Wine Month Pours Into San Francisco

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In San Francisco, September not only means great weather (goodbye Fogust) it’s also California Wine Month (every month in my house) and the city invites you to sip and savor the occasion in several different ways.

-Oenophiles can take a virtual road trip through California ‘s wine regions on September 21 from 2-5pm in the grand hall of the Ferry Building, following the market. 

-McEvoy Ranch, a privately-owned estate in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, has been producing award-winning oil since Nan McEvoy first imported 1,000 trees from Tuscany back in the 90s.  Now the McEvoy family are adding vino to their stash of goods with an inaugural September release of estate-produced wines from organically grown grapes. For a real treat head to the source. The ranch is offering rare access to its otherwise private grounds, with two orchard walk and mill tours, and wine tasting, on September 7th and 28th.  Book here.

-The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company’s 18th Annual Chocolate Festival on September 14-15 is mixing things up, adding in another in one of our favorite vices---wine---to the already toothsome event. Along with the regular tasty experiences---chocolate school, chef demonstrations, ice cream eating contests, and chocolate tastings---this year’s event will feature chocolate and wine pairings. Not a bad day gig if you can get it!

-Okay, so it's not Californian, but it's wine! Sofitel San Francisco will honor the French tradition “vendanges” or “late harvest” by hosting French Wine Week September 23 – 30 at the hotel’s Bay Bar where a wide range of wines, such as Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Languedoc, Loire, Rhone and Champagne, will be poured.

-Head down to one of San Francisco's best urban wineries, Bluxome Street, for one of their Harvest Friday events from 5pm-8pm through October, featuring wines galore and some local food in a convivial and cool urban environment. 

-Like to cook with wine? Try out some of these mouthwatering recipes

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Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, leitesculinaria.com and frommers.com, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.