Recently we paid a visit to Dogpatch WineWorks near Portero Hill in San Francisco as part of a group wine blending event.
WineWorks was super easy to get to–a five minute walk from the 22nd Street CalTrain station–and in a pretty neighborhood. The interior is a rustic warehouse space with an almost overwhelming number of racks and racks of wine barrels. The strings of lights lent atmosphere and ambience to the evening.
Our large group started off at the tasting area/wine bar, and then we grouped ourselves into teams and settled down for a proper wine tasting of all the varietals from petite verdot to cabernet franc.
Then we learned the tenets of wine blending and understand the “rules” for the night–this was a competition to see which team could concoct the best tasting blend of wine! The big rule is that our blend had to contain no more and no less than 50% of a single varietal, and then we used pipettes to measure the rest in milliliters. Our entries even included a wine label and name, which was an interesting exercise in brainstorming with mates after tasting so many varietals all evening, heh heh. But it was so much fun that even participants who don’t consider themselves wine drinkers enjoyed the process. As it turned out my team did not win but it was quite a tasty process of losing, if you catch my drift.
WineWorks would be a great place to reserve for your private party or wedding, and they also hold wine-themed dinners, corporate team building events and even “crush camps”! They also open their tasting room to the public on Thursday-Sunday afternoons–check their website for hours.
Thanks for a wonderful evening and wine experience, WineWorks! Everyone in our party had a blast. I can’t recommend you more highly to anyone looking for a unique venue and wine experience in the San Francisco Bay area!