Grape Nut: Services for Serious Collectors and Budding Winos

San Francisco's lucky to have one of the world's premier wine-growing regions so close by, but with Napa-style tasting rooms, oenophile clubs and even viticulture services for armchair vintners right here in the city, you can skip the hour-long ride up North--and the hairy drive back after "tasting" too much Pinot.

Updated: February 15, 2009

The Urban Grapevine

Cellars 360

900 North Point, San Francisco, CA 94109

This Ghirardelli Square wine shop and tasting room provides a spot for locals--at a beautiful long tasting bar--to try the best of more than 250 NorCal's varietals without taking a trip north.

San Francisco Brewcraft

1555 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

For the more independent (or less wealthy) who want to experiment with winemaking, Brewcraft can provide equipment, at-home kits and grape hookups--you just have to put it together yourself. Get tips from the experienced staff and you'll be calling yourself a vintner in no time.

San Francisco Wine Center

757 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This is the clubhouse setting that wine geeks dream about, a community where you can keep a personal climate-controlled cellar, hold private tastings and compare collections with fellow wine lovers. Members get access to exclusive Indie Wines and a sommelier service to help select the best.

Vinfolio Inc

1890 Bryant St Ste 208, San Francisco, CA 94110

Too busy to administer your expanding wine collection? The expert oenophiles at Vinfolio will store and manage your precious juice for a fee. Thriftier winos can use the online VinCellar management tool for free, and anyone can shop the website for the hottest hard-to-find wines along with tasting notes and scores.

Wattle Creek Winery

900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This small Sonoma Valley producer is one of the only to open an outlet in San Francisco, and a visit to their Ghiradelli Square location lets you sample all they have to offer. Tune out the city scenery and you might think you are in the midst of Sonoma vineyards

Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Save the long drive out of town--this urban wine-tasting room brings quality Northern Californian wineries to San Francisco in a stylish wine-bar setting. Big names include Chateau Montelena and Pahlmeyer, and everything is paired with tasty bites.


1116 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103