It Was a Wine Centered Weekend! (Part 2)
Saturday afternoon I headed over to the “Uncorked” event (https://ghirardellisquareuncorked.eventbrite.com/) to learn more California wines, rub some elbows and taste some local wine.
As I arrived I found many people anxiously awaiting at the gate. There was a pretty long line but spirits were high on such a beautiful day by the water. I entered the gate, received my wine glass and was on my way. The first booth had Ghiradelli chocolate, which was a great way to kick it all off.
There were about 50 booths ranging from wine, to handmade goods to large companies such as Verizon. Quite a mix, but no shortage of wine. I made my way around the booths and determined that each booth was grouped by wine region. There are so many places nearby that grow grapes and it seems each place grows different grapes.
I was introduced to Barbera, red Grenache, Viognier, Sangiovese, a spiced wine and a few red blends, while other booths showcased the traditional cabs, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnay. There were so many wines to try and even a cheese booth, sponsored by Dofino, with Gouda and Havarti. I tasted the cheese with some Merlot but decided that I prefer that wine with a meal.
Some of my favorites from the day were a sparkling rosé from Moreno BHLV Sparkling wine and the spiced wine from Spicy Vines Spiced wines. It was a fun day and I found more regions to look for a job. Definitely worth another visit next year!
On Sunday night I tried out a more casual wine experience through Meetup. The SF Girlfriends sponsored the evening as their first event. (http://www.meetup.com/SanFranGFs/). This is a group of ladies that want to hang out and have fun. I figured that was a good idea after all this job hunting.
The event took place at The Pour House (http://sfpourhouse.com/), a local wine bar. It had a cozy atmosphere and about 10 of us gathered around a table in the back for drinks. Always on my quest to try new wines, I picked a French wine called Sancerre. The sommelier told me that was one of her favorites and that it is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. I found it to be a more flavorful version of a Sauvignon Blanc and was pleased with my choice.
We spoke about our neighborhood, what we do, and other things we enjoy. It was a very pleasant group of women and I look forward to their next event!
I even met a few people with contacts in the wine industry, another productive day!