two years ago at the same tasting. Learn more about Winemaker Raj in my interview here.
I am such a HUGE fan of these La Source Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Wines. It was the first time I had them and I love them. The Chardonnay especially touched me it was so beautiful and balanced.
Another delicious Oregon Amity Hills Chardonnay I tasted and really enjoyed, The Bryn Mawr Vineyards Chardonnay.
My friend Sean who is a distributor for this amazing South African wines. This was the first time I tasted these and they were incredible, see bottle shots below.
Quite possibly the most amazing French Wine I tasted throughout the evening. This was beyond beautiful and incredible!
Perfect conclusion to an evening of delicious wines, a refreshing cocktail from the team at Anina. Anina is an amazing hot spot in Hayes Valley making beyond amazing cocktails with a super fun lively scene. Visit if you have not been!